— Nic Mason (@fuse711) October 6, 2014
Driving to #ulearn14, I was filled with the feeling of excitement and dread. Excitement; because I was going to ULEARN14, I would be connecting face-to-face with some amazing educators I have met via Twitter and admire considerably, and because I would be presenting for the very first time. Dread; because I knew I would feel exhausted by the end of it. Tired, beyond words.
Individuation? Acculturation? Socialisation? Which one do u chose? What do parents chose? #ulearn14 #cenz14 pic.twitter.com/qQA18VaR4z— Nic Mason (@fuse711) October 7, 2014
The first Keynote speaker, Prof. Yoram Harpaz, challenged me in thinking what my role is as a teacher or an educator with the sector. Does my idealogy beliefs about teaching and learning suit the learners I am responsible for? Or am I just part of a bigger, hidden agenda; to create an ideal student? Does this equip the learner for real life skills to survive in the real world? Or set them up for failure?
— Craig Kemp (@mrkempnz) October 7, 2014
The challenging idea Prof. Yoram Harpez put forward, was that using a combination of the above "pedagogical sentiment" does not work. You must choose one and stick with it otherwise the learner will become confused. I guess I see some sense in this but I intent to trial it before I make an informed choice. That's how I roll.
should leaders impart their ideology or should they allow it to be shaped by their community? Excellent question (@MrTTHATCH)
A brief reflection, but I enjoyed Yoram's accent, sense of humour and his message. A collaborative document to contribute to and/or follow during Prof. Yoram Harpaz's keynote speech can be accessed HERE.@mrehu @MrTTHATCH the best leaders create an envirnmt where Tchrs & communits feel empowerd 2decide & rguided on the side by them #ulearn14— Nic Mason (@fuse711) October 7, 2014