No idea why I didn’t get anything up on the blog last week… though getting the SG appeals sorted did have a lot to do with it! I’ll try to post a recap over the weekend, but for now, I’m giving you some warning of what we’ll be working on next week.
We will be concentrating on the ideas contained in this article from Edutopia magazine.
The New Face of Learning by Will Richardson (an excellent and thought provoking blogger!) outlines some reasons why what happens in schools is not necessarily always the right or relevant way to do things. You can download the article as a PDF by clicking this link: The New Face of Learning
There is plenty of food for thought in the article, and I hope it will give you ideas for topics for your discursive writing. If you have time over the weekend, I highly recommend you read it and as ever, invite you to post thoughts as comments on this post.
We’ll spend Monday reading the article and discussing some of the main ideas it contains using some discussion points I’ll provide you with in class. Then, on…
….we’ll be analysing the writing style and how convincing the argument is. If the topic interests you, you will probably enjoy: Why Do I Need A Teacher When I’ve Got Google? by Ian Gilbert. You can read the first few pages for free on Google Books, and I have a copy if you want to borrow it. Again, there is a sea change happening in education, and you should be aware of it. (PS: Gilbert’s book has the benefit of being quite funny at times…)
Remember your HOMEWORK! I’ve asked you to find out what you can about The Iolaire (with a bonus for finding out about the Wee Frees!). No clues here, but feel free to post questions and/or thoughts in the comments. Who knows, I may even respond to them! 😉
We’ll be carrying on from Wednesday’s lesson. I have lots of resources for you to study and analyse and generally play with… (and I do mean play!)
Back to earth with a bump with a timed essay. Soz…
So… that’s next week. Please ask questions/make comments/throw out ideas in the comments. 😉