Last semester, when teaching on a course called Student Engagement, I asked the participants why they choose this particular course. They were honest. Seriously, I need to stop building trust, they were really, really honest.
Today was the first day of an eight week long twice a week 6-7 a.m. bootcamp I signed up for. On my way back when thinking about planning the writing activities I have to undertake. I realised there is a strange commonality between the early morning intensive circuits training and academic writing.
Reflective practice, in conversations, in writing, is the teacher's secret weapon. It doesn't matter if we teach at university, college, or school. The ability to look over our own shoulders (knowledge on action) can help us develop knowledge in action.
I have been making some headway catching up with literature on education, educational theories and helpful instructional books for emerging teachers in higher education. There is a lot of ‘because I say so’ writing. As Erziehungswissenschaftler (educational scientist) this is rather a nuisance. It makes we want to rebel:
Auf Deutsch Teil der Erkenntnis die mich letzte Woche befiel war, dass Deutsch für akademisches Schreiben die wesentlich zufriedenstellendere Sprache für mich ist. (Auch wenn Google mir gerade sagt, dass ‘zufriedenstellendere’ […]