Week in Review

EDU 6120 Week in Review…Week 2

For this week in review I saw value in the idea and discussion that teaching, at its best, is circular in nature.  That we, as teachers, must strive to teach and learn more extensively to find the connections between thoughts, ideas, practical applications, and knowledge of each subject building upon one another. In reality, valuing that everything is connected, whether it is music, science, language, history, mathematics, geography etc. and as teachers building each lesson by uniting these subjects.

When exploring Paideia I found that it seemed to embrace the idea of interconnectedness of subjects to promote “‘public square’ and ‘meaning’ through community participation.”  Paideia focused on Education involving three cumulative themes; relevant ideas and content, linking subjects together and bringing to focus moral considerations.  The idea here seemed to be to develop a community of responsible, speculative and constant learners.  While Socrates effort in the quest for truth, Plato’s idealism and Aristotle’s idea of realism all have value individually, when united compel the learner to become what Paideia represented.

Secondly, when reviewing Schooling and Education by Arthur Ellis, his idea that “to get an education” is very different from the phrase “to go to school” is a very important distinction to understand. As a teacher I want to help learners through their “schooling” while imparting upon them the tools and the importance of getting an “education”.   I want to be an active participant in teaching and a side by side learner with the student.  I want to help expand their knowledge base beyond the classroom to penetrate and connect to the world around them.  Ellis goes on to say “The success or failure of some students’ attempts at obtaining an education may have a lot to do with the nature of the school the student attends–or the teachers involved in that school.”  Schools, it would seem, need to be thoughtfully evolving and understanding in their efforts to allow teachers the flexibility to teach outside of the box, thus promoting the idea of educating life-long learners.