Are you a “good” student?

Through common sense a “good” student is someone who is able to sit down through a lecture or lesson and take in the content that is being taught. A “good” student is someone who will talk when the teacher ask them and not any other time. They will be happy to be at school but be content and follow all of the instruction. They are willing to learn and will walk quietly down the hall ways as well as being exactly how every other student should be with minimal individuality.

The students that are considered the “good” students are privileged by it. the students that are white and wealthy. students who are able to follow the good student definition and are sitting there ready to listen. A student who has trouble sitting down or cannot stay quiet when walking or sitting in their desk would not be privileged by it. when taking exams into consideration the students that were able to do well and pass the exams were more privileged than the students who would not do so well.

The way all students learn for example having a student who does not do good on exams may be a brilliant student and the student that is doing perfect on all the exams may just be getting good marks because they are able to memorize things better than other students. Us as teachers need to take into consideration that students all learn differently and have to learn to be flexible in our teaching practices, assessments as well as our own definition of the “good” student.

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Maria Montessori

Maria Montessori is a theorist that I heavily look up to. As a woman she has accomplished some unbelievable things in her time such as becoming a female doctor in the 80s. I found that quite a few of my ideas about education relate to hers.

“Education cannot be effective unless it helps a child to open up himself to life” -Maria Montessori

To me this quote is saying that a teacher can teach many different things in a matter of a school year but a child has to be able to open themselves up to learn and absorb the content that is being taught. She also believes that it is up to the educator to make sure that the materials and the education is helping the child open up to learn and absorb the content so that they can learn.

Maria Montessori mentions the “absorbent mind” stage when children develop a mental burst of growth. I think that this stage is important for teachers to know not only are people life long learners but important life skills need to be present when the mind is open and absorbing. I also enjoy how Maria is focused on children with varying abilities because that is something that I am passionate about. there are two things that I disagree about Maria Montessori and that is she considers children with a low economic class to be “unable” which is extremely not true. Another thing that I would disagree with is many of the “Montessori activities” are end goal driven to where there is only one right way to do something. I think that it is important to have many ways to meet an end goal because children all learn different and achieve goals in different ways.

Curriculum Theory and Practice

  • The ways in which you may have experience the Tyler rationale in your own schooling; 

I feel as though most of my school experiences followed many things that the Tyler rationale highlighted. I noticed that the core classes were much more or a priority than the arts and even physical education. Core classes such as maths, sciences and English. I do see that in the way that my school experience was that every unit and outcome that we followed there was a distinct end goal that we were to achieve. We had the assessments such as a test or a major project or evaluate and assess our progress. a curriculum is a particular form of specification about the practice of teaching. It is not a package of materials or a syllabus of ground to be covered. ‘It is a way of translating any educational idea into a hypothesis testable in practice. It invites critical testing rather than acceptance’

  • What are the major limitations of the Tyler rationale/what does it make impossible; 

I have found a couple limitations to the Tyler rationale. The one that really stands out to me is the evaluations and assessments. Not all students are comfortable or confident in writing tests. Personally, for me I would have excelled even more in school if I had an alternative to just writing standard tests. This system is not for everyone. Another limitation is that the curriculum is not “value neutral’ which it was stated that it was. Provided a scientific model to curriculum development. A rational, orderly, and systematic process that is “value neutral,” and, therefore, can be implemented across all subjects.

  • What are some potential benefits/what is made possible? Be sure to refer to the assigned article in your post; you may also include information from lecture if you wish.

            One benefit, although it can also fall under a limitation, is that there is set goals. The benefit to the set goals is that student have something to achieve for and it makes there work meaningful. Personally, I find that I do better on assignments and projects if I can see a main outcome or goal that it will be taking me to. For example, students would want to do good on their exams so they can get into university to help them get a goal that they are striving for. The other achievements are giving them motivation. With the clear curriculum plan teachers are able to know exactly what they are to be teaching and what the goals should be. 

References: https://drive.google.com/file/d/12yUit4yJm9nhWB_wYXGMTZNiCJumaT02/view

ECS 210

Week 1: January 10 & 11

The problem of common sense

How does Kumashiro define ‘commonsense?’ 

            Kumashiro defines as something that everyone should know. It is also defined as something that would be considered the ‘norm’. It is assumed that everyone has similar knowledge based off of common experiences. “…Common sense call(s) on us to engage in anti-oppressive forms of education”

Why is it so important to pay attention to the ‘common sense?’

It is so important to pay attention to the common sense because, simply, it might not be common to everybody. It is enviable that people have a different common sense. Students as well as teacher will have a different common sense which could influence the ways they learn and teach. It is important to pay attention to this so that the learning environment is a non-biased environment. Things such as race, culture, morals and other beliefs and values may have a different common sense. Common sense is based off of experiences which people share differently which leads to individuals having different common sense.  An example from the text is the norms about school such as when it is open, the materials are divided into disciplines and that the students are grouped based on their age, common sense is telling us that these are what it means to be in school. But, “if we were to learn that there are other ways to structure schooling, or that prevailing views of schooling are actually quite oppressive, we might end up feeling quite disoriented or uncertain or even guilty.” This ‘norm’ may not be normal to every student. How it is set up is that the everyday schooling processes track only certain students toward academic success. In conclusion it is important to pay attention to common sense because everyone may view the situation differently.