#EduGoalsMooc The Goal Minded Teacher: Challenges to Transform Student Learning
WEEK 2: FINAL REFLECTIONSDuring this week we have been faced with the always complicated question of how to motivate students. My personal experience, during the past 27 years of my life, since I became a full teacher, is that most of us never stop trying new things, looking for the magic token which will make our students eager to learn and to do all the tasks that we may invent or find in our textbooks. Most of us never stop reading, attending courses or doing anything just for the sake of keeping updated and always tuned with kids that are always the same age in a never changing world while each course makes us a year older; and often all this huge amount of time and effort goes with little appreciation or unnoticed on the employers' side. However, years not only make us older, more tired and less confident, they also make us more experienced, more intuitive and faster to acknowledge when something is useful and is worth a try.
#EduGoalsMooc by transforming a bookwork activity into a learning mission which students are challenged to fulfill. I decided to share a matching activity of questions and answers which I turned some weeks ago into an outline for a more complex and personal piece of writing. Thus, my 9th grade (3º ESO) students had to write about an ideal holiday with their families, including information about how to get to the city -in the UK or Ireland- of their choice, where to stay, what to do and what to see. I must admit that I was already doing such things: turning boring activities into something else, related with the student world and connected with ICTs. However, there was something important missing in my practice: I see now that some more enthusiasm and encouragement is essential when challenging students. Next, some readings were suggested for us to learn about how to create Learning Missions from common tasks and how to do it well. Finally we were suggested a few ways to hand in the specifications of our missions. I decided to give try to Google Slides, which I had never used before, and produced this presentation to share with with my peers, who (by the way) gave a really positive feedback. Thanks!!