Curriculum has shaped me as a teacher because as I am learning about the teacher I want to be I am also learning about the teacher I do not want to become. I remember many assignments I did through kindergarten to grade 12. Some good memories, and some bad- I took both of them as learning experiences. I know all of us have come across a teacher who wasn’t willing to teach outside the textbooks. Who didn’t offer extra help, and who just wasn’t that good. Take that as an inspiration to NOT BE that teacher.
Front and center in my classroom will be respect, and treating everyone equally. I will focus on making relationships with all my students, and developing trust with them. I believe that when you can have positive relationships with your students they will respect you more. I will also need to be mindful of the different races, and diversity I will encounter. I will have to educate my class as needed, and be sure to show them the similarities and differences they share in the most positive manor.
The power is within us
I do think that curriculum needs to be decided by a team of people. I don’t think that teachers have enough say in what is a “Shall VS. A May.” We are the ones with our students day in and day out but what we are told what and how to teach them in some cases. Every student learns differently, therefore we as teachers know him or her best and should have say in what we are teaching. I know in some cases no one is going to be checking up on the outcomes of curriculum and what we are teaching but we do need guide lines. I think guidelines and rules are essential to managing classes, but what is the line of flexibility? What is important? What can we cut out? As teachers we make these decisions, and are responsible for enacting the curriculum. But the people who are telling us what to do don’t know our classroom or the students we are teaching. The Curriculum is very generalized. I think having teachers opinions can help better the curriculum.
I just looked up “How to be a good student” into google and according to the list that I read I was the completely opposite in elementary school. The “common-sense” on how to be a good student suggests that you are organized, quiet, you stay seated in your desk, and you do what you are told. Yes those are all great things to do. But when dealing with children, especially primary grades that is unrealistic to have those expectations all day- everyday.
The students who are privileged would be the students who come from a good home life and have seen this demonstrated, and have had rules to follow that would be similar to classroom rules. Students who do not have a learning disability or problem staying focused would also fall under the “common-sense” good student list. To me, that is wrong because all students have the potential to be great learners, listeners, and achievers regardless of where they came from, and what challenges they face. The good student spectrum is something is discriminates against many children, and does not give equal learning opportunities to all of our students.