Thursday, May 12



Hi my bloggers I'm Edu Espinosa and this week I'm the analyst of Frisky Hedgehogs. I'm the last one of my group on doing this role and I hope to do not be also the least. As I did the last time I was analyst, first of all I'm going to tell you the history, the background of Frisky Hedgehogs until now.

As you already know, we are in the last task of the subject School Organization and Educational Resources, where we have been working since the beginning of the year. This last task is all about relationships, concretely we had to connect issues from "Complexity Theory" to "School that learns", from our point of view this task could be considered as a very subjective one because there are many relationships. We only chose a few of them to be explained because we only have five minutes to present our artifact. For this reason we have done a concept map wich includes the more important terms.

About the point, as an attempt of being a nice analyst, I have tried to put my eyes on all the things that I could, concretely I was very careful about the relation that this task, and the things which are included on it, and some theory or content that we have studied in another subject.

On this 9th task there are a lot of things which are not new for us. Obviously, we already know about complexity because we worked with that topic a few weeks ago in this same subject, with the documents of Starkey, L. (2012). We have also studied the importance of collaborative work in the subject Planificación de la Acción Educativa from an article by Day, C. (2006) That collaborative work is a really nice way to improve the knowledge of teachers and help them become more proffesional on their work. In addition I could also identify the taxonomy of Marzano, R. and Kendall, J. (2007) which is closely related to the use of the knowing that in the task we have include in the complexity theory, I mean, for Marzano, the appropiate and accurate use of the knowledge is an extraordinary activity that we all should develop and, in the complexity theory, teachers put it in practice, all in all they use their knowledge for increase it by sharing.

Furthermore there are some things of Diversidad del alumnado y Acción Tutorial which are also included on this task. Concretely I'm talking about the relationships between teacher and student, which is a section of our task, we studied it in the documents written by Castillo, S., Torres, J.A. y Polanco, L. (2009) where the topic is "good tutoring".

Getting back to the analysis, for me, the best and (one of) the worst part of the activity was the presentation day. On the one hand it was the best part of the activity because, one; thanks to the speed learning we all have a great view of the relationships between those issues and, two; the presentation day, for me, is like go shopping, you see many things that seems to be very similar but you only pick the things that you like the most. On the other hand, it was the worst part because our stars could not feel the previous experience and also they were all the time repeating the same things to different people.

Talking about the group-work-time, on this task we have lived some really good moments, concretely at the time of making the artifact there was a moment where the laughts were the only thing we could hear. Another good time was when we finally reached a common opinion about the ideas that we were going to represent in our artifact, and with that point I move to the worse part... Reach a common opinion from all of us, that is definetely our main weakness, all in all we are eight people with eight different opinions which we want to introduce, but for that reason we have a facilitator, who organizes the group in that way.

For determinated reasons this is the last task, so the group only will meet again to prepare the final exam, I'm talking about this because I want to say what should we improve as a group. From a very subjective point of view I see clearly that Frisky Hedgehogs use to work very hard and do the things close to perfection because of the ambition of their components, but from an objective point of view I do not know what kind of group we are, I mean, we do not know how can we improve our work because we try to do it perfectly... and here appears Linda's feedback.

We try to use Linda's feedback week after week, as you can see in the development of the blog, in the begining the posts were just okay and now we tend to use 2.0 tools for showing some parts such as the journalist and curator posts!!. About the feedback, I have to say that we have used it in the best possible way to improve our work and that ability of learning from our errors is something which I am very proud of (maybe Linda does not think in the same way).

All in all, something that we should improve as a group could be reducing the time that we waste while putting in common our ideas and what we are going to do for the artifact. By the contrary, something that we should maintain is definetely the ambition of doing the things better and better each time, work hard for everything and look after every detail.

In order to conclude I want to let the feedback theme appart and write a little bit about the future because I think that sometimes it is relevant to think about it for a while. Furthermore, I am going to connect the actual task (relations and connexions of schools-organizations) with our near future.

"We are the next generation of teachers". Trough that sentence I want to say that we are not only the future teachers in the sense of time, we are the new generation because of our working procedure, I mean, it is very possible that when we become teachers we use in our class a lot of resources related to ICTs, but we also should take into practice the issues that we have learn on this task, connect and build an efficent network with other proffesional people, fathers, students, colleagues... All of this in order to improve the knowledge of the educational-organization and, as a first objective, improve the education and with that; the society.

Thanks for reading guys.

Eduardo Espinosa.

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