Tag Archives: reflection

What do I know?

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Well, I’m back-tracking furiously this week, after coming down off the whirlwind of getting married a few weeks ago! I’m taking it right back to Week 7 (Sept 1-7), where we were asked to reflect on what we know (or think we know 😉 ) about lesson planning! Since I’ve been thinking about planning for my impending teaching placement, this was a pretty easy task. Not that I’m saying that this is right, or exhaustive… just that I know what I think I know!

What do I already know (or think I know!) about lesson planning? These are the questions I ask myself when planning… Read the rest of this entry

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Falling into overwhelm with EDC3100 and ICT…

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Can I get an ‘amen’?

No seriously, if I’m the only one feeling this, I might cry. EDC3100 is living up to its grueling, unforgiving, relentless reputation, and I’m falling victim!

I consider myself fairly ICT-minded. I love ICTs, I love finding mew ICTs, I love using ICTs. I especially love it when I find ICTs that make things easier for me, and all the better when I can generate some kind of data and visual representation because we all know how much I love data!

But. Woah. EDC3100. You are heavy. I’m feeling the stress as I set my alarm for 5am to wake me up before the kids so I can read through the EDC3100 task I have set for the day. My partner says it’s because I have to complete tasks regularly without leaving it all to the last minute (it’s my signature move), and that might be a part of it, but also… searching for ICT, weeding through mediocre ICTs to find the hidden gems, and then learning how to use new ICT is hard.

So why am I doing this? Well, Read the rest of this entry

Reflecting on Vygotsky’s Sociocultural Theory

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Vygotsky’s theory is one that I have used often in my assignments, especially when discussing early childhood and development. Vygotsky’s sociocultural theory is based on the understanding that children are social, that meaningful learning occurs in social environments that are rich in interaction, and that learners use their prior experiences to build upon what they already know. In the past I’ve used Vygotsky’s theories in essays and reflections to explain my own observations and support statements I have made surrounding the social nature of learning.

In my experience with young children and learning, I’ve found that my observations can usually be explained using Vygotsky’s ideas, so I agree with most aspects of his sociocultural theory. I personally believe that the idea of the ‘Zone of Proximal Development’, a theory that explains the way learners build upon prior knowledge to make sense of new experiences and construct new understandings, is correct as I can Read the rest of this entry