From my experience, the Tyler rationale was the way my teachers taught. We would be set up in rows, most of the time not allowed to speak. This was to ensure that we stayed on task as well as learning all the same topics. The teacher would write on the board, tell us what to do, and then we would do it. This process was to ensure that we were efficient and tried to make us come out all the same. The problem with this is that all of us are different and come from different experiences and backgrounds. If we were supposed to be a steal-rail at the end, not all of us would look the same coming out as Tyler thought in the Social Efficiency Theory. The limitations of the Tyler rationale is suggesting that all of us are the same which is the total opposite as every student has their own individual experiences, genetics, background, culture and more. This rationale is also limited in regards to how teachers should teach the same to every student as that is not the case since students all learn differently and lacks the ability to allow students to reflect, inquire, and think as an individual. The benefits of this rationale are it makes it easier for teachers to be able to teach. It also simplifies everything to allow one to see what needs to be taught to help students in the real world. As the years progress and the world changes, we will constantly be changing and discovering more efficient and innovative ways to create and use the curriculum to benefit our students.
From the reading of Kumashiro’s (2009) The Problem of Common Sense I got to the conclusion that common sense is ever changing and is different in many cultures. Because people believe that everyone should know and follow a certain way of life and believe that everyone else knows to follow. Kumashiro’s (2009) words states that common sense is not what schools could be doing it is what schools should be doing. In reading Kumashiro’s work I now understand why it is important to pay attention to common sense wherever you are because that is the way people live and one needs to know all things that are common sense in order to live a proper life in that community. It is also important to know common sense because sometimes you have to think outside of the box and see ways that it may be able to improve and how you may do that. Another thing is that common sense does not tell us about the oppression that is happening in the schools. So as a teacher we have to make sure to try and stop oppression. This could be done by taking a stand in the four approaches talked about in this reading to deal with the types of oppression in the schools. I wonder how my part as a teacher will make an impact on the common sense or if I will just be following along?
Kumashiro. (2009). Against Common Sense: Teaching and Learning Toward Social Justice, pp. XXIX – XLI
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During the year in EOE 224 I have been able to learn a lot about nature and how we need to connect the land to ourselves. As well as recognizing that we are on treaty 4 land and knowing that we are all treaty people. This week we were able to go downtown in Regina and see the beautiful art pieces that are posted throughout the park. These paintings seemed to have deeper meanings then what you would think and even deceived you in believing it was something when in reality it was something else. To me this showed how in depth art can go and how you see something is not always going to be how others look at the world. This is good to know so you can take in others knowledge and be open minded into what they discovered because some times you can be wrong and others could be on the right path. This helped me to see as a future teacher that the students may learn or see something in a different light and you have to be their to guide them in the right direction. I will also need to show them that it is okay to think differently because we are all individuals with different minds. The real question I still have is how can I explain to them why they may think differently then their peers and why it is okay?
During this week I was taught a lot about the ecosystem around us and some activities my future class and I could do. One of these were called pond dipping which allows you to see what that water group has in its waters. Learning about the ecosystem just at Wascana park and how many species there are just living inside the park is truly magnificent. Also, how each of the species and environments in the world are connected to one another and how if one population were to increase or decrease that would begin to effect most of the other species in that ecosystem. This helped me during my place bonding time to just sit down for a couple of minutes and truly take in how everything is interconnected in some way, shape, or form. This brought me to a quote by William Wordsworth who said “Let nature be your teacher”. To me this showed that if I just sit back and watch nature I will be able to see how everything is connected and the wonders that it can do around the world and even how it changes me as a person.
Three things I learnt:
One of the things I learnt in the video is that 56% of education classes are segregated, which means we have a lot of work to do in order for inclusive end to be a part of all classrooms.
I also learnt how people with disabilities do better academically when they are in inclusive education classrooms compared to segregated ones.
Lastly, I was able to find out how important it is to educate students on inclusive education so people do not fear people with disabilities. This will allow for not just an inclusive education classroom, but an inclusive community and better understanding on the diversity of people since we are all just
Two connections I made:
I also found out some tips on ways to talk to people with disabilities from Kelsey Culbert’s blog. The one I held close to me was to not be nervous to say “see you later” or “got to run” because I never thought of it in that sense at all or even thought about the meaning behind the quotes we say which caught my attention to know what I am saying to people in full context.
