• Blog Post 2

    This week’s reading was very enlightening and informative in my opinion. Reading “The New Teacher Book”, takes you upon many real journeys of teachers within the school system. Providing real stories by real teachers, allows the reader to look at the reality of teaching more pragmatically. This week’s reading had 3 main points that were emphasized by my group, LC3. We tried to touch upon diversity and inclusion, the classroom setup, and the teacher-student relationship. All of these things were mentioned in the book and we created a small group lesson to further carry these ideas from the book into real-life situations. 

    To begin our current connections learning with the class, we opened it up with a slideshow which will be linked at the end of the blog post. Before we split into small groups we wanted each member of the group to have somewhat of an understanding of what was going to be talked about. We gave them an overview of our lesson by defining our three topics and what they were going to do with them in their small groups. After our definitions and asking for additional questions, we then split our classroom up into their LC groups. Each group was given two teachers from my group LC3. These three groups were given the task of picking one of the topics and diving deeper into it with their small group. 

    Lizzie and Mariah were assigned to teach their small groups about the importance of diversity and inclusion. In the assigned reading, “The New Teacher Book” edited by Linda Christensen, Stan Karp, Bob Peterson, and Moe Yonamine, they write about the importance of reteaching the way history really went versus how it is written. These authors share the story behind Christopher Columbus and how the story is portrayed through history and how it differs and downplays how Columbus’s “findings” destroyed an entire ethnic group. In connecting this reading to current events and issues, Mariah and Lizzie found an article called “It Never Seems to be a Good Time to Talk About Teachers’ Racism” by Ranita Ray. Ray makes a statement that “white teachers—who make up 79 percent of the public school teaching force—are comfortably, and truthfully, teaching about America’s history and the present realities of racial oppression.” Diversity and inclusion isn’t just a rule anymore, it is an expectation. Incorporating inclusion and diversity into your classroom is so incredibly important. For every student to feel thought of and heard can make such a big difference in their lives inside and outside of the classroom. It is such an important topic because even though we are now, more willing to talk about it, changes still need to be made, and it needs to start within the classroom.

    Our second set of group leaders, Gabe and Jaden, talked about the effects of the classroom setup. This topic was given 7 pages (in the book) dedicated to explaining the ins and outs of a classroom setup and how it can affect your teaching. In the book, the authors write about the multiple ways you can change your classroom to be more conducive to learning. Changing things like decorations and table/chair setups can engage and make the students feel more eager to learn. In connecting this chapter to current matters, Gabe and Jaden chose an article called, “How Does Classroom Design Affect A child’s Ability to Learn?” In this article, many Doctors and professionals in the field share their ideas on how the classroom setup can play a very important role in how students learn. One reporter writes, “The school was designed so that adults can be stationed in various places and the kids could be free to learn where they feel curious”. This quote describes how it is the teachers’ job to create an environment that inspires kids to be curious and ready to learn. It is our job as teachers to create a safe space for creativity and eagerness to learn. Just by changing a few things in our room, we can facilitate those feelings and incorporate them into our lesson plans. Having a room that is ready to learn is worth the extra money spent on wall decorations. 

    Lastly, Mel and I were in charge of educating our group on the importance of a teacher-student relationship. This topic was very easy for us to talk about because we couldn’t have agreed more with our findings. In reading our assigned book, pages 40-42 do a great job of explaining how important it is to have respect for your students, care for them outside of the classroom, and also learn from them as well. Mel and I chose a short story to connect our book findings with a real-world story. In the story, the teacher found that the lessons that were not part of her curriculum stuck more with the students than the actual school work. The teacher in the book decided one day to drop the school lesson and create her own. She designed a more personal engaging lesson that had a huge impact on the students. In realizing that she had more of an impact than she thought, she became very emotional along with the rest of her students. I know, in my personal experience, I never remembered a teacher based on the curriculum they taught, but on the life lessons they taught. Having a relationship with your students can go a very long way and is severely underrated in today’s schools. 

    In concluding our lesson, we asked that each group talk without their group leaders and come up with a list. Each list had its key concept that was taught throughout the lesson. The group that learned about diversity and inclusion was to write a list of “why diversity and inclusion are so important to include in a classroom”. The presenters on classroom and environment wrote a top 10 list on “how classroom environment can affect how a class learns”. And lastly, The group that focused on a teacher-student relationship was to make a list of the “effects of a positive teacher-student relationship”. After finishing these lists, each LC group had to present it to the entire class and showcase what they learned to the other groups. It was a good way to incorporate all three lessons in such a short amount of time. 

    Altogether it was a very enlightening experience seeing what each of my classmates had to contribute to our presentation. I was able to hear about individual student-teacher relationships my group had to make the topic more personal. They seemed to enjoy and stay engaged with what Mel and I were saying and it made it a much more enjoyable experience. Below will be all the links to the readings and PowerPoint we used throughout our project. To get a better understanding of our current connections I strongly encourage reading the articles and PowerPoint. I found that in trying to teach the class, I was also able to teach myself, maybe you will discover the same things.

    Google Slides

    https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1r2lmslojgHBiLz6dE7pQ-P_7ZLCRm_ISTlnpuia-MSo/edit#slide=id.g139679e456c_0_48

    Diversity and inclusion:

    https://slate.com/human-interest/2022/03/teacher-racism-in-classrooms-and-curriculum.htmlhttps://slate.com/human-interest/2022/03/teacher-racism-in-classrooms-and-curriculum.html

    Classroom environment:https://educationtechnologysolutions.com/2018/04/classroom-design-affect-childs-ability-learn-14-medical-educational-experts-weigh/

    Teacher-student relationship:

    https://www.rd.com/list/teacher-whttps://slate.com/human-

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