Stepping Forward From Here

One of the main things I will leave with because of ECS 210 is the fact that I learned how to create a relationship with my peers, and my professor’s. Prior to this course I barely ever spoke in class (having fear of being wrong), and would rarely speak to the prof about anything (also the fear of being wrong). However, this semester I decided to not care as much because I believe that 210 allows you to voice your opinion with no restrictions. Overall I enjoyed this course (as you can tell in my video), and look forward to incorporate the uncomfortable learning into my teaching philosophy.

Here is the link to my digital story telling.

The reason why I decided to screencast myself watching the civil war trailer for my digital story telling project is because I think it is a great example of how different opinions clash, and no one wins in the end. Though the movie will be different from what I heard, the original Civil War comic from Marvel has two sides of superhero’s fighting the ones who believe that their identities should be kept secret, and the other side that believes a superhero should be government position (funded by the government) hence giving up their personal Identity. I believe this is a perfect example of the issue I have with the phrase “common sense”, because it should not be the reason for negativity, and conflict. Just because someone does not have the same opinion as you does that make them the bad guy and as seen in Civil War SPOILER ALERT* Captain America dies in the final battle because two groups of people have disagreeing points of view. Basically we should all be considerate of each others customs, and opinions and rather than causing conflict we should step towards understanding the different points of views this world has and embracing them towards our own.

Thanks for a great semester 🙂

 

 

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Subject told to teach only if you want.

The purpose of treaty education in my opinion is just like claire said in lecture that “it is not necessarily for the Indigenous people in the classroom, it is for the settlers”. I strongly believe this in the sense that treaty education is more about educating students who fall within a settler origin about the land that they migrated to. Indigenous people were here well before Europeans stepped foot on this land, and through many many horrific years we finally made agreements with the Indigenous people that in our words “owned” this land before us to share the land; treaty ed focuses on the history of the land that we are sharing with the Indigenous people.

I feel as if we start enforcing let alone encourage treaty education in elementary, and secondary schooling then we will truly start our step forward with recognition of Canada’s dark history. As claire stated she had her hardships, and embarrassing mistakes with enforcing treaty ed into her classroom, but she stated that she has yet to offend someone or make someone upset (which I feel is one of the stronger reasons we don’t teach it). We as educators should not be afraid to step into the dark part of our countries history.

What we do not want to hear in School

With all of this hidden curriculum and troubling teaching we have been covering in ECS 210, I have come to terms with the sense that we need to dig right into the dirty in order to better the next generations. Through out the years of my education I have noticed that not only have I not been taught the troubling aspect of human history, but it was near ignored. I did not know the holocaust was a thing until grade 6, and I never heard the term “Residential Schools” until the last semester of grade 12, and that was just barely touching on the topic. It was not until I was in university that I really gained a true sense of the horrors of human history; everything up to that point was basically butterflies and rainbows. In my opinion the reason I was never taught about this kind of stuff is because my educators were probably afraid to approach these topics because they are deemed “not appropriate for school” but why? Why is it a bad thing to review the negative side of human history so that we can improve from it? School should not all be troubling don’t get me wrong, school is fun which is why I am wanting to become an educator. However, introducing the dark side of human history (that everyone is so scared to even mention let alone explain) should open the eyes of our students to the truth that people can be horrible monsters, but we can always improve.

We are still the power.

From my understanding of what has been going on in ECS 210 from the last lecture, it is clear that the teachers appear to not have as much power as once thought. It is not the teachers who get to control the curriculum, it is people who are sitting in desks somewhere; This seems to be a big no-no. However, the people sitting at desks telling us what we can do are not the ones who are working with students everyday. We as the educators are the ones who take this curriculum and incorporate it into the minds of students all alike. The way I view this is that the government sets out these guidelines they want us to meet to deem our students “smart”, but they only care about us getting to that point (the transmission model?) But the way you get to that point is totally up to the teacher. Teachers are still the connection between the curriculum, and the students in this sense and we have to make that connection as strong and imaginative as possible.

The “perfect” Student

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From what I have experienced through my own elementary, and high school experiences is that a perfect student respects the teacher. However, that is just the basis , there are many different hidden motifs not directly taught to the student body, but is implied. The perfect student is one who sits at their desk respectfully and quietly; one who asks questions by raising their hand and waiting patiently; and who does not ask stupid questions and meets all of the teachers expectations. There are so many visions of a perfect student but everyone has the same common idea; a “perfect” student does not talk, only listens.

