I started my Masters of Education this month at Wilfrid Laurier University. As you can tell based on my limited blog postings, I have been working my butt off. I loved every moment of it!
One of the many highlights was my critical pedagogy class and the reflection on my personal practical knowledge that took place. It was amazing to read and engage in discussion with my peers about theorists and how their beliefs are mapped on to our own professional practice.
I thought that I would summarize my learnings in one short post:
- no curriculum is politically neutral
- bring student experience into the classroom is vital for true learning (Dewey) – This cemented the use of modern technology and social media in our classrooms
- bell hooks rules – read Teaching to Transgress, it is amazing
- my classroom metaphor: a circus (*more on this later – it is a good thing!)
- reading research studies and journal articles after a statistics course makes you very critical of said articles