In this stage of the game we all know our own brilliance and recognize the same in our peers. We’ve come to value ourselves for what we have to offer and our classmates for the additional insights they provide our already whirling minds. Some of us have geeked out at various SARS, developmental theorists, lesson plans, or yes, even that blasted biology coloring book. We have faced topics that invigorate and thrill us and some that churn our stomachs. As many of us round the bend to obtaining our MEd, I ponder what this experience is going to look like, outside a classroom. How I am going to be able to practically apply the concepts we have learned, discussed, and hopefully mastered. If I will do right by all of you I’ve shared this extraordinary experience with.
Collectively, we have a wealth of superb ideas as to how to keep our field invigorating and fresh and exciting. We ask a lot of ourselves in regards to considerations we must make before teaching. Look at this blog alone: media and technology, resources, language challenges, political climate concerns, discomfort within populations, inclusivity and disclosure. I am not afraid to say that in class these are phenomenal to discuss, in terms of practical application they may look more like a mountain to climb. We try our best to anticipate how we may act, feel or respond in given situations, but there is no way to be prepared for every last thing. However, I have to note that it’s the unexpected happening that may hold the most benefits for us as educators, especially in this field.
Personally, I have had the pleasure of a life changing moment (or many) in this program, but there’s one that guides me, even when trying to articulate this post to all of you. Many of you know that coming into this program there are certain topics that I knew I needed more knowledge in, transgenderism and transgender issues being at the forefront. Nothing could have prepared me for the day I walked down a long hall and was fabulously awe struck by a room full of beautiful transgender individuals. To this day, I am slightly embarrassed to say I have no idea what my face looked like. I know my heart swelled with delight and enthusiasm, but I’m certain no one could know that just by looking. No amount of reading or studying prepared me for my own reaction.
While this post may wander, please understand that my message is clear. Every concept, whether it fascinates or infuriates us, is likely to be someone’s lived experience. In all our preparations and considerations, please take this as your friendly reminder to interpret information differently if it is coming from a person rather than a text book.
While many of us have some teaching experience, I don’t know of anyone who can say they’ve faced it all. I’d love my contribution to this blog to be a thread where we share what still makes us nervous, what we might still be uncertain about, or what we straight up hope never to come across. While I hope to regard you all as resources for many years to come, lets also make the best of each other while we are here in this common space.Ready? I’ll start.
What makes me nervous - THIS becoming mainstream thought amongst anyone, particularly young people, and seeking to eradicate gains made by feminist movements.
What I am still uncertain about - If I can be of any use in THIS area of sexuality education.
What I straight up hope never to come across - Perhaps obviously, THESE
beliefs, especially if staunchly held by young people in a classroom setting.