Entrap Them In Bird Gardens Analysis

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Jonathan Kozol writes, “Entrap them in Bird Gardens,”, referencing the painting that he showed to his students, which was an, “instant favorite,” of theirs. Kozol believes that every teacher should go beyond the perceived limits of their students ' intelligence in order for them to become more worldly. I believe that this relates to establishing a chemistry with students because, in order to establish an effective chemistry with students, a teacher must build a sense of, “trust and good-natured camaraderie,” which occurs when a teacher relates to their students on an equal level, as Kozol did with Bird Gardens. When a teacher respects their students’ intelligence, chemistry is able to be made because the students do not feel inferior to the …show more content…
It is for this reason that the Bird Gardens relates to chemistry in the classroom because Kozol entrapped his students in Bird Gardens by broadening their minds. In my experience, the chemistry that I and my classmates had with my Calculus teacher really helped establish a positive learning experience and increased our understanding of the concepts because we were used to the way our teacher taught because we had our teacher for Algebra I, PreCalculus, as well as Calculus. Although not every teacher is able to have the opportunity to establish a connection over the span three courses, but my Calculus teacher was able to push the class to our limits because she was aware of our weaknesses and strengths of our class, thus maximizing the learning …show more content…
In my experience throughout high school, my school principal was not, “candid with the parents of the students.” The principal of my high school only viewed the parents those who would spend thousands of dollars to send me and my classmates to a Catholic high school. One specific example of the principal not being honest with parents occurred last year when they announced that my high school graduation would be moved from the Liacouras Center at Temple University, where it had been for years, to the soccer field of my high school. Our principal denied that the sole reason that we were moving the location of our graduation would be to cut the hefty cost of holding it at the Liacouras and instead claimed that the only reason for the moving of our graduation was the prestigious feeling of graduating on our high school campus. While it is understandable that the principal is supposed to govern the school and protect its image, he came off as oblivious and closed off to the parents who pay our tuition by refusing to discuss the obvious reason for the move. On the topic of teachers visiting students’ homes, I believe that it is a different situation than it was years ago. Social and cultural tensions are at a boiling point in the country now and there is also the inclusion of social media which spreads news rapidly. I believe if a teacher visited all of their students’ houses, it would be better, but I believe that if a teacher visited a student’s home due to problems at

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