Reflection Of Educational Experience

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Reflecting back to my educational experience from elementary to high school, I cannot recall a single moment where I felt I had agency over my opinions or my overall education experience. I grew up in a community that places respect over anything. I was taught one simple phrase: don’t speak unless spoken to. This main value was taught at home and eventually made its way into the school curriculum. Students were taught to obediently listen to the teachers and were encouraged to ask less questions. For example, sex was (still is) a taboo topic. Whenever a student would ask questions related to sex, they would be criticized and ridiculed for entertaining such thought. These practices were enforced through physical discipline and it left many …show more content…
Last year, I recognized that I spoke a lot in class discussions. This did not create an atmosphere to challenge the student’s critical thinking since I was speaking for them. For this year, I merely wanted to observe and only participate when it was necessary or required. I’ve seen a difference in how I contributed last year and this year. Previously, I did a lot of verbal communication with students during my office hours which only benefited some. However, this year, professor King gave me the opportunity to review and grade the student’s response papers and other side assignments they did. This gave me an opportunity to help students with their critical thinking by providing detailed responses to their papers. I wrote a lot of comments on their analysis and I mainly asked them about their thought process, why and how they came across their ideas. I was also not lenient with grading their papers. Overtime, I saw a huge improvement in their analysis. They stopped summarizing and started analyzing their responses and provided a lot of details to help the readers understand their position of writing. I think that this approach was more effective than holding office hours. I am aware that this may not work for all students for a variety of reason, but it worked for this group of students. By providing a detailed response to …show more content…
For me, the fear of punishment placed a barrier in me to speak out or interact with other students in high school. However, Oakes’ core class provided a space and relatable texts that filled in the gaps of untold stories. It also gave me my voice back. I can only hope that the students will come to learn and understand the importance of these elements they have been equipped with this quarter for not everyone has the opportunity to do so. I have no doubt that students will see the potential they have in themselves and exercise their power in dominant spaces. I await to their continuous growth next

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