In Canada, we embrace the beautiful cultures of the world, the languages and heritages of many cultures that make us unique! What our country can show the world is that DIFFERENCES make us the face of the new Global World, which is our Strength and what we have to offer each and every country.
It is also our biggest strength in education to be able to teach how to maintain peace, be united and show togetherness in times of challenge as we accept the historic past that has brought us together in this beautiful homeland called Canada.
We have strength in our united education workers that work together: we need to advocate for togetherness to build a strong education system that is resilient to changes that will make it stronger.
Here was a bit about my educational perspectives from the private education I received in Sri Lanka to the public education I received in Canada from the Educational Blog from Doug Peterson Interview that I wanted to share that helped me reflect. He first connected me to my Professional Learning Network when I was new to Twitter and it has been an honour to stay connected!
Shift the Power and make it purposeful
Here is the story behind the cakes! They are special to me…my parents always made us cakes for our birthdays and I have always loved cakes in the family. Celebrations have brought the family together: and this was my last Birthday cake – Ah! Bring on those super powers for the feminist and the males who advocate for women’s rights…We can make a difference in the world.
Advocate for your Students (Make that special Cake to celebrate that you are here!)
- Teach with the whole child in mind
- Differentiate for success
- Each child they bring their best to your classroom
- Modify and accommodate lessons for it to personalized
- Let’s student lead the pace and discussion
- You lead the curriculum and teaching goals
Change your thinking as an Educator (The ingredients in the cake that you pick that makes that cake your making delicious but unique since all the differences are important)
Hold yourself accountable in knowing you are human and you are a life long learner
- Learn about Equity concepts
- Know that there is discrimination
- Understand micro aggressions
- Be Anti-Racist Educator
- Teach about isms explicitly with purpose
- Religion as an ism
Build Relationships with your community (The “icing” that makes that cake delicious that adds the perfect touch with that sparkle!)
- Have courageous conversations about the topics that really matter
- Embrace differences and find common ground in solutions
- Create safe spaces for discussions that are inclusive and welcoming
Always remember we teach other peoples children, our biggest resource as a community. It is the next generation, they are important these children that we educate and let’s make a difference by teaching them to be the best they can be!
Reflection: What is the one thing you will do to make a difference as we unite education workers, students and parents to create a good education system that embraces diversity ? You can make a difference.
Yours in Education,
Teach Better Team: Let’s Talk Equity Twitter Chat Link