- How has your upbringing/schooling shaped how you you “read the world?” What biases and lenses do you bring to the classroom? How might we unlearn / work against these biases?
- Which “single stories” were present in your own schooling? Whose truth mattered?
1.I think a bias that I bring to the classroom is that everyone is different, and that can be interpreted in a good or bad way I suppose. What I mean by that is simply I know that everyone is good at something. “smart” if you will. And there are just students that aren’t “school smart” and they are not stupid by any means but I always had this idea that those are the kids that are good at other things because they are not school smart, and because of this you have to ‘modify’ your classroom so that they feel smart. But sometimes there are kids that dont want to be in school or care about doing well. The bias that I am trying to unlearn is the idea of smart students. Yes there are students who will perform better than others but I can’t give preferential treatment to the good ones because the ones that are struggling will fall behind.
2. I think a single story that I will likely always carry with me is the idea that some are less fortunate than ourselves and we need to help them. In elementary school we learned about the idea of operation Christmas child. It was a charity organization that collected shoe boxes of things such as hygiene supplies, school supplies, and toys for needy children over the world. I will admit that I a white male living in a first world country as very few woes about his living situation other than the cold, so I knew that I must have had a pretty good life If I was just giving these things away that I thought were necessities. I didn’t even know who this stuff was going to, or if they would need or want all these ‘western’ goodies. But because my school told me to do it, I did it.