TfEL Domain 3 Challenge 2

picture of slide for challenge 2Challenge 2: How have you asked them to take risks and learn for themselves?

Ah well, in the light of recent experience, the smart Alec answer to that is to ask them to pick up a dictionary and look a word up for themselves. “But how will I know if it is the right word? ” “How can I be sure I have the right word?” “What if I can’t find the word?” You will know you are on the right track when you get a lot of questions. They will bombard you with questions when you have asked them to take a risk and learn for themselves. “But you wouldn’t tell me how to do it!” ” I asked you and you didn’t tell me!” ” How can I do it if I don’t know how and you don’t tell me?” You will know you are on the right track when they pull out the guilt trip. This is where deep breathing and meditation practices come into their own. No matter what barriers your students put up and no matter how hard they make it for you, you will teach them to take risks and learn for themselves! My year 11s are used to me by now so they know they have to make a good fist of sorting something out before I will help and they know they have to ask specific questions which they cannot look up. ..or they might have looked up and then they need me to clarify. I will meet my students half way. I will do everything I can to make things clear – content, expectations, where to start, tools to help. I will trouble shoot stumbling blocks when I see them. My year 11s are preparing for an interview oral on a pretend exchange trip to Paris. We have book work to cover and we have vocab lists and expressions to prepare. I have given them the interview questions and a list of all the exercises I am going to do. I am teaching them the perfect and imperfect tense as a refresher. I have organised 3 students to speak to the class about their exchange trip to France. So I told them we were going to prepare this assignment in iWeb and they could bring me their web page and show it to me as they spoke. iWeb is perfect for uploading albums, links, information. It comes with preformatted templates so then you can produce a decent e-portfolio pretty quickly . I showed them my iWeb and how to make new pages, name their file and how to publish it to the desktop so they could access it quickly during the interview. They have a week while I am working on hearing other oral assignments to work out iWeb and to alert me to any problems. They have learned to look up Mac tutorials and help each other. They have mastered iMovie and are so pleased with that and so now they are happy to move on…but it is a big challenge for them to do the French and iWeb. Nothing wrong with a challenge!

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