I’m a few weeks into the MEd routine now. The familiar life of me as an academic can be described in this way:
- Comment and scribble notes all over each article or chapter,
- Find time to critically analyze the readings and my thoughts on the readings. The dual accounting strategy Vicki showed has worked well, and I’d like to move that work into this space somehow.
- Think about where I’m headed. The big picture. Why I’m doing this. The October 25th deadline for a draft proposal is fast approaching. All this reading is leading somewhere. So, I’m working in time to think, mainly because I’m able to afford that luxury at this point in the course and also because I know, from previous graduate coursework, the importance of taking the time to let ideas simmer and see where the wanderings of my mind take me.
Hence time to post on possible inquiry topics. This is what I’m wondering about at this point:
- Creativity. Big topic. Needs to be focused. I wonder about the creative process and how it’s connected to writing. I’ve learned a great deal about creating in the visual arts in recent years – how can I apply that learning to the writing process with intermediate students? How does that question fit into the unique learning environment that is the Connected Classroom?
- Collaboration in the field of education. Another big topic. Would probably focus this down to teaching collaboratively with other teachers over geographic space using video conferencing, desktop sharing software, Smartboards, and other technology in the Connected Classrooms. Or…
- Students learning collaboratively in the moodle learning space. How does posting in a collaborative moodle forum on topics such as current events or online literature circles change the learning?
- The writing process. Kind of connected to my first bullet above. Could narrow to questions around my teaching of writing in the Connected Classroom environment or to students’ development as writers using the Traits of Writing by Ruth Culham.
- Student engagement and student/teacher rapport. Really where I thought I’d go with my inquiry from the start and it still surfaces in my head whenever I think about what I could do with the MEd.
- Being a Connected Classroom teacher. Or, teaching in a ‘Flintstones vs. Jetsons’ teaching environment, as my predecessor called it! The Connected Classroom project is a pretty cool gig. The project even has the attention of the provincial Ministry of Education to the extent that they’re going to be keeping a close watch on the ground-breaking ways in which the school district is using technology to enhance the learning experiences of the students. So many ways to turn what we’re doing into a question, such as…
- How can I engage learners across the district through a camera and learners in my classroom at the same time?
- How do I create/build/maintain student-teacher rapport across the district through a camera and learners in my classroom at the same time?
- How do I plan lessons, create visuals, communicate content, and teach curricula through a camera and in my own classroom at the same time?
Many, many questions at this point! Too many…I’m only doing one MEd! I’ll probably have to save a few for the PhD I have planned after retirement…
Any comments? Questions about my questions? Which stood out? Which seem to be most ‘alive’? I’d love your feedback…!