When asked to critically analyse and reflect about online learning my mind swam with all the thoughts and feelings this encompassed. My experience has been both challenging and rewarding; exciting and terrifying; confidence building and confidence shaking; fascinating and never boring; surprising and predictable; time consuming but worth it. Here is my analytical reflection.. “Learning… Continue reading Critical and analytical reflections about online learning
Who doesn't remember the excitement of going on a school excursion! Getting out of the classroom, venturing beyond the school grounds, exploring new experiences and learning about the world around us. Maybe within walking distance, sometimes by bus and occasionally a distance requiring flying. An hour, a day, a week. I have experienced this wonder… Continue reading Sovereign Hill….adventures beyond the classroom.
“‘Pax Intrantibus, salus exeuntibus’. Peace to those who are entering, and safety to those about to depart”. (Land, Meyer & Baillie, 2010, p. ix). Many times I have stood on the threshold “betwixt and between the familiar and the completely unknown” (Rohr, in Pier Learning, 2016), feeling the discomfort, fear and uncertainty which often accompanies this… Continue reading The Liminal Learning Space…
Wherever knowledge, skills etc can be learned, taught or shared learning is possible! This long-held belief of mine is supported in a myriad of research, literature and opportunity. As a teacher then it is our responsibility to ensure this occurs. Learning can be greatly influenced by the space, both tangible and intangible, in which it occurs.… Continue reading Classroom and Beyond – engaging the learning
Learning with and from others can be a powerful tool. Why then do the words ‘Group work’ often strike dread into the hearts and minds of students, teachers and parents alike? Because ‘group work’, as we often consider it, is fraught with dangers of unequal participation and lack of accountability (Kagan, TVO parents, 2010)… a… Continue reading Group, collaborative and cooperative learning spaces
The Liminal Learning Space....have you heard of it? Probably not but I guarantee you HAVE experienced it...more than once, in all aspects of life, not least in your learning. And so too have your students. "It feels like my feet are on the edge of a cliff and I am about to take the plunge… Continue reading The Liminal Learning Space —initial thoughts
As a digital immigrant (Prensky, 2001) with a strong belief in hands-on learning and face to face communication I have been sceptical of technology in the classroom. “Little people can do big things”…..a child’s reflection of Twitter use within his classroom (Spink, 2013). Powerful! These words of a 10 year old force me to consider… Continue reading The Digital Learning Space
Mr 16 got in the car after school today and announced..."Mum, you know we have a pupil-free day next Monday. Well I think you will be really happy with the reason. Next year the teachers have to assess us on creativity so they are doing a PD on how to assess creativity. I thought you'd… Continue reading Yay for Creativity!
As a child I loved the story of The Little Red Engine, puffing up the big hill encouraging and motivating himself to reach the top with the words “I think I can, I think I can…”. I wonder now if even then I subconsciously recognised the value of believing in oneself. His words became a… Continue reading Personal Learning Space
“learning involves very much more than undertaking activity on a computer” (Salmon p.31) Online learning has become a ‘way of the world’. No longer is a student required to be in a classroom with peers, an educator, pen and paper, and scheduled learning times. As an adult returning to study whilst juggling family, work and… Continue reading Learning to Learn Online