My name is Jennifer Brouwers and I am a pre-service that is working towards creating an anti-oppressive, anti- racist classroom.
As a pre-service teacher I believe:
All students should be able to come to school knowing that the classroom is a safe space.
Students should feel as though no matter how difficult life is at home, they can come to school and not have to worry about it for those hours. They should not fear for their safety every time they come to school. Instead they should know that this is the one place they will always be safe and protected.
All students should be given equitable opportunities to help them succeed.
All I want is for all my students to be successful, they are the future generation and we need to teach them that we are there to support them in anyway they need in order to be successful in the future. I want students to feel as though when they are in my class they are capable of anything and my goal is to try and create a classroom where they all can achieve to their highest potential. Teaching is not about treating students equally, it is about treating them equitably.
The classroom is a place where students should be allowed to express themselves without fear of being judged.
Students have such interesting minds when you sit down and just listen to them and I believe it is important to create a space where students can be creative and show the talents that they can bring to the table without having to worry about being judged by their peers. I want to create a classroom where everyone understands the importance of differences.
All classrooms should spend time outside to help create a better connection between students and the community.
I think it is important for students to get in touch with nature as well as their community. It is a great way to help connections with the earth and the rest of the world around them. It makes more memorable moments for students.
All classrooms should approach curriculum with a critical lens.
I believe that teaching students should involve allowing students to look at the way we teach with a critical lens. The curriculum has changed a lot over the history of schooling, however there are still parts of it that could use some adjustment. If we start to teach students to look for the little biases that are in society, even in our own curriculum then when they are going forwards in their careers maybe they will be able to better identify those biases in society and help to create change.
I think this quote describes my beliefs because I want to create students that feel connected to their community and enough to themselves that they can change anything:
“Kid, you’ll move mountains” – Dr.Seuss