Over the last fews days I have been the proudest mother on the planet. Both my daughters, aged 10 and 8, sang and performed as part of Opera Australia’s “The Magic Flute”. At that age I was more concerned about whether I had a handball square at “little lunch” time or whether I had the latest Holly Hobby colouring pencils and accessories, which were the craze when I was their age. Would I have sung on stage with Opera Australia and the answer would be a clear no. But in fairness to my own parents the opportunities were quite limited for me as I was growing up for many reasons. And overall I would never have had the singing voice to sing anyway.
But the point of this post is to have educators be more open to different learning spaces and arenas to learn within. Over the last week my children have gained so much knowledge about theatre, singing, independence, the arts, teamwork, self discipline, timing, personal responsibilities, movement and the list goes on. How does a teacher program all these things in a couple of days within classroom walls and be assured that the students were attaining them. If I had tried to teach my children what they had gained recently I can be sure that it wouldn’t have been half as appealing as it was to be taught but professionals in the field.
So why is it that we teachers feel that they need to know everything to be able to teach our students. Perhaps teaching should include the term facilitator of learning or learning planner and leave the learning to the “professionals”. Inviting people from within our communities should be encouraged. The curriculum should be allowed to be more fluid. It fact it should be encouraged to be more fluid. Instead we contain our curriculum within the confinements of a classroom and expect ourselves, teachers, to be the experts at everything.
I also ask teachers to be mindful that these students, outside the classroom arena, are engaged in incredible learning experiences and to acknowledge the learning that is happening in these areas without the usual classroom teacher involved.
It doesn’t make sense to me anymore that we limit our students learning to one individual. Please, I ask you to consider, extending the walls of the classroom to include more opportunities and more people in the learning process…how much more exciting would it be!
I grew up in a time where the rows of classroom seats were perfectly aligned. The step platform elevated me to a dusty blackboard. The sun drenched classroom windows were exposed to the elements. The teacher stood out the front, usually on the elevated platform so as to get a clear view of the children in the far back row. I say far because there were usually around 36 – 40 students in the class split into rows of 3-4.
This classroom is familiar to many teachers and for some this is still the method of teaching. Very much teacher centred. But before I throw this scenario out the window, Continue reading
Christmas is that word that sends every emotion across the human race. For many, it is excitement, others stress, many the joy of the Christmas story, some a time of much sadness and loneliness, others it simply means holidays. Whatever you think of Christmas it is globally recognised and celebrated and it isn’t going anywhere. Continue reading
Three months ago, I started to blog on my own blog site, webclasscommunity, something I swore I would never do cause:
- I didn’t have the time,
- I wasn’t tech savvy, and most importantly,
- no-one would be interested in what I had to say
Well, I can’t really comment about the third reason for not blogging but I can confirm that Continue reading
This is a reflection I have visited so often lately, that is, to brief a future learning space. One that will keep up with changes socially, environmentally and technically. And the more I reflect on this the more “dense” and “thickened” my ideas become. To the point that I no longer felt I had a clear vision.
What would be needed in a future learning space in the outback is on a completely different level and purpose to the city. What would be needed if the world resources continue to dive is not “predictable” in just one area as education as so much is affected by it.
Then this morning I realised that no matter how many times I scribed my thoughts on paper, on the computer, in my eyes there is no “crystal ball”, no solution, no correct answer. It was all about current research, current ideas and future perceptions. Continue reading
Starting new at university after 20 plus years is not easy especially when my days at university were incredibly different to today. On-line learning…what is that?
My days at uni were all still about learning obviously but “back then” I thought a professional looking assignment was the one that I submitted after typing it out on a typewriter with built in liquid paper!
So, as I ponder what units I will choose to study next semester I spent some time looking at some of the key elements of this unit. That is, my first university study after all these years…no wonder my head hurts!
I remember my lecturer saying to us at the beginning of the unit “I don’t want to inundate you with everything in one go”. How busy could it be, I thought? I am sure, with the “wisdom of age” behind me I would be ok…hmmm…
Well, I started to mind map my unit and look how much we have explored, and probably a lot more I have missed out on here…my head can’t think past these.
It was an interesting exercise because what I thought would be a unit of physical “Learning Spaces” turns out to be so much more…so much more!
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“DEPLETION OF THE WORLD’S RESOURCES IS A NATURAL CONTRACEPTIVE” Rita Finlay, 2013
So, my “reflective and critical thought learning spaces” are at the moment, 24 hours a day it seems, consumed with this process of designing a “learning space of the future”.
So many conflicting thoughts and supposed solutions that don’t correspond or work together.
Let’s go back to an original post on this site “21st Century Sustainable Learning Spaces Are Two Faced” and I go around in circles trying to resolve the world’s global, population, resources and economic problems. What am I thinking? Continue reading