Learning Project!

For my learning project I decided that I would like to learn how to do a kickflip on a skateboard. I chose to do this because it is something that I am interested in. I snowboard and wakeboard so I decided I should learn to skate. I already have a skateboard so I do not have to spend any money on this project which is always an added bonus. I know how to ride a skateboard and I use to know how to do an ollie but now I only seem to use it for walking my dog.

While my goal is to learn how to do a kickflip there is a lot of progression that needs to happen before I get to that trick. The Internet can’t seem to agree on the best way to go about learning the kickflip. So I took the list in the previous link and sent it to a friend who gave me some advice: learn to ollie then shuv-it. Then if I want I can learn to 180 both frontside and backside before trying a kickflip.

So for the first week I will be conquering the ollie. I have a video of myself landing a few ollies but I can’t figure out how to splice the videos together in iMovie so I will update this post when I have the video ready to go.

What Students Remember Most About Teachers

Pursuit of a Joyful Life

Dear Young Teacher Down the Hall,

I saw you as you rushed past me in the lunch room. Urgent. In a hurry to catch a bite before the final bell would ring calling all the students back inside. I noticed that your eyes showed tension. There were faint creases in your forehead. And I asked you how your day was going and you sighed.

“Oh, fine,” you replied.

But I knew it was anything but fine. I noticed that the stress was getting to you. I could tell that the pressure was rising. And I looked at you and made an intentional decision to stop you right then and there. To ask you how things were really going. Was it that I saw in you a glimpse of myself that made me take the moment?

You told me how busy you were, how much there was to do

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Standardized Tests

Standardized testing is one of the easiest ways to test a massive population of students. Despite the ease of standardize testing they are an ineffective method for testing a student body. Standardized test only target one type of learner and are tailored for the middle class. If a student is not good at memorizing information and then transferring it onto a test they will not score well on a standardized test. Standardized tests make students feel as if they are not unique. While standardized tests are an easy way to hold teachers accountable for their teaching, they systematically destroy a child’s creativity.

Reconsidering my Autobiography

I am a white male. When I was writing my autobiography I did not consider adding this information. Reflecting on my autobiography I have come to realize that by not mentioning these aspects of my life I was enjoying white privilege. I am part of a very privileged majority that often forgets just how privileged they are. I think that it was obvious that I am a male because my first name is Adam and I included a picture of myself. The fact that I am white however, is very relevant to who I am today and perhaps not as obvious as the fact that I am a male. In my autobiography I briefly mentioned volunteering at North Albert Community School, thinking back on this, it was probably the first time I became aware of my whiteness. The first day I walked into the classroom and there was two white people; the teacher and myself. My whiteness has played a huge part in wanting to become a teacher because it was at North Albert Community School that I realized what career path I wanted to take.

Teacher as Researcher

Kumashiro describes three different types of teachers: teacher as professional, teacher as researcher, and teacher as learned practitioner. I believe that teacher as researcher best describes me. I believe that teachers never stop learning and that it is our responsibility to learn something new each and every day. The students we teach are constantly changing and growing and a teacher who does not grow alongside their students is ineffective. I also believe that reflection is an important part of becoming a teacher. After teaching a lesson  an educator must take the time to consider what worked in the lesson, what didn`t work and how they can improve it.