Challenges of Social Change

Three things I learned:

  1. I learned that I could talk all I want about what I think a classroom should be like or how the students should be taught. However, it’s different when you are trying to put it into practice and is harder than it may seem.
  2. I learned that it is critical to building relationships with the right people, the people you can trust, have faith with, as well as hope. Without having those type of people, one may stress and feel alone. As an emerging teacher, you will need to build relationships with people who will be there and help guide you through the process. The support and guidance will hopefully lighten a load of stress.
  3. Another thing I learned is that I may need to give up control and let the children explore. This will be hard for me because I am a person where I have to plan my day and if something changes or I don’t have enough time to do something I tend to stress. By letting go, it will teach my students to use inquiry-based learning and learn to be on their own. By being on their own, I mean learning to create discussions and such without much of my guidance.

Two connections:

  1. I connected with Gregory Michie’s approach on how a classroom should look or be like. I have always thought that classrooms spaces should be active and the students should be able to express themselves in creative ways. I also believe that students should be able to find connections between what they are taught in school and their lives outside of school. I think without connections to how the world works than the students tend to lose interest and think “why are we learning this if it’s not going to be used.” If we help them to understand better connections between the work and the world they may see why it’s essential.
  2. Interesting to realize how much students can learn from just reading the bulletin boards and posters put up around the classroom. Thinking back to when I was in high school and elementary I remember always reading what was on the walls. I loved the interesting facts posted or a visual representation of what we are learning in the class.

One question:

  1. If there is a conflict between my beliefs on my teaching philosophy and colleagues how do I go about this?

Professional Ethics

Three things I learned:

  1. I learned how fantastic teacher benefits could be! We as teachers are given so much for which I am grateful.
  2. I found it interesting to learn how the salary of a full-time teacher is determined. I had no idea that the salary is determined by classification and is dependent on how many years of school one is taking.
  3. I also found it interesting to find out about the STF website I really enjoy it. I love how you can see any question you have about teachers whether it be benefits, maternity leave, contracts, etc. and I love how willing they are to help when and if you contact them.

Two things I connected with:

  1. I found it interesting to know that the STF has an Employee Assistance Program. Some boards of education offer well-being and mental health supports, including confidential counseling services through an employee assistance plan, which may also extend to family members. I connect with this because I suffer from mental health problems and it would be nice to know I may have the support needed.
  2. When reading the Professional Code of Ethics, it reminded me so much of my elementary school teachers. Elementary was one of the best experiences in my life, and my teachers were the ones who made it so amazing. My teachers hit every point on the chart, and that is why I found it to be so amazing. I felt respected and felt like they were there to help me rather than teach me a lesson and move on. I felt connected to my teachers and felt like everyone was treated in a fair matter.

One question:

  1. If you are pregnant upon hiring would you still be eligible for maternity leave?

As A Society We See Discrimination… What Do We Do About It?

Three things I learned
I found that in a study 42% of teachers said that a preschool black boy needed the most attention. I find this study result to be horrible but true; it shows how we are so biased in our minds we do not even realize it.
Another thing I found interesting was how there is such a thing as a prison pipeline when referring to schools. From going to schools to prison pipeline is another horrible concept. I never really thought about a school in this way, but once you dig deep into it and start to talk about it, you can see it. Racialized students, having police officers at the school, zero tolerance policies, and punishments that lead out of class time.
I also learned about the hidden curriculum which are the lessons unwritten lessons and values that are taught. Another concept I never really thought about but looking back you kind of can see where those unwritten and unintended lessons.

Two connections
It was interesting to find out all the facts in Stacey’s lecture what stood out to me in particular, was that young aboriginal men in Saskatchewan are more likely to go to prison rather than finishing High school. I found this interesting because I grew up in a town full of First Nations people and I went to school with a lot. Now thinking about it I realized that a lot of the First Nations people dropped out. As well I noticed that most teachers were harder on them. Maybe they dropped out because of the teachers being hard on them and perhaps felt judged all the time because of stereotypes. A lot of the students had biased opinions as well most of my class were white and group up in a city where racism was prevalent.
I also made a connection to the reproduction theory of how schools are portrayed to give students equal opportunities. However, when it comes to field trips and some students family can’t afford to send their child the child is being disadvantaged from a learning experience because of something out of their control.

One question
Reading all the results from studies in Stacey’s lecture we see all these issues, what are we doing to decrease the numbers in the results?

Culture and Diversity

Three things I have learned
Throughout my schooling I have never heard of tracking in the Education system maybe I did I did not think much on the matter or understand it. I was interested in learning about high and low tracking and the effects it has on the children’s learning.

2. I also found it sad that the fact that high-track students are a significant gap between students who drop out of school and students who graduate. And those who are in the lower tracks suffer the most and have the most disadvantaged.
I found it interesting to know that during adolescence males are more likely than females to experiment with same-sex partners. Maybe because I am a female, I think that females are more likely to experiment, but I found it interesting.

3. In the chapter, it talks about how males are favorited more by teachers and professors than females. This was interesting because when I was in elementary and high school, I felt that the females were more favorited. I believe this because the females answered questions more and always seemed to have higher grades than the males.

