ECS 210

The Tyler rational – The one-size fits all schooling

The traditionalist approach/the Tyler rational follows along four main questions

1. What educational objectives should the school seek to achieve?
2. What educational experiences can be provided that are likely to achieve these
objectives?
3. How can these educational experiences be effectively organized?
4. How can we determine whether these objectives are being achieved?

These four easy to follow steps are problematic in that teaching should not be easy and that a one size fits all mentality will not work seeing as you don’t have one-size fits all students.

The Tyler rational was often used in my own schooling; which luckily for me I was not an exceptional learner in most subjects. And I did see many students get left behind or just moved on to the next grade. One class that this method has negatively effected me in is math. All through schooling I’ve had trouble with math and it wasn’t until high school that teachers seemed to notice. Once teacher’s noticed and helped me by providing a more visual example to what we were studying my grades improved quite a bit. As my example hopefully shows; the Tyler method allows no space for the individual student and differentiated instruction. This not only limits students who need a little extra help when it comes to learning, but also those who are further ahead who usually wind up doing busywork until the teacher decides the class has learnt what they need to. The benefit to the Tyler rational is that it can provide a jumping off point for teachers to create lesson/unit plans; hopefully adding their own differentiated instruction to supplement it.

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ECMP 355, Responses

My first foray into the Twitterverse

My Twitter page says that I joined in 2011 but I don’t remember ever using it until this class. I love technology but I didn’t like Twitter’s 140 character limit on how much I could say; although now that I have the knowledge of how to insert links I enjoy it a lot more. I have began following many people related to social justice including Bill Gates, The Dalai Lama, sjechat, and Miss Representation and love how these pages open my eyes to the numerous social justice issues I want to dress in my teaching. I love Twitter’s ability to connect people; for example I tweeted about learning to knit for this class and was followed by knitting profiles that I might be able to use for my learning project. I also really enjoyed our Twitter conversation during this weeks class, and love that people from around the world were able to join in our conversation. This is why I am excited to use Twitter in the classroom, as the opportunity for connecting with different people and seeing different viewpoints is extremely valuable.

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ECMP 355

My story

Hello everyone,

Born and raised here in Regna I’m the middle child (as well as the shortest).

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and I have a ten month old nephew whom I absolutely adore.

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and I can’t forget my cats Alfie and Nox.

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I am a fourth year secondary education student with a major in English and a minor in drama. I am also working on a Bachelor of Arts degree so my program is a little bit mixed up. I’ve wanted to be a teacher since I was in grade six and have wanted to teach English for about as long, but it wasn’t until high school that I found my love for theatre. I began taking classes at Globe Theatre when I was in grade nine, and have been involved ever since. These classes have introduced me to many wonderful people, and the teachers I have worked with there have helped to form my teaching philosophy, and I’m very excited to begin my fourth year volunteering as a TA there very soon.

I love the idea of using technology in the classroom as I believe it can expand students thoughts and ideas and open them up to the wider world; rather than being confined to a classroom. This exposure to the wider world; along with digital citizenship lessons can empower students to become engaged citizens which I believe is an important part of our jobs as teachers.

ECS 210

Response to “The Problem of Common Sense”

In his work The Problem of Common Sense Kevin Kumashiro defines common sense as “what everyone should know”in the context of his time teaching in Nepal.  It is important to pay attention to common sense because we can become complacent in what we think everyone should know and forget to think about the deeper meaning behind the things we feel are common sense, and as Kumashiro states; this can cause us to “teach… and learn… in ways that allow the oppressions already in play to continue to play out unchallenged”.  Throughout my own schooling this commonly took the form of teachers asking the boys to leave class to help move any heavy equipment; leaving the girls to feel weak and helpless when it comes to that sort of stuff.  This oppression can make students feel hurt, excluded, and subordinate to their peers, and can place a stop to any meaningful learning and advancement occurring in the classroom.