LAST WEEK OF TEACHING: How quickly it went!

For our last week in the school Brooklynn and I taught together again to teach a revised lesson we had already taught on Career, this time to a different class. If you have been following the blog of Tanner Brightman you know this past lesson didn’t go so well. 

This lesson went far better than our previous attempt at it because we had revised it. In doing so we changed some of the questions around we had asked previously and gave the students a little more background on what sort of things these questions were relating too. That being done helped the students a lot. I felt like this went well and Brooklynn and I were able to move group to group to talk with each one of them about their questions.

What didn’t go so well was the fact that our Grade 7 class had very little background knowledge on some of the questions we were asking them and had some pre conceived stereotypes acquired so some of the social justice issues we were talking about they didn’t believe happened, actually do. Brooklynn did a super good job of addressing the issues that these students brought up in our group discussion.

I think having us do a week of social justice lessons with a class like that would benefit them a ton. The majority of these students were blind to ideas of whiteness, or white privilege so with us bringing up these ideas, the students rejected the idea of it at first and then allowed themselves to open up to the possibility of the ideas we were talking about. This was huge as the students began to understand just why we were bringing them up.

Our last week of teaching was great, look forward to my next blog on the wrap up of this ECS300 in school internship!

Tanner Brightman Teaching Philosophy

Tanner Brightman: Teaching Philosophy Statement

Education is exactly what youth need to find answers, solve problems and better understand life. I as a teacher hope to assist in the development of knowledge of students.

Being a teacher, I wish for students to not only question what they see or read, but what they hear as well. My classroom is open for discussion and I will be the judge of when discussion crosses the line, though if set up properly it should never get to that point.  I want my students engaging with one another with the level of comfort they feel outside of the classroom. I firmly believe that teaching can be done anywhere and should not be constrained to the four walls of the standard “classroom”. The outdoors is as much a space as it is a learning tool and is often taken for granted by most. The outdoors can be used with many subjects and the possibilities are endless when talking about cross-curricular competencies.

 

I bring many things to my teaching that not many other teachers have. I am willing to put in extra time with teams, clubs, productions and other school related tasks that go beyond the standard school day. Whether I am coaching or teaching I believe in whole part theory. Introducing the whole of an idea and later letting students go through a wobble stage until they need assistance, which then begins the breakdown of my teaching. We learn just as much, if not more from our mistakes then as we do from our successes.

 

Debate can often allow opinions to be heard and social studies as a course is one of the easiest debated topics possible. History as a whole is constantly debated on regards to choices made and consequences that follow and teaching social in a form of debate will allow students to consider their own views on these choices and consequences.

 

Throughout my life I have been fortunate enough to have exceptional role models and people who I will cherish and reflect on forever. I as a teacher hope to do this for students with a “open door policy”, and establish meaningful relationships with each of my students. I will look to make students in charge of their marks weighting as I believe in fair choice in relation to personal strength. One student may wish to have their essay valued at 25% of their final grade while another will allocate 30% of their YouTube presentation towards the final grade.

 

Finally, I look to encourage the ideas of teamwork and support from peer to peer and teacher to student. Thought I strongly love social and physical activity I do not believe “jocks” and memorizing masters make up the whole of education. We as teachers must force our students to inquire deeper then the surface that most textbooks offer. Students must teach students, and teachers must learn from students, this holistic approach will make our education approach stronger and stronger.

 

Below are articles that represent my teaching philosophy:

This represents the importance of questioning, something I hold very close to my teaching philosophy. 

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/03/why-its-imperative-to-teach-students-how-to-question-as-the-ultimate-survival-skill/

I think this next article, although written by a basketball coach can be applied to the classroom with the ability to lead and be a role model, taking players and changing them into students fits this article and someone I see as a role model and a great teacher. 

http://www.leadershipnow.com/leadingblog/2013/06/phil_jacksons_11_principles_of.html

Lastly I think a huge part of my teaching is the regards to social justice and how teaching should affect students beyond the classroom

http://www.rethinkingschools.org/static/publication/roc1/Intro.pdf

Revised Lesson Plan: Career

Link to Revised Lesson Plan: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Ilk8FhjbF3Jf-vWpt0yS2mWKW4o03GLZQDOs1Y0JEUY/edit

Link to Blog of  Lesson Reflection: https://tannerbrightman.wordpress.com/2014/03/27/reflection-career-ed/

Different Questions:

1. Background: Dating back to birth of early Canada, Indigenous peoples have been manipulated and taken advantage of, as well as discriminated against. Today, Canada has come along way since those times, however there is still discrimination in today’s Canada.

Situation: An indigenous person loses their job because the boss finds out about their Indigenous ancestry, the skin color of this Indigenous person is white, however they have indigenous ancestry.

Question: What is this saying about stereotypes? Should laws but put in place to fight against this? If so, what sort of laws would be created?

 

2. Background: Currently minimum wage in Saskatchewan is 10 dollars, and is going up to $10.20 soon.  However other countries, specifically countries with less development are paid next to nothing. Often times these workers work in countries and are paid 30 cents per day.

Situation: A worker makes 30 cents per day working in a “third world country” to make clothes that you buy here in Saskatchewan for $30 dollars.

Question: If you believe this to be wrong, how can it be improved?

If you believe this to be acceptable, please explain why.

 

 

3. Background: Often times promotions within businesses are given to employees who have worked at the business longest, and contributed to the success of the business. However, this is not always the case and sometimes employees are given promotions before others who feel they deserve it more.

Situation: You get a promotion before an employee who has been at the company longer than you have. You feel you deserve this because you have worked hard, but the other employee feels that he/she feels they should have been promoted before you. They begin to call you names, are rude to you at every chance they get and go out of their way to make your day miserable.

Question: How will you handle this situation? What will be your plan of action? List steps in order

 

4. Background: During group assignments/projects certain times only part of the group does the work or assignment. This becomes annoying as the whole group gets marked for the work that only part of the group has done.

Situation: You are in a group to work on a project worth 20% percent of your final mark, the project is a large project and you have a week to complete it. Your group refuses to contribute to the project and help you. You fear you cannot do all on your own and do not want to get a bad mark.

Question: What are some potential solutions that you and your group could come to in order to make sure the work gets done, and you get a good mark.