Today I had my first introduction lesson for my module, becoming an educationalist. It was probably one of the most nerve-wracking experience I have encountered. The change of meeting new people, learning a new language that comes with the course, coming out of my comfort zone and putting my self out there to succeed.
Our introduction to the module was not like any other module intro, as our course leader-Tom, was used as an ‘object’. We separated our selves into groups and had to come up with 20 questions to ask the ‘object’, which allowed us –the students to find out important information that are crucial to our course. Questions such as ‘are there any core text books that are needed for this module’ or ‘how many assessments are their’ were asked. We found out the answers to our questions, thanks to our successful ‘object”-Tom. The information that we found out about our module were:
- How we shall be assessed – Portfolio 30%, Essay 1500words, Research project 30%
- About making our own dictionary of words that we do not understand
- How to reference in our work
- That we will have to do a performance – (this is what I meant about coming out of my comfort zone!!)
- Blogging– as Im doing so now and about the Digital aspect of the module
- Finding out relevant researchers, philosophers such as Ivan Illich, John Hult and Carl Rogers
- Books we should read- Freedom to learn by Carl Rogers and Essential Study Skills by Tom Burns and Sandra Sinfield.
Towards the end of our morning session we received our two page visual summary of our handbooks. It was CREATIVE, easy to read/understand and had IMPORTANT information about the course and basically summarised our whole lesson of questions. We then started to prepare our drafts for our logs so that we could swap and share with our peers, so that we receive feedback from our peers and making note that in next weeks lesson we have to hand in a presentation/object about our selves that will help Tom and Sandra remember our names. The end of our lesson was as memorable as the unique introduction we received, as our ‘object’ of the day -Tom, handed us some PORIDGE!!