Think critically and reflect on the following categories:
What was the purpose of your education? Why were you sent to school?
What did your teachers teach you about the world? When? How? Why?
Was your experience in schools good? How do you know?
1. Develop alternatives and reflect on positive and negative learning / teaching experiences.
2. Reflect on how the events you have written about shaped and will shape your experiences as a learner and professional practitioner.
3. Critically reflect on how others (adults, peers etc.) shaped and / or influenced you as a learner – teacher.
4. Reasons you have chosen to go into your chosen profession and what you hope to accomplish.
As you are writing, it is important to consider both the intentional and unintentional learning (e.g. hidden values, messages, rules, beliefs) that impact your beliefs and values regarding school.
You will be writing about your personal experience as well as incorporating information from our readings. You must use at least two of the readings covered in this unit as sources to help you analyze the issues being exposed. Be sure to pull in several examples from the readings to illustrate your point.
The final draft should have all of the parts of an academic essay: an introduction paragraph with a thesis, several focused body paragraphs with clear topic sentences, and a conclusion paragraph. It should be at least three pages long.