Hello, my name is Ms. R and I am currently studying Education at Colorado College. I am interested in innovations and social justice in education and am starting this blog as a platform to reflect upon my experiences in and out of the classroom.
I have found my education courses at Colorado College interesting not only as a basis for becoming a teacher, but also because I find the topics we investigate to be extremely relevant to the world beyond education. Innovation and social justice are both very important beyond the classroom in our changing world.
Innovation entails many different things in education. What comes to mind for me are innovative and creative educators, transformed curriculums, and supportive communities. Innovation comes out of creativity – it requires an ability to think and act beyond what is usual or expected. Innovation in education involves and entire community willing to adjust what is already common practice. Educational innovation requires teachers to be culturally responsive and create relevancy in students’ learning. As Chen (2010) suggests in chapter 2, the curriculum in schools should be flexible enough to relate to the real life context of each individual student. In order to be flexible like this though, innovation is necessary.
Teachers need to be creative. Learning must have meaning to students.
It is important to understand how innovation might change depending on place. Through looking at the maps during our GIS lab today, I can tell that place plays a significant role in much of the data that was collected. The question is – HOW does place play a role? Ideally, place would influence educational policies but I think I will need to look more closely at the data we have to try and make sense of how exactly these two things relate.
I hope that through further research I can answer this question of how place influences educational policies. The GIS lab today was slightly overwhelming but I think that is to be expected when trying to make sense of such a large array of data. In chapter 1, Chen (2010) refers to the need for classrooms to be relying on the outside world. It seems important therefore that all this data – # in household, age, gender, location – be considered when creating education policies. I hope that as I research more I will discover this to be true but we will see…
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Chen, Milton. (2010). Education Nation: Six Leading Edges of Innovation in our Schools. San Francisco, CA: Jossey- Bass.