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…

A-Z Challenge: C is for Crisis

Ruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuun! Everyone knows that’s the first thing you do when there is a crisis because who cares about facts, safety and critical thinking when you can ruuuuuuuuuun! The majority of people do not face their problems, forgetting that no matter where they go in this world they take themselves too! Issues, problems, crises… they do not…

A-Z Challenge – B is for… nananananananana nanananananana Batman!

Batman vs Superman – Dawn of Justice There are two main themes in this film: the first implies that people should not judge without knowledge and, although revenge is implied, the second evolves around the theme of justice and its immortality. As Superman and Batman meet the first time, Batman does not know nor listen…

A-Z Challenge – A is for… ASSESSMENT

There are two main forms of assessment and it seems like both are being misused in the schooling system. The reason this misuse is happening is that many instructors are not interested in non-traditional appreciation of learners, such as competency-based assessment, which allows a student to be assessed based on their strengths and interests. It…