Teachers and Students, More Alike Than Different.

I believe in an educational paradigm in which needs are understood. A paradigm in which a student can join a class two weeks from the end of a year and still get something out of a class. I believe in a system that has high expectations for its learners, and does what it can to aids students to meet those expectations. I believe in a system that recognizes its treaty connections, and values Treaty Education. I believe in Education.

I became an educator, not because school was easy, but because it was hard. I found it difficult to navigate a system designed for a very specific kind of learner, with tasks and assessments to match. Needs assessment and inclusion are therefore at the forefront of my educational philosophy. True education for all is necessary should we wish to equip our youth with the tools necessary to navigate situations, technologies, tasks, and more that we cannot possibly imagine. In a world that changes overnight, learners will need tools to adapt, survive, and succeed.

All students deserve someone willing to learn who they are, especially those who they will learn from. Students and teachers are very similar when you look closely. Both learn, work, and socialize within the school environment. Their identities are formed through and by the school. Both teachers and student continue to learn new things every day. Understanding this, a big part of my educational philosophy revolves around the care for all, fellow teachers, administration staff, educational assistants, speech pathologists, custodial staff, and many more. When we work as a team, we are more powerful than the sum of our parts.

Effective, compassionate, and inclusive education. These are the qualities with which I define my teaching.

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A Magical Reflection

Over the last two and a half months, I have been practicing a skill I never thought I would have time for, and in a way I never assumed I would. Using the internet to add poorly executed magic tricks every week to a small repertoire was perhaps not the wisest idea in learning magic.

 

Patience is a virtue, but by consulting videos and walkthroughs, i have come to expect more from myself. So this week, rather than search out a new trick, i have sought out some advice. And I found it here.

 

I have always been a fan of Penn and Teller (I’m still salty about missing them in Vegas), but they did more than entertain me today. They could very well be my biggest motivator in choosing magic as a pursuit for this project.

If you haven’t seen them perform, check out this trick, one of my favorites.

I think my biggest take away from learning things on the internet was not something you can learn on the internet, oddly enough, and i think it extends into the other facets in my life.

Patience.

I need to be more patient with myself. It can be hard to be patient in a world of due dates but that doesn’t make it any less necessary.

 

Lots to think about this week, see you next time.

 

The Elusive Blue-Breasted Tweeter

Twitter has always been my achilles heel when it comes to social media. Before class use, I pretty much only used it for entering contests or submitting my name for giveaways. Though i feel i am getting better, there is much to learn.

I have yet to successfully participate in a twitter chat, but the concept intrigues me. After looking and reviewing some of the ones that have passed, my opinion on the format is mixed. On one hand, the medium allows for anyone and everyone to participate in a discussion, but on the other, it seems like many peoples voices get washed out.

I will be attempting to participate in the #EdChat tonight at 6 PM to see if more experience helps me understand the medium more.

After-thought: Do people use this format for discussions that are not ed related?

 

The Next Day:

After participating in the #Edchat on Tuesday night I have come to a few conclusions.

  1. Twitter chats are a nice way for people to share their opinions.
  2. A chat is only as successful as its moderation.
  3. Reasons why are far more prevalent than steps as to how.

I will participate in such a chat again but my expectations will be very different. at times it felt good, I even shared a few posts back and forth with some users, but at other times it felt like a full room of people with bullhorns.

I am interested to find other chats about education and other topics.

Sit Down, Shut up, And Hear What I Have to Say

What it means to be a good student is a definition that changes with time but traditionally consists of a student that sits quietly, does the work, doesn’t raise a fuss and shows up on time.

Defining a good student as patient and punctual disadvantages a huge majority of students for many different reasons. For example, judging a student based off of their punctuality marginalizes those who come from homes that have difficulty organising transportation (only have one vehicle, use public transit, or walk even when the weather is bad). This marginalizes students for things beyond their control.

Valuing students who can sit quietly and not raise a fuss is perhaps more marginalizing than punctuality. One (like myself) might suffer from attention deficit disorder or similar and different mental health issues, making it difficult to be the “good students” that society of the past and the now deems worthy of the title.

Basically judging someone on things beyond their control is an insensitive and cruel move, and yet it is sanctioned by curriculum…

Paying for ignorance with dollars and Common Sense

Kumashiro appears to define commonsense as a collection of shared ideals and beliefs within a locally defined area (country, school, town) that frames the way members view “correct” ways of doing different tasks and practices within its bounds. For example, meal times took Kumashiro by surprise, yet were “commonsense”

It is important to pay attention to “commonsense” because it can lead to biased attitudes both on the social on the individual levels. Biased practices can very much limit the possibilities and potentials of people and communities. Openness to new ideas and practices is a very effective and meaningful way to get the most out of ones own experiences as well as to appreciate the experiences of other people. If one wants to pursue anti-biased practices, then a consideration of what it means to have “commonsense” is most necessary.