Posts tagged ‘education’

Going Meta

Going Meta

 

I attended the new tutor training at the university this week. It was a great opportunity to meet with others new to the Cert Ed/ PGCE and there were some useful opportunities to share and discuss ideas. However, as much as I usually like the hands on aspect of attending training/conferences/workshops, the section of the day that I took most away from was a presentation on what it means to be a teacher trainer, and how this differs to what it means to be a teacher.

I found the presentation stimulating, informative and most of all reassuring. It made me think about how I view myself as a teacher trainer on the CELTA course and what it is that excites me about teaching on the Cert Ed/PGCE – the idea of working with those new to teaching and supporting them to become professional teachers. Read more ►

Motivation and me: the challenges

motivationI was recently asked ‘Why do you do what you do? Why do you get out of bed every morning?’

Big Questions! But something teachers should continually ask themselves.

The IFL’s final survey of teachers found that

“More than anything, it seems that the central motivation for teachers in FE and skills is the successful achievement and progression of learners.”

I recently did a ranking activity on skills and attributes of a teacher. The list was referenced to such places as The Sutton Trust Toolkit, OFSTED and the Education and Training Foundation, and contained words such as enthusiasm, inspiring, passion, high expectations & knowledgeable. It was a great discussion activity and an opportunity to have the time and space to think about such BIG QUESTIONS. Read more ►

#corpusMOOC week 3 a warmer task & a farewell

The warm up activity for week three of the corpus linguistics MOOC is:

‘Go to an online news website or get a copy of a newspaper you are familiar with.

Browse through it to find an article in which refugees, migrants or asylum seekers are mentioned. Read the article making notes about how the refugees, migrants or asylum seekers are talked about. You may undertake whatever analysis on the article that you see fit. Spend no more than about 15 minutes looking at the data, however. Then watch the lecture.’Comment_is_free___The_Guardian

I resisted the temptation to head straight for The Daily Mail/ Express, who are both so well known for their love of ‘foreigners’ and decided to stick to the letter of the task and choose a paper I am familiar with. So, woolly liberal lefty that I am, I found this article on The Guardian within about two mins. Read more ►

A rough and ready post on #learnpod13

I am on a complete high from attending my second unconference today. Thoughts on the day:

Things that I knew already:

  • I like to go first. I was the first to pitch and thankfully in the first slot of the day.
  • The world is made of amazing people and I have the pleasure of having these amazing people in my PLN.
  • Meeting face to face is invaluable. Technology can enhance these relationships but face to face rules.
  • Socrative, Educreations and Show Me are good apps to have on a class set of iPads Read more ►

Memorable Moment #3 : FE Teaching and Learning Conference & CPD

FE Teaching and Learning Conference

FE Teaching and Learning Conference

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conference recording

This is the first time that I was approached by a conference to present something(rather than apply to present)so I feel particularly proud of that. It is also the most ‘formal’ presentation I have ever given. I am more used to running more hands on workshops at conferences than presenting to a room of people – and I certainly have never been recorded before!
To be honest the conference itself was not so memorable (sorry) but I did get to meet Toni Fazelli, the Chief Exec of IFL. In her keynote she asked if anyone felt supported in undertaking CPD by their organisation. I was the lone person to respond.

A Big Question: What is the ideal ratio of teachers to students?

 

 

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I caught up with the recording of the #ocTEL induction webinar today, where Diana Laurillard categorises some of the Big Questions that are being asked by those participating in this MOOC.

In one section she talks about a 1:25 ratio, of teacher:students. I thought this was kind of interesting and raised a few questions for me. Does this mean no more than 25 students in a class or that a tutor has no more than 25 students in their tutorial group? What time scale are we talking here? For example, I don’t have more than 25 students in any of my classes, but I could have up to 3 different groups of students at any one time, so at times I teach over 40 students.

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An Introduction to #ocTEL

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It’s been almost a year since I took part in my first MOOC – the First Steps MOOC, but the memory of being initially completely over-whelmed by the experience is still very clear. But I am up for a challenge, and as I am currently in the process of completing an LSIS funded Research and Development Followship project, where I am looking at what and how HE tutors and students can learn from each other about mobile technology, then this seems like as a good a time as any to join my second MOOC.

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Flipped Organisation

flipped organisationIn a response to a post titlesd“Just” a Teacher :

There is much talk of the ‘Flipped Classroom’. The idea that the technology is good at the information push and this can be done virtually, while the active learning bit happens in the classroom with a teacher and other students.

How about if this same principle was used to structure educational institutions. Here the teachers will be at the top of the hierarchy – ‘tier 1′ and the further you are removed from the classroom the lower down the hierarchy you would go. In my current organisation this Flipped Organisation would look like this:

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Tutor planned learning – student planned learning #fslt12

Talking with an old friend this weekend he expressed his strong dislike of blogging, based purely on his experience on an ITT course in a college, where he needed to use a blog as a reflective journal. In this very brief exchange on this topic he made his dislike of the course felt very strongly.

His reaction to the course didn’t surprise me too much, not long after finishing the course he had a complete change of career & life style, as he and his wife home educate their three children while they both work part time.

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VLE – Vast Learning Experience for tutors

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I’ve recently been re-reading the feedback from my CELTA courses and have been struck by the overwhelmingly positive response to the VLE. Other comments on technology (eg Active Inspire, the blog) had mixed responses, but when commented on the VLE was reported to be a valuable resource – whether this was for the 24/7 access, course materials available in one place or ease of submitting assignments. One comment related to the short learning curve they had in order to use the VLE.

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