Week 10- Constructions of Teacher Identity

Three Things I Learned:

  1. One thing I learned this week is that even though you collect different skills and experiences while studying in university there is always going to be situations in your future classroom that you have never had the chance to experience. No matter how prepared you feel after university you will always be learning new things once in the classroom after your degree.
  2. I also learned that there is a stereo type towards all teachers and teaching itself. When everyone things of a classroom they see a teacher a the front of the room with students sitting in rows of desk listen and behaving and being able to learn in a traditional classroom.
  3. Another thing I learned is what a discourse is. Discourse is the growth and constant change you will make as a teacher year to year. It is also the message that the students receive from you as you are teaching.

Two Connections I Made:

  1. One connection I made to this week’s lecture was that everyone’s definition of what a teacher is and what it means to teach is different. I think that this is closely connected to the values and beliefs each person has and how they are going to present themselves in their classroom. Often when I think about what makes up a teacher I instantly think about who my favourite teacher was growing up and the traits they had.
  2. Another connection I have made to this week’s lecture is that your identity plays a role in who you are as a teacher. I think that each individual’s identity is what creates bias in the classroom and has an effect on the hidden curriculum that they choose to teach and include in their lessons.

One Question I Still Have:

After this lecture, I still wonder if there is a way that our bias and identity can be a benefit within the classroom rather than potentially causing students to be missing out on different views or learning experiences.

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Week 9-Constructions of Teacher Professionalism

Three Things I Learned:

  1. One thing I learned this week while exploring the STF website was about teacher salaries. After each year you teach you get an increase in pay. I also never knew that the number of credit hours and years of school you have can increase your salary as well. Different things like Inclusive Education certificates and masters’ degrees all play a part in your salary increase.
  2. Another thing I found interesting was when exploring the Code of Ethics that if you complain about your job or other employees to someone in line at the grocery store, for example, and get caught doing so you could get charged because it isn’t in the best interest for teachers as a collective.
  3. Lastly I learned about the McDowell Foundation for Research Into Teaching. This provides support for research that would have a direct impact on teaching. It funds research to be done within the classroom.

Two Connections I Made:

  1. One connection I made was with the concern that was brought up about students not getting a job due to high qualification they may have. I am currently working on my Inclusive Education certificate throughout my degree and this was a concern that I had. It was nice to hear that not all schools will hire someone who they may have to pay less even if you fit the job description and have to be paid more.
  2. Another connection I made to the content this week is to how substitute teachers when in that classroom that day are they teachers and take part and follow the guidelines of any other teacher. I think that the students need to see this side of things too, because often the day the substitute comes through the door they immediately think it is a day to goof off and get no work done.

One Question I Still Have:

A question I still have is that is something like and Inclusive Education certificate enough to bump you up to a new pay class or do you need more credit hours than the certificate requires?

Week 8- Social Identity and School Systems

Three Things I Learned:

  1. One thing I learned was through Anyon’s reading is that each school prepared their students differently depending on whether they are in a wealthier or poor community. The schools hold their students to different standard and the depth they go into content of the curriculum will depend on their socioeconomic status. This way of teaching has an effect on the students future because the wealthier schools prepares students well for university while the poorer school prepare students for the work force.
  2. Another thing I learned is that universal education is what is accessible and free to everyone. Growing up I never realized that some people may not have access to this because I grew up going to school for free with easy access.
  3. Lastly one of the things I learned was that Reproduction Theory, with the idea that everyone has equal opportunities within school. I don’t think that all students have equal opportunity because there will be differences that affect students within schools such as race, gender, socioeconomic class, etc.

Two Connections I Made:

  1. One connection I made was with the European culture that has been embedded into our schools. It is dominant in the holidays we celebrate, and even in the content that is learned. Looking back at my education I now see how this was reflected. Now with the large amount of immigration and different race and culture within our schools and communities, I think it is important to look at and created places within our teaching that everyone can connect to and relate to so that they can have an educational experience that they feel welcome in and can relate to.
  2. I can also connection with Anyon’s reading because when I was going through it the things and examples that were given and described under middle class sounded much like those that I experienced in both elementary and high school growing up.

One Question I Still Have:

What can we do as a society to provide equal educational opportunities within our communities and schools?

Week 7- Constructions of School Systems

Three Things I Learned:

  1. Something I learned more about this week was the hidden curriculum and its importance. This is the views and cultural aspects that are included in the curriculum and help shape the views and beliefs that teachers may wish for their students.
  2. Another thing I learned was that our school system has a Factory Model. Teachers are very focused on teaching rules and getting the subject content to the students. With this it looks like we have an aim of producing a certain type of student that knows similar information and can impact society in a certain way.
  3. Last thing I learned is that there are four different philosophies of teaching. They are perennialism (very conservative), essentialism (traditional), progressivism (teacher as facilitator), and reconstructionism (teacher as facilitator).

Two Connections I Made:

  1. One connection I made with this week’s content was with the Educational Philosophy. I have started to develop my philosophy and as I continue my journey through each of the different classes, especially education classes, I have learned that education is always changing depending on your community, school, and students, as well as society as a whole.
  2. Another connection I made was with the discussion we had in lecture about the number of women who know who have influenced Canadian history, as well as the number of indigenous individuals we know have influenced Canadian history. When I began to think about the individuals I learned about in grade 1 through 12 there was a very small list of names that came to mind. This made me think about what we are actually teaching and being taught, and made me realise that we need to look more critically at the information we are and aren’t giving our students.

One Question I Still Have:

What role do each of the four educational philosophies play in our curriculum and school systems today?