I have been allowing the learners to be a part of my journey right from the beginning and it great seeing their interest in the website grow the more it develops and as we know many of our learners are more than happy to give honest feedback about what we do - especially things we might not be doing so great :) So I feel their feedback has had a great impact on my website to date.
The learners said they think it is good to have activities that teachers have created but they wanted to be involved in the creating process as well so over the last few sessions they have been creating games for other learners to use. This has been a great part of the process promotes a lot of critical thinking and collaboration.
So this brings me to my next steps which I intend to work on this week so I can keep to my goal of having a first draft fully functioning site ready for Week 7.
- Create a space where all learners can contribute to the website eg padlet to upload games/activities/contributions
- Create a blog and connect it to the website that allows the learners to record their favourite books I believe this is an important independent activity as it promotes; reading mileage, collaboration, understanding of reading genres
- Organising the learner's activities and Teacher modelling books into the different reading strategies as well as reading levels so that I can add them to the website
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.