So I seem to have come to a point in my life where I am doing more work than I need to. By choice. Occasionally for fun. What. Is. Happening.
Of course this isn’t in every area of my life; in fact it seems to be only in relation to my PIDP classes, or maybe to my learning in general. I am seeking out processes and resources that will likely add work, but will also increase my learning.
The first time I really noticed that this was happening was when I came across this lovely resource:
We had been discussing challenges around doing assigned readings – challenges of our own, as well as challenges faced when trying to get students to do readings as well. I’m currently working on PIDP 3250 (Instructional Strategies), and a major part of this course (the online version) is an online discussion forum.
So anyway, we’d been talking about assigned readings. As a student I’ve always struggled with readings, even though I love reading for pleasure. I’ve always just forced myself to do them, as long as there was an assignment or exam connected to it. Otherwise I skipped it.
Then I found this resource. What a great guide! It gives students clear steps and activities to follow when they are doing an assigned reading – activities that will build understanding and metacognitive skills, as well!
What’s weird to me about my excitement around finding this guide is that… I can’t wait to use it as a student! I know that it will increase the work I need to do when completing an assigned reading but I actually think it is worth it. What’s happening?? I am simply becoming a more self directed student in general?
And how can I use this as a facilitator? Can I help them get to this place as a learner, as well? I can’t wait to find out!