Before starting this blog post, I want to give a massive thank you and respect to the teachers. I got to experience first hand on what it’s like to be a teacher and I have to say, it’s tougher than I thought it would be. 45 minutes wasn’t easy to pull off, but the fact that teachers have to teach us for the whole day simply amazes me.
For the ATL workshops, we had to plan, design and present our knowledge of the ATLs we were assigned to. My partner was Caroline and she did an absolutely fantastic job. We were assigned to communication for year 7 and thinking for year 12. Our first workshop was with the year 7s, which was about communication. Before starting the workshop, I wondered if the kids were going to even listen to us. I was completely wrong. They were very active and supportive. To start off, the kids played Chinese whispers which they seemed to love. During this workshop, my favorite moment was not when we did the activities, but when the kids asked us questions. It just gave me a smile whenever they would ask us a question.
For the second workshop, it was with the year 12s, which was about thinking. The year 12s already knew the ATLs so I tried to make it as entertaining as possible. After doing a presentation about critical thinking, we played a game of mafia. The game soon got really intense. Trying to use critical thinking in this game isn’t easy. However, Kenny was really good at using his critical thinking skills to find who the mafias were and eventually lead the town to victory.
During the ATL workshop, nothing major went wrong. Everything was fine and it went all as planned, except when there was 10 minutes left in the first workshop. We managed the time incorrectly and had 10 minutes of nothing to do. I asked the kids what they wanted to do and they came up with a game called “big red balloon” where one kid would sit in the front and tried to guess who was saying “big red balloon”. We thought this was great not because of the game they came up with but because they communicated with each other using the skills we taught them.
During the workshop, we addressed these learning objectives:
LO3: I plan and initiate – We had to plan our own workshop and present it to the year 7s and year 12s. From designing the presentation to searching appropriate activities which is relevant to the workshop, we can say that we managed to plan and initiate.
LO4: I show commitment and preserve – I was very committed to the workshop so the audience would learn and get something out of it. I worked on the presentation continuously and tried to find the best activities for a long time.
LO5: I demonstrate collaborative skills – By working collaboratively with Caroline, we managed to plan and initiate our workshops. If we didn’t collaborate, we wouldn’t have managed to present it.
If I were to do this again, I would carefully manage the time. Also, I will try to get the audience engaged as much as possible. Because the feedback was better than expected, there aren’t many things we need to change to make it better.