- In table 9.1 it states that a profession is held in high regards, but teachers do not seem to be held in high regards. This is more prominent amongst the Asians. When I first told my parents that I wanted to be a teacher, they scolded me, like teaching was a bad career path. Teachers are the first stepping stones for the younger generations’ future, and yet we are not given the respect we deserve. How could we change such views on teachers?
- In some provinces, there is more than one teacher’s association in charge of education. It makes me wonder if that is a good thing or a bad thing. On one hand, it makes sense that some aspects of primary and secondary schools should be handled differently. Having two separate associations to take care of their own respective school would have a lot of benefits such as having the needs of their school be the primary focus instead of trying to find a common ground for both schools. On the other hand, having more than one association may cause conflict between them when a disagreement comes about. So is having one teacher’s association the best option or is it better to have more than one?
- Table 9.1 states that professionals are constantly trying to gain new knowledge about their professions and I could not agree more. I believe that teachers like Larry are stuck in the past and believe that their way is the best way. I believe that teachers should constantly try to improve their teaching methods. The times are changing, technologies are growing, the students are changing. I believe teachers need to try to keep up with the changes that will undoubtedly come.
- The second article states that teachers should be able to communicate, share, and learn from each other. I was wondering, what if some classrooms were combined? Instead of being barricaded from each other, two or more classrooms were put in a combined space and the teachers either took turns teaching or co-teach. Similar to how ECS 200 is being carried out. Would this allow teachers to work together and better learn from each other or would there be too many obstacles that prevent this to be successful?
- The third article talks about how our own identity is shaped. I look back and wonder which situations shaped who I am today. The one major thing that I can think of is moving to Canada. Growing up in a white dominant society as an Asian minority, it has had an immense impact on my identity. I hope that what I learned as and my perspective of an Asian minority will help change the education system as it does not cater to the minorities.
- I was wondering how can teachers be prepared to handle the ever-changing career of teaching? How do we know when change is necessary and when change isn’t? How do we know not to cave under the pressure of parents and stick with what we believe in? How do we know that our own perspective is wrong and need to change? Is there any way to teach future and current teachers all of this?