Task with a hidden message

Earlier this week we were given a task that would really open our eyes to the way we think. We were split into 4 groups and the task was to design and present a resource we will make that we would give to a new student starting uni. We were also given an envelope containing different resources we would use to make our product. Every group set out busily to complete the mission, not noticing some groups had more than others… one groups envelope was filled to the brim with felt tip pens, scissors, coloured bits of cardboard, sellotape etc while another only had blu tac, paper clips and a pencil.

At the end each group presented their end product. People in the group that had lots of resources stuck their noses up at the less fortunate groups design without even thinking did they have everything we did? This is when the hidden message became clear. The task was not about making the best design possible, it was about realising that those with less are usually overlooked.

After the task we had a group discussion how about the group with lots of resources did not think to offer their mass of products with the lesser group as they did not even realise they had less. They were so engrossed in what they had they paid no attention to anyone else and sadly this is what happens in society.

This task brought to our attention clearly that not everyone is the same so it is impossible to treat everyone the same. You may have to give someone more attention, more help but that is OK because it is all about meeting peoples individual meets and requirements.

Swimming Teacher to Primary Teacher

Being a swimming teacher I have always loved being around kids, helping them, watching them go from being drowning 4 year olds to basically Michael Phelps aged 10.

I knew quite a lot about teachers as my mum is one but it was never the career path I thought I would journey down until I began to work with kids myself and see how rewarding the job really is. I find it fascinating how I have the ability to be able to teach and help them grow to make them more confident and feel proud of themselves.


Welcome to your WordPress eportfolio

Welcome to your ePortfolio. This is where you will document and share your professional thoughts and experiences over the course of your study at the University of Dundee and beyond that when you begin teaching. You have the control over what you want to make public and what you would rather keep on a password protected page.

The ePortfolio in the form of this WordPress blog allows you to pull in material from other digital sources:

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Teacher, Lorraine Lapthorne conducts her class in the Grade Two room at the Drouin State School, Drouin, Victoria

You can just about pull in anything that you think will add substance and depth to your writing.