"WE RISE BY EMPOWERING AND LIFTING OTHERS UP" DR SANDY
SUCCESSES WITH ESSAYS:
A SIMPLE 4- POINT PLAN
Dr Sandy does not like the idea of essays for primary pre-service teachers in Higher Education in the 21st century. She advocates assignments move beyond this 20th century idea. Instead she advocates assignments target 21st century skills (Anderson & Jefferson) which align with learning depositions in a holistic manner: 1. Communication 2. Collaboration 3. Creativity and 4. Critical Thinking.
Dr Sandy marks many assignments and offers an easy to follow 4 point idea. Please note, Dr Sandy is mindful when Pres-Service Teachers (PSTs) graduate they will be required to "write" and craft emails to principals, letters to parents, write school student reports. She believes there is a more effective way to learn to write.
The 4-Point Plan:
Writing a paragraph requires one main point. I also find many write like they are making a shopping list. I find in my teaching many find using PEEL works:
2. SUPPORTING REFLECTION:
When completing any assignment we are required to reflect. To help you reflect you can read many parts from my PhD. For example on page 39 there is an easy to follow model/framework called:
Four-level framework for reflective writing by Lane, McMaster, Adnum and Cavanagh (2014)
Summary of each level:
D1- Purely descriptive: PST is descriptive focused and has not noted the impact on action in the classroom (Usually a Pass)
D 2- Descriptive and evaluative: PST describes the event in the classroom and evaluates the action (Usually a Credit)
R 1- Low level reflection: PST describes the event in the classroom with a qualitative reflection (Usually a Distinction)
R 2- High level reflection: PST describes the event in the classroom with a qualitative reflection and offers suggestions to adjust future instruction (Usually a High Distinction)
Lane, R., McMaster, H., Adnum, J., & Cavanagh, M. (2014). Quality reflective practice in teacher education: A journey towards shared understanding. Reflective Practice, 15(4), 481-494. doi: 10.1080/14623943.2014.900022
Referencing is a big thing for universities and I am aware more and more knowledge based industries seek to be evidenced based. My favourite APA guide is from Curtin University as it is colour coded!
Use self talk/mantras like:
Believe you can until you can
Intelligence before emotion
How come Dr Sandy knows this works!?
Students tell me in emails or note this in my anonymous surveys. I have been thanked for this PRRV approach since 2011.
“I found that assignment quite challenging. I took on board your feedback, which I've also applied to other subjects and been successful. So, again, I just want to thank you for all your time and effort. I'm delighted.”
(Secondary pre-service teacher, career changer
Course: Introduction to Education Studies)
Keep at it!
STAY TUNED: I have many more hot tips and will be making digital videos with summary notes for a fee if others are interested. Stay tuned!
Handy link for the 4Cs: