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Educational Quote

“When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts.” – Anonymous

I chose this quote because I think it really speaks to how even though teachers should be educating children on life, that they also should be aware that that is not all what education is about. To me education isn’t just about teaching students things, it is about shaping them into who they are or who they want to be. Us as teachers should be aware of our students needs, and sensitivities. One role of the teacher is to be a respectable role model, and I think to “educate their hearts” is to show this to our students. Teachers can’t just think about getting the information across, we must remember that our students are vulnerable and that teachers have to be sensitive to that. When I become a teacher, I want to inspire my students to be the best they can be personally, academically, socially, and so on. It is equally essential to educate their hearts, as well as their minds.

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Teaching Tyler’s Rationale

Throughout my entire middle year and high school days, there was always organized assignments followed by tests at the end of the unit or semester. Our school was very organized and structured like Tyler’s Rationale. There was always a purpose to what the teachers were teaching us, how the information was arranged and organized and then we would be evaluated once we learned everything. Rarely did my classes ever have final projects instead of final exams.

Some major limitations of Tyler’s rationale are that since there is always an evaluation at the end of his theory, some children don’t perform the best or show what they have learned through tests or exams. I can definitely relate to these kids because I would way rather have a final project to be evaluated instead of an exam. Some potential benefits of his rationale is that it is very structured. Some children also benefit and do a lot better through organized activities. Some children also do better at tests than others so the Tyler Rationale would actually benefit them.

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Common Sense In Schools

In the article about common sense, Kumashiro noticed while teaching in Napal was that it was quite different than the American way. In one instance she states that “exam approach to teaching had become so ingrained in the practices of Napal schools as to have become a part of ‘common sense.’” It was almost like common sense to them is to have midterms and exams only instead of assignments worth the students grades as well. Another comment made said that “common sense tells us that experiencing things is what it means to be in school.” So the things that teachers teach, and students learn, are almost common sense things to certain countries. The American way is to have midterms and finals but also assignments to make up their final grade with. This is just the American common sense for learning things in school.

I think it is important to pay attention to common sense because you then recognize that not every teacher teaches the same way, or not every country has the same grading system. ‘Common sense’ is essentially different for different places. In other words, common sense is like the status quo if a school. They have norms and rituals that school does that is just common sense to the school. It is important to realize this so to understand that there is diversity within other schools, teachers, students and even teaching methods.