3:Be the Change

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

“Be the Change you wish to see in the world” – Gandhi

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I chose two quotes because I believe carry similar ideas and as a future educator I hope to embody both.

The first quote speaks to the reason I want to  become a teacher.  Metaphorically I see education as a key, a key to a future that allows you to become anything you want, a future that is not limited by lack of knowledge.  Education, if used correctly can be a very important tool to creating a better world.

The second quote speaks to more of a personal ideology I wish to embody.  I chose to pursue this career because I had the opportunity to work with kids who didn’t have a positive influence in their life,and I thought if I could be that positive influence and show them that education is important and that they are cared for and they are loved that I could change their life for the better. By being the change I wish to see  I can change the world even if its just in a small way.

These quotes relate to my idea of curriculum and school in the way that I believe school should be a safe place for children where they can learn to be the best versions of themselves.  I also believe that the curriculum is teaching them knowledge that they can use to change the world.

A teacher that embodies theses quotes is a teacher that cares about more than outcomes and test scores.  A teacher that follows these ideas also believes that students have the right feel safe and happy during their years of school.  The teacher likely takes their role as an educator very seriously and is willing to go above and beyond what is expected to make sure his or her’s students are learning and are happy.

The first quote by Mandela in my opinion simply means that education is a very powerful tool.  Education is the key to changing the world. It is something you carry with you for the rest of your life and one can use it in any number of situations to make the world a better place.

The second quote is by Gandhi is similar to the first in that one can change the world.  A single action can seem small and insignificant in the great scheme of things, but no matter the size, every good action will and does impact the world positively.

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Dear Joe

Dear Joe,

The first time I met you  I was completely captivated.  The way you talked about caring for our forests, you could almost see the passion poring out of your pores.  Your eyes lit up like the stars you described.  It was clear to see you cared for the environment in the same way a mother bear cares and protects her cub.

Thank-you for teaching me the importance of leave no trace and for teaching me how to identify berries and tracks.  Thank-you for being the perfect example of someone who recycles, composts, and advocates for environmental education.

Most importantly Thank-you for opening my eyes to the beauty that surrounds us, if you only take the time to stop, be still and look.  Thank-you for inspiring my love of environmental education, Thank-you for sharing your passion.

Sincerely,

Madisson

 

2:My Idea of Whats Rationale

When I think to Tyler’s theory of Rationale, I can think of many examples where this theory was applied to my own schooling. A stand out example of this for me would be, my high school AP english class.  This class focused heavily on being able to write a grammatically correct paper.  We would receive a paper full of errors and than to gain marks one would have to keep editing the paper until there was no errors left.  This was carried on though out all my years of high school english.  This idea of repetition and practice, closely resembles Tyler’s ideas.  In this class we were also tested using standardized testing to judge our knowledge and intelligence.

One benefit of this theory in my opinion would be, the process of lesson planning.  There are clear linear steps that take place in order to reach the desired goal.  The rationale also does not restrict teachers on the type of material they can teach.  A teacher has the freedom to teach however they please as long as they follow the steps and reach the desired goal, which is memorization of a theory or idea that can be tested using standardized testing.

A flaw I find with this theory is the idea that IQ can be judged solely on a child’s ability to memorize information.  Not all children comprehend information in the same manner, nor does every child learn the same.  To expect them to be able to retain information and retell it in the same way seems unrealistic.

1:Common Sense and Everything in Between

How does Kumashiro define ‘commonsense?’ Why is it so important to pay attention to the ‘common sense’?

Kumashiro defines ‘common sense’ as not being a universal concept.  The idea of what ‘common sense’ is varies from person to person depending on that person’s schemes, ideas and understanding of certain concepts.  Societal normalcies play a large role on what ones idea of ‘common sense’ is.  What is considered ‘common sense’ in North America is not the same as what would be considered ‘common sense’in a third world country.

As future educators it is important to remember that “The ways we traditionally think about teaching and learning are not the only possible ways.”  (What is Common Sense, pg.4) By understanding that not every student has the same idea of what is ‘common sense’ it makes one a more aware teacher.  Once a teacher understands there are many effective ways of teaching and that not every student learns the same way, that teacher can learn the most effective manners of teaching in order to engage and teach that individual.  By paying attention to ‘common sense’ we can learn new methods of teaching as well as new ideas of ‘common sense’.

Creative Blog Entry #2

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For my second blog Entry I chose to make a collage.  The pictures in the collage represent my ecoliteracy journey.  In my senior year of high school I attended a week long canoe trip.  We canoed and portaged through the lakes and wooded areas up past La Ronge.  This was a huge learning experience for me in terms of ecoliteracy.

The majority of the other pictures are from my summers spent working at the lake.  During the summer I teach a lot about ecoliteracy to the campers.  We learn a variety of topics and ideas around the environment and how to keep it healthy.

 

Creative Blog Entry # 1 – January 14

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“ Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” (Margaret Mead). I found this quote recently and was able to draw connections from the reading to it. In this weeks reading, What is Education for? by David Orr, it states that by simply educating people on environmental education we can not expect change, it is only when people who are compassionate and caring, are educated on the issue, that we can expect to see change.

For my first creative journal entry I chose to recreate the famous ‘colors of the wind’ image from the movie, Pocahontas. I chose this image for a couple of reasons. The first reasons is that growing up this was my favorite movie and I spend many days rewinding the tape in order to re-watch the movie. From this movie, I designed an image of what the environment was to me. The image I created was an image of beauty and un- measurable power.

While now as an adult I realize that Pocahontas is both fictitious and grossly unrealistic.   I still imagine the image of all the colors of nature whipping through Pocahontas’ hair when I picture nature. For this reason when we were asked to creatively construct our own idea of what environment was to us, this is what I produced.

In my creative journal I first drew ‘colors of the wind’ to represent all the different colors one can see if they take the time to look within nature. Within the wind there are wheat husks, rain and leaves. The practical reason I drew them this way was that wind carries seeds, rain and all sorts of other things to different areas that otherwise wouldn’t have been able to be reached. This is the reason that we may see a lone pine tree in aspen forest. The less practical reason I chose this was, that’s how the movie depicted it. Within the leaves I wrote various sentences that describe what environment means to me and what I believe environment to be. Finally I drew rain because without rain and water vast majority of the environment would crease to exist.

In closing I thought I would leave with another quote. “Be the change you wish to see in the world”. I chose this quote because I firmly believe that one person teaching environmental education can change the course of the subject area for the better. I also included a clip of Pocahontas in case you haven’t seen the movie.