It's definitely an interesting and important new dimension to teaching to think about, and that's one of the reason I decided to write these responses on my personal blog instead of creating a class one. I want to keep these somewhere that I know I can revisit them at, somewhere that maybe current and future colleagues could read them and remember the importance of these bits of their jobs. I certainly hope to incorporate the idea of Educacion into my classroom in the future.
Monday, November 5, 2012
Weekly Response: Educacion
In class this week we learned about "Educacion," and our next intervention is going to focus on it. In simple terms, it is teaching students how to be people, not just teaching them facts and skills. It is the incorporation of values and a sense of what it means to communicate and cooperate effectively and craft oneself into a better person. It means that a teacher needs to recognize that he or she is a creator of relationships. This doesn't just mean relationships between texts and their contexts, but the students and each other as well as other people they know or will meet in the future. There should be a sense of culture in the school experience and a sense of how the students will fit into the community. One suggestion we had in class would be to host a Career Day, the way St. Mark's does for their juniors or every single school does in all those old cartoons. A teacher should create a good relationship with the students in order to foster better relationships between the student and the school, their classmates, and fellow teachers.