And so we come to the end of the course. It has been quite a journey. I never saw myself leading a group, let alone organizing meetings, sharing work and eagerly participating in discussions that boiled down to how much we all don’t know about a subject. It was so much fun.
There are so many ways I could end this off, but I think how my group has decided to do it is probably the best. Breaking it down into my experiences with the group (how can I not?), the content, and how I will (and need!) to adapt my teaching style forward.
First (and maybe the best part) is having to meet and interact with the people in PBL Group 6. What a diverse set of characters, from serious to fun to eager to learn. And I don’t mean ranging between people. Everyone in the group was this. Getting it done when it needed to be, making jokes, always smiling, and such a pleasure to work with and learn with. I will definitely miss the weekly meetings, and was really sad to say goodbye to everyone in our last meeting this week. The facilitators definitely stepped up. Jo almost always had a friendly smile, and was always eager to share any good ideas for apps when the group almost got bogged down deciding. She just had to hear what we were thinking and one came to her mind immediately. Such a pleasure to work with.
In terms of the content, I definitely feel I have jumped ahead months of trial and error in terms of the teaching techniques I would be using with my students. Where before I was thinking I would have to slowly get them (and myself!) used to online, I understand now its not the pace you adapt, but the methods you use to adapt that is really important. I am definitely looking forward to leaving them some adapted interactive apps to work through, and hope that they take the time to engage with it properly – to reward themselves for choosing to learn.
The internet is such a broad place to source information from, and I am also more comfortable in searching, and more importantly knowing how and what to search, for information. I can’t pinpoint exactly how I will be moving forward, outside of some interactive presentations (for sure) where questions can be answered within children slides (in a far more entertaining method than mere slides!). I need also research how those who have gone before have resolved this challenge. I am looking forward to it, when the time comes 🙂
There is no next time.
Good bye all