I recently attended parent teacher conferences for my son and it made me think about the work we do in ‘undoing’ what happens to our students. In many ways, we spend a lot of our time in adult education reflecting on how our students have taken what happened to them when we were at secondary school (or even primary school) and try to re-write their scripts to be one that suits them in their current educational journey. You are not good at this yet. You are not yet competent. Effort is the most important thing, not the score.
But something shifted in me during these interviews when I realised that these teachers were merely experimenting with their teaching. There was no moment there that I believed they were trying to maliciously set my son on a path of educational difficulty, or to develop maths anxiety, or to instill stress when presenting to a classroom. These are the things that we develop. But I wondered how much of it was a result of how our teachers taught us (and our adult students) and how much of it was what we interpreted.
I also don’t want to paint us as perfect teachers. We often miss the mark, but undoing our learning is perhaps the strongest thing we can do to move forward. Not because it changes what we once believed, but because it tells us that the undoing is actually possible.
To that end, I had a ball presenting for ACAL recently. You should have received a link to view this presentation. If you have any questions about it, let me take this opportunity to invite you to get in contact. I am always interested in talking about my research.
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