I am a public school teacher in Hawaii. I am originally from the Pacific island nation of Palau, in the western Pacific Ocean. I came to Hawaii to work on my undergraduate and graduate degrees (BA and MA), in a social science displine. I got accepted in a PhD program and completed all course requirements, passed a Comprehensive Examination, and was awarded an ABD Certificate and began to write a doctoral dissertation. However, I haven't been able to complete due to my limited funding. I began looking for work and found a teaching job in the public school and have been doing that for a few years. I love doing it. I am always interested in improving my teaching and learning about teaching strategies because I want to provide my students with the best teaching and learning I can give them. I am also interested in learning about using online teaching to reach many students who live on various, remote Pacific islands. For many of these, they have little opportunities to travel outside or little resources to afford traveling to good schools outside. But their small island governments invest some resources into developing distance education technologies to provide students and teachers the capabilities to learn. I want to develop my abilities as a teacher who can provide this service.
Growing up on a Pacific island, I grew to love the ocean and like to swim and just snorkel around the reefs. I am a deep sea fisherman when I find the time to do it. I use a speargun to fish so I have to swim a lot.
I love reading different genres of books but I enjoy watching older and newer sci-fi shows and movies. I loved all Star-Trek show series, The X-Files, etc!
I work part-time for a local university's Center for Indigenous Leadership and Peacemaking and am interested both formally (in my graduate studies) and personally in learning about Indigenous philosophies and the role that these philosophies, alternative knowledge systems, and worldview inform our educational pedagogies, and (emerging) political, economic, cultural, and spiritual worldviews vis-a-vis the modern crises facing humanity.
I look forward to learning about each of you.
Thank you in advance for your kind consideration of my desire to participate in this and the other classes.
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Standard Set Answer:
Public Set Answer:
1) I am a public school teacher and, naturally, want to learn as much as I can in terms of preparing myself with all necessary teaching strategies and knowledge to teach my students better and more effectively.
2) I hope to achieve my knowledge about the teaching profession, the passion needed to sustain personal interest in a line of work that may seem difficult and low-paying at times. I hope to get to "meet" new people that I can learn from. I hope to learn...
3) Yes, I'd be interested in helping with the course organization, of course, once I get the hang of what needs to be done and how I can best do it. I have some knowledge (from my own graduate studies) in Indigenous systems of knowledge, philosopy, and pedagogy and, if I can lead some course organization with some special focus on how alternative pedagogical practices might help to improve the teaching profession, then I would be too happy to do it.
1) I am always teaching students to write in classroom everyday. I teach grammar, sentence structure, and writing. Writing in many genres and teaching students the skills to write for different purposes is vital in what I do in the classroom. I especially like sections on critical thinking and developing lesson plans on how to develop and use critical thinking.
2) One aim for my time in this course: I will make the time. Cohort types of adult student learning are the best, I think, because they rely on the uncertain and surprising areas of adults' prior knowledges they bring to the group and the discussions and explorations and directions these make take us. These are great types of opportunities to engage with adult learners who are open to learning and who engage each other. So, I WILL MAKE THE TIME.
3) I've just re-read one of my professor's book titled, "Deforming American Political Thought: Ethnicity, Facticity, and Genre" (Univ of Kentucky Press, 2006) which explores different genres of materials on which have been inscribed alternative social imaginaries of American political life, history, and sociopolitical imagination and how these social imaginaries compete with conventional, and thus more familiar, political imaginations. Going through the library a few days ago, I bought Mark Danner's book "Stripping Bare the Body: Politics, Violence, War" (Nation Books, 2009) which explores the darker side of terrorism and war, and the deep, sustained violence of terrorism & war that strip bare societies so that we are forced to stare into the depths of hell and see us all in there.