Activity reflection – week 4

What?
I read the text of the website and some other articles of the readings (and the secondary literature) whose titles interested me. Then I made a sensemaking artifact, consisting of a mindmap with the ideas I found more practical for my professional scenario.
So what?
When it comes to technques and strategies to make my job as a teacher better, I rather synthesize than analyze, that’s why I chose a mindmap. I feel satisfied because I can access and read it in case I will need it. I created a practical tool for me.
I learn two things: first a new tool to make online mindmaps (gifly) and also to identify when a threaded discussion does not promote critical thinking.
What now?
⁃    What changes did you make?
Since I do not teach online, I couldn’t change anything.
⁃    What will you do differently in the future?
I will definitely promote learning through questions in case I teach online.
⁃    What do you still have to learn?
How to make good questions. I have no experience.


Describe your best teacher and your worst teacher ever

I had quite good teachers. One of the best was my English teacher. He was open, easy-going and smiled a lot. He loved the language and the USA and he could trasnmit it. My worst teacher was my French teacher. She was quite old and made a totally frontal class, she used the grammar-translation method and she used to have fun with students who do not know the answer (for example, le passé compossé).

  • What types of behavior and interaction with students are most memorable?

The ones where the students feel they can act naturally and freely, where errors are not only tolerated but seen as natural process of acquiring knowledge.

  • Based upon your observations of their behavior and interaction with students, make a list of four DOs and four DON’Ts

Do: feel interest for your students, encourage flow of ideas and participation, keep informed about pedagogical methods, make students feel comfortable.

Do not: treat students as empty vessels, laugh at students mistakes, keep outside the new technologies, think you already know how to teach.

  • How can you apply your list to help you facilitate online learning?

I think giving productive feedback can make students feel comfortable. And I think for most of the do’s it is very important to know different tools that allow to implement the pedagogical principles.

 


Presentation

Hello, I’m Beatriz. I work as a Spanish teacher and as an educational technologist in the Saarland University (South Germany). I have studied Educational Technology in an online University in Spain. My courses are basically “traditional”, with some elements of blending learning. But I think online courses can be a possibility.

1.What is your intention for this workshop (why are you here)?

I want to learn but in a more focused level I hope to get more knowledge and skills in case I get unemployed (my current work contract is for 2 more years only).

2.What issues do you think are important?

For me as language teacher the issue of oral interaction is very important . I know there are a lot of technologies that allow it, but I still think face-to-face oral interaction for beginners is the best. Would an online-language course be satisfactory in relation to oral activity?

3.How  will contribute?

With more questions than answers :(

4.How would you like to see community develop among participants?

I would like that anyone helps if someone has a problem or a question. And I would like to see clear interest groups arising quickly.

5.These types of workshops are new for most people. In fact  about 90% don’t even participate. How will you overcome the fear of learning in the open and the frustration of using new technology, courageously work through any setbacks, and not give up?

I have finished a 2-year master completely online. I think I have the intrinsic motivation needed. But if I feel frustrated, I will think about your recommendations, especially I won’t try to read everything, just pick up.