I am reading ‘Wow: The power of objects in object-based learning and teaching’ by Dr Kirsten Hardie in preparation for my micro teaching session in a few weeks time. Hardie mentions that learners are encouraged “to discuss, debate and evaluate their ideas, opinions and the facts” which sounds like a good idea for my session. 

I will also observe Jasminka teaching at CSM and she’ll be sending me some forms to read. I know this because she emailed to let me know she’ll be late in sending the completed forms to me, and I had no idea what she was talking about. It appears I’ve somehow missed a massive chunk of information along the line which is worrying.Jasminka seems to have a Greek surname which I want to ask her about, although it is none of my business. 

Back to ‘Wow: The power of objects in object-based learning and teaching’. Dr Kirsten Hardie carries on to say that despite the fact she encourages students to discuss, debate and evaluate she is mindful “that an unstructured discussion can often turn into a rambling sequence of anecdotes.” 

This reminds me of the feedback I received after my interview at LCC. Apparently I came across well but had to be brought back to the question too many times for their linking. Dr Kirsten Hardie is right, I must introduce structure and learn to keep my observations ‘on topic’ otherwise I’ll never get another teaching job, or indeed get this PgCert done.

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