However, referring back to my blog on the word common sense, this idea of a perfect student is the common sense between the educator to the student. Educators hope that students understand this commonality because they were most likely brought up the same way. With the future of diagnostics, and mental illness’s becoming more and more apparent everyday it is very safe to say that every student does not have the same mind, and heart hence possibly not having this “common” sense. Students range greatly in cognitive function, mental capabilities, and overall attention spans. We are no longer training students to be soldiers like we were in the 40’s (soldiers who listen to the authorities with no question), we are starting to create students that can think independently and will impact the future. The “common” sense of a student should be that they come to school with the will to learn, and expand not fall into authority.

 

Inspirational Quotes Galore

The quote that I am going to somewhat dissect and vent out about is a quote by Albert Einstein. “Everybody is a Genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” The one major point that I love about this post is the “believing” portion of the quote. This quote honestly for me shows exactly how I feel about the education system, because I sometimes was the fish. I was the kid at times who struggled with math, and english simply because I kept on getting bad grades; and I never appeared to improve because a number was telling me so.

The other night I had a discussion with my father about where the education system stands. My dad is a little stubborn and sticks to his beliefs strongly, so when I said that we are starting to shift into a world where a grade won’t depict your academic achievement and “Smartness”. At that point he started bashing the system because he in fact was one of those students who succeeded in written tests. He asked “How can you show someones academic achievement without the use of a general test that everyone takes?” The best response I had for that is group projects which again got me thinking. In my mind it seems like we have not stepped away from standardized testing as much as we think. We are introducing group learnings and accommodations, but we still have a test at the end of the semester depicting how well we did in the class. We need to actually find a method to assessing someones achievement so that I can prove my dad wrong; and also start implementing it right when I become a teacher.

We are realizing as a society that there are different ways of learning, and that we need to accommodate for those fish who don’t know how to climb trees. However, realizing is not necessarily helping, its moving in the right direction don’t get me wrong! We just need to start making a change rather then saying we are. Educators are starting to give some water and cutting down the tree for the fish, but the overall goal is to still see how you can climb the tree. We need to start growing bigger trees for monkeys, and more water for  the fish; still giving someone the ability to do the task successfully but making it harder will make the monkey climb higher eventually.

 

 

 

The Reality of Standardized Testing

 

We were also asked to expand on the idea Ralph Tyler presented to the world of education which was standardized testing. In my own personal schooling experience I have witness many examples of Tyler’s ideas of teaching. In my opinion standardized testing is a method of allowing the “smarter” kids to be noticed more so that they can succeed; while the “Dumber” students simply get lost in the dust. I would like to believe that we are veering away from this way of education because I have seen a change in teachers attitudes from middle years to secondary education. I noticed the teachers that actually cared about your learnings rather than bombarding you with tests in order to give you an accurate grade. The things that are negative about Ralph Tyler’s point of view is the fact that it is contradictory towards the idea of a teacher. A teacher is a role model who guides a student in the right direction of success; a teacher does not base a students academic achievements simply by a percentage. It is hard to place a positive attribute on standardized testing because there is nothing positive that comes out of it. Standardized testing’s only motives are to aid the smart, and diminish the dumb. It is a method of putting a label on somebody based on only one method of testing someones intellectual skill when we as educators all know that there are many different ways we learn, and many different ways we express our achievements(all in different and unique ways).

My opinion of all testing for academic achievement is that we need to get rid of it. Every student has their own strengths and weakness’s; if one student is denied achievement simply because they did not have the ability to put it down on paper does not mean that they should penalized. Educators are already now getting to the point where we are recognizing that students do not learn in the same way. Some need more stimulation, and some need none at all. We are stepping in the right direction but we need to find a better method to allowing a student to succeed that does not involve them writing a final test that is worth 20% of their grade.

 

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The Not So Common Part In Common Sense

This week in ECS 210 we read the introduction to a book called Against Common Sense. We were then asked to expand on our thoughts of Common Sense, and build off of what Kumishiro was getting at.

From my experiences with the words “Common Sense” I actually find them quite contradictory because common sense is not actually that common. We assume everyone understands our cultures way of life because we are born into it; but the whole entire world has its own beliefs and culture systems. Saying something is common sense is only judging the other person hoping that they believe in the same things as yourself. I worked in a kitchen for 4 years of my life and working there was also a man of the sharpen culture. I was completely blown away when he told me that he didn’t know what The Simpsons was. In my head I near lost respect for him because he didn’t know one of the most well known shows in our culture. However, “our culture” is the key words in that statement; I was so drowned in my own culture that I forgot that not all cultures might follow the same trends as us. I think what Kumashiro is getting through common sense is that it is not common. We can not judge someone for not understanding your own common sense when it is only determined from your culture, and how you were brought up.