I have been asked to write a reflective post which puts forward my new understandings and perceptions of learning spaces, here we go…
Twelve weeks is drawing to a close, and what a busy twelve weeks it has been. EDFD459 has brought to my attention six learning spaces, some of which I was aware of, like the classroom and others which I was not such as the liminal space. While we read many readings and engaged online with our e-Cop, I have come to understand the importance of incorporating a variety of learning spaces in the classroom. I know that my future learning space in the classroom is going to consist of many of these spaces, I believe it is so important to change it up in the classroom.I know, being a hands on learner myself, sitting in rows does not engage me, I thrive of having the opportunity to collaborate with my peers and learn from each others mistakes, therefore this will be a space I will include in my future classroom.
I have also come to see the importance of learning online, we have all the knowledge in the world right at our fingertips, however it must be used appropriately and for the right reasons, the teacher must be equipped in using technology within the classroom context otherwise it could become more of a time waster then a valuable resource.
The liminal space, initially was quite confusing to understand, but now i’m so glad that I can put a name to that space of uncertainty, I have felt many times before. It is fundamental in a child’s development that they understand that it is okay to be in a space of uncertainty and worry and that with time and reflection we do get through it. If children do not know how to overcome spaces as such, this could be a risk factor for anxiety.
Ultimately I believe that every human being is different and has a vast range of abilities and needs, as teachers we need to create an environment that is encouraging and welcoming of everyone. There needs to be times when students are independently learning however this is a time for collaboration and group work, in the end it all comes down to supporting the child’s learning and development.
EDFD459 has also brought to my attention the emergency situation that the Syria is facing, I was astounded by the facts and statistics. It really gave me an insight into what life is like for them and how as a teacher we must be aware of these situations, because when students from foreign places come to us, we must be supportive and understanding to then create an environment that is safe and inclusive for them.
The assignments for EDFD459 have been great, I have never used programs such as iauthor and WordPress. It really allows for your imagination and creatively to show, something I am not used to when normally having to write an essay.They are definitely tools I will take with me into the classroom.
Overall it has been an enjoyable semester and I have loved my first online subject, I constantly felt supported by my peers and the flexibility was wonderful.