Guidelines & Criteria
Represents where you see yourself at this point in time as a teacher and learner.
I am still learning and developing my thoughts and ideas around what I am learning about IE and cognitive tools. I have learned so far that a lot of what I do in the classroom already is very close to the understanding of IE. However, I have been doing it with the wrong starting point. I believed coming into the program that the teaching should come from the student. What I have learned so far from many different sources that include: readings, class discussions, the IERG conference workshops and the IERG website. so far is that the lessons and should start with the teacher.
Represents your current beliefs and values about teaching and learning.
I began the program believing that the learning was started by the student and I now know that it needs to come from the teacher to build emotion around the learning. I am also learning more about how to use the cognitive tools and the different understandings that are part of IE. I know I am not completely thinking in that area yet but I am developing my ideas around these thoughts. Each class brings my understanding up a level and it is getting clear the steps I need to take to fully embrace what I am learning.
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Learning Statements (2-3)
I am learning to effectively understand and begin to explore using IE in my teaching, by learning about the 5 understandings, ( Somatic, Mythic, Romantic, Philosophical and Ironic) and the cognitive tools. I am also trying to use emotion in my narrative and engage students.
I am learning about how different Kieran Egan’s Imaginative Education is so different than how I was taught to teach in PDP with Piaget. Where I believed before this class that the learning started with the student, compared to starting with the teacher. My understanding is still at a very early stage but as it gets clearer the more I want to use it in my teaching.
As I look at the “big picture” of how I’ve grown this semester, what over-arching learning(s) do I see?
I have definitely grown as a teacher in this condensed semester and am looking forward to using what I have learned. On a very basic level I understand the Somatic and the Mythic and get a better understanding of Romantic however, the the Philosophical and the Ironic I am still trying to grasp. This might be because we spent more time on it in class, or I have not worried about understanding it as much as the students I teach will not be in that yet, and I feel I will have more time to mull it over before needing to use it.
I have also noticed how I learn this semester, and enjoy the IE ideas and excited to use it. I will need to practice the understandings and using the cognitive tools in my lessons. An area I will need to work on I am sure is the narrative and the story. I do have a tendency to rush this as I get nervous and sometimes uncomfortable with the narrative I have come up with. Also I will need to make sure I stay upbeat and my find an area in the narrative that can be emotional.
Evidence – to support the learning statement
What are some tangible or narrative examples of this learning?
Egan talks about in his first video about “Who shot Tom” and really you have know idea about the story until it ends. He talks about assumptions and how with a incomplete story you can draw conclusions that could be wrong.
I also feel you need to make sure you have done some research with your story to ensure your narrative can bring emotion. As we discussed in class emotion can engage a student more, and if the teacher is emotional about the story it will make the student more engaged.
What are some artifacts, quotes, readings, observations, photographs, artistic representations etc that support my learning statements?
- Examples of thinking and a 5 min lesson.
- Sketch Notes
- Conference Notes
Connection to a Learning theory, thinker or Educational framework
I have written about this thought about it and written some more. I feel I will need to continue on this idea of revisiting this a few time over the next couple of years as I am sure as I learn more and try things it will reshape some of my ideas about what imagination is.
Who are the thinkers or educators that have shaped my learning?
David Kresch and his term “prefinkers‘ (perceive/feel/think). Not only is it a great term, but I like what it suggests.
Kieran Egan – to teach human knowledge we need to show it in the context of someone’s hopes, fears and passions that happened in the first place. If we fail to do this we will fail to engage people.
I really enjoyed Annabella Cant‘s Keynote at the IERG Conference. I felt how she defined what a keynote was was something I could relate to doing in my class. I also liked how she used sound to shape her story. I find her graphic that shows the understandings and the cognitive tools useful as a visual of how they work.
I did not enjoy the first reading by Palmer “The Heart of the Teacher”. I found the tone of it to be negative and condescending. I think I might have to go back and read it again and try and get a different take on it. I feel there was suppose to be something in it, but I missed it.
Self-Assessment in Capacities
What is my current level of development in the capacities?
With all the capacities I am still learning and am at the beginning stages. In the 2 weeks I have started to have an understanding of how these capacities will transform my teach from now on. I am excited to see how my students next year will respond to my new
Foster a rich understanding of how emotional and imaginative engagement supports learning and teaching and contributes to meaning-making.
I am doing some of this in my teaching. However, I am learning to it better and only have a very basic understanding of how this will look in my classroom. As I learn more I am sure it will grow and get richer.
Develop a disposition of inquiry and critical reflection to understand and develop your practice.
My knowledge of IE is still growing and I will make it better by critically reflecting. I have started to increase my reflections on my blog and will do this more as I start to introduce it more into my teaching. I find it helps with developing my understanding and gets my ideas down so I can question and answer my thoughts as I learn about IE. I feel my background in fine arts has set me up well for doing this and will get
Explore, develop, and implement curriculum, instruction and assessment practices and frameworks that support the learning of all students.
I will do this next term, and continue on from what I have done this term. I am interested in seeing how IE will fit into the new curriculum and formative assessment and fresh grade portfolio. I believe it will be a good match and be excited to share my findings. 🙂
Investigate educational theories and philosophies to inform your practice.
I have been doing some of this all term, but I am sure i will do more next term. I am very curious to looking at some of the aspects of LiD and compare them to some of the similarities to “Genius Hour”. From what I briefly saw at the conference excited me as it looked more focused and the idea of it getting even more in depth peaked my interest.
Extend and integrate imaginative pedagogical practices into classrooms to maximize student learning.
I will do this by critical reflecting on my lessons, making sure it is added to to them as I can. I want to take risks and try to challenge myself as I extend them and maybe try things that are out of my comfort level.
Promote a learning environment that fosters respect for and awareness of imagination’s role in learning for all students.
I have been discussing it and planning what my classroom might be like next term. I am not sure what this will look like yet as I do not know what grade I will be teaching or what school. There are lots areas I am interested in promoting once I am in my class. I have some very general thoughts around this but I will expand it out as I know more.
What might come next for me?
I am very excited to get started. I want to try it all! I know that this will blow up on me if I do that. I will try and implement some of it slowly in to my practice replacing some things I already do and extending others that best fit. I am also excited to share with other teachers my ideas and how they work in the classroom. I am wondering if it will take time to see differences or will I notice a difference right away? What if nothing changes and it falls apart? I really do think as I explore more and try to implement IE in my classroom I will develop even more questions and investigate it even deeper.
What capacities might I want to address in the coming learning?
The capacities I want to address in the upcoming year are: explore, investigate and extend.
Explore because I believe there are some good opportunities to see how far IE can fit into what is already be explored in the district. As well I would like to explore LiD and see how I can use it in my classroom.
Investigate because I am sure there are more ideas and thoughts about IE, and I would like to investigate those ideas into my teaching practice as well.
Extend my ideas and lessons to include the understandings and cognitive tools from IE. I am interested in seeing how far I can go and how far I can challenge my students. I know from last year that their learning can be extended far beyond what I think and the students are capable of doing more than I know. The two areas I need to build up first is trust and then a good community in my classroom first, then I am sure I will see some amazing things happen, as I do every year.
Vision or Goals
Where do I go from here?
I will develop my field study intent, a few questions that I will grow and develop. I am going to rest and digest what I have been taught this term, and start fresh in September.