So, I’m on holiday and there is one half-term left until the Summer holidays. I’m in Norfolk with my wife and some friends, with some nice spare time to reflect and think about the past year.
I started this blog thinking I’d update it more but I don’t think I had a real plan for it. At the moment, I feel like I have lots of different things going on professionally that this might be a good space to explore and think about those. I don’t really feel many people are going to read what I’ve got to say but I think it would be helpful for me to put some stuff up here and see what is going on in my head.
Here are the things I’m thinking about at the moment.
1) Collaborative Learning – I’ve been working on this off and on over the past year and had a lot of fun with it. I wrote an assignment on it for my MA and reflected on it quite a bit. I’ve noticed that I’ve ignored it recently though. We just had a really short half-term and I think that might be part of it but I have plans to use it extensively for the final 7 weeks. I want to aim to use a new structure every week – so that is going to be aim number one to reflect on back here.
2) Subject content – For my MA, I’m supposed to be looking at a Contemporary Issue in Mathematics. I got initially quite interested in why we study what we do – why are angle rules in the maths curriculum? Who decided and were they right? I’m going to be writing and researching this, so I’ll try to post something after each research session to help me with my thinking.
3) Use of Web 2.0 Tools. Okay – this is something I’ve been thinking about recently and would like to use this space to think and explore it more. There are three obvious outlets for this.
a) Twitter – I’m thinking about how to use this more. I’m quite enjoying the #mathchat hashtag to get in touch and hear about other educators. Thinking about whether I can join in on the conversations and whether they’d be useful.
b) Wiki – I’m thinking about using a wiki for my new Year 10s in September. I don’t know what set I’ll have next year but I think it might be useful. The maths curriculum is really large and this might be a good way to help gather the information over the course of the two-year course. A way to collect links, videos, information, etc for the students.
c) Blog – This feels like it might be a repeat of the wiki thing – I feel for this it is more about what I put up and how students comment, whereas wikis tend to be more user generated.
I want to use this blog to help with the reflections on each of those. Now, the fact I can’t do this from school is a minor issue but maybe not insurmountable. We’ll see.
There is another plan set around gathering useful resources but I think I might do that slightly differently. Rather than cataloguing everything that I have – which is loads – I want to have a ‘new’ catalogue that I only add to and comment on when it is useful and it has worked. I want to help myself move away from ‘sage on the stage’ and worksheet – and so the structures thing will help with that.