Reading the material of this week reminds me of one famous and very old song, one of my favorite songs, that encourages all of us to go away from the stereotypes.
Smells like wind
“Immediately upon our birth we begin to be socialized by the people we love and trust the most, our families or the adults who are raising us.” (Cycle of Socialization)
Babies are the innocent part of our community, their eyes are always clear, trusting and very honest. By growing, people are losing this attribute. The words of one Lithuanian writer (Gendrutis Morkūnas) will always stay in my memory – “children smell like a wind when they are born, unfortunately, the more they grow the more that smell goes away”. I like this metaphor because wind means freedom of thought, actions, freedom from boundaries, stereotypes, rules, and much more. You can always find a child who will smile at you or start a conversation without even knowing you. Let’s learn from children until they get spoiled by the impact of the adult world and the community surrounding them. They don’t care what your skin color, gender, or religious beliefs are.
“…human beings are different from each other in many ways based upon gender, ethnicity skin color, first language, age, ability status, religion, sexual orientation, and economic class.” (Cycle of Socialization)
According to the Cycle of Socialization article, many factors such as Television, Internet, advertising, newspapers, and radio make a huge impact on forming our world view as well as stereotypes. What we wear, what we eat, what we consume, and the worst – how much we consume, how we act, who we communicate with. To be honest, the more I live, the more I realize, that there are no common rules for everyone, just like the fact, that there is no unified truth that everyone would agree on. It is all relative. The world around us is the reflection of our thoughts.
Equity – I first heard this term from Tara Linney at the Learning2 conference. She was talking about equity vs equality and the importance of equity in the educational systems. Students should get equal opportunities for education and the right for demonstrating gained knowledge in the classroom, school community, any educational institution, and finally real life. The stereotype such as talented students/”smarter” students get to talk more often during the lesson than others are disappearing just like the fact that only men being programmers.
Flipgrid and reflection
Flipgrid is one of my favorite tools. It is an amazing reflection tool and many of the teachers at my school love it and use it. They are using it for the book talks, video reflections, persuasive speeches, etc. Flipgrid is great for its feature that allows students to see each other records, explore, comment, and the most important – learn from each other.
Here is my Flipgrid reflection on the reading of this week’s material –
Part 1 – Community Text Rendering
Part 2 – Community Discussion
This Flipgrid experience was slightly different from the one I am used to. First of all, I had to make a video record of myself which is challenging. I am used to speaking to a group of students, but reflecting on colleagues is way different. However, this is a great experience of wearing the shoes of our students. I like the structure of the Text Rendering Protocol, which encourages digging deeper for a better reflection on reading material. This is a great method on gathering students’ reflections as well as initiating discussions between students all around the world, and it doesn’t require a real-time discussion. Gathering insights of other participants made me rethink the concept, just because of the variety of observations of other people, this way deepening my understanding of the material we’ve read. But even more I loved the ability to see and hear all of the other participants of our cohort. It feels like we are getting to know each other more and more by participating in our collaborative projects and activities like this one on Flipgrid. This proves the fact why students love watching each other video reflections – it happens all the time between my students who are doing that on Seesaw. Therefore, similar discussions between students around the world would be even more effective. This is a great way to foster communication regarding essential world discussions and real-world problems.