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Reflections on “How do I cultivate a sense of joy, passion, and purpose in my teaching, and how do I share that with my students?”

Mark Carrigan recently asked quesions for a reflective teaching practice on his blog, and one really resonated with me: “How do I cultivate a sense of joy, passion, and purpose in my teaching, and how do I share that with my students?” This question seemed extremely relevant and here is my attempt at figuring out an answer for myself.

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The paradoxes we are confronted with when teaching for sustainability, and attempts at dealing with them, using Liberating Structures

Today, I tried two new “liberating structures” in my “teaching for sustainability” course: First the “Wicked Questions“, where we surfaced some “opposing-yet-complimentary” strategies that we need to pursue simultaneously to succeed, and then we worked towards “15% solutions“, with a focus on small changes that we have the freedom and resources to implement now. And this is how it went.

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Exploring another serious game for teaching for sustainability

Yesterday evening I joined a group of 14 teachers who met up to learn from, and support, our colleague, Ester Barinaga, who wanted to try a new game for teaching purposes and needed guinea-pigs to test it on. The topic was money: contrary to popular belief, money is not at all neutral, and what currency is available, who distributes money and how, what rules exist for trading, … have huge effects on how an economy develops. We explored different aspects through variations of a very simple setup and had space to express emotions and reflect on what happened under different conditions.

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Thinking about presents?

How about giving books about waves or the ocean to your loved ones?

We have an illustrated book about waves specifically for kids, or a photo guide to wave watching for anyone — both available in English or German!

Or if you don’t have access to puddles, rivers, lakes, or the sea, or would like a little structure to explore the oceans in, check out the 24 days of #KitchenOceanography book! Works great as advent calendar with one experiment every day, or as a I-want-to-pick-and-do-an-experiment-now book!

An office as an analogy to explain the three brain functions

In last week’s seminar on inclusive teaching, Louise Morreau, psychologist at the student health services at Lund University, gave an inspiring presentation and used such a great image to talk about how we can think of the brain’s functions, that I have to adapt it for myself right away (because that is how MY brain works).

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Recommended watching: The myth of average (Todd Rose)

I recently watched “the myth of average” by Todd Rose, and he makes the most convincing argument for not designing teaching for “the average student” in hopes of that making it work optimally for all students, but instead looking at the extremes and making it work for everybody (you see where we are going here — Universal Design for Learning ;-)). I really enjoyed watching it and I think I might make it “recommended watching” in all upcoming courses. Check it out! Continue reading

10 years of “Adventures in Oceanography and Teaching”!

Today marks the 10 year anniversary of my blog, “Adventures in Oceanography and Teaching”! This blog is a pretty detailed documentation of my development as a teacher over the last 10 years. Now that my job is “to teach teachers how to teach”, is there any value in keeping the historical record of how I used to think about things, before I knew better?

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