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Week #2 Reading Response:

Since the start of organized school systems, there has been little changes to the subjects that get taught and the way the schools operate. Growing up, I have experienced the Tyler rationale on many occasions. Occurring all throughout my time in school, I can remember that all subjects are taught mostly among the guidelines of Tyler’s Rationale which includes aims and objectives, content, organization of teaching and learning then an evaluation that gets graded. A certain subject that I can relate this too is math. You start your lesson with objectives that that you want your class to learn like division. You then teach the process of division with organization and the steps of division in hopes that the kids will learn it. Regardless if the students get it or not there is a set date for the exam and that’s when it will take place. The process never really changes, there is a start, then the content and then test. This is convenient for teachers because this rationale adds structure to our school system.

One major limitation to the Tyler Rationale is that schools don’t emphasize enough on common sense. Schools have set classes and subjects that need to be followed that some kids may find uninteresting also. Tyler’s Rationale seems to put more thought into staying within the curriculum and staying on task that sometimes actually learning the subject. It doesn’t really let students expand their ways of thinking and understanding.

I think one of the biggest benefits of Tyler’s Rationale is how it provides a structure and process to school systems as we talked about in class and shown on the power point slides. It helps for teachers planning and organization in classrooms. Each teacher would have their own way of running a classroom if it wasn’t for Tyler’s Rationale which may cause chaos. With organization and structure it allows students to stay on task and to have an end goal.

ECS 210 Blog Posts

Week #1 Reading Response:

How does Kumashiro define commonsense? Why is it so important to pay attention to the commonsense?

Kumashiro defines commonsense as the genuine school routine kids go through in high school and elementary school systems. He basically explains how kids know the exact routine of how schools flow and how schools don’t approach different methods of teaching through the subjects. The subjects that the students learn in class have become engrained in their brain and what the students are about to learn should be expected by students before they enter the school and is considered commonsense. Students study the 4 “core disciplines” which are social studies, English language, natural sciences and mathematics. Commonsensical ideas can make people feel comfortable and make sense of things. Kumashiro also talks about how commonsense in school systems can be seen as pressured.

I think that it is important to pay attention to commonsense because we should know that we shouldn’t be afraid to teach beyond the ‘norms’ of our general subjects. School systems can expand their subjects which expand the way people think and student’s knowledge. I also think that it is important to pay attention to commonsense because we need to recognize and balance the classroom with traditional teachings, social teachings and life teachings. It isn’t all about the basic curriculum subjects, teaching goes much deeper than that. I think as a future teacher it’s important to recognize that teaching, is much more deeper than the traditional core 4 subjects.


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