I have just opened Tarter’s student handout for the PLUS model, kindly left by James Herring in the Resources folder for MEdTL 401 … the thought that occurs to me, perhaps belatedly, is that this teacher is being taught how to teach.
I know I am a life-long learner – this, in and of itself, is a good thing to know – however, I am paid to do a job, which is to enable the learning of others through quality teaching. Having seen how the PLUS model is translated into a handout for student usage, gives me a model to bounce from when the time comes.
The feelings that I have are firstly, enormous gratitude; and secondly, incredible relief – I believe I am going to be able to do this teaching stuff!
The Scholarly Paper went in with 1 hour and 5 minutes to spare – I could have taken it to the last minute, but sometimes you just have to let it go.
The biggest surprise for me was that the final essay ended up to be quite different to what I had envisaged when gathering my information and making my notes. Basically I had gathered too much – 2000 words didn’t go very far -so when I started to prune, the essay took on a different character. Mind you, I am not unhappy with the final result, just surprised.
The next assignment is a Portfolio – my plan is to road test one of the literacy skills models in completing this task, which will be a first for me … when I was completing my schooling in the 1970s we weren’t taught how to research just “have a good introduction and a good ending”.