For my reflection, I had the privilege of having a great discussion with Jean Catubay, one of the Interviewers and Editors of the High Tech High Podcast UnBoxed. You can take a listen here on YouTube.
Cliff Notes for my Reflection:
Teaching super powers:
My first teaching power is that I always try to make the work that we do relevant to the lives of students in these moments. I always want my lessons to be things that center the knowledge that students bring to the table as well.
I am an empathetic teacher. I always try to look at the students whole experience in their lives. For example looking at things that they share about their personal ife or things tha help them feel joy in their lives.
Areas for growth:
One palace where I could grow is in the timing of my lesson plans.
I want to continue to figure out
What motivates students to be both receptive to their work
And what motivates students to take agency over the work that they do? For their own learning.
What does Anti-Racist and Equality focused look like to me?
Whenever we are doing anti-Racist work, it is implied work that we continue to examine and re-examine, as well as negotiate our stance on issues all of the time. Where do we sit on this spectrum of creating change and unlearning.
Whenever I think about equity I think of my IEP, 504 and EBL students and how injustice has played out in their education and has maybe even jaded their experiences on the possibility of enjoying school work. I think of my job as a teacher as the person who helps to energize my students in pursuit of their passions while in school
Curiosities to pursue for next year: How might I learn how to better motivate my students to take agency over the work that they do in the direction of their own learning?