Language has many functions. David Crystal's (2007) linguistics synopsis articulates these. They are reflected in the production of these word experiments and their associated multi-media productions.
All the written experimental content is framed by the work of eminent philosophers and by seeking spirituality to counter nihilism, alienation, ignorance, hatred, and division.
The driver and catalyst for this approach are personal responses from the zeitgeist scenarios that are amplified by bots, fake news, propaganda, clickbait, the press, government, and PR agencies.
Production outcomes evolve from the fusion of language and thinking by integrating new ideas from across our linguistic heritage:
Expressing thought processes.
Expressing sounds by
Experimenting with technology.
The deliberate fusion of these layers of communication aims to elicit responses from audiences. Unlike viewers in passivity watching cinema, television and, streaming service, the desired objective of this pedagogy is to deliberately encourage, provoke, ask difficult questions, and be a positive educational resource in facilitating new insights and solutions.
Experimenting, playing with, and integrating language by using audio, printed, and visual media in the spirit of Bertolt Brecht’s pedagogy helps in creating reflective, thoughtful audience responses.
In producing this experimental genre through the critical application and development of language by morphing the characteristics of poems and prose leads to dramatically witnessing contemporary life through a surreal filter.
There is a strong emphasis on the image over the narrative.
The process becomes stronger when reading this new media aloud and designing an echoing pattern for a more rounded effect.
Here there is a sharp contrast between using the best words in the best order: poetry and in comparing words in their best order: prose.
Powerful feelings are poetry’s strength. What if these can flow from margin to margin free from rhyme and metre? The prose poem is the third way and becomes the guiding beacon for this experimental media. LogicPro and FCP support this process.
How Does It Feel Going Under Drowning
How does it feel
Going under drowning
From extremist fictions
Kicking around my mine?
Reasoning informing hope
Over false statements.
How does it feel
Living new worlds
Surfacing free from tyranny
Overcoming threatening beliefs?
Falsely misappropriating ideas
Stop megaphone bullying
Echoing in a shallow cave
Whose villainous values are these?
How does it feel
Rising from the stormy seas
Gasping fresh air
Feeding the brain?
Living in peace harmony and love
Thoughtfully using rationality
Creating informing minds
Needs your attention to thrive.
The above is the first draft of a developmental series. The work and video finale is informed by great philosophical thinkers and applying their concepts to our contemporary zeitgeist:
“But once we allow ourselves to be guided by reason, we will begin to see that the ‘greatest good’ must be ‘common to all’, and ‘enjoyed by all equally’. We will realise that no one will live happily without ‘mutual aid’, and that the only guarantor of freedom is a ‘state’ in which everyone agrees to be ‘led as if by one mind’ and to abide by the ‘common decision’. In the meantime the wise will have to wait, but – ‘insofar as they are wise’ – they will know that in the long run things are bound to getbetter.”
The Christmas videos produced by John Lewis, Boots, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, and others are the highlight of the year for me.
I think that there is real competition between them to produce the most entertaining. For me, the sentimentalities of the Yule Tide seasonal activities create a warm glow of well-being and consideration for others.
“Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don't wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it's at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savoured.”
Now is a good time to reflect and consider the importance of families. I’m sure that in our daily lives, we do not take time to consider their importance and value.
Let’s start by examining the variety of family life.
Have you the big picture?
Families thrive and exist throughout the world in contrasting communities, cultures, and societies. In the ideal world, the glue that holds it together is based upon trust support, affection, intimacy, and support. The concept of family refers to a group who are related by emotional, strong psychological, adoptive, sexual, or biological bonds. From the birth of siblings and in the early years the family is the primary object of individuals orientation.
On the shadow side and in the reality of everyday life there may be tensions preventing the effective functioning of the family unit.
There are many variations of the family. Our self-selecting social groups may inhibit the awareness of the many types of families that make up society.
A newborn baby and mother
Different types of families exist in our communities. These may be the traditional nuclear family:
Wife and husband with biological or adoptive children.
A single parent and children.
