Haven’t ever blogged before.. this is new!! Just wanted to add a quick note to let you know how I am feeling about I-swoop: somewhat anxious, but excited as well.
Why anxious? Because this is going to be a new level by which I take my interpretation. For the past few years, I have been struggling with “loosening the reins” on my programs, and trying to adopt the facilitated dialogue approach. I tend to consider myself an “infotainment” type of ranger, only now starting to crack into facilitated dialogue. I believe it is possible to teach an “old dog” new tricks, but to break habits is going to take time, dedication, and practice. I’m a bit nervous of stepping out of my comfort zone, and really having the visitor take over the program, to direct their own learning.
I am excited about using the I-swoop model, because we will be giving visitors an opportunity to activate their learning in a multi-model inquiry-based manner. I remember how exciting it was for me to using an inquiry based model for learning about water tension (back in winter, 2009). The demonstration was straight forward, but the process by which I learned what water tension was, and be able to then apply my “newly” acquired information really cemented the concept in my mind. I hope I may facilitate the same type of learning for visitors!
That’s it for now…. looking forward to tomorrow’s session!