In the comments to this morning’s post, Mel calls me out:
All of the activities we create are for the teacher to use at the front of the class – and we are conscious never to make the resource the teacher
Let me have another go at explaining what I meant. I think this might have been the problem sentence:
The problem is that the author has tried to create something that replaced the teacher
Let me go back and develop that idea further, cause from Mel’s comment I don’t think I really explained what I meant.
The resources I create for me to use in my room always look different to the ones I make to share around the dept (and with the wider world). The difference? Me. Without me there I have to substitute what I would have said with words on the screen and the moment I do that I shift the dynamic from something flexible that I can develop with my students to something that’s static on the board.
The same thing applies to any resource which is designed for sharing with other teachers, including text books, but for some reason the way in which slideshows control the narrative remove some of the flexibility for skipping around that you can do with a textbook.
But the alternative is also no use. I’ve got resources created by other people that I’m sure in their hands make a great support to a lesson, but I have no idea what they are. Without that knowledge and context they are just a series of disjointed images and quotes.
What I’m trying to get my head round is how can we keep the flexibility, adaptability and spontaneity of the resources we create for ourselves, but make them usefully shareable 1 All I know right now is that the stuff I’m sharing and the stuff I’m downloading isn’t there yet.No blame. No packdrill. Just trying to move the situation along somehow.
- Usefully shareable? Ok, bad grammar I know but it’s late and it sums up what I’m after! ↩