Summative Assessment: St. Ignatius Of Loyola

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Summative Assessment
“Go forth and set the world on fire.”
—St. Ignatius of Loyola
It is after St. Ignatius that the Jesuit, liberal arts, social-justice focused private institution of education, Loyola University Chicago, was named. As an undergraduate at Loyola, St. Ignatius’ quote about “setting the world on fire” echoed in mind. The quote was always a reminder that with the right education and training, an individual could make a great impact on the world. In my choice to attend Loyola as an undergraduate, I was specifically interested in their mission to help others, care for their students, and care for the surrounding community. Over the course of my years at Loyola, I learned numerous valuable skills. The information I gained
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I saw PowerPoints and lectures as the main mode of teaching and learning. Students would accept the information relayed to them, and test their knowledge by taking an exam. Unbeknownst to me, this form of teaching has a name—the banking theory of instruction. This way of teaching sees “education [as] an act of depositing [;] the students are the depositories and the teacher is the depositor” (Freire, 1993, p. 1). From engaging in discussions with my peers throughout this course, I now realize how important communication, discussion, and reflection is throughout the learning process. Deeper and more insightful information may be gained by having critical discussions rather than simply being taught a concept and accepting the information without meaningful discussion. By engaging students in the material through different teaching and learning styles, individuals in the class “become jointly responsible for a process in which all grow” instead of blindly accepting facts (Freire, 1993, p. 5). Numerous students learn in different manners. Simply depositing information to students through lectures may not garner the best discussions, inquiries, and insights regarding the topic at hand. I now realize that the banking theory of education is not the “end all be all” in the educational field. In order to deeply understand a concept, it is useful to talk in small groups, bounce ideas off one another, and have large group discussions. In the future when I am in group meetings, leadership discussions, or even teaching, I will take what I learned with me about different mediums of reflection, discussion, and teaching. I want students and my peers to engage in more meaningful conversation to enhance their learning

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