Reflection on Week 4
I am feeling like part of this exercise is to help me sympathize with my students even more. This weekend was catch up weekend. However when I arrived to teach in Peach Springs and set up my equipment my computer crashed. I was then problem solving to get work done. As I sat in the Hualapai Lodge lobby on the computer trying to look at all the videos and articles, each one that was offsite of the homepage was blocked. The Hualapai tribe (as is OFTEN the case with many tribes) has a very strong firewall. Lesson? If many of our native students don’t have access to independent VPNs, then chances are they cannot access links to videos, youtube, flickr, and other wonderful sites.
It is important then to remember two essentials of teaching. 1) know your material frontwards and backwards so that you can differentiate instruction, and 2) always remember that your delivery model has to be adapted for “special needs”. Typically we think of adaptions as pertaining to individuals with IEPs, etc. However “special needs” can also be situational.