Always learning, always yearning.

Mark Smith
13th March 2021

This reflection was contributed as a submission for a 2 Star Badge in The Digital Teacher (Adopting)

Give a brief description of your work context and responsibilities, e.g. your teaching background, experience, type of organisation (e.g. FE college, ACL), subject/curriculum you teach/lead, your learners (skills level, any particular inclusion needs, age range of group, size of group)

Started teaching full time in Nov20 before being thrown head first into remote teaching due to Jan21 lockdown. I teach painting and decorating which is predominantly a practical/hands on course which made teaching theory effectively a challenge at times.
I have a mixed group of students, from 16-35 who have differing skill levels with practical, theory and the technology side of remote... more

How did you use the learning from this module in your teaching context?

After this module I went to speak to a colleague of mine who is well known for his digital skills, I showed him what I had been working on using Jamboard and how I had incorporated it into lessons in various ways. He liked some of them then showed me how he uses nearpod.
I have adapted many PowerPoints and lessons into interactive ones now and I am seeing an upturn in interaction from... more

What worked well?

The higher and lower game worked brilliantly, every student wanted to get involved, broken mics suddenly fixed themselves.
The knowledge graph at beginning was used for students to place themselves where they felt their knowledge was on a bar from expert to clueless, we came back to this at the very end of the session and allowed students to move themselves if they felt more knowledgeable.

What would you do differently next time?

I missed a chance to embed some math's on the higher and lower game which I have now incorporated into the slide.
The Jamboard collaboration at the end of the lesson could have been put to good use for future revision.

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