Learning, Teaching and Technology

In that order

August 15, 2015
by pascalecolonna

#blideo challenge

Instruction: Write a short, learning related blog about this video:

What a coincidence. I’ve been thinking about starting to write on my blog again for some time and here comes this perfect trigger to do so. Thanks Steve Wheeler.
Watching this video was the most excruciating two minutes of my day, for sure. Initially my thoughts went to ‘why this narrow path when they could jump anywhere along the fence’ then ‘there is a will but also some clogging up’ then ‘ but it is ineluctable; they have to overcome this hurdle’. Finally only one was left behind, unable to jump up and worryingly getting badly left behind, and I thought I would die (a little melodramatic, I know, but I do have a terrible soft spot for animals). But, thankfully the poor soul finally knows what to do and throws himself with all his might and re-joins a group that has been waiting for him/her.

There is a lot of beauty in these two minutes. First of all, the meaning of a group and how everyone in a group contributes to its momentum. The group as a whole will make it possible for everyone but it needs a leader with a clear aim. Some group members will struggle, and will need support.

Is this something  I have observed in a learning context? Absolutely – every time I started a new year of teaching I’d carefully lay out tasks to ‘gel the class’ for 2-3 weeks. Some members would vaguely lead the rest (but not always) but the group as a whole learned best when they all felt valued, supported and respected by their peers and with a clear aim throughout. My best cohorts all had that fine feel-good vibe when you entered the classroom. It felt like all I had to do was steer and they’d be driving the herd.

Above all the most beautiful moment is when the last elk has not been abandoned- a group waited for him. It is a good sign when you see class mates doing that – it means you’ve done your job well.


And this is my suggestion: http://youtu.be/tZNLAJJrdEc