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Anglesey morning

What could stimulate more creativity and inspiration for you – a morning walk through a field or breakfast with your PC? Comment below!
Photo: D.Gillie, Anglesey morning

My name is Darcey Gillie. I’m a Professional Development Manager at the University of Sheffield and Associate Lecturer in Careers and Employability at the University of Derby. You can find out more on about me and what I do on my Linkedin profile: http://uk.linkedin.com/in/darceygillie/

What’s this blog all about?

Teaching and learning in Higher Education: theory, practice, news, resources, ideas and opinions (which are my own and not those of any other university (including the ones I work for), college or organisation).

Why is it called ‘Thinking outside…’?

This is my attempt to model one approach to work-life balance by bringing more of my (literally) outside interests into work rather than vice versa. As a keen Scottish winter climber, last winter I noticed somewhere between my 7th and 8th trip up the North Face Car Park path to Ben Nevis that I do my best thinking when I am out and about and on the move (better late than never, I suppose.).

So you will be seeing lots of my digital photography and benefiting (I hope) from my flashes of outdoor inspiration – perhaps inspiring you, too, to do a bit of  ‘thinking outside…‘ (whether that be outside of buildings or boxes).

Why should I read this blog?

As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.
Henry David Thoreau

Teaching in higher education is exciting, energising, overwhelming, life-changing, transformative, gruelling, thought-provoking, frustrating, bewildering, satisfying, annoying, fun and exhausting – and that’s just one lecture or tutorial.

Thinking outside…‘ is a place to drop in, take some time to think, explore, discuss, gain perspective and start building the deep paths that make us good teachers.

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