Judging a book by its cover…

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The story behind the story

People like stories. The stories we tell ourselves help us to make sense of the world. In my last post, I briefly celebrated the creation of a new green space on campus.  It was my interpretation of what I saw. An unloved building pulled down and in its place, not a shiny new building, but an open rectangle of grass. I marvelled that the land had … Continue reading The story behind the story

Surprised by progress

My morning walk from the station to the university campus where I work takes me through an area that has recently been gentrified, along city streets that are marked with spilt paint and chewing gum, and through a building site that resists all attempts to divert pedestrian traffic around it. I am curios but I’m not easily surprised, which made the morning of the 7th … Continue reading Surprised by progress

habits & HABITATS

habits & HABITATS: An ethnography of learning entanglement – in PhD form – is finally finished. Four years in the making it will be accessible via The Sydney eRepository, shortly. Clicking on the image above will take you to an interactive time line that will give a feel for the learning environment that inspired my work. I am indebted to all who made this journey … Continue reading habits & HABITATS

Present at a distance and distant when present…

The past two and a half years have been punctuated with moments in which I have become acutely aware of being both the object of my research – the learner; and the subject of the enterprise of – learning. So it comes as no surprise that the 2014 Networked Learning Conference provided me with pause for thought. In this post I will reflect on the … Continue reading Present at a distance and distant when present…

What of spatial (material) literacy?

Is it possible that we need to develop ways to teach material or spatial literacy? We talk about the need for digital literacy and whilst this is closer to the notion of literacy, as in reading and writing it is broader than the reading and writing involved in purely text based activity. What of reading a space or an environment? The ability to understand how … Continue reading What of spatial (material) literacy?

Lense three: Observing the role of the curator

Mr Alexander arrived five minutes before the lesson started. Using furniture, he created a teaching zone. He was visible to the students as they entered the building – his eyes smiling as he waited for them to join him. He greeted them, and as a critical mass was reached, he began talking to those present. He went over what had been done and as the … Continue reading Lense three: Observing the role of the curator

A lesson through three lenses

What follows is a description of a single lesson that took place in a different environment, within the same school.  In subsequent posts I will walk you through it from three different perspectives.  Marcus and his year eight cohort spilled through the generous doors of the shared learning space. The students were halfway through a French language project and they made their way towards their … Continue reading A lesson through three lenses

Edward and Isobel develop a method

Part of the way through a learning session, dedicated to maths, my attention was drawn to the far upper corner of the Zone where I could see Edward sitting on the floor whilst Isabel jumped around him. As I approached I could see that Edward was doing his best to hold two 30cm rulers, one on top of the other, in order to measure the … Continue reading Edward and Isobel develop a method