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Victoria Oslund
EDUC 203
12/10/12
Reflective Essay.
Teaching and Learning in a Diverse Society has truly opened my eyes to what I will be facing in a classroom, whether it be the type of students I will be teaching or how I will teach my students a controversial topic. It gave me many different ways to bring up a hard topic that someone people would feel uncomfortably teaching to younger students. Not only did it open my eyes it has helped me think in abstract ways on topics that are new to me and being able to see the situation in other point of views. This was all possible by taking part in all possible actives inside and outside the classroom.

Through completing the assigned readings I learned a lot about myself that I didn’t know. One would think that it just helped them understand the other side of the viewpoint but it did a lot more for me. It opened my eyes to the world around me and what others are faced with day in and day out. I came from a pretty well off family who never really worried about that much. I went to a small high school that wasn’t very diverse in many different ways. About 75% of the school grew up with the same kids and in the same house their whole life. Not many of them got out to see the world. However, I grew up in Palm Beach, Florida. I went to a Baptist Private School that had many privileges that most schools do not receive. So the move to a rural area was a big change. The one thing that I first noticed that when I went from 4th grade in a private school to fifth grade in a public school, I felt like I repeated a grade and didn’t really learn anything new that year. I always thought that it was the layout of the curriculum but through this class I found out that it was not the state it was the difference between private and public education. I didn’t receive the same resources either. I remember out classroom having it own bathroom and a parent always sitting in to help the teacher if need be, but that wasn’t how it was in the public school. I believe these reading opened my eyes to all the things that I have experienced and all the things that I will. It helped me learn to always find something different and interesting about every person and to not judge even though I am being judged every day.

The classroom discussions were amazing in helping me connect the readings to every ones viewpoint. It helped me understand that every person takes in information in a different way, which helps make the picture of the text more clear. Everyone in our class seemed to come from a different back ground and live a different life which made it that much more interesting to listen to everything that they had to say. It brought the text to life, which made it easier to remember. It taught me that every student will excel in some way, and as a teacher you must give him or her that chance to do so. You can be limiting on many things and you must be opened minded. The biggest thing it helped me with was that my opinion mattered in everyone else’s success. I use to hate talking in a loud group and speaking my option. I always thought no one cared to way say it, but once I heard other talk and noticed that it helped me learn about the text in a different way I thought that if them talking helped me would me talking help them? So I started to share my view and help open doors for the others in our class.

The many different films we watched were something different that I had never seen before. The one I found most interesting was the Stoning of Soraya M. After watching that film the only thing that went through my head was “what did I just watch?” I told myself from the beginning that I would not watching anyone throw a stone at her because I thought that it would hunt me for the rest of my life. And I must say that every day I think about how wrong that was for the people in her town to do such a horrible thing to her. I just have to keep reminding myself that it was only a film but still, it...
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