Two Connections
In the chapter it under the topic “low expectations and low self-esteem” it talks about for the students who wear old clothes or are less experienced with books and school activities they are assumed as not bright. As well the teachers may set low standards for the student and not call upon them thinking they do not know the answer. In my classes in elementary school I have had many peers who were thought of this way, and because they were treated like this, they acted like it. I knew so many people who are so intelligent but were in low-income families and were labeled as “dumb” which is sad because they had potential but no one believed in them. Therefore they didn’t believe in themselves and lost motivation to prove people wrong.
At the beginning of the chapter when it talks about students creating a “White Girl” group I started thinking about the cliques in High School. In my High School, many people would stick to people who hang out with people of the same culture or skin color. Of course, there were floaters and some accepted into the groups but not all the time.

One Question
What are some ways schools can celebrate diversity and multiculturalism?

Social Persuasion?

things I learned:
1. That critical learning happens by observing others. I never realized how much Influence could come from peers in our classroom. It makes sense why the people that we have as our role models impact so much into our values.
2. A teachers sense of efficacy and they want to teach to learn will help the students achieve higher goals, due to the fact the teachers want to be there.
3. Same age models are essential to the students to be particularly useful. Usually, those who worked with others in the classroom tend to score higher on tests. This makes sense because when I took math in university, I surrounded myself with other students and went to group study sessions and it helped better my grade!
Two things I connect with:
1. I related to social persuasion because many teachers would give me pep talks in school to help better my organization skills and attempt new strategies in mathematics. Usually, after leaving this pep talk, I would try harder to succeed. The only time I would leave, and better my goals depended on the trust and relationship I had with the teacher who was persuading me. In the book, it talks about the potential setbacks that would be instilled if the teachers didn’t have this credibility and trustworthiness.
2. In the chapter, they spoke about how to direct attention is essential for the child to learn and there needs to be an interest in what they are learning. In the book, it talks about how little kids will play enthusiastically with a toy that’s been ignored for days. I related to this one picking electives in university. When I chose electives that I was interested in I always tend to do better maybe it was because I had direct attention to the teacher and the subject I was learning.
One thing I’m still wondering
1. As a society do we think are “already learned behaviors” will challenge how we learn new values and behavior skills?

Self and Social and Moral Development

three things I learned:
1. I learned not to contact the principle when noticing signs of child abuse. I always thought that a teacher would have to contact the principal, being that the principal is head of the school. Now I know that I need to contact a social worker immediately.
2. I found it interesting that there are actual names for parenting styles. When reading, I found out my parents authoritatively raised me. They were clear about the rules but were also affectionate.
3. I also learned that playing violent video games is a factor in increased aggressive thoughts and feelings. I also learned a way to help with offensive behavior. I would stress to my students that the games are not real and the movies are not real as well. I would teach them about media and how not everything they see online or in the press is real.
Two connections:
1. I connected with the caring teacher and how being a caring teacher the student feel like they can open up to you. In elementary school, I had a teacher that was caring and wanted the best for us. I felt so open to her; I felt like if I had an issue at home or with friends I can talk to her about it and get real feedback. She was always there for me when I needed someone when I was struggling in school I would talk to her, she was the only person who did not make me feel dumb because I was failing. She helped me get back on my feet by assisting more often which increased my grades.
2. Another connection would be that boys mature slower than girls. I connected to when I was in grade five I developed faster than the boys and even some of the other girls. I felt like I was alone and felt uncomfortable being that I matured so quickly. Now that I have that connection maybe when a student is going through puberty earlier I can be there and say you’re not alone.
One question:
1. How do I approach a student with an eating disorder, without making them feel worse about themselves?

What I Learned, Connections, Question

Three things that I learned from the readings and lectures would be one last semester I learned a lot about Piaget’s theory.

One: How he believes that individuals construct their understanding and incorporate information into their ways. I was unsure about this ideology because I personally I learn better when I am in groups and have assisted learning. Then I read more about Vygotsky’s theory and how it confirmed that individuals do learn better through interactions with other students and teachers. Though he did not live long enough to do more studies on the subject I still believe his ideology because I connect with it.

Two: growing up I had the belief that only 10% of the brain is used a standard myth considered by so many. Maybe it was derived from peers or social media I think it is beneficial to know this is false because it helps me understand that when we are learning, we understand it using many different components of our brain deriving ideas and value to our new knowledge.

Three: alcoholic beverages do not kill brain cells. Again I was taught that alcohol does kill your brain cells so stay away from alcohol. I did not realize that alcohol damages the nerve ends and can be reversible.

Two connections would be the example in the text on page 33 where it talks about a girl named Patricia. It expresses how she struggled with math and when her teacher called her to the front to answer a question she answered wrong. The fact she got it wrong in front of her class gave her negative emotions towards math. My teacher asked me in high school to do a math question, and I got it wrong and felt the same way Patricia did. I hated math, and to this day I still do.

Another connection would be Vygotsky’s theory of how individuals learn more through social interaction. I connect with his approach because I personally and a lot of my peers in the past have admitted to learning better when in groups. Moreover, we all loved the fact you can have other props ideas and connect and build on your own.

One question: why do teachers follow Piaget’s theory so close and not other theorists?