"It is a good divine that follows his own instructions; I can easier teach twenty what were good to be done than to be one of the twenty to follow mine own teaching."
Portia, The Merchant of Venice, Act I, Scene II.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

NZATE 2015 Workshop 1: Karen Melhuish Spencer - What's in it for me?

Student-Centred Learning   http://bit.ly/NZATE15

Reminding ourselves about issues like:

  • relevance
  • reason why we are learning
  • choice
  • opportunities for collaboration
In our group we saw that the answers were very different depending on whether we were thinking of junior or senior classes. In senior classes collaboration only goes so far until we hit the realities of the NCEA assessment task.

Real, engaging and authentic

Learning that is grounded in stuff that is relevant for our learners. They have to understand how it's part of English, and it has to connect to their own experience. 

Accelerated by and supported by: social networks, Skype, social media, blogs/wikis, quadblogging, multimedia presentations, book creator.

Responsible for my learning

You have to know why and what you are learning, set goals, understand next steps and know how to get there.

Accelerated by collaborative docs, eportfolios, vlogs, learning logs etc.

Challenge and Choice

See clear links to large concepts. Use SOLO to help understand how to make thinking more complex.

Accelerated by: differentiated tasks, student voice via google forms etc to find out needs, multimedia tools, social media.

Collaborate and Connect

Reflective learning is effectively social - we need others to push our thinking and learning. Create collaboratively, share what we have learned.

Accelerated by: collaborative docs, social media, social networks, etc.

Great workshop to remind ourselves of those things we know we ought to be doing and help us focus back on areas to work on - thanks, Karen!

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