It has become a platitude to say that a “one-size-fits-all” approach does not serve students well, but many classrooms in both K-12 and higher education are still centered on the written word. This dismissal of less scholastic forms of expression is the result of not training educators—who tend to be former star pupils representing the dominant culture—in differentiated instruction and multicultural pedagogy. In this way, advocating for your learning style is advocating for responsiveness to diversity.
If you are one of the many students who may apply to this controversial program, be aware of all options rather than only listening to the loudest voice in the room. TFA threatens the wellbeing of students, their communities, and, at times, their own recruits, so don’t Teach For America. Teach for real.
No boot camp or “how to” guide makes a good teacher. It requires many cycles of preparation, practice, and reflection. Together, we must think deeply about our students, curricula, communities, languages, and identities, and we must do so often. That’s why this space, the Young Teachers Collective blog, exists.
Columbia teachers are agitating for better working conditions. Undergraduate students have a direct stake in graduate and adjunct campaigns because teachers’ working conditions are students’ learning conditions.
The relationship between student and teacher is said to be “the heart of a liberal arts education,” but universities make it hard for professors to teach well.
We don’t always know the root of students’ problems, so we snip at the individual branches. It’s easy to jump to conclusions about kids’ “bad choices” or students not “applying” themselves, but that runs the risk of blaming the victim, all the while ignoring the underlying reasons.
In Spanish, souvenirs are called recuerditos or little memories. I prefer the Spanish word because, for me, “souvenir” conjures images of Chinese-produced plastic featuring meaningless iconography at best or offensive stereotypes at worst. Plus, the items spread out before me actually do carry memories of the people and experiences most dear to me during this past year.
Partying and politicking at top Chilean universities are like happy roommates: at first they shared the space out of necessity but now they do it for fun and because it works.