The Discussion Board was used to extend our YAL conversation beyond the allotted class time. I found it very beneficial because it was an organized way to layout questions and responses that grew larger each week. There were many questions created by Dr. Adams and my classmates and each week I responded to a few. The difficult part about this assignment for me was forming questions. However, what surprised me was that my questions received some responses a couple times. I did not believe my questions were as interesting as others I had read. This assignment pushed me out of my comfort level to be not only the answerer but a questioner as well. A skill I will continue to develop.
A few posts I wrote and their responses:
|Freedom to Teach
In Readicide, Gallagher discusses how many teachers are cramming as much curriculum as possible into students minds to prepare for state exams. They are also having students memorize facts rather than take time to critically think about the text. At my high school it seemed preparing for benchmarks and CSAP was all that mattered and even individual students were given certificates for increased scores. However, is it completely there fault for narrowing the curriculum? They are monitored on how well their students do on the exams and if they do poorly, they could lose their jobs. The fear of losing ones earnings to live changes how you teach and controls your freedom of teaching. I knew of one teacher who secretly had us read a different book than everyone else in the 10th grade because he said reading a Farewell to Arms was better than the test prep books. Did you have teachers that went against the required curriculum? -Sonia Perez
Freedom to Teach
Disconnection to Nothing
Stay as is