Teaching With Conscience in an Imperfect World Ayers, W. (2016). Teaching with conscience in an imperfect world: an invitation. New York, NY: Teachers College Press. By: William Ayers

Part 1 Recap:

we should be promoting diversity in the classroom

prejudice and privilege create difficulty in the classroom

legislation rules on education systems, but their kids aren't even attending public schools

schools are like factories

there are many problems with teachers pitted against each other

Part 2: Recap

just like the world is changing, teaching should also be changing, dynamic, and evolvingwith the interests of students

the school should fit the child, the child should not have to fit the school

it starts by honoring the students interests

As future educators we should embrace each and every difference

everyone deserves the same basic rights, but unfortunately this is not the case

teachers need to be aware- of home life, of the way students learn, and of their interests

Interactive Activity:

Based on what you have learned so far, and what you have read in your own book, use the notecard to design your own bumper sticker that describes your personal teaching goals or philosophy. Then on the other side explain why you align with this ideals.

Final Overview of the Book!

our students can be stretched harder and pushed harder

don't just wait for the kinks to work themselves out, but proactive in taking steps to solve problems as you see them arise

plant on foot, and use the other one to explore new ideas, perspectives, and teaching strategies

transformation of society and education go hand in hand

push your students to ask the hard questions, don't be afraid to defy the status quo

every teacher should make a list of their commitments to themselves and to their students, read them everyday to remind yourself why you do what you do

pay attention to the feelings of rebellion, listen to them, act on them

Classroom Application:

Ayers (2016) Says, "....children and youth who are regularly 'thingified'..." Meaning children and youth are taught as if they are all just a thing or part on the conveyor belt. In the classroom, as teachers, we should pay attention to each student individuals needs, and help them learn through their individuals learning styles. (p. 15)

Ayers (2016) Says, "just like we can learn to trust, we can learn to mistrust..." (p.32). Your classroom should be a safe environment. There should be respect between the students and the teacher, but also between the students and the students. When children feel comfortable, then positive learning can begin.

Ayers (2016) says, "The schools we deserve will encourage students to perform freedom, to become the authors of their own scripts...." (p. 54) Instead of always dictating the exact directions for the students, we should let the student ask questions and figure things out in the real world. They should be able re-iterate directions and problems in their own words, instead of just regurgitating the exact words spoken to them. Kids can produce more than we than we think they can, we should give them that chance.


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