learning to "blum"

A blog about my time in the education department at Luther College.

Is fair always equal?

After working with The Daily 5 in class, we moved on to reading The Cafe Book by Gail Boushey and Joan Moser. I really enjoyed learning about The Daily 5 and could see myself implementing it in my future classroom. I was a little concerned about the amount of time that it takes up, however. Now that we are learning about CAFE, I feel as though these two programs together are perfect for helping students to become independent learners and create a student-centered classroom community. In class on Friday, we were asked to blog our feelings on The Sisters’ statement of, “We strongly believe fair isn’t always equal with children…” (Boushey & Moser, 2009, p. 58). 

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I truly believe that that Boushey and Moser are spot on with this statement. In any given classroom that I have, I will be teaching a vast variety of learners. The students in my class will all come with their own interests, readiness, and learner profiles. It is important to take note of and differentiate based upon these aspects. CAFE allows for teachers to do this. Through student-teacher conferences and goal setting, each students’ individual needs can be met. With some students, less attention will be needed. They will understand much quicker than most and will be able to work individually on their goals. For other students, however, more guidance may be needed. If all students are given the same amount of time with teachers or given the same amount of goals, the teacher is doing a disservice to them. Fair, to me, is making sure students are given the amount of instruction that will allow them to succeed. This cannot always be equal because of the differences in student needs. Boushey and Moser make a good point in explaining that “fair is not always equal” when they address the crucial points in students’ development as readers. This comes at a different time for all students, and so teachers must give more time to those who are at these points than those who are not. Overall, i think Boushey and Moser have a great outlook with regard to this statement and I feel it will be important for me to remember as a future educator.


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