Friday, September 30, 2022

Hiatus?


I’m midway (ish) via an MPhil primarily based on practitioner analysis, and what looks like a only a few months in the past I used to be all fired up, studying, writing, and made numerous progress in a comparatively brief time – setting out the context and the issue (mainly that in ESOL, curriculum design – diagnostics, goal setting, complete schemes of labor, and so on. – is patronising and never match for goal.) and beginning a literature assessment (exploring the potential different fashions to stated curriculum design) which I’m roughly midway via.

After which within the final couple of months it’s all dried up. Partly, I feel as a result of it’s an MPhil, and, naturally, the college wish to know that I’m not going to fuck all of it up, which requires me making ready abstracts summaries and stories, purposes, and so forth. This type of stuff, whereas I perceive its goal in retaining me on the course, is a good distance from attractive issues like critically reviewing processes just like the (eye roll) learner journey, and so it’s a little bit of a chore. And even making ready for a convention felt like a little bit of drain on my focus, however once more these items are necessary a part of the method; a cog within the massive educational machine, if you’ll. It in all probability didn’t assist that I’ve delivered workshops at conferences earlier than, nor that each one I actually needed to say was “that is what I’m going to do” which isn’t as thrilling as “have a look at what I’ve performed”.

An even bigger impression, it must be stated, has been the summer season vacation and the return to work, the previous being busy with household, the latter being, properly, simply busy. There’s been new routines (my youngest has began secondary faculty, sob!) and dealing patterns, new lessons, new college students, new methods, a brand new (to us) supervisor, to not point out adjusting to full class, full time nose to nose educating for the primary time in 18 months. The presence of a lockdown for the primary three months of this 12 months, for instance, meant I had extra time to dedicate to the writing and studying processes.

So it looks like I’ve not made a lot progress since about June, which I why I’m scripting this – to exorcise the demons of distraction, because it have been, and refocus my energies on the undertaking.

Besides that after I sit down and give it some thought, I’ve not been sitting nonetheless. As I’ve stated earlier than, I’m utilizing a curriculum mannequin during which the content material evolves because the course progresses, primarily based not on merchandise however on processes: a form of soiled amalgam of participatory pedagogy and dogme ELT, with a touch of job primarily based studying and a splash of important.

And whereas I’ve not but been chatting with the scholars, as regards information gathering, and so on., I’ve began my first set of reflective notes in an train e-book quite pretentiously entitled “discipline notes” (hey, it’s my undertaking, I’ll ponce it up if I wish to). I’ve additionally received hundreds and a great deal of lesson sketch plans, educating concepts (six pages, for instance, of concepts for working with texts), and a pile of books filled with put up it notes, and a handful of notebooks with, er, notes in.

The undertaking is, then, progressing. I’ve not but completed the literature assessment, however I’ve learn the stories, research and books, and they’re informing my concepts, and definitely the writing has taken a break, however the meat and drink, the motion, when you like, of motion analysis, is occurring. (It’s an motion researchy form of case research, I suppose, however I’ll fear about that in a while: the entire analysis strategies and methodology factor all the time feels a bit navel-gazingly self absorbed to me, however I’m certain I’ll get used to it).

And in addition as a result of the main target is curriculum design, because of this just by doing the educating on the course, and recording/reflecting on this, I’m making progress in direction of the completed product, even when there’s plenty of uncertainty over how it will all go. I’ve additionally been pondering so much: which suggests nothing concrete has been produced – so this obvious absence of product maybe additionally contributes to my sense of not having performed a lot (maybe I’ve been contaminated by the “evidencing impression” illness rampant in FE…)

And I suppose that for somebody who thinks by writing, with a remaining product which can be expressed in a large piece of writing, the absence of formal progress on that piece of writing looks like a hiatus. Mockingly, nevertheless, by writing this put up I’ve managed to remind myself of how a lot work I’ve performed, and certainly, am doing. So it might really feel like a hiatus, of types, however the actuality is kind of totally different. That stated, I actually do must get writing…

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