If someone had asked me to identify 6 learning spaces at the beginning of the year, I could probably have named 4. Completing the tasks of EDEF459 have revealed more than just the spaces in which we learn. I have realised that learning, especially your own personal journey, is defined in all 6 spaces. The personal, e-space, collaborative, classroom(physical), liminal and beyond the classroom.
As I have worked on taxonomies that reflect this learning journey I have come to a deeper understanding of our need to guide students into an educational path that is self directed. To encourage them as thinkers that move to find answers. This was not a completely new idea but, breaking down my own learning experience has shown me the value of each space and the need to recognise the essential learning and time spent there.
Teaching Early Stage 1 is a unique experience. You are the first to formally guide a cohort, unwrapping ideas and probing their thoughts. I have always treasured the early learning years. I have begun to recognise the learning spaces in my students learning journeys and have been spending some time discuss feelings, both positive and negative, that relate to their discoveries. We openly share questions and seek answers together. We are in fact, modelling the community of practise. If I continue to show them the frame work of the learning cycle, it’s my hope they will repeat it with enthusiasm.