At the post graduate induction Saturday, I have stood in front of the crowd of eager new starters and asked them what they thought I taught at university. I have been quite surprised by the suggestions of anything creative, such as art or performance since I consider myself the least creative person around! However, once I tell them that I teach mathematics and science with an interest in e-pedagogy and computing, they accept my own declared label of ‘geek’. It follows on quite fluidly therefore, that my own teaching strategies would reflect the use of technology…but do I have to prove that these strategies work in order to use them?
Returning from a week of conferences around the UK, I suddenly realised that schools only have one more week left before their summer holidays. Working in higher education when I have annual leave rather than set holidays, I sometimes become disjointed from the regular rotation of holidays and/or events associated with the school year. Since things are coming to an end, this week’s waffle is about activities that I used to do in the last week of term.
I would just like you to know that I am typing this wearing a yellow jersey! Refraining from making the possible cow jokes here, I am wearing it in honour of the Tour de France which is currently in Yorkshire – where I live. Yesterday it was in the Dales, today in York itself. As you can imagine, the centre of York is virtually closed down to traffic and thousands of people are already congregating. I, myself, am sat in my usual Sunday morning haunt, writing this week’s waffle which is all about teaching technology.