Meta reflection #2

The FINAL reflection and blog post!
Here is mine, sorry for the pause I took when I was thinking of a few words to get my point across. I also mumbled on for over 6 minutes and did not even realize that I had that much to reflect on from this semester!
With that being said,
Thank you for the awesome semester! Enjoy your summer and I will see you all next year!


Blog post 6

When I read Critical Pedagogy of Place and My Decolonizing Encounters by myself I found my mind wandering off. I wasn’t connecting to what was being talked about, and I was only picking out the words that I already knew.
On pg14 learning and unlearning was brought up. I connected this to many things. The blanket exercise- Many of us have learned about colonization before, about the first nations but we relearned the knowledge in the Blanket Exercise.
As people we are constantly learning. And I believe that is what makes us scared to let go of boundaries. We use boundaries to feel safe, to distinguish what we know and what we do not know. And this whole semester our way of thinking and learning has been disrupted. We know how to learn, and write papers, study, and reflect. But what we do not now know how to do is be still, be graded on the concept rather then the work. We do not know how to wrap our heads around thinking in different ways, or even teaching in a student based instruction concept.
This article to me helped me understand that we are always learning, and the only way to learn is to experience and experiment with different ways of teaching and learning.

Front and Center

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.

What is common sense?

How does Kumashiro define ‘common-sense?’ Why is it so important to pay attention to the ‘common sense’?

Common sense is the ability to understand and judge things that all people do without questioning what you are doing. Kumashiro states that Common Sense is the insistence that we “use our common sense” is really an insistence that we view things as some in society have traditionally viewed things and want to continue viewing things. So Kumashiro is saying that when we are insisting we use our common sense when forming schools and more importantly our own classroom that we are continuing to privilege only certain practice, and groups of people. It is important to pay attention to common sense because common sense is not what should shape our educational reform or curriculum design, Kumashiro states it is what needs to be examined and challenged. It is very important to pay attention to the common sense because common sense is not universal like in Nepal. What we think is common sense here will not necessarily be common sense somewhere else. With that being said, we cannot let common sense rule how we do things because we can be marginalizing other people from different places with different back rounds.

Mikayla Lowes