Hey everybody, it’s great to be here, and I look forward to working with all of you. I am currently beginning my second semester of Grad school here in the English department. My emphasis for this program is in Creative Writing. I love it expressing my thoughts on page, and I enjoy sending out messages through the stories of my life. Teaching and writing for me have gone hand in hand. I love the creating the “space” and “community” for my students, and I love to watch them grow with each other and explore research and writing like they have never done before. I am here to continue learning how to work in a classroom and to continue and gain new thoughts and ideas about working with students and teaching with colleagues.
After reading the Dewey chapter there were many phrases and moments where I completely understood where he was coming from, not only from a teaching standpoint but as a student as well.
On page 33 Dewey talks about how restricting a classroom can be and that they are designed for “for dealing with children en masse, as an aggregate of units; involving, again, that they be treated passively.” This really opened my eyes because I had become so comfortable with what a classroom looked like and felt like, I never really realized that it could prevent me from learning. Then I began to think about the classroom as a teacher and started to think about how I could break that mold without loosing control of the classroom. That is a thought to really think about. Following that quote was the next sentence, “The moment children act they individualize themselves,” this was one of the most eye opening statements. Is there a way to cater to that personality of a student where she/he feels open enough to create and explore new ideas and thoughts without all f the distractions outside of the classroom?
On page 36 I was going crazy over Dewey’s idea of the “Ideal home,” and the “Ideal classroom.” It makes perfect sense, to me at least, that under the right circumstances it would be a “space” where students could feel comfortable, and have access to (here’s my favorite part) “the freest and richest social life.” That last part is so amazing because Dewey acknowledges that interaction with not only ther children but adults as well is what helps to make for a full rounded student. Not only the research and writing.