Sunday, June 19, 2011

Interviewing Juandon

Brad Patterson
Have gotta say this has been the perfect excuse to find some time to write in my blog. It also coincides with the close start of holidays at the uni – to be honest. This post will be about someone I recently interviewed. How did I decide to interview him and learn a bit about him? Well, I have got to literally point to Mr. Brad Patterson. Yes, the very same who started this wonderful idea in his Journée in Language. It is about interviewing someone from our vey own PLN. So a few weeks ago, he DMed me in Twitter and smartly encouraged me to interview this person. So let’s see what this Twitter friend and part of my PLN answered to the 5 standard questions Mr. Patterson came about to get know them. Without further ado: Juan Domingo Farnós Miró


First: Who is Juan Domingo Farnós Miró?

Juan Domingo Farnós Miró works as teacher for special needs students using ICT at a school in Santa Barbara, Spain. He also works  as an online tutor for “Generalitat de Cataluña” using e-learning and Web 2.0 for training teachers from primary, high school and higher education.

He has got a fantastic blog called “juandon.Innovación y conocimiento” (juandon.Innovation and knowledge). It'd be great if you have a peek at it!

Now with the Interview:

1) If your students were to label you with 3 adjectives, what might they be?  

Guru, innovator and creative...That's the way my students actually call me online and offline.

2) What would we find in your refrigerator right now?                                           

Seasonal fruits and fresh non-alcoholic beverages                                          

3) If you weren’t a teacher, what might your profession be?                               

I reckon I'd have been a writer. My family always wanted me to be an architect, though.

4)  What do you find most difficult about the teaching profession, or What has been your most difficult class as a teacher?

One of the most difficult things to do for any teacher and myself is to put oneself in the students' shoes. You should be able to understand what they want. A teacher should know what a student really needs. Knowing how to provide help and make their learning an easy ride is a must.
I have been working as a teacher and principal for a long time in educational institutions and organizations of all sorts. However, working as a principal has taken up most of my time at the expense of doing what I passionately love the most: being part of my students' learning process. You might be wondering why I didn't say "teaching". Because I do believe I have never taught anything to anybody. I have always encouraged my students to learn by doing. This doesn't mean I haven't worked as much as any other teacher, you know, providing materials, scenarios, orientation to make their learning easy.

5) What was the last book/movie you read/saw, and what have you seen/read way too many times?

I have read so many books. I reckon I have read entire libraries since I have worked helping in several of them. I have even offered support in the digitalization of libraries in some cities in Spain.

The last book I read...Well, I never read a book a bit at a time; I read several...I am currently reading the Koran for the fifth time. This time I am reading this book in French...

Now...Films...Mmm....It has been a long time since the last time I went to the cinema...I  am not a moviegoer. I love futuristic and action films, though.


Brad said...

Hi Mike and Juan-

Que placer leer un poco mas sobre un tweetamigo (dos tweetamigos). Me gusto tu commentario sobre el hecho de "nunca habia enseñado algo, pero de dar una ocasìon a tus estudaintes de aprender para 'hacer'.

Lire le Koran dans des langues différentes. Ça doit être intéressant quand même. I'm really glad the original blog challenge has exploded further and further outwards and has brought new light to a few online friends.

Cheers, Brad

Miguel Mendoza said...

Hey Brad...Thanks to you for such wonderful idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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