A pedagogical reflection on the coddling of white ignorance

Posted on 4 February 2021 by Kevin Smith

This is another ‘guest post’ from Dr Kevin Talbert, an Associate Professor in Education at The College of Idaho in Caldwell, ID, USA. In this post, Kevin writes about his experience of engaging in critical, pedagogical self-reflection inspired by conversations with his students about race and whiteness in teacher education classrooms.  In a recent campus
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Teacher Demoralization

Posted on 23 September 2019 by Kevin Smith

As teachers are placed under greater levels of scrutiny and “accountability,” there are less and less opportunities to discuss the values, beliefs and philosophical considerations of teaching that serve as the foundation for their practice and sense of purpose in their work.
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Priorities, purpose and efficacy: How identifying aims/purposes in education can make us better teachers.

Posted on 5 August 2019 by Kevin Smith

Efficacy is the belief in our ability to achieve the results we hope to achieve. The outcomes of our efficacy are normative based beliefs that our behaviour will lead to a desirable outcome, and efficacy expectations are our own belief that we can perform those behaviours. Understanding our values, beliefs and specific conceptualisations of our outcome and efficacy expectations can lead to a richer learning experience for pupils and a greater sense of satisfaction among teachers.
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Aphorisms & Axioms: Finding Purpose in Teaching.

Posted on 8 July 2019 by Kevin Smith

What do we mean when we say we want to help young people “achieve their full potential?” Often it seems this phrase is used when we as educators can’t articulate our purposes, aims and priorities. To empower our pedagogy, perhaps we should focus less on achieving “potential” and more on specific, achievable aims for us and our learners.
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