Front and Centre

I grew up as a privileged white child in a middle class white family. I have parents that are supportive and push me to be my best but also know when to let me be independent. During my first twelve years of school, my parents were active in my learning and would go out of their way to make me successful. I was a very lucky child with endless opportunities. I need to remember that this isn’t the case for every student I will teach. If anything, my childhood will negatively impact my teaching and understanding because I was so lucky. I will never experience growing up in a bad neighbourhood with neglectful parents. As a future teacher, I need to learn how to connect with every student through the curriculum. I need to be able to show all view points and not just my own. Lastly, I need to be understanding of certain situations and learn how to help students in need.

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A Teacher’s Control

After listening to the lecture and reading the chapter, it has come clear that teachers really do not have much say to what is included in the curriculum. The biggest influence is field experts, and the government. As a future teacher, this worries me. These experts have high standards and expect teachers to be able to teach certain subjects. This is a problem for teachers.

Luckily for teachers, the curriculum is broken down into outcomes and indicators. The goal is for students to be able to complete the indicators successfully. The teachers do not get say in the subjects but they do have full control over how the outcomes are introduced into the class. This gives them full creativity over lesson plans.

 

Was I a “good” student?

In society, I believe a “good” student is one that sits quietly, does what is expected without questioning, wants to learn, and is able to fit in with the other students. A “good” student is what society tells them to be which is to say and know the right things. This means a “bad” student questions why we are learning a certain subject or why we are learning a subject a certain way. This confuses me because are we not meant to be encouraging independent learning? isn’t ┬ástudents wanting to explore themselves and question why a good thing?

I believe students that fit into this “good” student category most likely came from a middle class family with authoritative parents. It is no secret that the curriculum and resources are focused on middle class children. It is also no secret that societies values are from middle class ideologies. It would make sense that the middle class child is considered “good” because of how they are raised.

The issue with this common sense idea is that other students are immediately labelled as a bad child. This student can be told that they are wrong when actually they have their own creative ideas. I think teachers need to remember that students are not just learning from us but we are also learning from them.