Reading Response Nine

This week there were three required readings: Exploring Teacher Identity: A Yearlong Recount of Growing from Student to Teacher; Promoting an Activist Teacher Identity; Understanding Canadian Schools, An Introduction to Educational Administration. There were many things within the articles that stuck out to me, and they were things I never realized. After reading it, however, it …

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Reading Response Eight

For this week, we read The Many Faces of Leadership--Educational Leadership and Teachers, Administers, and Schools. In the latter reading, it mentions teacher salaries. One thing that stuck out to me was that teachers who work in remote communities may be paid more than teachers who work in cities. Not only that, but teachers who spent more time in …

Reading Response Seven: Politics in the Classroom and Funding

There were three resources that we looked at this week. In one of the readings, it mentioned how making the classroom "too political" can be damaging to students and can cross the line. There were many instances of teachers trying to incorporate political lessons into the classroom that really shocked me. While teaching students about …

Reading Response Six: Philosophies and Residential Schools

This week, we had multiple readings. One of the readings mentioned the establishment of residential schools in Canada. During the reading, it mentioned that Aboriginal people had taken it upon themselves to establish education for Aboriginal children. I personally had never heard of these schools--we were always taught that residential schools were the first type …

Reading Response Four: Living our way to new thinking

In Nourishing the Learning Spirit, Battiste points out the importance of Indigenous knowledge and ways of knowing, and how it is beneficial to First Nations students. However, to this day classrooms still continue to teach from a Eurocentric perspective, with no regard for Indigenous perspectives, thus leaving First Nations students behind. Learning is guided by the spirit, …

Reading Response Three: Social Cognitive Views of Learning and Motivation

In Perry, Woolfolk, and Winnie's eleventh chapter of Educational Psychology, they focus on the importance of social cognitive theory and the importance of models, and in another chapter, they talk about how mental health can affect the performance of a person's learning. One thing I hadn't realized is how our own self-efficacy can affect the way …

Reading Response Two: Self and Social and Moral Development

In chapter three of our textbook, Woolfolk, Winnie, and Perry highlight the importance of self, social, and moral development in terms of growth. All of these aspects begin to develop at a young age, and depending on a child's influence, class, race, and/or gender, they can develop at different rates. One important aspect of development …