Two New Insights as a Student

‪Now that I am, once again, a student myself, I have had two profound insights that I must try and implement into my teaching practice. The first being to explaining what we are doing in class (when it comes to any teaching and learning strategy) and show its relevance to the students. As part of my Masters program, I have had to begin reading some academic literature for one of the core units I am doing. Now, I am a reasonably intelligent person but I have absolutely now idea of what the focus of the reading is about. I am completely lost!! It just does not make sense to me, but more importantly, I do not see the relevance to what I am studying. However, there is clearly a reason for engaging in the readings. But what it did get me thinking is that this must happen all the time at school. If students do not see the relevance in what they are learning, or at least understand the content in which it’s being presented, they will just switch off and not engage in the lesson. So moving forward, I am going to try and make overtly clear what the purpose is for each learning activity.

Secondly, the other insight I got as I was researching for answers to what I was reading is exactly that – that information on all things is at our fingertips if we have access to the Internt. No longer do students need to be in a classroom to learning things and it is perfectly fine for them to jump online to learn new things. Yes, of course there is the danger of student learning something from non-academic or incorrect resources but this can be combatted by teaching good research and investigatory skills. As educators, we have to be comfortable with the fact that there are a myriad of ways that students learn. The whole ‘Minecraft teaching method’ is a classical example of this. The following Ted x talk (https://youtu.be/9ekcWQxgk3k) communicates this idea of infinite access to information, and subsequent learning, very well….

So the early days of my Masters program have been highly beneficial. Let’s just hope I can see the benefit of the future scholarly readings that I need to undertake…