After reviewing this week’s readings I noticed that when I read scripture such as the “parables” I feel a need to self reflect and look at some of my weaknesses in comparison. The one that jumped out at me this week was when Jesus referred to the “eye for an eye,” and instead asked for compassion and to turn the other cheek. I am reminded that sometimes when people do wrong to me that it can be a test to my temperament and judgment. Whether it’s someone being rude to me in person, or a discourteous driver on the road I need to remember that I’m in control of my reaction, so if I react poorly it is myself that I blame. I feel there is a lesson in that for the students that we will be teaching as well, and while they have leeway because they are children, we can set a good example for them to follow.
The excerpt from “the Nature of the Profession” by Arthur Ellis was a paper that encompassed several valid points concerning our stage in becoming educators from comparing, such as “
Educational theory conflicts with teaching practice.” (Ellis, 1986) He goes on to compare different schools, subjects, and age levels to give a picture of where we might like to accept a teaching position. I found his hypothetical situation illuminating on the legal rights of teachers and students.
Dr. Scheuerman gave a fervent talk about “viva activa,” and asked us to think about providing a life of action in our future classrooms. The special education environment provides extra challenges to overcome when taking this into consideration. First and foremost concern is the safety of the students, so I tried to think of different tiers of options from which to attempt. My first idea was to introduce the students to volunteering outside of the school. Whether it is at the zoo, a soup kitchen, or the city parks and recreation department, but there would be additional factors such as transportation and safety, which is problematical in the special education classroom. The idea would be to not just visit these places, but to actual volunteer and work to provide real world “hands on” experience for the special needs students. My hope would be that even the students with profound disabilities could find something to take away from the event.There are many unclear items in trying to arrange an event like this, and I think the only true way to find out what will work is to attempt them, and adjust plans accordingly.
In conclusion I would like to reiterate a few numbers Dr. Scheuerman has mentioned (passionately), which include:
$7,500,000,000 (money the U.S. has spent on weapons of mass destruction)
36% (U.S. national high school dropout rate)
162,000,000 (orphans in the world… reported)
Ellis, Arthur K. (1986), Introduction to the foundations of education (ch.3). (3rd ed.). Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon.