Quote of the Week – Critically Reflective Teaching

” What we do as teachers makes a difference in the world.  In our classrooms, students learn democratic or manipulative behaviour.  They learn whether independence of thought is really valued or whether everything depends on pleasing the teacher.  They learn that success depends either on beating someone to the prize using every available advantage or on working collectively.  Standing about the fray and saying that our practice is apolitical is not an option for a teacher.  Even if we profess to have no political stance, and to be concerned purely with furthering inquiry into a discreet body of objective ideas or practice, what we do counts.  The ways we encourage or inhibit students’ questions, the kinds of rewards systems we create, and the degree of attention we pay to students’ concerns all create a moral tone and a political culture.”

The Critically Reflective Teacher – Stephen Brookfield


About Barb English

I am a curious soul and lifelong learner who is currently employed as a teacher in a Special Education classroom with the Calgary Board of Education.
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2 Responses to Quote of the Week – Critically Reflective Teaching

  1. Ty Cordier says:

    This is really interesting, You’re a very skilled blogger. I have joined your feed and sit up for in search of more of your great post. Additionally, I’ve shared your site in my social networks!

    • Barb English says:

      Thanks Ty, I must admit I was pretty intimidated by the thought of putting my ideas and thoughts “out there” for the world to see; however, as an educator I feel it is important to be comfortable with the tools that I will be asking my students to use in the classroom. Besides, I find there is so much to learn from other people and why not share what we learn with others. Regards, Barb

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