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Greg McVerry

Five Reasons I chose to Carve a Spoon as My Subjective's Metaphor #OpenPedagogy #digped

My Free Choice Post for #edu522

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In my previous post I shared pictures of a hand carved spoon I am shaping from wood. I used this tool as a metaphor to explore my goals for . Got me thinking about what would the shape of the sotry be if I stretched the metaphor just a little too far.

Knowledge isn't Spoon Fed

In this class you design your syllabus, well the important parts. I still curate materials and facilitate discussions.

Open pedagogy draws heavily on principles woven into feminism and critical theory. in the sense of striving for the better (hooks, 1994); of seeing growth as a community process rather than a taxonomy of skills aquisition (Weber, 2006).

Many of us gather on a quilt Dave Cormierย  (2015) calls "Community is the Curriculum" which we hold together through intentionaly equitable hospitality. In this class I want us to cook together. Bring in our own flavors to a shared table.

Learning is Messy

We often cast learning in such clinical terms. Our students need an "intervention." Growth requires "diagnostic" assessment. A nice easdy picture cleaned with the medical precision of a septic wipe.

Open pedagogy also draws on ideas of rhizomatic learning. We waste so much time and treasur measuring and sorting children. I would rather double down on reinforcing classroom practices that we know have positive impacts.

I believe the space of learning and not the learner is the variable of interest that should draw your focus. What can you do better to let your students make a mess as you create a community of readers and writers?

Learning Takes Deliberate Planning, Action, and Reflection

Open Pedagogy gets driven by those who learn out loud. By that I mean we share our reflections, openly blog throughout the design practice, often create content for the Commons, and encourage our students to do the same.

When you make learning visibile (Hattie) you help students grow. When you encourage students to that from a place they can call their own you help them be.

In this class you control your level of openess and privacy. You can share only in our private Microsoft Teams channels or publicly by publishing on your own website.

Play With Knives

Imagine walking into your principles office and suggesting giving out knives to all the eigh year olds. Think it will fly?

Why not?

I have taught so many children ages 6-10 to play with knives in cub scouts. I am happy my kids can, with supervision, sit outside and play with knives

We shelter our children from too many complex tools and topics. I believe we must engage students in critical issues for change from a Vygotoskian dialectical perspecticve.

In this class we will explore the relationship of open pedagogy, privacy, and strategy exchange amongst our peers as you folks work toward your subjectives.

Know the Right Amount of Pressure

If you look closely at where my spoon is and where I planned it to be you will see they are not alike. I say I am trying to break from my love of symmetrical design, others will call it a lack of skill. Either way, many times when I press too hard the wood cracked.

Learning works this way. We need to rethink assessment and the pressures we put on children. As Sean Michael Morris and Jessie Stommel ask us, "How do we measure the love of learning?"

In this class I hope to leave that question unanswered as we all try a little bit better tomorrow all figuring it out.

Greg McVerry

@bwatwood And consider licensing your instructional design with an open license so we don't all keep starting from scratch when we all build the same courses.

Greg McVerry

To support teachers they can join our class on effective remote learning in schools: we are doing the instructional design work of the camp as a mentor text on active remote learning.

Greg McVerry

quote that guides my instructional design: "Change yourself and you have done your part in the changing the the world. Every individual must change [their] own life if they want to live in a peaceful world. "

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Oops this is this year's addition, while I loved my class on open pedagogy and connected learning teachers wanted more explicit instructional design training:

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@_marcusherrmann I hear a cautionary tale as to why we should design all our courses in basic HTML where it is much easier to guarantee accessibility compliance without messing ARIA

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What a wondefule card from an @scsu student thanking me for taking the time to personalize my instructional design during the covid-19 crisis. Southern such a wonderful place.

What a wondefule card from an @scsu student thanking me for taking the time to personalize my instructional design during the covid-19 crisis. Southern such a wonderful place.

Dr McVerry

I just wanted to take a moment and say thank you for a great semester. A semester which was full of surprises. But you still took the time for your students and created a unique course. Not juts a repeat from years before and I learned a lot from your class. So thank you!

I hope you and your family have an happy and healthy summer.

Greg McVerry

"By design we reach out to people" @JackyAlcine

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@thedomcherie Site is amazing! love your design...word of caution when using Wix, read the terms of service...they do not allow you to export your content...can't move your website somewhere else. Bad for the web


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