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Aine keaveney

by aine keaveney

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Representing fears
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Inspired by the work of
Molly Bang
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Building a foundation
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Shape and colour
I decided to use rectangles to represent my characters of the Doctor and I , me being the red shape for the reasons discussed and the Doctor being blue , representing a overpowering stereotypical Doctor . I also used the rectangle shape to differ from the triangle shape I would later use for the injection component.
I used a white background instead of a coloured one to fit the aura of a hospital which is well lit and clean . I followed with a small pointy triangle representing the injection in the hands of the Doctor.
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Inspecting example piece
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Colour picking

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Molly Bang piece
To provide us with an example and to also inspire us we first looked at the this wolf piece by artist Molly Bang .It represents fear and we discussed her selection of choices throughout the picture.
The purple represents nightfall a time of day in which many people would be more fearful , the black cut outs are representational trees. The red triangle depicts the character of little red riding hood , the red colour for obvious reasons and the triangle as it is a strong shape and easy to differentiate between the many components of this piece
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Once we had looked and broken down the Molly Bang example we began our own representations of fear . We first picked our colours , I liked the idea of having the main character as a red shape as in my opinion red is a powerful and eye catching colour which will provide a centre point for the story.

I took a different approach to Molly and chose a lighter combination of colours for my piece I had a few initial ideas and these colours fit all of them .
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As soon as we finished the class discussion in relation to our stimulus piece I had a few ideas come into my thoughts .But the one which proved the most significant and unique was my fear of needles and more specifically injections . I had my colours picked and now all that was left to decide was colour , shape and position.
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Finishing touches
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I put a small bit of black on the tip of the injection's needle as black is a colour commonly used to represent fear , in this piece it is coming closer and closer creating a sense of urgency and panic.
I also added a cream border at the top creating a hospital feel as a bright rooflight . These types of lights almost add to the scary feeling , providing little comfort as they are not cosy nor homely
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End of module thoughts

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My thoughts on inquiry now
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I certainly feel after completing this module I have a greater knowledge of the world around me and am more aware of the environment in which I find myself .When I know what inquiry is in depth like I do know I am more conscious of implementing it's key features in my everyday life .That being said my curiosity has grown immensely , I know look at things wonder and then continue to explore and analyse , as a result of this module my wonder has changed into knowledge .

Each week our investigations and discussions have broadened my perspectives , enhancing my 'outside the box' way of thinking .By promoting this innovate side of me . I have learned ways in which I can implement these skills into my teaching and indeed into my daily habits and routines.

The Inquiry based learning approach is something I will incorporate into my classrooms in the future , however each child may find a different inquiry process that suits them as a learner. I would hope to be able to accommodate all these processes within the one classroom , allowing all students learn efficiently and to their optimum potential through inquiry.
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One special moment of inquiry
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One moment where I found myself leaning on the theory of inquiry was when I was working as a substitute teacher in a second class. One child asked me in front of the class why we had to change the clocks on Halloween . I repeated the question back to the class and asked them to think of their own opinion on this . When they had thought of their own possible reason we researched it as a class and saw who was right/wrong or on the right track .
This was my first time attempting to use a small bit of inquiry learning in a teaching setting and I found it very beneficial , each child was interested in the 'finding out' as they were hoping they would be right .Everyone was active in researching the result so everyone was learning without almost realising.

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My favourite inquiry cycle
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The inquiry process that interested me the most when we compared many of the popular inquiry based learning processes was this one above proposed by Justice et Al. in 2002
In comparison to the many processes which have a definite start and end , I liked the idea of an inquiry cycle .This way the learning is a constantly occurring action and the possibilities for learning are permanently ongoing .It also supports the idea of learning one thing and that conclusion triggering a new question . With each question you unlock the more you will learn as a whole.
The first step in the inquiry cycle being to build a basic knowledge of the topic facilitates for directed investigations that you can associate to ongoing class subjects and topics .For this reason you can really use this cycle in every aspect of your classroom .
Overall IBL is an interactive hands on way of learning , which I have learned throughout this module not only yields effective results in the classroom but beyond educational settings into the student's personal lives .

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