Taxonomy- What does it mean?

In the case of education, taxonomy is a classification of learning objectives following a particular order for maximum student achievement/outcome. From the article, “A Taxonomy of Reflection: Critical Thinking For Students, Teachers, and Principals (Part 1),” it talks about optimising your thinking skills through reflections, making connections within details of the work, generating your own questions and to take a more active and conscious control over understanding.  The order of Blooms taxonomy is:

Cognitive- knowledge based

Affective- self and attitude

Psychomotor- action/skills

Within each category is a sub category that breaks down even further the process/order to obtain a higher level of thinking. This process helps students understand and assists with different ways of reflecting and gaining knowledge on this experience and how to improve their own level of thinking.   

8 Aboriginal Ways of Learning

8 Aboriginal ways of learning focuses on eight interconnected pedagogies that goes beyond cultural awareness of Indigenous people but focuses on the interrelation between culture and community and how to implement this into the education system.   This framework allows teachers to include Aboriginal perspectives by using Aboriginal techniques so students and even educators are engaging in various learning styles which provide the appropriate content and activities. . The 8 ways website states “Tell a story. Make a plan. Think and do. Draw it. Take it outside. Try a new way. Watch first, then do. Share it with others” and I feel this is how content should always be taught as it is through the process and development that learning occurs.

I was on the page titled ‘8ways and Quality Teaching’ and I feel that the steps provided really summed up how to embed these ways into the curriculum. The steps provided were:

  1. Tell your stories about the topic/related topics
  2. Get students to discuss their and emphasise the importance of discussion
  3. Provide a model of the work students will be doing
  4. Ask the question- How can this help/relate to local community
  5. Pull the model apart and question the meaning
  6. Map out the structures and provide explanations
  7. Work with these visually and kinaesthetically
  8. Support students and provide materials/research so students can recreate their own versions individually
  9. Ensure these are returned to community for local benefit

I remember learning about Aboriginal culture in primary school but we stuck to the usual dot paintings and dream time stories. It is of great important to go beyond this and provide students with many ways to appreciate Aboriginal culture and learn about the land, language, spirits and relationships. The good thing about this pedagogy is that each framework links and relates to each other so that the final result provides new knowledge which can help the community.

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Reference: 8 Aboriginal Ways of Learning (2009). Retrieved from http://8ways.wikispaces.com/ 

The Learning Spaces

The Learning Spaces

This is my website of various learning spaces and the strengths and weakness in each space in terms of physical elements, curriculum and teacher and student needs. This will give an understanding of the factors and perspectives which need to be considered in visualising, creating, managing and adapting learning spaces.

This website includes:

– 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

Cooperative Learning/Collaborative Learning

Cooperative learning space can be defined as assessing students based on the individual contribution to the group. There is a particular structure and each person is assigned an equal amount of work where everyone participates. Collaborative learning space involves groups of learners working together cooperatively to solve a problem or work on an assignment. I found it difficult to distinguish between these two terms as they both share basically the same idea and notion that each person must contribute equally to the group and are assigned specific tasks to achieve this outcome.  

Group Learning

Group learning is students grouped together working on a project/ assignment. I feel as group learning can be a good thing if all members are actively participating and sharing the work load, although this is not usually the case. This is when group learning can be a concern as some students may end up doing all the work and others may do nothing at all and get the mark for it.

Good Old Technology!

Technology is constantly changing and we as teachers in the 21st century need to be aware of these changes. We should not hinder the students abilities and opportunities to explore the electronic learning space and therefore it should be implemented into our teaching practices. Although, teachers should not rely just on these devices, as traditional learning practices is still the most important aspect in this field.

Communities of Practice (CoP)

I’ve come to learn that a Community of Practice (CoP) is formed when people who share a common concern or interest, collaboratively work together in order to provide new learning opportunities for themselves and others and build on their knowledge and skills. By interacting with others, they are able to practice and improve what they have learnt and they are constantly getting that feedback. This is a great way to develop your personal learning network as you are gathering new information that could assist you and your professional development.

What is a Blog?

A blog can best be described as an online journal that typically focuses on a particular subject matter. The blogger (someone who writes content for the blog) can design their blog in any way that allows for people to leave a comment and respond and have other areas of content and links to other websites.