Hi there! It’s Ester, this week’s Sweet Chilli Pepper analyst.
Unbelievably this is our last task in our course of School Organization and Educational Resources, and I said unbelievable because it seemed that this day was never going to arrive, but it did. As this is the last analyse in our blog I’m going to try to do this last one as better as possible, and I’m not only going to talk about this task but also about a general overview of our progress as a team during this course.
In this task, we all experienced a “déjà vu” because the format of the artefact and of the presentation (speed learning) was the same as the format of our first task in this course (see the TPACK task). From my point of view, we found quite easy to organize everything, it was as if we knew all of the steps that we had to follow, not only because of the TPACK task, but also because of all the experience that we have gained thanks of all of the previous tasks.
Apart from the organization, I also think that the presentation day was so much easier for our stars, because they knew how it was going to be and we all have much more experience with the presentations after doing so many of them during the course.
However, obviously there is always a hard part and this time it has been the part in which we had to find the relationship between the concepts from the four documents. In my opinion, the problem with this task was that we all had different interpretations about the papers that we had previously read, and we had to spend a lot of time for agreeing. So for instance, if someone though that there was a good relationship between two different concepts, other didn’t understand it or didn’t think that it was right, and even we got nervous and did not use appropriate words . Furthermore, the day of the presentation our teacher Linda told us that there were two relationships that were missing in our artefact, and it is funny because the day before we had been talking about one of them, but finally we did not put it in because of what I have just said; some of us thought that it was correct and some did not. So maybe the real problem here was that we did not achieve to explain well to the others what we thought which reminds me that in life, and in our future jobs for sure, we are going to find some occasions in which we will have to debate with other mates about anything that we consider that is correct and that they don’t, and I really consider that it is important to know how to debate when you think that you are right and that the other person is not. From my point of view this is also related to the assertiveness because at that times, it is essential to expose your raisons but doing it well and without imposing your opinion, because at the end, this is what it is, just an opinion.
On the other hand, and referring to the topics that we have been working on during this week, there are two things that are very clear for me now:
Firstly, that it is essential the coordination between workers in order to do a good job, but especially between teachers. And secondly, that the relationship between the students or the teacher is a very important factor in the education that the students receive. Nowadays everybody has heard about the connection between bad environment and bad academic performance in some schools, or for instance, about children that obtain bad marks because they are being mistreated by their classmates.
To sum up, I think that during this course we have learnt a lot of things: from how to use a web 2.0 tool to how to work efficiently by groups, starting with a large amount of nerves and mistakes and ending with quite a lot of confidence in ourselves and organizing us quite well.
Anyway, and regarding to my general analysis of this course, I think that we also have learnt (not only with this subject but also during our life so far) that making mistakes and having difficulties can also help us to learn from them and that humans need to make those mistakes in order to improve themselves. So we should always look on the bright side and not only focus on the things that we have done wrong, but also on the things that we did well and learn from the negative ones, because it doesn’t matter how hard we try, we always are going to make mistakes in our works, and in our life in general.