LC 2- 2nd Comic Strip

I have said it once and I will say it again, I love making comics. I may just drop out and become a comic strip artist. The comic strip was again a hypothetical situation expressing my anxiety when I eventually become a high school teacher. The comic takes place in the kitchen with my mom and she is asking about my first week of school. I am visibly upset because I focused too much on discipline, management, and control. Ayers explains on page 57 that discipline management and control each “…assume a hierarchical order with a monopoly of power at the top (Ayers 57). The comic then transitions to a prison yard setting where my mom profoundly compares my classroom to that of a prison, and I am mortified. The comic concludes with my mom suggesting I try to create a safe classroom experience by showing the students I care. I love Ayers point on pg. 59 when he explains that you may have to discipline your students, but make sure it is with the phrase “because I love you”.

My understanding of the chapter can be centered around the principle of a classroom Learning How to Live Together (Ayers 59). Ayers discusses how everyone needs to learn how to respect one another, respect each other’s work, and to learn together. My coach in college used to always say that when rowing, all nine athletes may not all like each other, but a fast crew will respect each other. I think that is what Ayers is getting at; that in a classroom everyone can learn from one another. Too often teachers have an authoritative element to their classroom management, which suggests the teacher is not necessarily part of the classroom environment. As teachers, we should strive to create an environment where we can recognize what our students bring to the classroom and how we can learn and/or adapt to them. I think about my first time seriously coaching high school athletes. I was so hard on them and I had unrealistic expectations. They would just laugh at me or flat out not listen. I would soon question the authority that I had over them. They didn’t care about my rowing accolades (although impressive) and I was close to their age, so I wasn’t that intimidating. I found that as I learned from them and tried to connect with each athlete differently, I started forming strong individual bonds, which led to a successful season.

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