Equity vs. Equality: #saskedchat Mar. 19th

Wow, what a great discussion on equity and equality happened in #saskedchat tonight. One hour chat seemed too short to get my thoughts out, so I decided to reflect on this topic tonight while my baby is sleeping peacefully.

To start my reflection, I tried making my first Storify story using tonight’s #saskedchat twitter discussion. I picked a few posts that struck my attention.


Is there difference between Equity and Equality?

I thought,
Equality: all people will receive same thing whether they need or not.
Equity: individuals will get what they need but not necessarily same things for each person.

There were mention of equity=fair and equity=unfair during the chat, and I think it is hard to convince equity as fair. For example, school can provide snack to every single students, say an apple a student, fair and square. However, whole apple maybe too big for a kindergartener and he/she will throw the half away; but one apple may not enough to eat for a 8th grader and he/she will be still hungry. Don’t we want everybody to have enough to eat? So what is ‘fair’?

As teachers, we ought to provide learning opportunity equally to all students. But we shouldn’t assume everyone can do things equally. We need to learn about individuals’ strengths and weaknesses, and provide extra supports to make leveled learning ground.
alan tweetAlan mentioned about calculator example that equity is hard to be accepted by students. I think because there is assumption of equal=fair; as well, the strong belief of all people are equal.side tweet

I thought those tweets on the right said it all.


So how can we truly have equity in school and how do teachers/schools convey the message of equity to parents/community?

We need collaborative efforts of teachers, parents and communities to create true equity in schools. We really need to challenge the ideal belief of all people are created equal. But at the same time, I would like to believe that we are all equal. dave tweetI like what Dave posted during the chat. Perhaps we can achieve true equality of all, if we work hard toward equity in schools, communities and society.



Collaboration – Working together

Blog Challenge Week 4 – Collaboration – Working together. What does it mean to work ‘collaboratively’? How can we foster collaboration? Is it important? Why?
First year of my education degree, I was taken back with the amount of assignments requiring group project. I was unsure and even uncomfortable sometimes how group work would work, perhaps because I have never been evaluated as a group in elementary to high school as a student.
I remember having a great time studying together with my friends, asking each other question and learning from each other, but I had this mentality of: “you get what you work for,” and I only needed to work solely for myself. Perhaps many of my classmates also felt same way, dreading about working in groups.`One of the biggest concern we talked about was: if someone in the group will not pull his/her weight and tries to take credit.
Another concern is time. With the busy schedule of classes and work/sports or whatever you committed to, it is dreading to coordinate dates to meet, discuss and work on assignments.
So what happens often is we quickly split workload, work separately on own sections, and put them together at the end to present.
But I wonder, was this true collaboration? What does it really mean to work ‘collaboratively‘?
Dreading feel of group work changed in my second year. I think you need to build good personal learning network for you to be able to work collaboratively in this profession. Getting to know each other and becoming colleagues, collaborators, and allies from classmates who sits beside you; that was the key to enjoy the group work. It enabled to:
  1. Build trusting and secure place to share and discuss
  2. Understand and use each others’ strengths
  3. Communicate casually and frequently with each other using technology (email, texting, Facebook messenger, Facetime, GoogleDoc, WordPress, Evernote, etc.)

As well, it definitely takes away the stresses and dread you had for the group work assignments. Furthermore, collaboration with good PLN will take your work into next level. I can draw pretty good but not gifted in music, but someone is. Collaborative discussion will bring more ideas, creative solutions that you could never imagine.

To end this post, I sincerely would like to thank my colleagues for the great experiences and accomplished works.

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