After my amazing trip to Singapore where I got to revisit the design thinking process from the start of the Innovative Teacher project. I keep coming back to how is my tool different from other elements out there so that I can make sure I am pushing the boundaries. I want to ensure that I am understanding my user and why I believe my tool is needed to increase shift in Literacy as well as allowing learners to drive their own learning. I feel my tool is doing just that for many reasons:
- Sites such as Get Epic is a great resource where learners can access different books. However, I have not found any sites that empower learners with scaffolded tips to read and reflect so they can share their reading with others.
- Reciprocal teaching has been a big part of my journey and I feel there are lots of sites that support teachers in creating activities to intentionally teach but I think my tool takes it a step further by having a bank of preloaded activities that the learners can practise and drive their own learning by choosing from the multimodal options on the website.
Excited to continue to consolidate these ideas for the rest of the term as well as starting in the new term - partnering up with Miss Clarke and her junior learners.
Although we do not know what the future holds I feel we have to attempt to understand what qualities and skills will be needed/desired to be successful adults: creative, risk takers who can self regulate and adapt to a changing environment (with confidence or resilience?). - That's my thoughts anyways. Helping children to accept and understand what ‘comfortable with being uncomfortable so you are prepared for anything’ means.