I found that this topic isn’t talked about enough in the realm of education, Teaching as Advocacy. We generally talk and pontificate more about about content and assessment than we do about the specifics of advocacy. You may ask, “what are we advocating for or on behalf of?” Well, I think it should be advocacy for the student and on the behalf of the student. However, I want to make it clear that we should be focusing on real world goals and aims with our students. Now, who decides what real world means… I don’t know for sure. I will assume that it should be the community, family and more specifically teacher and student. The schematic used to craft these experiences and later reflect on them, should revolving between both a subjective and objective view. We should be teaching students abstractly and concretely. We should be using these different teaching tools to advocate for the student and on the student’s behalf. We should be advocating them to growth in as many ways possible. We should be advocating for them to experience as many learning opportunities as possible. We should be advocating for them to see things in as many ways possible.
How do we do this? I am working on a better defining how I do this in my classrooms. If you have suggestions please feel free to share. Make sure you are kind and clear in your response. Thanks in advance!