#becomingeducational W3: World building

So – the apocalypse is over – we struggle out of our bunkers into the forlorn landscape. All is dust, rubble, destruction – but WE – THE EDUCATIONALISTS – YAY – have been tasked with world building:
• What world would you build?
• How do you ensure everybody is housed, in good health and well fed?
• How will your world run?
• How will you educate people?

The phoenix will rise from the ashes
… but better – fairer – kinder – wiser!
So this week we re-built the world: year zero; year five; and year 10. A Panel was formed – pitches were made – and whole new civilisations rose up.
The conversations were engaged – the pitches were great – and the ‘takeaway questions’ may stay with us for quite some time:
• What is the purpose of an Education System for a society?
• What is the purpose of an Education System for an individual?
• Whose interests do you think an Education System has to serve?
• What education system or strategy would you put in place – and why?
• If you had to sum up the ethos or values embraced by your perfect education strategy – what would they be?
Slide 5

Learning Spaces – Academic Reading – Textmapping
We moved on to collectively read two texts designed to inform our thinking about education: Giroux’s article on lessons to be learned from Freire:
And Thornburg on metaphors of learning spaces: http://tcpd.org/Thornburg/Handouts/Campfires.pdf

Academic Reading
In groups, we were asked to read our text and highlight useful information: headings and sub-headings, key terms or phrases, emphasised information, research evidence… (and/or to ‘black out’ or redact that which was not useful)… and to think about the texts in relation to becoming an educationalist – our research projects (that will look into what helps or hinders learning) – and our W5 exploration of the University.

What is Textmapping?
Textmapping (http://www.textmapping.org/index.html ) is an active reading strategy that involves using a text that has been turned into an A3 scroll. As a group, readers collectively mark up the text to show structure, content & relevance to their assignment.

There was way too much discussion and engagement for all this to finish this week – so Tom asked each group’s archivist to take the scroll – and be ready to finish this next week!! Meanwhile – what did you learn about academic reading, notemaking from reading – and using reading to progress your thinking about your assignment from this activity? Make brief notes to remind yourself.

Peer Mentors a Go Go
Finally – after yet another crazy busy morning – it was off to the cool calm of the Peer Mentors: an opportunity to finish creating and customising those blogs – and to get writing. Tip: Once the blogging starts – the separate paper versions of the Logs can stop. SO – HANDING IN LOGS can happen by sending an email with the link to the blogpost that you definitely want us to read!!

We have created a space to calm down and catch up!!
In Study Week (W5) – we want you to explore the University as a site or sites of learning – ready for a Poster Presentation in W7… So – on THAT Wednesday, W5, 29th October – FROM 11.00 WE WILL BE IN ENRICOS – MAIN BUILDING – NEAR THE ROCKET –FOR COFFEE – LUNCH – AND CHATS.
So if you are suddenly concerned about your log or blog – your digital project – your research project – or the end of year performance… pop in and SAY hello. Pop in even if you are not concerned about anything at all – it will be nice to see you!!

Meanwhile – check out #becomingeducational W1 – which outlines the tasks and projects for the module – including *all* the assessed tasks: https://becomingeducational.wordpress.com/2014/10/03/becomingeducational-1/

Some follow up?
Blogging: http://ds106.us/handbook/blogging/
Info-Ed: dialogue, praxis and education: http://infed.org/mobi/paulo-freire-dialogue-praxis-and-education/
Summerhill – experiments in emancipatory education: http://www.summerhillschool.co.uk/


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