Why do you want to teach?

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It’s been a long time since I last posted a blog on my page. Long enough for me to forget the website I used to create this – how bad is that?! Anyway, I am back and hoping to write posts on a regular occurrence so that I have the chance to share and reflect on my learning experiences.

It’s week two in first semester and already I am shocked/nervous/excited to realize that in July I will begin applying for teaching jobs. JULY! That is 4 months away… such a crazy realization. So many years studying and waiting for this that I can’t believe it is just around the corner.

Last week, in one of my lectures, we were all asked “Why do you want to teach?” and my mind went blank. I thought to myself ‘Why?’ There are so many reasons why – but why couldn’t I articulate it in words? I’ve come so far over the past 5 years and without a doubt I know that teaching is where my future is, so why couldn’t I give a reason to the most simplest of questions.

Although, one thing that did stick in my mind is that is makes me happy. Happiness… a word used so frequently and yet there are so many distorted images of it. For some people, money and material objects are the only things that make someone happy. But for me, happiness doesn’t even measure to anything of monetary value. I know what it feels like to not be happy with your job and I vowed to myself that I would never work in a profession that possesses those feelings inside of me again. I have only stayed true to myself since I began studying Education and I can honestly say that if it did not make me happy that I would quit. Thankfully, that is not the case and I have spent the past 4 years knowing that I am doing something I love.

So, there you have it – when I get asked at an interview “Why do you want to teach?” my answer will be simple – “It makes me happy”. Obviously, I know I need to work on that answer in depth because clearly that would not get me a job (haha!). But, it is a start and I know I will continue to reflect further and blow everyone away.

For now, I am happy 🙂

Catholic learning space

Visiting the Catholic Education Melbourne website I noticed a section about Learning spaces.

The website discusses how schools should develop their physical landscape and how to direct learning. They aim to create learning spaces that are open, flexible, environmentally sustainable, including ICT and furniture. It states that areas should include collaborative learning, individual learning, small group and support services. These are some of the learning spaces that I have looked at in my blog.

If you would like to read more about this, view:

http://www.ceomelb.catholic.edu.au/learning-teaching/learning-spaces/physical-landscape/

 

Commenting…replying…still learning

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As expected – I have learnt something new about my blog. I realised how to reply to viewers’ comments on my blog posts. I always appreciated the comments that people add to my posts but I thought that I could not reply to them. Little did I know that you can!

So now… try and stop me from NOT replying 🙂 Just goes to show you that you never know everything and can always learn something new.

Reflecting on Salmon…

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Wow! To think that 12 weeks ago I considered myself in level 1 of Salmon’s stages of online learning – setting up, welcoming, and experiencing the online learning space for the first time. This was definitely a change to attending lectures and tutorials at university. Who would have thought that I’d be able to start a blog of my own and keep it running consistently for 12 weeks straight. No doubt – it has been enjoyable and refreshing compared to essays and exams.

Looking at this image, I think I have certainly stepped up those stairs during the past weeks but I believe that this is only the beginning. There is always more for me to learn and I hope to continue by adding to this blog throughout my teaching career. In the future, I hope to gain a teacher’s point of view of these learning spaces discussed and experience how it feels to be the developer instead of the learner. The community formed on my PLN isn’t extensive at the moment, but maybe one day it may form a community of interested bloggers who enjoy reading my posts/tweets.

Even though I am completing my online unit, I still look forward to building on my knowledge and blogging all about my teaching practices. Continue to read “SUZY’S LEARNING SPACE” and visit my educational scenario page.

Vote please…

New York Rooftop Farm classroom

This is a website I found about a Manhattan school which has a rooftop greenhouse classroom. I think this is a great example that a rooftop classroom can function in an area that is surrounded by a busy city in need of environmental awareness. The aim to teach children about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) within the framework of sustainability is a great idea in this context. This idea is similar to my design brief for the educational scenario.

Follow this click and watch the video: http://www.urbangardensweb.com/2011/11/16/nyc-classroom-in-an-urban-rooftop-farm/

Presentation

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I have created a Prezi to explain the different types of learning spaces:
~ the classroom and the school
~ beyond the classroom
~ the electronic learning space
~ the individual learning space
~ the group learning space
~ learning in the 21st century

Click on this link:
http://prezi.com/xdtvocnh7aqq/present/?auth_key=0xytw7i&follow=ux_o1wd-86jy#65_50139505