Provincial Instructional Diploma

Provincial Instructional Diploma

Plain is Good..Is Plain Good?

Last week I attended a two day work shop, which was presented by Dr. Bosley -The Plain Language Group. This work shop provided me many useful tools when writing and editing material. At the end of the work shop, it was required for all participants to present a 5-10 minute mini lessons. The purpose of this mini lesson, was to ensure everyone understood “something” from the work shop, and were able to present it to others.

So what is plain language?

Plain language is a simple way to communicate with others. This could be through documents, e-mails, texts, websites, books, talking, blogs, etc.

The work shop provided a 7 step checklist for writing more efficiently and more effectivity.

  1. Planning
  2. Drafting
  3. Revising
  4. Planning and Analyzing
  5. Organizing
  6. Writing with style
  7. Formatting with design

By following this checklist and using these tools, I’m able to transform a document and make it simpler to read. Please compare the two examples below:

Example:

BEFORE The reason computerization of this process is being recommended is because it reduces the time required to obtain data and gives more accurate data.

AFTER We recommend computerizing the process to get accurate data more quickly.

The AFTER version is much easier to read. This was done by simply changing the way sentences are wrote.

What else?

When writing we must also consider the following:

  • Use active voices
  • Use positive language
  • Show a positive attitude
  • Minimize wordiness
  • Limit Jargon
  • Use transitions
  • Add visuals

Now what?

Working in the Middle East and teaching technical data to ESL students (English as a Second Language), is a difficult task. Having tools to help simplify learning resources and assessments, will add value for both the student and the instructor.

Currently, my department at CNA-Q is undertaking a redevelopment project. This project consists rewriting all related curriculum documents. Having this new knowledge allows me to teach others the importance of “Plain Language”. Over the next few months, I will complete a Train-To-Trainer session with my peers to ensure they have the skills to simply communicate with others.

 

Resources:

http://www.theplainlanguagegroup.com/

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Flip It!

I read an article a few months ago, where Eric Mazur an university professor at Harvard was talking about the benefits of using a flipped class with his students. He said that the most valuable tool that can be used in a flipped classroom is a…..”Book”. Having students read or research information before showing up to class is very effective. This professor also believes that technology can create more unique ways to flip a class., but he chooses to stay away from using technology, as the simple “book” concept has effectively worked for the past 20+ years.

Sometimes simple solutions works great, but not necessarily innovative for the students.

http://evolllution.com/revenue-streams/distance_online_learning/audio-flipped-classroom-redefine-role-educators-10-years/

Who are you?

Susan Cain presented a 20 minute Ted Talk session explaining the differences between introverts and extroverts. In this video she defined, that introverts are people who learn more efficient when working alone or in small groups. They are generally quiet, but not shy, and tend to think better when doing things themselves. Where extroverts are outgoing, and work better in social situations, as they become more productive when working with others. Extroverts need to be social! Introverts need personal space!….Click Here to continue reading

https://www.ted.com/talks/susan_cain_the_power_of_introverts?language=en

Excuse me do I know you?

Understanding who your students are will help you succeed in the classroom. We must put ourselves in our students shoes and recognize that everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses. Like us , we have good days and bad days. Sometimes its work related and other times its personal.

As an instructor we must support our students, and motivate them to succeed. Motivation can be expressed in a variety of ways. We can simply encourage them to become leaders. We can tell them why its important to attend class. We can express our interest, and show them that others care. We can help them find reasons to learn and succeed.

Motivation is key in education. Its up us, to help our students maintain it. We must always show up to class expressing a positive attitude, so our students feel welcomed and secure. Just remember, our job as instructors is to educate our students and encourage them to achieve their goals, no matter the circumstances.

Enjoy the Video!!

Digital Project

Role playing is an excellent way for students to interact. To learn how to use this tool in your classroom. Click Here to access my digital project. Hope you enjoy my characters southern “twang”.

First I wasn’t sure how to start the project. I researched several websites and used many different strategies to create my script. It was challenging trying to compact all the information in a 5 minute timeslot. Once the script was written, I tried a few different ways to record my voice. It started off with a professional microphone, which I rented from our “Advanced Learning Technologies Center”. Then I switched to an app that I downloaded on my phone. After a few recordings I loaded my voice on PowToon, and selected a mysterious background track to match the lesson.

PowToon itself was an easy tool to use, once I understood the main functions and its limitations. Following the suggested steps from PowToon helped me complete this task at ease.

Step #1 Write a script

Step#2 Record voiceover

Step #3 Add visuals

After compiling all three steps, I published the video and showed it to my peers at work. They all  understood the benefits of using “Role Playing” in the classroom, and were interested to try PowToon for future lessons.

I recommend everyone to try and create a cartoon with Powtoon.  It’s a lot of fun and it forces you to use your imagination.

“As you are aware there are many instructional strategies that can be used in the classroom. Role playing is a fun way to engage students in a higher order of thinking.  Having them involved in an exercise that is as realistic possible, will increase their ability to transfer knowledge, and show them how to behave in similar situations. These are important traits to have when socializing in today’s world.” Ralph (2015)

Resources:

http://serc.carleton.edu/introgeo/roleplaying/howto.html#objectives

http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/role-play

file:///C:/Users/60083036/Downloads/TCM-Role-Play-Practice.pdf

Gogy……What??

 

There are may different gogy’s in the education world. Here is a brief overview of a few.

Andragogy:

  • Adult learning method
  • Adults learn differently from children (pedagogy)
  • This method provides structure for adult learners

Heutagogy:

  • Adults that want to learn
  • Self-Directed learning
  • Typically found in higher education settings
  • Students are responsible for their own learning
  • Teacher facilitate “Things that are going on in the classroom”

Technoheutagogy: (Spelling may be incorrect)

  • Using technology with Heutagogy
  • Examples; Blended learning, distance education

Am I missing any other Gogy’s??

 

Jim Carrey’s Commencement Address at the 2014 MUM Graduation

Jim Carrey does an excellent job encouraging students to become successful in the future.

Inspirational Quotes found in the video:

“you can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance doing what your love” – Jim Carrey

“The affect you have on others is the most valuable currency there is” – Jim Carrey

“Your job is not to figure out how its going to happen for you, but to open the door in your head, and when the door opens in real life, just walk through it. Don’t worry if you miss the cue, there’s always doors opening.” – Jim Carrey

What Domain Represents You?

Here’s a simple list that explains the difference between each of Bloom’s Taxonomy Domains. The definitions are easy to understand, as it uses simple modern day language. This overview is a great tool to use when you need to clarify and distinguish the different levels.

Bloom has indicated three domains. Cognitive domain (Brain), Affective domain (Heart) and Psychomotor domain (Hands).

Cognitive Affective Psychomotor
knowledge attitude skills
1. Recall data 1. Receive (awareness) 1. Imitation (copy)
2. Understand 2. Respond (react) 2. Manipulation (follow instructions)
3. Apply (use) 3. Value (understand and act) 3. Develop Precision
4. Analyse (structure/elements) 4. Organise personal value system 4. Articulation (combine, integrate related skills)
5. Synthesize (create/build) 5. Internalize value system (adopt behaviour) 5. Naturalization (automate, become expert)
6. Evaluate (assess, judge in relational terms)

Critically Reflecting

learning from one’s experience involves not just reflection, but critical reflection.”

This quote helped me understand that learning involves a deeper connection with oneself. In order to learn, you must look past the actual experience and start uncovering the causes of your knowledge, assumptions and beliefs. This will allow us to discover new meanings, which can impact who we are…Click Here to continue reading