Virtuosity 11.11

Where words become worlds…

Archive for the month “May, 2014”

I Often Wear Unmatched Socks

You may think I am a nonconformist.


perhaps absent-minded,

or I just have bad taste in clothes.

Rather than looking for socks,

I invest my time in other things,

like living.

A Ransom Note to Wonderland…

Dear Wonderland,

i have stolen your mad hatter.

he is not so mad anymore.

either that, or the world has

become far more wondrous than either of us could have ever imagined.

come to think of it,

he might have stolen me, instead.

i can no longer tell, since the day he turned everything topsy turvy.

if you want to see us again,

please deliver toast with blueberry jam

to the jabberwocky.

address is on the hat.


the white rabbit

Our three identities

A limerick about projecting the self….

There was a roleplayer from Fluxion,

Who played an elf for instruction.

From one to the other,

They made one another

Into a projected self co-construction.

Jim Gee's Three Identities of the self in gameplay and learning.

Jim Gee’s Three Identities of the self in gameplay and learning.

Active learning involves taking on new identities in order to be “the kind of person” needed to “do” the subject you are participating in.  For example, in order to do science, you take on the identity of someone who does science – an identity very different from someone who is being a mother, doing motherly things , for example.  Yet all these identities belong to the same person.  When we take on these other roles, the self we are familiar with that gets projected onto the self that we expect to be (for example, in roleplay, my ninja character isn’t going to tell the person she works for to clean their room.  Instead, she’s going to bring the person the head of the victim she’s decapitated).

When we’re busy figuring out what it is that our “other” role is supposed to do, act, and think, we’re in this state of transformation and reflection – we are in the process of becoming.  This is the heart of where critical thinking happens, and it happens everywhere that we have the courage to try something new.

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