Husband and wife without children.
Siblings without parents.
Other forms of a nuclear family may be based upon:
Children living with guardians.
Unmarried heterosexual couples living together.
Same sex couples living together.
So, there you are. That is a lot more than you may have considered.
It’s taken me a long time to recognize this, but here is my starting point. It starts with a good early years education not only in a nursery but by the nuclear and extended family in the home providing a framework.
Different culture and religions provide guidance in the socialization of the family. Within the Christian doctrine a christening provides a pathway and direction to their values and beliefs.
Here, a child will be baptized with water to initiate the journey of faith. It’s the start of a process to help them make the right choices in life, both for themselves and others:
Providing support and sensitive guidance for making good choices.
Support and help through good and bad times.
Helping the child to talk about the big questions of life:
“My parents were in the local church choir, and I used to go along and sing and play the organ at all the weddings and christenings.”
Go your own way – via Europe 2 Paris
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My reflections of a niece returning home to her birthplace and a family gathering.
Last week thirty-two extended family members celebrated the return to the UK of one of its loved relations. Babies, great grandparents, proud parents, brothers, and sisters shared the jubilation and joy of seeing someone they love who emigrated to Queensland ten years ago.
It was a poignant occasion.
A mother, grandmother, aunty, and sister-in-law - The importance of family
Image - Cousins at family renuion
Everybody enjoyed the occasion.
They cared for these distant relatives.
I think for many, it was a powerful and touching event.
Families are important.
After everyone left, I was left thinking, considering, and reviewing why people travelled hundreds and for some, tens of thousands of miles.
During the darkness that night, I think I had a personal revelation, an epiphany, and redemption about the influence and power of blood ties and families. I may have neglected this in my earlier life.
For some considerable time since urbanisation, the impact of work, careers, and jobs, lifestyle have disturbed and disrupted the concept of family.
Roles and responsibilities have become more fluid.
Yet, the nuclear family and through blood ties, the extended family still has significance.
Do you benefit from or support relations?
A grand/great grandmother and mother on family relations.
Quote by a Mother, Grandmother, Aunty, and Sister-in-Law:
"I think family is very important. It is like the social glue that binds everybody together. I think the relationship you have with the different generations very important, especially as you get older it helps you stay young and in contact with new and up to date things. And I think when we have large family gatherings, it's good to see everybody that's related to you."
Are blood ties, across families important?
A grandson and lost grandfather
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Assembly and Circle Time - Free SMSC PSHE Lesson Plans and Scheme of Work
Assembly Concept and Theme: Me
Start with the learner’s immediate needs and the environment. Present, discuss and highlight the importance of the family, the home, friendship, care, love, warmth and kindness to others, personal likes and dislikes in food, clothes and events
To respond to visual/ auditory/ tactile stimuli by eye/movement or vocalisation.
To focus/eye point visual stimuli
To focus on the video, big book, adult, photographs.
Taste and Smell
To respond to tastes and smells by eye/movement or vocalisation.
To respond to tactile stimuli by eye/movement or vocalisation. To reach for tactile stimuli.
To mouth and explore by hand tactile stimuli.
To be able to join in songs and rhymes. To join in actions/ PCS symbols.
To listen and join in the activities. To follow instructions
To eye point/point or vocalise family members.
To be able to act out stories with puppets or role- play.
To be aware of ‘me’ through feelings, emotions and reactions to events with parents, friends, class mates, favourite toys.
To be able to point to and/ or name body parts.
Resources and Development
Use structured activities from the communications, literacy, topic, art, music & movement lessons to provide familiar and practise skills to develop a better understanding of themselves, their body, their actions and emotions.
Develop concept of ‘Me’: my family, my friends, and my class. Who I am? Where I live.
Present a selection of choices such as food, clothes, toys, etc. compile an inventory of likes and dislikes.
Progress the theme by using images, symbols and text of the above, sort into sets
Articulate a range of emotions: happiness, sadness, pain, feeling good, and likes/dislikes, through reading and role- playing stories.
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