Task 2: beginnings

We are told and socialised into what to reject, but rarely told how to create1.

This is not a course about design2 but that is what you will need to do for the 2nd task, design something. The specifications for the assignment are here. There are some useful resources to help you think about design that are online. There is the obvious constraint of time so keeping your focus/purpose of the resource simple and tight will help.

A good representation of the process you are involved in is captured well in this brief note.

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When we design courses, units of work for students, we tend to develop one idea and keep working it up from an initial set of assumptions about our students and where we want to take them. What we often tend not to do, largely because of time constraints is to initially consider a number of competing ideas3.

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A key element of your resource is a decision you make about the audience for the resource. Building a resource for all primary teachers would be way too ambitious for the time you have. I'd encourage you to narrow your audience to something that is as narrow as possible. The other consideration here is that you can find sufficient folk to look at what you have done and are prepared to give you some feedback.

When we teach there is a tendency to give all of the information, all of the ideas so that students don't miss out. Death by powerpoint is a common enough experience for most of us. You need to give a lot of thought to your audience. How much time do they have to pay attention to your resource? Why would they bother?

Yep. There is a lot of stuff to think about. It makes the scholarly essay look all too easy in comparison.

The most important thing to be doing as you work on it is to keep track of your ideas in your trusty notebooks.

And if you are sitting staring blankly at this screen and wondering what next, you might find this a useful little read.