For my online unit this week, I have had to create a photo visual of all the places where i use my imagination. Of course there are many more places but these are the ones i most frequently use. I used the program Photovisi which was very user friendly and quick to use.
This week for my online unit, I have created a Tagxedo about the words ‘creativity’ and ‘imagination’. The words I used have come from my week 3 and 4 readings from the unit which was insightful and helpful for me to better understand these two terms which are so casually thrown around with so much meaning. My Tagxedo takes the shape of a cloud, as it reminded me of the word imagination and my initial thoughts about day dreaming as being one of the most basic definitions for the word.
Online learning to me was a definite path to new learning that i would have some prior knowledge in. I was so wrong! It has been challenging on so many levels to see comprehend the multitudes of ways that i had been ignorant to learning.
I am definitely a lot more exposed now to the social aspects of learning online, something that i found difficult as breaking down that barrier in the beginning is hard. However, so many people have helped contribute to this unit and although they probably don’t realise, to my learning. I did often take cues from others and follow their example, especially at the beginning and that was fantastic in this space that i haven’t learnt in before.
I feel like i have done myself justice with online learning; i have tried my hardest and feel like it has been beneficial to me. I have enjoyed this unit and would look into doing another one in the future.
The last assignment for the semester had us designing our own interpretation of a classroom of 2063. Being far off into the future made it difficult to predict but fun to play around with and plan.
On the top right hand part of my blog, next to my ‘About Me’ section there is a section titled ‘Future Education Environment’. On that page is a far more detailed plan of my rooftop classroom, my reasonings and thoughts.
Here are the design plans that i decided on for 2063.
I’ve decided to go back and find one of my lessons I taught during my last teaching round. Below is my lesson; the revised sections have been underlined. I think its very important to bring together both western and 8ways pedagogies as children are exposed to different styles of learning
Learning OUTCOME (s)/STANDARD (s):
The students will describe movements, to follow simple directions.
- The students will draw a pictures demonstrating direction (by teacher)
- The students will direct each other to reinforce this topic
- The picture will show an understanding of correct directions
- When directing others, the students will use correct terminology such as ‘left, right, above, behind’
Lesson Resources: (list in dot point)
- A4 paper
- Squirrel and tree cutouts
Content of Lesson:
To begin the lesson, the class will come to the floor to discuss what directional words are. To show children what the directional words are and what they mean, I will explain using a cutout of a squirrel and a tree on icy pole sticks. Putting the squirrel above the tree, and then asking them what this position means and then moving the squirrel to the right and asking them what that position means etc. All these directional words can then be subsequently written on the board. Story sharing, that is to say, a narrative involving the squirrel and the tree will help students attain a better grasp of prepositions. E.g. the squirrel saw the tree and wanted to climb up it. He didn’t know how to climb so he walked around the tree to get a better look. He looked to his left and saw a branch sticking out…etc.
B.Development (6 steps each with a focus question)
- After the squirrel and tree example, the whole class can sit in a circle with some books in the centre of the circle. One by one, the students can pick a word from the board, while directing another student to move the book to another position.
Question: Can you move the book on top to the right?
- Afterwards, the students can be told of all the different prepositions and the uses they have other than mathematics. In doing so, children can identify in their daily lives when they use these words.
Question: Does everyone know when we use words like this?
- The students will then be prompted to think of how to draw a picture of the directional words being used.
Question: How can we show what the word ‘above’ means?
C.Consolidation and Practice (4 to 6 steps)
- 1. Individually on A4 paper, students can be given one preposition and write out the word
Students can be given a word, and using an A4 piece of paper, can depict the meaning of the word through symbols and images. They can’t write the word but can use pictures, arrows and anything else to convey the meaning of their given preposition.
2. They can then use the remainder of the paper to draw out a picture displaying the meaning of the word
3. When finished, the students can write a sentence on the back, demonstrating they know how to use a word in a sentence
Early Finishers – Extension Activities
Students who finish early can form small groups and do the class activities like the books again, however include more objects in it so that it becomes more complex.
After the students have completed their drawings, they can be displayed in the classroom.
The students will sit together in a circle and show their picture to their classmates. If they have drawn their word correctly, their peers can easily guess it. However, to guess the word, the students must demonstrate it rather than yell the answer out aloud. This allows for creativity and non-verbal learning.
The students will be prompted to use the words more in their daily lives and see if they can try and learn some of the harder ones.
The 8 Ways framework was reflected in the Kakadu video; it showed the way rangers, Aboriginal citizens and tourists help make the frontier community. The National Park is a learning space as it conserves the natural state of the land and requires a lot of sustainability for it to be the way it is. By taking care of the park, knowledge from the past is used to help our future.
The video showed how the park in being cared for following Aboriginal ways of taking care of the land. Different areas are protected and it is great to see how traditional approaches are still being used because they are the most beneficial, as well as being what has been passed on for generations. Ultimately we see how important the land is to the Aboriginal people and how by looking after it, they can live peacefully.
The above image is the pinnacle of the 8 ways of Aboriginal learning.
8 Ways was designed to assist teachers to integrate western teaching with Aboriginal style teaching; the combinations of these two cultures means that it allows for learning for both teachers and students in multitudes of ways.
It helps teachers see another side of teaching, and allows students to learn in a manner they are more susceptible to learn from, regardless if from an Aboriginal teacher.
8 Ways allows educators to teach the Australian Curriculum, all the while including Aboriginal perspective into the classroom. This means that students are receiving their cultural education alongside their normal education which I think is nice as to not separate the two and think of different cultures needing to be separate.
Teachers who use the 8 Ways of teaching are responsible for catering to various learning styles as well as students they may have not previously dealt with, so it is a learning curve which provides experience and proves the lengths teachers strive to.
The above post has taken a picture and knowledge from the 8 Ways Framework wiki space which can be found by following the link above.