Ladies and Gentlemen, The Train Blogger is proud to present… the results from the first Locational Learning experiment!
To sum it up, too much planning, too little emergent activity. Taking students outside to a local public artwork was fun, and student feedback was overwhelmingly positive, but trying to control students’ interaction with the environment limited the opportunities for language affordances and therefore emergent language. Dogme, and so LL, should be based on spontaneous, unprepared, emergent activities.
For the next excursion I’ll try conducting the experiment blind, then, post-lesson, retrospectively identify experiment objectives and evaluate them. This way I’ll resist the temptation to plan.
Lessons learned, bring on the next excursion!