Reflection Chapter Five from The New Teacher Book

  1. In Moving Beyond the Classroom, my biggest take away was the idea of “it takes a community to raise a child”. I love that the article said teachers would be ignorant if they believed they can change the lives of their students on their own. A school is a community and without teachers working together throughout every grade level, the odds of making an impact are low. Each student will develop their favourite teacher(s) but if teachers all worked together towards one common goal, couldn’t all teachers be favourites? This concept that this article brings up makes me have hope for my future because I would love to make a difference in my school and in my classroom but it cannot stop there. It has to reach out to communities and family homes.
  2. Outrage to Organizing hit me in a way I did not think it would. The moment that struck me the most while reading was simply seeing the cartoon. Before even reading the story, I knew what it would be about. It was a strong and impactful cartoon. As I am not a person of colour, it would be ignorant of me to say that I understand how African American or any student of colour feels towards issues like this. I can only imagine the fear of a police officer or of anyone in “power” because of the biases and prejudices that some people hold. I remember my parents telling ey in school that my biggest worry would be about puberty, my bullying I experienced, and with people offering my drugs and beer (in high school).  I cannot even believe sometimes that people of colour have to give their children a whole other speech on racism and prejudice towards them. It just blows my mind that there are still people out there who hold these past views. We need to be kind to one another and move forward together. Nothing is going to get better if we live in the past.
  3. Little Kids, Big Ideas reminded me that one the most common saying in the school classroom is “preparing them for the real world”. I think and have always thought that this quote is unrealistic and idiotic. If students are not in the “real-world” then where are they and what are they doing? What is presently happening in their lives is the real world. Children are not stupid. They are highly intelligent and observant beings who are brutally honest and blunt. They are not afraid to say what needs to be said because they do not fear judgement. Just like the child who said we need to “nuke the world”. He knows how destructive our world currently is and he believes the only way to fix it is by getting rid of it completely. Of course, that is not ideal but this child is not oblivious to the evils of the world. Teachers have to include students in difficult topics because that is the real world. This is our reality. There is no point hiding it from them as they see it in news reports and media. Young people have the potential to change the world. They are the future. Like Gretta, the young woman who is attempting to change the climate and bring awareness to it. She may not make a difference but she is trying and trying is more important then sitting and watching.
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