Sunday, March 09, 2008
Encountering Conflict Network Ning
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In my capacity as Professional Development committee member of VATE I have just started an Encountering Conflict Network Ning which brings together teachers in Victoria who are teaching Year 12 English. The new study design being implemented this year has an Area of Study called Creating and Presenting. This area of study is divided into four Contexts out of which students write to various audiences and purposes out of a study of two set texts in the Context. Read more here. At my school the students are studying The Secret River by Kate Grenville and The Crucible by Arthur Miller. The idea of a social networking site to bring together teachers in a teaching and learning community was too good to pass up. Looking forward to seeing how it works. Of course, I want to use all the modes available to me so some of the teachers will be meeting face to face as well this week, but I hope the Ning will take off as well. And who knows, with any luck it could become a useful resource for students as well. I love the idea that we are all learners and we are all teachers as well. And maybe we all will gain some ideas about how to usefully "encounter conflict" and how to not let it destroy us.