Becomingeducational_W28: The Essay

This is the essay blog!

First, we take you through a brainstorm – looking at the question in more depth – then we quickly recap what we have covered on the module and why…

This Wednesday we will have a whole class on the essay!!

Essay 1500 words – week 30 (40%)

‘To what extent has the module ‘Becoming an Educationalist’ prepared you for the reality of becoming an educationalist? Justify your answer with reference to at least three aspects of or activities on the course.’

THINGS TO THINK ABOUT WHEN PREPARING THE ESSAY:

What theories or beliefs underpin the module Becoming an Educationalist? Why? What is it trying to help you to become?

What is an educationalist? What do they do? What characteristics or attributes would it be helpful for an educationalist to have? What should they DO? What should they NOT DO? What theory or theorists would you refer to, to explain the sort of educationalist that you want to be?

What activities have you enjoyed the most from the module? Why? How has any one particular one prepared you for the reality of becoming an educationalist? What theory or theorists would you refer to, to argue for that activity?

What aspects of the module have you felt were useful or important for someone who is becoming an educationalist? Why? How has any one particular one prepared you for the reality of becoming an educationalist? What theory or theorists would you refer to, to argue for that aspect?

What other activity or aspect do you want to write about? Why? How has that particular one prepared you for the reality of becoming an educationalist? What theory or theorists would you refer to, to argue for that activity or aspect?

In conclusion – to what extent has the module ‘Becoming an Educationalist’ prepared you for the reality of becoming an educationalist? How do your three aspects of/or activities on the course demonstrate that?

WHAT WE THINK WE HAVE COVERED ON THE MODULE

Simulations & role play; Rich pictures; SLOW reading; IMD; Collage; TMD; Exhibitions & showcases; REAL Research; Free writing & peer review; Music w/shop; and Performance weeks; Group work; Digital stuff; Drawing to learn; Blogging to learn; Active learning; Question-based learning; Object-based learning; Project-based learning; Inquiry-based learning; Research-based learning; “Student as Producer”; Creativity in learning; and Critical thinking – all designed to develop Belonging; Self-efficacy/Self-esteem; Academic reading/writing; Peer Learning; Digital literacies and confidence; Active learning; and Heutagogy. Referencing Freire, Giroux, Thornburg, Jackson, Rogers, Illich, Dewey…

WHAT DO YOU THINK???

BE CREATIVE?

As you should have gathered by now, we hope that #becomingeducational has helped you to think more creatively about teaching, learning and assessment – so – if you want to attempt something more creative than a traditional written essay – we would be interested to hear from you – and see what you want to o and whether it could work!!

Good luck – and enjoy the assignments – Sandra & Tom

 

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