Week 2, Role play

Today I encountered another interesting lesson that I really was not expecting first thing on a Wednesday morning. We started of with an activity that consisted of us being split into groups of 10. Which then lead us into a role play activity based on being in a bunker. We all picked at random a person that we would be and had to discuss which three people out of the 10 should stay in the bunker while the others were kicked out. The group of girls and I all had very similar ideas who we thought should stay in, luckily I was one of them. I chose at random the a couple, ‘green’ while some of the other possibilities of people were:

  • •Gay scientist
  • •Bisexual lawyer
  • •Pregnant women with a child
  • •Buddhist priest •Atheist doctor
  • •Elderly women
  • •Army officer
  • •disabled man
  • •atheist doctor
  • •unemployed person

My group ended up picking, after a 30 minute discussion, the green couple, the gay scientist and the doctor. Everyone agreed on the doctor and the gay scientist but half of the group wanted the pregnant women with the kid and others wanted the green couple, which ended up being the one that stayed. The reason why some of the girls wanted to keep the pregnant women is due to the their maternal instincts but had no actual reasons other than she’s pregnant and has a kid. The reason for the green couple staying is that in the bunker there is a green house which the couple could use to plant veg and fruit so that they have more food.

After this we went to our seminar where all the groups gave their decision on who they wanted to stay in the bunker. We then as a class discussed all the groups decisions on why they wanted these three people to stay. We then went on to look at three different opinions/statements from different people on education which we had to discuss with the person next to us. We then had to draw a portrait of our partners based on our discussion. Afterwards we compared our own self portraits to the representations that our partners made of us. Unfortunately I do not have my partners representation of me but here’s my self portrait:

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Week 1, Intro to the module

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!!)
  • Bloggingas 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!!