Critical Pedagogy

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Introduction Over the past year, I have learned a lot of valuable lessons in the VIC151 course. Not only did the course challenge me to question my previous beliefs on education, it also provided me the opportunity to expand my understanding of a number of interesting topics such as social justice education, mindfulness, holistic education, progressive education, and multicultural education. The following portfolio is an amalgamation of the various items I believe represent my experience in the VIC151 course. Philosophy of Teaching Critical Pedagogy A teacher’s individual philosophy of teaching is a powerful guiding force in the classroom. It shapes a teachers practices and influences all aspects of the classroom environment. Throughout…show more content…
Above all, I want my students to feel empowered and important within the classroom, and I believe that social justice education and feminist pedagogy has the ability make positive change for students. In addition, I believe critical pedagogy naturally incorporates aspects such as empathy, empowerment, community, leadership, and representation into learning. Over the past year, in both the VIC151 and VIC150 courses, I have explored two branches of critical pedagogy – Social Justice Education and Feminist Pedagogy. I believe that these two education philosophies are both extremely interesting and extremely empowering. Social Justice…show more content…
The book represents a number of different family structures and allows students to feel empowered and represented. I really saw the impact of this book on the students in my placement classroom and I wrote about the experience in my professional journal. “One day at placement, my teacher read the book to the class. The book has a page that reads “some families have two moms or two dads.” After my host teacher read this page one of the students shouted out of excitement “hey! Just like my family!” She was beaming with a huge smile on her face and I could tell that seeing a positive representation of her family made her happy. I believe this moment will stick with me as a touching reminder of the importance of having diverse learning materials in the classroom and the numerous positive effects it can have on students.” (March 8, 2018, entry
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