Meet Anita Adnan
Last month Brad Patterson launched the idea of an interview challenge where various bloggers interview each other or people from their PLNs so that we can get to know each other a bit better… a great idea, which was seized upon by several people straight away. It takes others, like me, a bit longer, but better late than never as they say. I extended the activity to my Facebok PLN as well and this is the first interview, introducing the Amazing Anita Adnan.
I first met Anita when I attended a teacher training session that she held on WizIQ a couple of months ago, and then we hooked up on Facebook too. She is originally from Malaysia but is currently doing a PHD in education at Nottingham University in the UK. Anita is a caring teacher who is passionate about the world of online teaching. If I had to think of one adjective to describe her approach to education it would have to be …innovative. She loves experimentation and teaches regularly by means of Skype or by doing Facebook “live chat sessions” which are attended by students and teachers.
She is also a very lively, enthusiastic mother and teacher so, without any more ado, here are her answers to the five great questions suggested by Brad plus the two questions she herself “would like to be asked in an interview”:
1) If your students were to label you with 3 adjectives, what might they be?
enthusiastic, accomodating, adventurous 🙂
2) What would we find in your refrigerator right now?
all kinds of filling for sandwiches and top ups for pizzas..
3) If you weren’t a teacher, what might your profession be?
a photographer – i love taking pictures, and create stories out of them.
4) What do you find most difficult about working in teaching, or What has been your most difficult moment in class?
when students do not respond / when they are too quiet! i can’t stand silence in the classrooms!
5) What was the last book/movie you read/saw, and what have you seen/read way too many times?
the Element – Sir Ken Robinson. i’ve watched The Notebook too many times 🙂
6) What is the future of online teaching?
ALL teachers should try it – build your presence online and try it out – we need to learn from our mistakes / experiments.
7) Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
on a quiet beach, teaching online to some 100+ learners from all around the world 🙂
I’ve noticed the theme of the beach cropping up in more than one of these interviews, and maybe it’s something we all aspire to. I know, I do, so maybe we’ll all meet up one day in the flesh… right there, on the beach: a great place to hold a conference?