Today in class we did a mini EdCamp ourselves. In our group we discussed are we being too accommodating to our students? The question came from the example of students who are uncomfortable public speaking. Do we push these students to public speak or do we accommodate their stresses and allow them not to do it? While we did have a heated discussion on our thoughts on this topic, many different ideas and personal stories came up. Some believed that you need to accommodate every student, talk to the parents, and learn each student and how much you can push them. While I do believe this is all true, I do find this all theoretical. Having parents including in their child’s learning is extremely important and knowing the students needs and if there is any learning difficulties is a must for teachers. However, sometime you have a child undiagnosed or parents in denial that you can’t turn to for help. When I am a teacher, I want to accommodate my students and give them a positive learning experience but I feel like I need the tools to be able to accommodate each and every one of my students. One of the most beneficial classes I’ve had this year was with our seminar teacher Santosh where she gave us real life situations she dealt with as a principle and asked us what we would do. She never said one way was right or wrong but it was great to discuss with the class and hear what the actual teachers did in the real situations. However, this was a great exercise and I appreciated hearing everyones opinions and personal stories from this workshop.
As far as the professional learning goes, I love the idea. I think its such a great way to have educators discuss topics they are interested in. I would love to go to the next one and hear what educators say and hear some advice they would give up and coming teachers. I really liked how it was structured, I would use this type of exercise in my own classroom. I would like to do another one on technology strictly because I feel like I can really learn a lot from my peers and others about technology