For those readers who are not in the COETAIL course, I invite you to get involved with our reading this week! Here is the QR code and link to our community Flipgrid. Our reading this week is around the Harro’s Cycle of Socialization. We ask that you read the chapter, and share with us one word, one phrase, and one sentence that impact you, or that you found significant. Please add yours and feel free to listen to others!
I have found Flipgrid to be quite a useful tool that I pass on to others at any opportunity. It is such a versatile option that can be used with students or fellow educators. The activity that we engaged in this week was new for me, but I really liked the way it allowed us to consolidate what we read and convey that through a video response. But, what I enjoyed even more was the opportunity to hear how others interpreted the reading and consolidated their learning. All of us interpreted the reading in such similar, yet different ways. This is the beauty of a video tool like Flipgrid, as it allows us to quickly hear so many different voices, and respond to them. Beyond the walls of our classrooms and schools, Flipgrid can be a great tool for connecting with other classrooms and colleagues around the world. This can greatly enhance the real world application of Flipgrid. There are two resources that I wish to share. The first comes from Sean Fahey, Karly Moura & Jennifer Saarinen, called The Educators Guide to Flipgrid. This is the latest edition and a great resource for getting started. And this great resource from Ditch that Textbook on 15 ways to use Flipgrid in your class. It has some solid suggestions you might not have considered for using this tool.
I now want to switch gears from Flipgrid to our reading this week. As I mentioned briefly in my Flipgrid video, my practice has always been impacted by thinking of those who are oppressed. I had my first racist experience when I was in grade 3 and since that time I have always been aware of my differences. Through every oppressive experience that I have had, it has strengthened my resolve to make the world a better place. As I started in education, these experiences helped to shape how I looked at my students, curriculum, access to resources, the teaching and administrative body of the school, or school board, and how the community impacts all of this and vice versa. In my first teaching role, I worked with at risk students, and I quickly drew connections with the socio-economic situation of my students and their placement in my program. For me it was an awakening regarding their access to resources due to no fault of their own. This consciousness has always been a part of my approach.
I have been so blessed in my career with opportunity. With every opportunity that I have had, I always take an equity approach. How are we working with marginalized groups, whether it be by class, race, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, or some other form of oppression. Where are the opportunities to inform and teach our students that inequities exist, and where are the opportunities to teach them how to use their privilege to help level the playing field. As educators we are in such a special situation to not only teach curriculum, but teach what makes character, and to me, this is just as important, if not more important than the curriculum, because we need more kind and caring people in the world.