Friday, June 7, 2013

Some Closing thoughts and Materials

A friend of mine is teaching various lessons based on the Tao Te Ching.  You can see her blog here.
And esletc is a fantastic blog full of resources and commentary on critical English language teaching.  Here is a blog from Turkey that discusses lesson plans for language learners based on critical objectives.  And you might want to check out these as well:  Critical Pedagogy and the Arts, and Critical Pedagogy in the Classroom.

For academic materials you can a number of critically oriented education journals for free online:

The International Journal of Critical Pedagogy

Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies

English Teaching:  Practice and Critique

Journal of Asian Critical Education

Critical Education

Critical and Reflective Practice in Education

Critical Literacy:  Theories and Practices

Journal of Classroom Research in Literacy

Anyway, that's it for this time.  I'd like to thank everyone for participating, for being so patient with abstract reading materials, and for all your efforts to understand and situate the ideas we've been discussing.  If there is any single point I would like to stick with you, it's this:  Critical pedagogy does not have to be about peddling an ideology or a certain view of the world, of education, or of language.  There are many kinds of critical pedagogies, and the purpose of the course was to offer you a sort of 'tool box' of ideas that might allow you to think about your work as a teacher in new ways.  Above all, a critical pedagogy must be created (and constantly recreated) in specific learning sites, because each learning environment is unique- and contains a different set of personal and social tensions.

I've learned a lot through our experiences together, and I hope that you all are able to continue building a responsible, enjoyable, and meaningful teaching practice.