Reading - Creating Social Justice Classrooms
I have a hard time believing that the things in this article happen in real life, espcially to children. I guess I have wake up and smell the coffee becuase this stuff does happen and it might show its ugly head in my classroom. What I liked about this article was the fact that the teacher was not afraid to bring this situations into the classroom via literature and discuss them with her students. I hope if this ever happens I will have the courage to do so. Children need to make sense of the world around them and like the case of the "Three Robbers". If we try to avoid such subjects they will surface in that students will try to make connections to what they are reading to their experiences. I think as teachers we have a responsibility to be aware of the potential situations our students might be in or might face and be prepared for them so we are not taken off guard. Like the article made reference to many times, we can use literature as conversation starters about subjects we feel are delicate or subjects we fell might make their way into our student's lives. We can use real life situations our students might face as opportunities to help them problem solve potential ways to avoid certain situations or provide them with ways they can cope with the situations they might face. I think as a teacher we need to also make our students feel comforitable with us and see us as someone they can talk to and confide in. By making ourselves open to our students we might be able to help them head of potentially bad siuations, if they feel they can talk to us.
I also liked how the article stressed connecting the home with the school. Home plays a valuable role in the education of students. As teachers we should have many opportunities available for parents to participate in their child's learning. Just like students learn in a variety of ways, parents view involvement in the eduation of their child in different ways. Therefore we need to provide parents with many ideas, ways, and opportunities to be a part of their child's education.