Welcome to the edudialogue.org community forum: a space dedicated to having supportive and fun conversations about educational dialogue
Please note: The forum is currently only running for a trial of an online course by a member of CEDiR. We will be opening up the forum for public access in the near future and look forward to you joining the conversation.
This channel is to introduce yourself to your course peers. Please introduce yourself in a brief post, which includes: (1) The grade(s)/level(s) and subject(s) you teach; (2) Where in the world you are; and (3) What you're hoping to get out of this course.
Hi everyone! I'll go first for introductions. I'm Meaghan and I'm the course creator. I mostly teach adult learners although also have experience teaching English to a range of ages from primary to secondary school. I'm doing my PhD at the University of Cambridge and work for a consultancy that's based in London, UK, however I have just moved home to Ottawa, Canada (you may notice the time difference in my emails and replies!). What I'm hoping to get out of the course is to ultimately develop a platform and model that really works for teachers and practitioners to develop their dialogic teaching practice and help support their colleagues to do the same. I want this online course to be inclusive, engaging, and relevant for a range of contexts and needs - and look forward to your insights to help do this!
Hello all, my name is Derk (full name "Ngee Derk Tiong"). Thanks Meaghan for your welcome and for setting this course up. To your questions:
(1) I teach in pre-service teacher education, although my background is as a secondary school teacher. I've just completed my PhD at Cambridge and am now based in Malaysia where I'm part-time doing the aforementioned work at the University of Malaya.
(2) I am in Malaysia (BST +7, hence why I'm tapping out of this week's live event!) Fingers crossed that I can make future ones.
(3) My PhD has to do with teachers' discourse practices in relatively un-facilitated professional discussions. While it was part of the point that I wanted to study how teachers interact in such settings, I feel like now that that's done, I'd really like to come full circle and bring what I've learned from that into what this course is about. Most of the connections between the two have thus far only been "in my head" i.e. in a dialogue between research findings and literature and so I saw this as a really opportune resource that could help make those connections more apparent, in the context of a community rather than mainly on my own! Besides that I am also lecturing pre-service teachers next term and would like to go about facilitating their discussions with a little more thinking and research.