I am an experienced teacher. I’ve been doing this gig a long time…24 years to be exact. I think (hope?) that I am good at what I do, and I think (hope?) I prepare my students well for continuing on through the education system.
That being said, I am always trying to improve my teaching practise. There is power in the word PRACTISE, actually. We encourage our students to practise what they are learning each day so that they become proficient, active learners, whether learning specific skills or knowledge, or more abstract concepts like higher level thinking skills. So too, do teachers need to practise their skills in teaching and preparing lessons for their students. The word practise does not indicate that the first try will be perfect, but implicitly implies that there will be some failure. And after all, isn’t the word FAIL something like this?
Classroom Poster from edgalaxy.com
Much of that which I do each day evolves on the spot, as it is almost second nature to me. If “A” happens, we adjust and do “X”, but if “B” happens, “Y” might be a better option. Teaching Kindergarten and Grade 1 is like a dance where I take the lead from my students and follow their learning needs, but redirect the choreography of the learning as needed. The wonderful thing about early learners is that they often have better questions and different connections than I could ever have thought of.
I want to learn more about Learning Design because I think it’s time for me to have more formal training in this area. It has been 24 years since I sat in a university classroom and learned the finer points of creating lesson plans and unit plans, but so much has changed since then and I need to keep up with the massive changes in the way education is evolving now.
Learning is different now for both students and teachers. In a world where information is at your fingertips, learning how to design lessons not for content knowledge acquisition but for higher level thinking skills is the transition that needs to happen for me. I think I naturally do this already, but having learning how to design this type of school experience will be beneficial in the formality of sharing my Learning Designs with my students and with other teachers.