What will culturally relevant pedagogy look like, sound like, feel like, in your future classroom?
As a preservice teacher, and I am sure as a practicing teacher, my pedagogy will still be developing and changing. What my pedagogy resembles now compared to when I receive my B. Ed, to when I am a practicing teacher, to my retirement, I hope will have morphed several times. That being said, something important to me, and I wish to keep constant in my pedagogy, is culture and the inclusivity that accompanies it. In my classroom, this will look something like learning from each other. Thinking back on my days in elementary and high school, the times we got to do group work and/or self-driven studies is the knowledge I still hold today. Though this knowledge figuratively gave me a grade to pass my classes, it also gave me life lessons that could not have been taught through a textbook or lecture. I hope to pass this experience onto my students. I plan to do this by listening to each other’s stories, and as a class, we will look into a variety of multimedia that explain, acknowledge and honour the diversity in my classroom. In the turn of this inclusivity, my hope is that students will feel a level of respect and care for each other and carry that on outside of the classroom. Conversation will be the most prominent form of learning in my classroom, whether that be between the students and me or between students and their peers. This teaching approach will create a space in the classroom where all voices and walks of life can be heard.