What is Teaching in the Margins?
Teaching in the margins refers to educators who promote diversity and curiosity within their classrooms. They encourage their students to wonder about the world around them and allow them the freedom to explore questions and ideas they may have about the concepts being taught. These educators go against teaching norms and are not afraid of the unknown. Teaching in the margins directly connects to exemplary teaching.
Characteristics of Margins
Margins vs. Teachable Moment
Teaching in margins may happen when a student asks a question during class, and the class as a whole takes that question and turns it into a student-led discussion full of curiosity, wonder, and critical thinking (students dictate what happens next)
A Teachable moment may happen when a student asks a question during class, the teacher shares their thoughts and regular class continues (the teacher dictates what happens next)
How will I Adopt this in my Future Classroom?
In my future classroom, I plan on providing an environment for my students where they can explore a larger range of knowledge, ideas, and skills that may not be typical for a more traditional classroom. I will still value the curriculum and standards but I will use those as the foundation for learning rather than for learning as a whole. Some specific examples include:
- Asking open-ended questions
- Fostering creative and critical thinking
- Promoting new ideas
- Allowing for class discussions
- Encouraging conversations and debates