ECS 200

ECS 210: Week 10 – Teacher’s Identity.

3 Things I Learned:

1. In lecture we were asked “what does the word ambiguity mean to you”?. My fellow classmates and myself were slightly stumped and were hesitant to share our definitions of this word. After reading Krista Yerkes paper, I was finally able to understand why being knowledgeable of this word is so important for educators to understand. Krista Yerkes says “ I can never prepare for how my students will react to something new I may be teaching them. I cannot prepare for what my students’ responses in class will be when I ask them a certain question. I cannot prepare for how fast or how slow my students will learn new material” (p. 14). It is so important for teachers to be prepared for the ambiguity that occurs in a classroom on a daily basis. We must learn to be prepared for the unexpected.

  1. The classroom environment influences the developing role of a teachers identity. The space, resources, and physical structures available are all aspects that contribute to the expected role of a teacher. For example, if a classroom has limited resources, the role of the teacher is identified by how they make use of what resources they do have. Depending on the teacher, this could have a positive or negative impact on the students’ education journey.

  2. Gregory Michie gives us future teachers a reminder about how easy it can be to fall under the pressuring expectations given to us by ‘superior’ teachers. Being a new teacher is enough pressure at it is, we must remember that it is okay to say no to coaching all of the extra curricular sports teams. It is okay to stand up for your own limits and it is important to do so in order to prevent yourself from becoming overwhelmed. Do not allow yourself to disengage your ultimate responsibility of being a teacher in the classroom.

    2 Connections I Made:

1. “If you do not know who you are as a person then teaching is going to be even harder” (Yerkes. p.4)
I find myself pondering about what kind of teacher I am going to be when I finish my University Degree. It is so important to recognize that you must stay true to yourself, your beliefs and values when you are teaching. I think that social media has influenced future teachers to imagine what kind of stereotypical teacher they want to  become. For example media tends to separate teachers into individuals who are crazy, talkative,intimidating, fun, repetitive or cool. Us teachers must disrupt this expectation of teachers having a typical teaching aura. If my fellow students take anything from this course, I hope that it is to stay true to yourself and to not focus on classifying yourself into a specific teaching role.

2. I made a connection with my journey of becoming a teacher and how it relates to ambiguity. It is important as a future teacher to realize that nothing is set in stone. This is something that I need to learn to understand and grow to accept. Although I have full control over the product of my assignments, essays and finals; I have no control of the final grade. My journey of becoming an educator is dependent on numerous factors that are out of my control. Life in general is completely ambiguous, and it is my responsibility to find ways to concretely adapt to the uncertainties of life.   

1 Question:
What are potential ways we can positively disrupt rowdy classrooms; such as the one Chandra Shaw encountered, without raising our voices?


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