November Contact Week 7. - 11.11.2016

Learning outcomes

You are able to:
  • form self-selected peer groups based on your mutual interests and commitment
  • organize your peer group activity, which also includes scheduling the peer group meetings between contact weeks
  • understand the choreography of the program, i.e. what actions you are to take over the course of this development path
  • interpret the competence criteria in terms of your work at TUT
  • identify your own development needs and those of your organization
  • use the digital learning environments designed for the program (enough to get started with your studies, you will gain more experience along they way!)
  • verbalize your own practical theory
  • take the next steps

Getting to know each other

We ran several activities to learn who we all are. David and Irmeli interviewed each other first, and after that the participants were asked to think about their motive to join the program and choose their spot in space based on that. We originally had five alternatives, but nobody was interested in developing his/her teacher identity, so, only four groups were formed.

The motive #1 was "My boss wanted me to join the programme"

In each group the people introduced themselves, discussed their motives, and the person with the shortest hair shared a summary to other groups.

Next step: speed dating

For the next two hours we followed a speed dating choreography, which made it possible that everybody got to talk with everybody else.

Download the instructions from this link

Pics 1 - 3 speed dating in action, pic 4 checking the names through a ball-throwing game
Getting to know each other continued, but with a twist: the aim was to form self-selected peer groups

Tuesday morning opened with a champagne party, except that there was no champagne, juts Finnish Pommac (non-alcoholic) and rye chips with reindeer cheese. These snacks were available when the participants searched ideal partners for a peer group by mingling and discussing themes like:

  • What are you passionate about in education?
  • Where could you invite members of your peer group?
  • Which is your home campus?
  • etc.

As a result, we got three excellent peer groups: The Radicals, Dynamite and Do etc.

The newly formed peer groups got organized with the help of Belbin tools. We also worked on Golden Rules for smooth cooperation.

The red pearls are votes.

You decided to start at 9:00 and end at 15:30, and only have a 30 min lunch break. Punctuality got a lot of votes, but unfortunately this did not always actualize! During the contact days many activities take place in peer groups. By being late you disturb your peers' process, not only your own. Out of respect to each other, let's try and be punctual!

A plunge into working methods

David facilitated a session on the program outline and working methods, and with Irmeli you learned to login to Moodle and Google Community. Moodle is for group level activity. All the contact day materials will be shared on Moodle, and it is also the place where you submit your assignment links. Peer groups meet on Google Community. It is a more informal environment where you can carry out an open dialogue.

Link to timeline.

We had a look at TUT practices with a method inspired by Blue Ocean approach.

Time to kick-off Learning theories

We started with a silent mind map on Pedagogy. When everybody had had a chance to add words, you spontaneously started to categorize and group them. Way to go! Proactivity is one of the qualities of a good teacher.

The original work of art...
... the same in Popplet

After a short introduction to Creative Commons licensing system, the peer groups started to work on a slideset on their practical knowledge (personal teaching philosophy). Everybody was to find an image which depicts his/her practical knowledge on teaching and learning. You were also supposed to write a tag line "as a teacher I am like a/an ...", and if you wanted to elaborate why you think the chosen metaphor depicts well your practical theory, you are welcome to add that, too. So far only DO etc. has submitted a full set (and even in the presentation some texts could be added to go with the photos). Just to get The Radicals and Dynamite motivated: here comes a sample of DO etc. slides!

Next steps and feedback

Friday was dedicated to peer group activities ("Team time"). We also collected together a checklist for things that need to be done before January. And to conclude the intensive week, we took a walk down the memory lane (=all the different artifacts which were created together during the week). Everybody picked one most important takeaway, and added a red, yellow or green post-it on the whiteboard to indicate, how satisfied you were after the week. Here is the photo, not bad!

One more thing!

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