The Reflection Of The Classroom In Education In America

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The theme that I believe accurately represents my semester in Education in America, I believe was from one of the first few classes with Rita Pierson’s Ted Talk. Pierson’s belief on the teacher-student relationship is that “every child deserves a champion: an adult who will never up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists they become the best they can be” (2013). I know I have written on this quote at least two times previous, but for me, this will be my mantra in the upcoming years. Her dedication to the betterment of children’s education is inspiring, especially towards children of color. In this first few classes I did not know what to expect. My thesis statement for my first reflection was: “I hope to gain a thorough…show more content…
Growing up in DC, diversity was everywhere. Then attending my first year of college in Baltimore, there was discourse and in depth analysis on what it meant to be a minority in the US. However, coming to St. Mary’s County/SMCM in 2014 altered that perspective. Instead of comfortable discussion, it seemed like once passionate prose became heated battles. When every buzzwords like: race, cultural appropriation, even ‘cornrows’ people would automatically switch to the defense. After this semester especially, it seems that I have had class after class that have been on this singular, which is no surprise because this political climate. I know that it is important to have conversations, create dialogue, and to understand our individual part in how we help or hinder civil rights and…show more content…
Whenever I hear the words “group project” I am thrown back to the terrible time I had with them. They were enlightening because I was able to learn about Gloria Ladson-Billings, a prominent black woman, and how she advocates to incorporate the children’s culture into the curriculum. Also, I was able to work with awesome people who were passionate about creating an inclusive school for marginalized students. Even though it was not real, it was still effective because it enabled us to practice many teaching strategies that I will most likely encounter. For example: being able to incorporate everyone’s idea into one cohesive idea for our school. At first it was overwhelming having all the power to create a school to accomplish anything you wanted. However, we were able to lay out our base platform, including diversity, marginalized groups, and technology through

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