A blog about Learning, about Education, about transformation, about change, about youth voice, about democratic human centered education. I am trying to ask the question "Why we educate" and what my answer means to me as a teacher and how my role shapes society and the whole.
Rereading my comments, I can see how they came off as an attack and not a challenge like I wanted them to be…. I understand maybe the tag post was not the best way to start this discussion… what I wanted to present was that words do matter in terms when we talk about building a learning community and culture.
My girlfriend pointed out that when you say Classroom Management… you might be meaning the same thing as when I say learning environment or the culture…
This was more a critique of the system of education and the way in which we structure the curriculum, classroom and our teaching than an attack on teachers.
I believe we need to look deeper at or unpack the use of behavior and classroom management, which are often based on the behaviorist teaching of Skinner… (who believe everything can be conditioned….including creativity)…even if we add the term Positive in the front of them… I think we need to question why we need to use them in the first place…is it because we believe children need to be control for them to want to learn or is it because we created a system is build on the foundation of controlling students not engaging them… Is it really effective long term or are we just creating children and later adults who need to be reward and punished to “behavior”… I am not the first or last person to talk about these issues… I would point to Alfie Kohn or a recent post on Cooperative Catalyst...
I could shift the conversation via tags to be more about how we might help students and people in general to find the control and discipline within… and what that looks like pragmatically in a learning community…. I hope to offer up some of my own experience soon and search out the sources on the web that do… and will share them here or with the tag #holisticeducation or my personal blogs Humanscaleschools and Adventures in learning….
I know a lot of the current system would need to change including classroom size and more time for relationship building….but I would also say it doesn’t have to just happen in the classroom and that is what I guess I was trying to get at…this is not just about the classroom because learning is not something you just do at school with a teacher… we learn more without teachers or in schools than we do with them…. maybe it is the John Holt in me….or the love of some of the principles of Free schools… that is coming out here… ..
Either way I think it is a good discussion to engage in. Sorry if my tone came off differently than I had hoped… My coffee fueled comments have a life of their own.
More than this issue, I would like to throw this question out there…
Can the coming together of teachers on tumblr help to encourage a more honest and open discussion how to help change the system that most of us struggle with everyday?
I see us “teachers of Tumblr” as a powerful voice on education… and would encourage us to not be just be a resource but a source of best practices and a place to help move education forward… warts and all!
Thanks again for challenging me to think deeper than a comment… and for forming this community! I would hope that maybe Team holistic teacher can provide the space for more of these discussions if team teacher wants to focus on other tasks… please do join me and hopefully a lot of others there.
I would also encourage everyone to challenge me on any of my posts or often my more passion filled “rants”… which maybe my other comments came off as!…. as I often learn best by a good healthy challenge!
Thanks Team Teacher!