assignment 1 ( what kind of teacher will you be?)

Like I said in my biography sketch in my profile I plan to teach HS Math, and later maybe I’ll go the other direction and teach elementary ed.The reason I want to teach HS first is because in the NYC schools we barely have qualified teacher in the mathematical field. Now from what I understood in the Rhizomatic Learning article, is that learning according to the Rhizomatic style is like a network of branches with learning. It is meaningful and not just remote less learning for standardized testing. It is equipping students with the tools to learn on their own and come up with their own ideas. I liked the connection the author made between nomads and learning, in which nomads don’t go for the norm sort to speak, they constantly change, as they move throughout the world. I also agree with the following quote: ” refuse to accept that my role as a teacher is to take the knowledge in my head and put it in someone else’s. That would make for a pretty limited world :),” I agree with it because, if we were all suppose to be made o think alike and conform, then we would all look the same, which we obviously don’t do to different features. The author poses many questions: Why do we teach? What does successful learning look like? What does a successful learner look like? How do we structure successful learning? Well I think we teach because in my belief learning is an automatic process that occurs everyday since the day you are born. So long as you come in contact with an object, sound, living thing you learn. Because we are open canvases waiting to be drawn/written upon. And that’s partly what I believe learning is. Not to say that norms aren’t important because without them we wouldn’t have a structured society with rules and regulations. There are certain things that must be learned why because it just is, like speaking, being able to walk etc. And there are things not needed to be learned because they come naturally like breathing. Now how do we know learning is successful, for the norms, like learning to behave etc. learning in that case is assessed based on whether or not society accepts it as a whole. In terms of ideas, and what is meaningful to learn that’s left to interpretation because not everyone conforms to a single idea, unless  you are studying math and are discussing postulates, those are taken as is and can’t be rewritten or undone. What does  a successful learner look like? Well I would say anyone who learns basically to survive in terms of what they feel is necessary in their life. But then again if you look at it from a worldly perspective successful learning is determined, by money, power, studies etc. Now how can we structure successful learning? That depends on the background, ideas and belief of the teachers. And it’s like what the author said and sort of like your teaching style Professor, well structured learning is constructed by equipping the students with the sufficient tools they need and letting them learn on their own with some guidance of course. And also having fun. Now to the author’s last question does Rhizomatic learning mesh with the ideas he discussed? Yes definitely it centers upon the concept that learning shouldn’t be a one way street, or conformity it should be enhancing  students minds and equipping them with the tools they need to make their own connections. And I think rhizomatic learning is an approach I would definitely use, because I can admit I like the old way because that’s the type of learner I was fostered to be since elementary school, but its 2012 and many things have changed so learning has to change along with it.

3 thoughts on “assignment 1 ( what kind of teacher will you be?)

  1. I am also math secondary Education Major and I like your ideas about how teaching should be.

  2. Hi Perla, you did a wonderful job of covering the whole article ,so my comments will be limited to just one idea that you shared. You wrote “Well I would say anyone who learns basically to survive in terms of what they feel is necessary in their life. But then again if you look at it from a worldly perspective successful learning is determined, by money, power, studies etc.” I may have heard this idea somewhere but can’t remember where exactly and I agree with you but I guess that’s an end product of learning. I am more interested in the characteristics of a successful learner in High school.How can we determine this? The rest of your comments I agree with.

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