Education is Life

For my quote, I chose to write about the first quote on the list by John Dewey “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself”. This quote jumped right out at me as soon as I read it. We spend thirteen years of our lives going to school and doing everything we can to graduate and get that diploma, only to go back to school but at a much harder and much more intense level for usually 4+ more years. That is 17+ years of our lives spent studying and for what? Well, the sad truth behind it is that without these 17+ years of school, most of us would be working a minimum wage job (maybe even 2) just to make ends meet to raise a family. Without a grade 12 diploma and GED, some places such, as McDonalds won’t even hire you.

When thinking about how important education is in our lives, you also have to think about the amount of pressure that it puts on us educators. We are the ones that prepare these students for the rest of their lives. They rely on us to teach them the necessary skills and knowledge they need to get through the rest of their educations and carry them through life afterwards. As a student, this is probably an intimidating quote at first to think about. For myself, it was more of an eye opener. I have survived 13 years of school and almost 2 years of university. I am 2 years away from being done my schooling and moving on to get a career and eventually provide for my family. 2 years fly by and although I find it important to have fun in life, it is also very important to focus on these two short years and make sure I do everything I can to succeed the whole way through.

When thinking about this quote and the curriculum, it makes me question the content a little. I understand that many well-educated people and many teachers themselves construct the curriculum, but going through the elementary years, you don’t see very many life skill outcomes coming up. I am twenty-years old and have no idea to pay my taxes; I don’t know the first thing about buying a house or getting a mortgage and still don’t fully understand life insurance. Will I every use the Pythagorean┬átheory and have to quote Shakespeare? I will never know, but I do know that these are the issues I will face more than once in my life and mean much more then a math equation or Shakespearian quote.

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Who am I?

Hello all! My name is Logan Schmidt and I am in my second year of elementary education! I absolutely love working with children, being able to help them learn and listening to their crazy stories brings a smile to my face! Before this #ecmp355 class I truly believed that blogging was for hippies, but it’s safe to say that I’m now getting used to the whole idea and actually become a #blogger myself before the semester is over! Up until a year and a half ago, I was a small town girl who had 49 students in her K-8 school, and not having your teachers on Facebook made you weird! I am now attending school at the U of R where I walk the halls with over 14,000 students each semester and it definitely took some getting used to! For one of my #ecmp355 assignments I am required to learn something new and record my progress and thoughts throughout, so I decided to take up the popular hobby of yoga and I can officially admit that I am obsessed! I also enjoy some rec. volleyball when I have the time and being outdoors whether it’s skating and ice fishing in the winter or boating and going for walks in the summer months!

When it comes to technology in the classroom, I feel it is 100% important not only to have it, but also to know how to use it. There are thousands of websites out there that make planning an exciting new lesson so much easier for teachers. I’m only in my second year of education and I already have boards on #Pinterest filled with ideas for elementary teachers. I’m not even sure what grade I’ll be teaching, but I’m sure that if I’m not able to use it myself, I’ll be working with other teachers who can! Technology is with us for life and is only becoming more superior as time goes on. It’s become a part of our everyday lives and it is important for us to embrace it and all that it has to offer so we as educators can better ourselves for our students!2016-01-20 15.15.28

The Ways of the Tyler Rationale

When thinking about the tyler rationale, it was always a part of my life growing up and still is but I never really noticed it.┬áThe Tyler rationale is still very much a part of our school system and probably will be for many years to come. We know the Tyler rationale is there and part of us expects to be there but we don’t always notice how much it is present in the education system.

A huge downfall with the tyler rationale was the fact that it viewed students as a ‘product’. Children were to go through school and to be tested to make sure that they met the mark to be passed as a finished ‘product’. It creates cookie cutter children that need to fit perfectly to be able to move on. This leaves no room for creativity in students. If you don’t do it to the book and pass all the needed tests then you failed. There was no wiggle room. This also plays a role on the traditional creativity of students. A student might be not be able to read and write at the level that is expected might have many more traditional school senses that they are able to do but the testing of the tyler rationale doesn’t recognize these skills.

As a future educator I can also see why the tyler rationale is still in use. There is a lot of pressure as an educator to get through the curriculum and teach all of the stated outcomes and the testing of the tyler rationale helps greatly with this. If we have one test that we can use for all of our students and then use those results to compare the levels of our students to the levels of other students from all around.

Learning Project

Well, I have chosen to of my learning project on yoga. Yoga is always something I have wanted to try but have never found the time to do. Well, here’s my time to shine! It took me a while to find some helpful websites but after a little hard looking, I dug some up and they were very helpful with walking me through the whole thing. Videos are much more helpful than websites! For sites I wouldn’t suggest using, “How to Do Yoga for Absolute Beginners: 10 Steps” and “How to Start a Yoga Practice”. They are era;y hard to follow when trying to do the poses and kind a pain in the butt to have to keep clicking play and scrolling through.

Do You Have ‘Commonsense’?

Kumashiro defined ‘commonsense’ as being something that limits what is considered to be consistent with the purpose of schooling. He also defined ‘common sense’ as aspects of daily life that have become so routine and common place that they often go unquestioned or critiqued. If you are outside of commonsense, you are pressured to get in with it and on the same page as everyone else. Commonsense doesn’t tell us the things that schools could be doing, but rather just tells us what they should be doing. One quote that stuck out to me was “it is just commonsense that we do this.” This doesn’t tell us anything though. It doesn’t help us improve anything that we are doing, just that we are doing it wrong. Using our commonsense is what forms bias and privilege for some, but not for others. It is completely unpredictable on how it will change.