I really admire how Daniel Bassill is always about “closing”.
Only he is a kinder, gentler version of the Alec Baldwin character, Blake, in the Mamet play and movie “Glengarry Glen Ross”. And instead of browbeating the boys in the boiler room to sell, Daniel has another mantra that works better, “Always Be Helping”. His mentoring is all about the helping.
Case in point. I ran across an image in a tweet from Daniel yesterday.
— Daniel Bassill (@tutormentorteam) February 9, 2016
First glance is a jumble for me so I settle into slow mode, just observing. I see the spiral binding of a notebook. Oh, there is a bottom to this. At the bottom is a set of notes taken by him. Callouts and boxes, multicolored. Yes. Images, too. Layered on after the fact. In truth there is marvelous redundancy throughout the image. I think that kind of redundancy is biomimicry in action. All creatures great and small do the same thing in their ecosystems why not do so in our personal learning ecosystems?
I annotated his page with another layer of tagging (see below). I make requests, I analyze, I praise. And this work is well worth the candle. It is eminently stealable. I plan on using its workflow suggestions for my new political blog about Kentucky higher education cuts, “Cui Bono”.
So…let us walk in the Daniel Bassill’s fields, glean them, take back a meal or seed corn to plant. I hope we can all walk in those fields and come back with a new workflow, a new way to be wherever we are. I hope Daniel revisits those fields and replants them and husbands them in different ways. As Heraclitus is reputed to have said,
For all our sakes, I hope Daniel keeps slogging through the river dredging up new versions of old work and new versions of himself to share.