Now in its 6th 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 August is ‘Creativity’. 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 August this is 24-28th. It doesn’t matter when you do it during that week, just choose an hour that suits you.
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).
THINK: Whilst you are walking, think about the following provocation:
We were saddened to hear news this week that Sir Ken Robinson had passed away. As so many of us have been influenced and inspired by his work, it seemed like a fitting time to focus on the theme of CREATIVITY.
In a recent tweet, Robinson said, ‘In difficult times, creativity becomes more, not less important….’. Thinking about the last 6 months, has there been much creativity in your teaching and learning work? What difference has it made? Could you find new ways to be creative?
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 August 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!