One other connection I made was with Dan Habib and how he connected with us on how we need to think of future generations in your line. This is so they are able to be part of the community in full and if they know someone who has a disability it is not seen as abnormal but a normal thing and are accepted just like everyone should be.
One question I still have:
How can we make a change to create an inclusive environment and a path in the right direction for future generations to grow off of the plan put in place?
Three things I learnt:
The first thing I learnt is that Chanie Wenjack tried to get home to Ogoki Post which was 600 kilometres away from where he lived. This shocked me because it shows how bad residential schools are to the students. This is shown because Chanie was willing to try and make it 600 kilometres to get home instead of staying at the school.
I also learnt that Gord Downie created ten songs and “The Secret Path” book on the truth and reconciliation of aboriginals to spread the word of what happened to them. At the same time I learnt that all the proceeds from this book will go to Gord Downie’s Truth and Reconciliation Fund.
The last thing I learnt from this was what Chanie had to see and endure in order for him to decide to run away. Also, the struggles he had in his journey and what he must of went through up until his death on the railroad.
Two things I connected with:
I connected with Chanie and how he was just a 12 year old boy and what I would have done and felt if that had happened to me. I do not know if I would have done any different and it is appalling to me that anyone would do that to a group of individuals.
The second thing that I connected with was how poorly children were treated in residential schools and how so many people deny it is there problem. To me this is our problem because if it went on today I do not think anyone would be okay with that happening and especially not to themselves.
One question I still have:
How can we as a community help to bring truth and reconciliation to the Aboriginal people in Canada?
This week was my outdoor facilitation on fire building where we taught the evolution of fire and what it meant to the people in history. To me this was a great day that we did it because it was a bit colder and throughout some of the facilitation it snowed. From this experience I was able to better connect with the class and get a better experience of what it is like to teach a class. In that time I had all three of my groups made a fire which was quite nice to see and also seeing the ways each group did it differently. This showed me that people can go at situations differently and still come up with results, which as teachers is what we want to see. Creativity is something that I love to see because it shows that all of us are not the same and that we can get the right answer even though they took another path. When going back makes sense, you are going ahead by Wendell Berry connects to creativity because when one picks up things from their past experiences it can help to bring out the best ideas and expand on it. In the week we also did a little improvisation with the Coyote and Raven reading which also brought some creativity in what people decided to do. This week I learnt how important creativity was and to let students go with their idea if they are on the right path even if it is a different one then what you would take.
Three things I learnt:
Firstly, I learnt about the game “Smear the Queer” before this I have never heard the term and at my school it would of been unlikely that anyone would have played that game. This game is very appalling to me because I cannot believe it was even a game.
Further within my reading I was able to see how many lesbion, gay, and bisexual (LGB) were either verbally or physically abused, which was 90 percent.
At the end of my reading I learnt ways in which I could start to bring LGB knowledge into my classroom just by being open and even using the knowledge from the article Smear the Queer. These points were to change the curriculum, social environment, list words that are unexceptable in the classroom, and not make judgements about sexuality myself.
I connected to how many students attempt suicide from being an LGB member. This shocked me because I know people who are homosexual and I did not realize how much they may have went through.
Another connection I made is with how the author came back and wrote a second article because he felt it was necessary to put a new light on the subject years later. I connected with this because it showed that the author is not afraid to show when they make mistakes and I strive to be like that.
One question I still have:
What are some other ways or resources we could use to make our communities and classrooms better for the LGB community?
This week I was able to go to class with the first snowfall of the year. It was interesting how everyone dressed up in extra layers for the snowfall anticipating the cold, but at the end of the day they all said they were warm. From this week I was able to see how dressing for the weather is important to enjoy your day in the outdoors. Also, I was able to see how people adapted their lessons to the weather and were able to adapt quite effectively. This reminded me of a quote by Thomas Berry when he said “teaching children about the natural world should be treated as one of the most important events in their lives”. The quote connects with my experience because it shows if a teacher can adapt effectively to the weather they are able to teach the children about nature in an effective way and help them through these important experiences in their lives. From my experience we need to create an environment that the students will enjoy themselves and stay positive no matter the weather that comes their way. This will help to make the students have positive experiences in all the weather that comes their way and will know how to cope with each situation.