Week 6- Diverse Perspectives on Development and Learning

Three Things I Learned:

  1. One l thing I have learned is that there are a lot of new scholars that are looking at older theories and beginning to question the assumptions they have made about different groups of students. They are not saying that these theories are wrong, instead just taking a deeper look at them and making new considerations such as race and gender.
  2. Another thing I have learned is the importance Indigenous Knowledge can have on a child’s development. This perspective talks about the learning spirit and the importance the land has on it.
  3. Another thing I have learned is that report cards are often testing skills or knowledge that the school wants the children to know or demonstrate. These the results shown on the report card may not be an accurate representation of the skills and knowledge the child possessed due to the way they are tested and how and when these skills are measured.

Two Connections I Made:

  1. One connection I made was with the “good student”. I have learned about this is ECS 210 and talking about it again just expresses the importance of it. I don’t believe that we should have a definition of what a good student is. Each student can be a good student in different ways depending on where they come from and where they are in there learning! I think what would be considered “good” for one student can be complete different from what may be “good” for another student.
  2. Another connection I made was with the conversation we had about how sciences and math typical take precedence over subjects such as art, physical education, or social studies. Although I agree that these subjects are more content heavy I do not necessarily agree that other subjects should be put behind them because I think that in all subject areas you learn different skills and values that you may not get in your bigger subjects such as math and science.

One Question I Still Have:

After this week, I still wonder how we can work toward moving away from the grand narrative and the understanding we have that children are expected to develop different functions and skills at particular ages.

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Week 5- Culture and Diversity

Three Things I Learned:

  1. One thing I have learned is that about student’s SES and how their academics are affected directly from that. Students with lower SES typically have a lower reading level compared to those who have higher SES. This is due to the lack of resources, such as books, that those with lower SES are able to provide for their children.
  2. Another thing I learned is that on many standardized forms and surveys taken, such as a “Tell Them from Me” survey, students are required to state their gender as male or female. There are many students out there who do not identify as either and by having to choose or state otherwise this may make them extremely uncomfortable because they may have not publicised their identity due to negative repercussions they may feel they could get from that.
  3. Lastly I learned that students are very quick develop prejudice, by a young age they already recognize difference in students whether it is in there race or SES status. This cause’s development of early discrimination.

Two Connections I Made:

  1. One connection I made with this content is with the cultural diversity portion. Growing up my school was almost 100% white students due to it being a very small kindergarten to grade twelve rural school. It wasn’t until grade 6 until we had a student who was black. When this student came it was very different for me and my classmates because we had not had exposure to students of a different race. As I entered high school more students came from other countries and the students who were in elementary school did not think anything of it because it was something they grew up with in their classrooms from the start of kindergarten.
  2. Another connection I made was with the gender differences. I went to school with an individual who felt different then the gender they appeared to be. Due to my school being small this made it very difficult for this individual because there was no exposure to gender differences. Part way through high school this individual transferred schools in hopes they would feel more welcome and included somewhere else. Looking back on this now it shouldn’t have gotten to that point. However, I feel like our teachers were not good at teaching about hard topics such as gender identification so students were also uncomfortable with that topic.

One Question I Still Have:

How can we learn to recognize students with invisible barriers? And once they are recognized how can we support them?