We had just finished playing Upwords. "You should take a picture," he said. "Wouldn't that make a good writing idea for your website?"

He was right. We staged a couple of pictures, and then I started this post while he typed out his own small review of the game:

It is a fun game to play. I don’t find it that difficult. You can use words you use everyday.

I really like using this game in class - better even than Scrabble. If you're interested, the Wikipedia article on Upwords is here, and there's also an entry on "BoardgameGeek." There is even a simple online version here (requires a flash player, etc.).


ballet girl said...

does your learner's suggestion mean that they are aware of your blog? - in the sense that they now WHERE it is, and can visit it?

i decided it was absolutley essential that i preserve my privacy, certainly from my learners....... so the blog could serve its purpose (MY purpose) of being a place i can let off steam......

ballet girl said...

i avoided 'Upwords' because i thought that, in building the words UP, they would no longer be visible.

but i see from your completed board, that in fact the words build BOTH ways - in the horizontal plane as well as the vertical - so, now i see that i should probably give it a go. thanks.

Wendell said...

This blog is certainly public, though not "official" in any sense (i.e., not to be associated with any employer or organization). It is more or less directed toward the basic adult education field, and I don't make much of an effort to write in plain language.

Still, I make sure my learners know about it for two big reasons. One reason is that I want to model reading and/or computer use while I'm with them. The other is that I want them to be able to see what I do (and don't) write about them.

Apart from a family-only Facebook account (privacy settings screwed down tight), I regard everything on the web as public and searchable.

I use a different, more private vehicle to talk/write through challenges and frustrations.

ballet girl said...

fair enough - and thanks for replying.


re your "I regard everything on the web as public and searchable"...you are, of course, quite right.

my take on this, however, is that even with the search skills *I* have - which are far in excess of anything that any of my learners have - *I* often have trouble finding specific blogs (as distinct from specific SITES)...so i figure there is little chance of any of my learners 'finding' me.

at the same time, i DON'T talk about the things that are REALLY contentious or upsetting - "just in case".

i also figure that if, at any point, any of them are interested enough AND skillful enough to locate my blog: then they are likely to be intelligent enough to process what they read, as an adult.

Depending on the cohort of learners that any teacher has (including yourself, Wendell) this comment COULD sound insulting. Therefore, I hasten to add that it is descriptive and realistic, rather than denigrating or mean: it's just the way MY learners are. Very occasionally, there is one who I really want to share things with - because I am SURE they are balanced sensible fair and reasonable adults with an active intelligent interest in the world and our learning interactions........but I ALWAYS prevent myself from making that act of trust (to share the address), because i have been badly burnt before, by giving similar learners too much credit (i am not referring to an online debacle, but just to an everyday situation, where so many actions were catalogued and deliberately twisted by a student, in order to lodge a formal complaint against me. this happened a year ago, so has been on my mind recently, as we are just past 'the anniversary' of it happening - and it was a devastating experience. i learned well and truly that i CANNOT treat 'adults as adults' if they are my STUDENTS...there are potentially polluting institutionalised interpersonal-dynamics going on, in our scenario, that i cannot change, so must live within the boundaries of. sorry if that's too obscure: i would be happy to elucidate, but i have already hogged too much of your comment space! allow me, however, to *THANK YOU* for providing this opportunity - which just unexpectedly arose - for me to get this off my chest!)


when i was young (teen/young adult), i wrote in journals to process things - but i totally loathe that idea NOW (for myself), and COULD NOT do it.

i was just thinking, the other day, about this issue: inasmuch as one's blog is little-read (well, MINE, anyway!), and rarely responded to, WHY is it so much easier (for me) to write THERE, than to write on paper something which (also) will not be read?

i decided that it is: because (online) there is always the *POSSIBILITY*...that someone will read AND WILL FIND IT USEFUL (or amusing, or entertaining, or in SOME WAY of value to them).

To me, now, it is the SHARING aspect which renders the (blog) writing worthwhile - both the possibility that *I* will get something back (something that is of use TO ME) from someone else - AND the possibility that what i write MAY HELP someone else.