Comfortable or accountable?
How would you describe your teaching perspectives prior to your reading of the module resources? How would you compare your prior conceptions about learning and teaching to the ideas discussed in the resources of this module? What factors influenced your conceptions about teaching and learning?
> Well Teacher-Centered teaching was still my choice teaching style and I still want I to practice until after I read and watched the resources of this Module. This is also evident to how I defined teaching and learning in Activity 4 Part 1. This is not a surprise though, it was the teaching I received when I was a student so I thought that if it worked for me, it will work on my students as well.
Well compared to the 21st Century education, my concepts of learning and teaching is more of “I” I know the content so I will teach and I know how to teach it better than anyone else.
Have your perspectives’ changed after studying the module resources? How or how not?
> Yes it has, by being exposed to the 21st century teaching skills that this Module had provided. It has changed the setup of mind from the old-school way which is the teacher centered to student centered learning. Specifically to let go of my assumption that when I become a teacher I could still teach like how I got my education in school, since I learned that way I’m thinking my students will learn also.
How willing or open are you in challenging your prior conceptions about teaching and learning, and applying contemporary teaching perspectives and approaches that would better serve the need of the students for more holistic and active learning?
> Very much willing, even to the point that I would want to develop the skill of persuasion if in case the school that I’ll be joining in does not believe or practice 21st century teaching styles to make them see the benefits of this to the students.
I would like to experience the results of not feeding my fears of trying something different, of not being in my comfort zone. Because those results will be my motivation to break more walls and be global
Which among the contemporary teaching perspectives and approaches discussed in this module resonates with you? Why?
> My only teaching exposure is ESL. As I tutor I practice more airtime for my students, I’ll just speak to let them know that I’m listening and that I believe in their ideas. It really has to be Student-Centered Learning because verbalizing their thoughts is the only way for them to be a better speaker of the language.
If I don’t formulate open-ended questions about the subject matter the class would just mostly be a reading a class. They know that by engaging their mind to answer my questions( whether oral or written) their mindset will be changed from initially thinking in Chinese then translate it to English when they speak to a mindset that is now mapping ideas in their head in English language and then smoothly verbalizing their thoughts using English words as well.
Knowing your inclination for specific teaching perspectives, how can you ensure that you will not fall into the trap of a one-size-fits-all teaching and that you will observe the teaching principles as intellectual and varied work – “adopting appropriate teaching roles to support learning goals” (Eberly Center, 2015)?
>Having accountability partner / colleague, one who is good at practicing hands-on learning of 21st Century Education to check on me anytime. At least this would keep me on my toes if I’m practicing it or not and I have some one I can collaborate with.
> This one may seem very far-fetch to practice all the time but I’ll try, whenever I feel comfortable with my pedagogy then I know I’m not practicing the 21st Century Education principles.
I go crazy whenever my plans do not push through. It frustrates me whenever I don’t have the control of situations. I don’t like to plan all the details but those parts of an activity that I planned, I expect them to happen the way I have envision them in my head. It gives me the feeling of relief that there are things in my future that will not rattle my self-control and will not put my patience to test.
For me having the ability to do the things I need to do and control situations gives me high sense of confidence on the outcome. I know that this feeling stemmed from several past experiences of being left out or forgotten. Whatever their reasons were it had pushed be to be so cautious and independent.
The reason why I started my blog this way is because, 21st Century Education is so not me. It’s the antonym of my core. It’s about student teaching her classmates through her own understanding, it’s about being out there directing them to find answers to their own questions, just like in the video students learning is not concentrated to discussions in a classroom set-up, we can go out let the students see it for themselves, may it be in the park, through field trips or in laboratories. It’s all about being creative and resourceful when passing knowledge to students not be so dependent on textbooks, letting them use use technology to express their understanding, and it’s about longer air-time for students, lime light on them not me.
Practicing the principles of 21st Century Education will put teachers in situations of constant change, unpredictable students’ questions and more-patience-needed scenarios, these should be good for me or, I should say way better. If this is what it takes for my kids to feel like they are now really students, they are now open to learning and studying then I should say not having a strict plan in class is good, less control for a vibrant class is worth it.
I believe there’s nothing wrong to plan ahead of time, to control situation and to be self-reliant. It is when we boxed them to a textbook-teaching with little room for hands-on learning and self expression of their understanding that keeps us teachers safe in our comfort zone but limiting their learning. It definitely will not rattle me as teacher if I will just mainly focus on a book that I have read so many times, share its ideas to my students again and again. I’m sure being self-reliant in that scenario will not be a problem, it will be natural of me not be needing any other teacher’s point of view on my teaching since I “think” I have become a master on my subject. But this module had thought me a very important lesson, a teacher has to be open to collaboration, teamwork to give the best to their students, not just those students who are coming to their classes but students of colleagues as well. Self reliance according to this module should be change to a sense of teamwork.
What I have to remember as a teacher is not to prioritize the feeling of ease or comfortable while teaching but I have to remind my self how accountable I am to the time my students spent in the school. The whole time they are enrolled should be at least equal to the amount of learning they are getting from us.
We want our students to conquer the world, let the sky be their limit then our pedagogy should mirror that.
1.) Student-Centered Learning (21st Century Education) (Pear Tree Education Inc. (2013, February 21). Student-centered learning (21st century education) [Video file].
2.) Reimagining Classrooms: Teachers as Learners and Students as Leaders | Kayla Delzer | TEDxFargo (TEDx Talks. (2015, October 13). The power of student-driven learning: Shelley Wright at TEDxWestVancouverED [Video file].)
3.) Hands-On Learning / Experiential Education (21st Century Education) (Pear Tree Education Inc. (2013, February 14). Hands-on learning / Experiential education (21st Century Education) [Video file].)
4.) Project-Based Learning Challenges (21st Century Education) (Pear Tree Education Inc. (2016, December 11). Project-based learning challenges (21st century education) [Video file].
5.) Collaboration / Finnish Education (21st Century Education) (Pear Tree Education Inc. (2013, February 20). Collaboration / Finnish education (21st century education) [Video file].)