Now in its 5th month, the SoTL walk is a virtual and global conversation about teaching and learning! Make some time in your schedule to join the initiative – it is a great way to connect with others and develop your own reflective practice. Our theme for July is ‘When life gives you lemons…’. Come and join us.
Why join a SoTL Walk?
If you are new to the SoTL Walk, watch this short video to find out what its all about:
If you are interested in reading more about the benefits of walking (or if you need an extra boost to switch your slippers for trainers), check out these great articles!
‘It’s a superpower’: how walking makes us healthier, happier and brainier (Guardian 29/7/19)
Why walking helps us think (The New Yorker 3/9/14)
We all need flexibility in our calendars right now, so we have a whole week dedicated to the SoTL walk – for July this is 20-27th. It doesn’t matter when you do it during that week, just choose an hour that suits you.
1 Walk: Get outside and go for a 30 minute walk. Take something with you to record your experience – either a phone/camera or a notepad and pencil (for noting and sketching).
2 Think: Whilst you are walking, think about the following provocation:
When life gives you lemons…
This month’s theme is a chance to think about teaching and learning in difficult and unexpected situations – what strategies have you used to accept reality, realign expectations and take control? What do successes and failures look like in this ‘new light’? Does this make you feel vulnerable, authentic, brave or unsettled?
3 Share: When you return from your walk, share your reflections online with others. Respond to their ideas too! Include an image (a photo, video or sketch) and some words which explain your thoughts. There are two options for sharing:
- Twitter – use the hashtag #sotlwalk
- Padlet (click below to link straight to the July wall)
At the end of the week, I will capture all of the postings and discussions in a ‘3 minute read’ blog post.
Any questions email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or DM on Twitter (@taylor_dr). Happy walking!