Dr. Joan Williams (PhD)      Freelance Education Professional: developmental mentor, mindful self-compassion facilitator and facilitator of reflective practice.

Dr. Joan Williams (PhD)

Freelance Education Professional: developmental mentor, mindful self-compassion facilitator and facilitator of reflective practice.

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Making meaning of Life

Hello and welcome to 'Making meaning of life'.

This website is for those who, like me, are facinated by the critical insight discovered through engaging in creative activities that trigger deep reflection such as: writing, singing, photography, walking and running.

I share with you a compilation of my stories, poems, songs, photographs and some critical analysis of evolving perspectives on self and self in relation with others within societies and cultures. As you read, look and listen with all of your senses, become aware of how my experiences, feelings and perspectives 'touch' you and trigger reflection on life. Be mindful and accutely aware of thoughts and feelings that arise in you and your reaction, go where they take you. Ask yourself questions: What? Why? When? Where? Record your thoughts. See what happens when you start writing.

 

Of course, my experiences, feelings and perspectives may not connect with you at all and for you, that is as it is. However, before moving on, it might be a useful reflexive exercise to explore the reasons.

 

As someone who has been working in the field of education since 1978, I have come to believe that as a learner and educator, I must engage with and introduce learners to tools which facilitate introspection, awaken and develop awareness of self relating with others in society and culture and enhance one's ability to befriend uncertainty.

 

I seek tranquil spaces to be at one with nature, reflect and explore ideas.

 

 

Influenced by Michael Oakeshott’s work I wish that, as learners, we: perceive teachers as fellow learners walking ‘alongside’ us; embrace education as an adventure into uncharted oceans of ideas filled with uncertainty, without need or worry for a destination; converse with others; explore, ask questions and discover; take risks, make mistakes and move on.

Enjoy your search for self-understanding, a way to feel at home in the world and appreciate learning as an end in itself.

This journey is without end.

Fuller, M. (Ed) (1989) The voice of liberal learning. Michael Oakeshott on education, London: Yale University Press.