Tonights session was split between the classroom and the IT suite; we started of with an engaging Tarsia puzzle/jigsaw exercise. Primarily used in mathematics, they have been adapted, to accommodate multiple subjects, through word/question based solutions. These puzzles, involve a matrix of equilateral triangles, which typically have a word, statement or question along the edges. The aim is to locate a corresponding statement/question combination, where upon completion all edges match, where a target shape is formed, typically a triangle or other geometric shape. Below is an example of a maths based hexagon.
Our tarsia puzzles had an assortment or learning/curriculum practitioners and models; so our objective was to find the matching description of the model/theorem and match it with the practitioner. This was a good exercise, where it engaged us to review what we have learnt, discuss and confer with our peers, which helped reinforce our areas of research, thus pushing that information further into our long-term memory.
Onto the IT Suite: The last two groups presented their pitch on their assigned web-based resource, which involved describing its structure, benefits, then concluding with highlighting its unique selling point. Along with Jo, we presented out findings on using blogs within teaching and education. Overall, it is the accessibility and security of a blog for the documentation and evidence gathering of research and coursework, which was the highlight. I specifically made reference to this course, where we are collecting evidence and documenting our development in traditional workbook folders. I then proposed the worst case scenario of losing the folder just before handin! With my evidence on this blog, I feel secure. Also, I find the structure and the technology more logical to my working methodology.
For the last hour we started to structure our assigned homework tasks of creating a ‘Teachers Guide’ on various curriculum models; my model is ‘Linear’.
It was briefly discussed how exploring the curriculum models will guide our report for UET6. This is because, in our current teaching environments, we do not rigorously stick to one curriculum model when developing and delivering our subject. Our practices are an amalgamation of all models; some may be more evident, but generally, our governing frameworks will encompass aspects of each model.
To digress back to tarsia puzzle development, I have created one that focuses on colours and their various alphanumeric representations, for example a visual swatch/dollop of colour to be matched against a either its hexadecimal, RGB or pantone representations. For example, please see below: