Posts Tagged ‘rising above’
Today I had a unique opportunity to leave the workshop while the participants engaged in a round-robin, modified jigsaw writing activity.
I used the time to visit the National Museum in Paro with Karma Chewang as my guide. The museum used to be a watch tower for the fort that is now the Paro (aka Richen Pung) Dzong.
This is the view of the valley from the museum grounds (click to see larger version).
When I conduct similar workshops in Singapore, I have less time and I rarely have the chance to get the participants to “rise above” the details.
Not so with the the group in Paro. After each main phase of the workshop, I planned for and was able to engage them in critical thought and broad discussion of the design and pedagogy of the workshop.
I think that it is essential for me to do this because modelling and making explicit the underlying pedagogy is the greater takeaway. There is much new content in the form of various Web 2.0 tools for them to digest. Their current infrastructure limitations also make unfettered implementation very difficult. But the ideas and strategies I employ are things I think they can implement now.
I think that most of the teacher educators here I have listened to have already done some rising above of their own. While they cling on to traditional ways of doing things, they also recognize the need to stay relevant. They lift themselves out of the muddy details and focus on where they need to be.
I draw inspiration from their dogged persistence and vow to do the same.
[image source, used under CC licence]
While Byrne is away, his guest bloggers are actively populating his blog. An entry that I enjoyed was Using Technology to Find Students.
As part of the activity, Kristen asked her students:
- How did you help each other?
- How did you respect each other’s ideas?
- Do you think your collaborative response was better than your individual response? Why?
I think that doing this was crucial. Students might forget the technology or the content or the writing skill taught. But they should be reminded of and eventually internalize the thinking and “soft” skills behind the activity.