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Friday, 27 April 2012

Video blog from Kanawera

Kia ora koutou. I had indicated in a previous blog that I had some rather selfish motives for wanting to engage more in flexible teaching and learning strategies. These main sat around my whanau, hapu, iwi obligations, including seasonal visits to Kanawera, a Titi Island on the south west corner of Rakiura. I have only this week returned from a trip down to the "Island" which saw me take two weeks away from face to face teaching, and in the case of this course, learning. While there I reflected on a couple of issues around flexible teaching and learning, and how these applied to me in this circumstance. I have made a couple of small video blogs to capture these thoughts, and would like to share them with you all.

Ron.

(Post Script) On viewing these I dont know if I said much but the process may be as or more important than the message.

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1 comment:

  1. Kia ora Ron, the birds accompanying you on our video blog sound wonderful. So you want to teach while you are away catching titi....It is possible of course, as you say, if you have alternative ways for students to access the learning. Providing quizzes is great for mastery learning.

    Also, how about designing some small projects that students could be working on together in groups? They will be so busy that they won't even notice you are not there. I wonder is there cellphone access on the island? Ah probably not, so any form of communication with you is not going to be possible.

    So the tasks that you set the students need to be self-sustaining, or you could think about a co-teacher who could provide some support to the students if they need it while you are away.

    Regarding your idea of connecting assessments to the tasks to get students to engage. Not a bad idea, but if the tasks are interesting and they can see that what they are doing is preparing them for assessment later on this can also be effective. They also need to see the relevance of the tasks for their practice - these are the connections. This is part of your role as the teacher.

    Also, think about how you can use your passion for the subject to enrapture, capture and engage the students while you are not there. A resource such as this video blog could be prepared in advance to take them through some practice of the Maori language, or to convey concepts - if you include activities for them to do around the video resource this will hopefully keep them going...Your passion for the subject can be used in many ways to motivate the learners, you just have to think about how. Any further ideas?

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