When we were given the chance to design a school from scratch it was not that easy. It was hard imagining a school that will benefit the students and the teacher. Wondering what choices could be good foe this school. In our groups we had progressivism where students and teachers shared the power in the classroom. It wasn’t that easy trying to build a curriculum with this educational philosophy because each of us have different philosophies that we want to teach. Building ideas of how we should address this issue how we could share power with the students and not have asseasements as other school would have. For me it was difficult building this school that matched that specific philosophy because I had other ideas that I would didn’t match progressivism. i know that when it comes to think about my believes and values in education I want to have a welcoming environment where students are engaged but I will still have power of what should be done even though students can still participate in making suggestion. I think that as a teacher one should choose a great philosophy that stands out to our style of teaching and how we want to express our students about the way we want them to learn. In the reading I liked that teachers must examine the construction of knowledge, identify what knowledge is and how the knowledge is demonstrated. I think that is one of the important things one should think before building our own philosophy and how parents can understand the way we are teaching their children.
In the Schultz reading I didn’t agree with some of the things he said when it came to the model of teaching. I think that letting students choose what they want to learn can bring consequences because they won’t learn what is necessary for them to be ready for the next grade. I think that if one follows the standards and if one gives them one day where they can choose what they want to learn because it will engage the students to learn and try their best. It will help the students be good listeners and see that I do worry for their education and give them choices sometimes. I would like to make goals or see what each student is learning and that will help me see what I can do to meet the standards. I want them to be ready and ahead of the level of reading or math.
When I broke down the standards/benchmarks into smaller pieces I was thinking more in the student’s learning. I want them to learn step by step when it came to solve real life problems using two digit numbers. I would need them to know how to count to one hundred, know the addition and subtraction rules, know the vocabulary used in addition and subtraction so it can be helpful hints for them. I will do the best to accomplish these goals so my students don’t lose some of their learning and that can be good in math or reading depending on what they are struggling.
I have been my observation at Marcy Open School. It is located in SE Minneapolis. It is a very nice school and very welcoming. I have been volunteering in this school since this March. They like having volunteers in classrooms and especially having students who want to become teachers. I have spent at least 16 hours and 16 minutes already doing observation, mentoring, and supporting classroom instructions. I have been doing all this in room 106, which is Tiffany’s second grade teacher. She is very helpful and gives me good advise of what I need to do to become a great teacher. The first day I went to do volunteering I was nervous and little scared. I wondered if the students would like me. Will they be nice and would let me to help them? What will the new expectations be for the classroom? There was so much going on my mind. But during these three weeks I have been helping the teacher and the students. I have helped students with STA Math where students are doing math games in their iPads. I walked around and gave them hints of how to do them because one couldn’t give the answer or tell them what to do. I helped two students who were struggling with math. I sat with them and helped them go through each math problem step by step until they understood. It brings me joy of helping them and showing them that they can ask my help when they need it.
My first thought when I saw this school was that it was so big and that there would be a lot of students and great staff. The building looks great because they have painted in the inside and everything is so clean inside. The school is very secure and before entering the school one has to press a button and they see you through a camera and then they open the door so one can enter the school. There is different room that have picture in the door and say different phrases so when visitors come they can see where they are going and which room is it.
I asked two staff from the school whom I have talked in the school. I have asked them how long have they worked here and what is their position there. One person said that she has been a fourth grade teacher for eight years and that students are very wonderful. She loves working there and helping the community. Tiffany who is a second grade teacher loves her job because she have done volunteering, been a teacher assistant and finally she was hired to be a second grade teacher last year. She says that sometimes it can be frustrating but one gets used to the things one has to do but one can over come them. Teaching is something that comes natural and that one has to work with students hard so they accomplish their goals and become great leaders as they progress through school.
