by George Veletsianos.  

Hi everyone,

Thanks to those of you you shared their early thoughts on activity 6 already. I enjoyed reading and responding to those. I wanted to highlight a couple of ideas for you.

1. There's some overlap in topics - which is absolutely fine! If you see overlaps, use that as an opportunity to deepen your thinking based on what others are writing. Feel free to look up the references others are sharing or reach out to them to discuss.

2. What this assignment does is to say something about the future (of course), but equally importantly is to say something about the present. Our thoughts about the future are grounded on our present experiences, anxieties, hopes, and desires. In this way, when you're reading your peers' posts or thinking about the assignment, pause for a moment and think about what the writing says about education at the present time. For instance, I see concerns about lack of affordability and climate change.

I look forward to seeing the rest of your posts! The deadline for this is Tuesday.

Remember also that this activity acts as a formative start to the final assignment. I designed it this way so to offer a scaffold towards the assignment and avoid extraneous work at this stage. This is also the reason why unit 3 is structured as a "work" unit, providing what I imagined would be helpful breathing space for you to devote to assignment 3.

I also look forward to our second informal chat, which will be on Wednesday. I'll send a followup email directly to your inbox after this message with a link to our zoom room.

As always, please don't hesitate to reach out to me if I can be of any assistance!

George