Expert Instruction: What does it take to be a virtuoso educator?

We have all encountered “experts” at one time or another, but how often do we consider what defines expertise?  Through extensive study and experience, experts have become “highly competent” in their field or profession; they are “virtuosos” (Bransford, Brown and Cocking, p. 45). More specifically, they organize and group knowledge relevant to their expertise differently…

Cultural Responsibility in Instruction

A culturally responsive educator has to be someone who knows themselves. To know thy self is power! Know your culture, your background and information about yourself before you begin to learn from and teach others. This person is also one who is able to identify, acknowledge and accept cultural differences, similarities, and characteristics that can…

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie brings up something important: Africa is not the Africa that is bound within the limitation of news and how it portrays it. Africa is not the narrow view through that very controlled and malleable lens. People in Africa do not enjoy corruption. They are people who want development and technology for…

Middle Eastern Higher Education Students in the United States

A PROBLEM WITH EQUITY IN EDUCATION     Middle Eastern Higher Education Students in the United States Middle Eastern students in the United States are the new minority which needs attention because of sociopolitical stresses such as stigma from the war on terrorism, the regional political history and the current displacement issues that these students…

Access and Priorities in Education

The prioritizing of education resulted in an increase in the average lifestyle in America by boosting the family income. Inequality was one of the three determinants of how much a family made, and as equality is further approached by cultural recognition, more the trends began to shift for later generations. Educational opportunities were increased as…

Never-Ending Oppression?

My vision of what it is to be culturally proficient was affected by this book very much: Readings for Diversity and Social Justice. All the writers in the textbook wrote back and forth about how oppression and privilege are both a result of power, but I found the most helpful sections in reshaping the way…

Deficit Thinking and Diversity Today

I believe that whoever is interested in analyzing the “dominant culture group” should read what Weiner has to say in “Challenging Deficit Thinking”. There is no bad connotation in being part of the dominant culture, but there is negativity connected to the bureaucracy that the dominant schooling culture imposes on teaching which, in turn, affects…

Barbara Means: Next Generation Learning

Listening to Means talk was very interesting. She is a highly credible speaker who has conducted and read much research and opinions in education. The content of her presentation is evidence-based and the impact of it brought me to think of not only the immediate future which involves me but the longer term future which…

Educational Narrative

Education began as a heavy weight that I had to lug through to a finish line… and then I realized it was my calling to transfer it rather than just experience it. Experiences shape us as we grow through the lessons they teach us. We learn better as we have more personal and professional experiences…

How do your prior experiences and beliefs shape they way you interpret the world around you? What impact does this “positionality” have on your perspective and interests in education?

My prior beliefs and experiences have been huge influences on how I interpret the world around me. I was always sensitive to culture and open to learning about my students because of this. I have experience teaching and learning in many cultures, such as Britain, Arabia, North America, Germany, and France. These experiences brought me…