One thing that made me wonder why in the reading of Huerta it didn’t talk more about the Bracero Act. It gave so small information of how immigrants were given temporary visas that they could work in agriculture and as railroad workers. But in my research I wanted to know if this law helped the immigrants and their families. I found out that this law was an agreement with Mexicans to come work in the U.S. only and not participate in military service. The contract was made between the employer and the government of Mexico. Before they could go to the U.S. they had to meet all the physical conditions that was required. It helped the immigrants to be treated fair and not be discriminated by their culture. They person who hired them gave them a bond where they could cover their expenses that they needed. It helped families bring their children with them and give them a better education. It provided families to live little better and save some money until they go back to Mexico. It was a law that was established to help the immigrants and so they can live little better. This event was important for my personally is that immigrants did anything they want to provide their children with an education and fought for their rights. It makes me see that no matter what culture one comes from one should get an education and progress in life. I would like this act to be told with more detail in textbooks and that students see that people who immigrated from Mexico made a big change to progress. Students would appreciate more what they have and see that these people worked day and night to provide a good life to their children. I want my students to learn about the history of every culture and not just learn about the U.S. culture. If you are interested in reading more in depth about this topic you can read the website I found when doing this research: http://www.pbs.org/kpbs/theborder/history/timeline/17.html
An important thing that I will consider as I do my lesson plan is how will I approach cultural diversity. I don’t want no one to be left behind or feel that they are in a wrong place. I want them to feel confident. I don’t my students to think I am being biased with the topic I am going to teach, so I would find appropriate language where they can understand what I am teaching and ask their personal opinion . I want their ideas to be heard and compare it to our topic. I want to establish a great lesson plan where i can go back the following year and retouch and do small changes. Some questions I would consider asking myself is how well will my students understand the material that is given? What would I do if the discussion is getting off control, would I change the topic or try to address why they are feeling that way? Are they comparing and contrasting the topic if I gave them an example? What kind of information will I deliver? For example show them pictures, documents or something that will help others who are visual learners. I want my students to be good critical thinkers and be able to remember the information I give with something that probability happened to them or seen or heard about it. But I know that I will not go through all my lesson plan that same day perhaps there was something important that we had to address and end the lesson early.
My personal thoughts from the discussion we had in class about how to address an issue of race, class, gender, sexuality in the classroom. As a teacher one has to find a way how one wants our students to see us. We can talk little about our family or not say anything about it. But I think that when we make decisions that are good for them, then they would see us as a person one can trust. Sometimes as educators one has the power of how one can gain the respect of the students. When it comes to the sexuality in classrooms, we should tell students that everyone is the same. No matter what our sexuality is one has to be treated with respect and not be treat as something different.When students don’t learn about race or sexuality in classroom they will do wrong things and hurt other feelings. But when one ignores the questions that students might have about race or other things they will get distracted and not listen to what one is trying to teach them. As a teacher that I want to become I want students to see me as a friend/teacher that will help them when they need help. When addressing these issues one has to use the appropriate words so students depending on their age don’t miss understand what one is trying to say to them.
The most joyful moments in my educational experience is that I remember that I had a great teacher in second grade when I had a hard time writing in English. My parents weren’t that fluent in English, so my teacher helped by writing simple words in English. She would send me flashcards and made me write three times the words. It helped me a lot because she took some of her time and taught me how to write in English and become a good English speaker. Also in fourth grade a teacher helped me with my multiplication and division. I had difficulties learning and understanding the homework. She offered to send me practice homework to do at home and before school started she would show me ways of how I could do the multiplication and check my work to see if I did it good. One thing I liked from her is that she would give me small quiz where she would see if I am doing good in math. I will never forget their helped because without their help probability I would have struggled a lot during my elementary years. From these experiences I see that as an educator, I would like to communicate with each of my students. I want to help them progress through their education. I will find easier ways for them to understand by providing visuals on the topic they are having trouble. I don’t want my students to see me as a person that I don’t care for their learning, but see that I will do anything for them and that I care more than they think.