Aboriginal ways of learnig.

Aboriginal ways of learnig.

Over the last few weeks of my online course ‘The Learning Space’ we were looking at the Aboriginal 8 ways of learning. This has been a really interesting topic to research. It has helped me to conceder ways to  approach learning of culture in schools, not just for Indigenous students but for every student in Australian schools. The aboriginal 8 ways of learning are listed in the link attached. I am really looking forward to creating lessons that incorporate these learning techniques for my next round of placement.

Open Plan Learning Space

I was lucky enough to do a placement in an open plan learning space. I find myself always wanting to talk about it because I just loved it. I was in a gr prep class and at first I was so worried and I just could not understand how it worked when i found out i was with a class of 50preps. The preps were split in two group and still had their classroom but it only had three walls, the other was open onto what was called the learning mall that connected the three areas of the school and each section had  large open space.

One concern with opls is some students may lack motivation.

I never saw students lacking in motivation because the teachers had come together and created what they called learning lists for the students to mark off as they go, it set achievable goal for the students. So at some point through the day they had to do some writing, reading, project work, word work and some other things but I can’t remember what they were. These preps had some of the best time management I have ever seen.
Another concern with opls is noise. It really wasn’t too bad. The students were quick to get started and they knew what was expected of them. I think the building design of the school may have helped with it a big.
I could honestly talk about this school and my experience all day if I had the time. It was just the most interesting ten weeks.

My Taxonomy

Self-directed learning is what university is all about. I think it is really important to have a plan or learning goals set out to assist tin motivation and time management. Procrastination is a burden on me, I almost always find myself watching YouTube videos of cats or rainbows or something ridiculous when I am trying to study. It is important to have a personal taxonomy in place to shape your learning and direct your learning. I find that self directed learning goals are needed when working on assessment tasks at uni. My personal taxonomy involves:

Goal setting

  • What am I trying to learn?
  • What is my task?
  • How will I reach my goal?

Organisation

  • What do I need to complete this task?
  • What research will I need to do?
  • Who can I work with?
  • How will this information be put together?

Time management

  • How much time is needed to complete this task/learning?
  • Have I allocated myself enough time?

Self monitoring

  • Am I meeting my goal?
  • What am I having trouble with?
  • Am I keeping on track?

Evaluation

  • Have I completed the task?
  • Have I met my goal?
  • Has learning taken place?
  • What can I improve on?
  • Who can provide me with feedback?

What is Taxonomy?

Taxonomy is a set of learning goals put in place to assist students in progressing through a lesson. It provides a structure for self directed learning and focuses on developing higher-order thinking skills. Blooms taxonomy incorporates three sections, cognitive, affective and psychomotor. Each category is made up of sub-categories that move towards higher-order thinking. In education, the cognitive taxonomy is usually seen as it incorporates knowledge, comprehension, application and evaluation. It helps students to keep on track of a task and allows them to self direct their learning to meet the desired outcomes/learning objectives. 

Curriculum as a learning space

I believe that curriculum is a type of learning space. The Australian curriculum covers a range of topics and units that must be covered in classes all over the country. Teachers need to come together and discuss, plan and collaborate in order to get the most out of the required curriculum for their students.  During my time on placement, I have seen teachers join as one year level to collaborate, as a few year levels and as a whole school. These smaller  planning sessions form learning groups and allow teachers to share ideas with other levels to further their ideas and knowledge.  Allowing teachers to collaborate with a larger group of teachers leads to a better understanding of the content and the best possible outcome for students