What is it?
Teaching In the margins to me is a place where deep critical learning takes place, it isn’t an ordinary environment, instead it is enrich with biodiversity spread out throughout. Teachers play an essential role in the classroom, to take a lesson even further to spark the students interests, and breaking the normality of your average classroom we grew up in.
A Center is known as a place with no diversity, somewhere where everything is identical and the same, the margin are those areas beyond the center, where there is great diversity, and exploration can occur, there are risks and stakes. Both Center and Margins are dependent on each other, one cannot exist without the other.
- Exploring Nature/A park
- Meeting new people of diverse background
- Allowing student led exploration of topics
Teachable moment vs Margins
We already defined what margins are, a teachable moment is an event which a good opportunity for learning about something occurs. So… what is the difference? A Margin is something we reach for, it can be expected and we know where and how to find it. but a teachable moment is more random and sporadic, we don’t know really when it will occur or where, we just know that it will eventually occur.
This video discusses why creativity is an essential tool for today’s students, and how US teachers can foster this in our everyday use in and outside of the classroom. Creativity is a necessary aspect when we are talking about Margins, it’s different and unique. We talked about in class… think of the center as a field of crops, the same crop, everywhere you see is the same, no uniqueness in sight. If there were to be a disease that came about in that area what would happen to your crops? Now lets think about margins, a place filled with (bio)diversity, if there was a disease what would happen? This is all metaphorical but it unique, which makes it creative!
Implementing this is my future class
Like we said earlier in order to have our margins we need to first have the center, we need to establish the baseline from there we can move to our margins, One way I plan to engage my students in going to the margins is asking why? the question of “Why?” is very important in education, it establishes meaning and want the want to explore/dig deeper. This is the foundation in which I plan to build my class upon.
Here are some other links to articles that discuss teaching in the margins