Paulo Freire’s Advice

Paulo Freire’s Advice

It is important to read more about the successful educators who influenced many generations. It was the first time I read about Paulo Freire, and I must say he seems to be one of the reasons critical pedagogy has improved. After the loss of his father, he lived a challenging life going through poverty and hunger, which pushed him to learn and dedicate his life to helping people. After familiarizing myself with his life story, I looked at his literature and quotes. Many of his approaches were solutions to many of the problems we’re facing in the 21st century education. I

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Fabricating Data in Certain Research Fields

Reading the cases of academic dishonesty was interesting from the website “The Office of Research integrity (ORI)”. I did not know there was a website that lists those cases. I believe a website like this can show other researchers examples of academic misconduct all around the world and the consequences of that. This provides a better understanding to the public of research ethics which is necessary especially for the new researchers or research students who might not be aware and can easily make mistakes. After reading most of the cases on the website, I found that the most common research

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Breaking the Ice

Not everyone gets the opportunity to develop a teaching voice before their first teaching experience. When I first started teaching, I had no previous guidance. I started with the conventional routine of introducing myself and covering the course outline. Never did I think of ways to interact with my students, or how to develop good communication skills between us. I started facing language barriers, group formation barriers and general class management difficulties, but the most important challenge to me was to feel more comfortable and pass this feeling on to my students. In other words, breaking the ice! Towards mid-semester, I

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The 3 Barriers in Worldwide Education

It’s interesting to know about the currently available schools that educate children differently than the traditional ways. Those students are educated in a way that gives them the opportunity to explore, and provides them with the tools they need to participate and reflect on their everyday life. They are challenged to become more innovative, re-invent, and create, which all requires a great deal of thought and creativity by us, the educators. This can be done by using technology, gaming softwares, social media, watching and uploading videos, hence allowing the students to do well in the global and diverse system. Even

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Just Follow the Rules

“Grades tend to diminish students’ interest in whatever they’re learning” (Kohn, A. 2011) After reading this quote I immediately remembered my previous teaching experience in Kuwait. My assessments were structured in a way that an argument is presented, and students would answer based on their background knowledge that reflect on the learning outcomes of the curriculum. I faced two problems. First was the difficulty in developing a unified marking scheme that will be fair for any answer, and because there was simply no right answer, anything they wrote was just a matter of perception. Secondly, students that did not receive

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No Student Left Behind

The primary role of teaching is to facilitate learning. What is currently happening in many schools around the world is that professors believe their job is to structure and deliver material, and that students should orient themselves to suit the professors’ way of teaching. I believe that one of the challenging key roles of facilitation is to ensure all students are on the same page. Ken Robinson states that “kids prosper best with a curriculum that celebrates their various talents” and Michael Welsch’s states that it is important to get more personal with students that seem to be different, especially

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Comparing the Top Two!

I was interested in reading the mission statements of the top 2 universities in the world; The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Harvard University. I thought that they must have a successful vision that both of them share which is why they are currently the top universities. I actually found the opposite. After reading and comparing them together, I noticed that each one of them has a totally different approach which I explained below. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)           Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts Country: United States Type of university: Private research university MIT focused mainly on education and

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Teaching in the 21st Century

The Evolution of Engineering and Science Over the past two decades, the evolution of technology has been progressing at an exponential rate. Stronger networks and powerful computers have embraced the utilization of data in the way it’s been generated, stored and shared globally. The way the world is connected today revolutionized the transfer of information between two sources. The way people live today has changed as technology continues to advance. I remember towards the end of my school years, owning a phone that rarely did anything but call was a big deal. Now most kids as young as 5 years

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