Chapter 16 Understanding Students’ Resistance to Learning of Brookfield’s “The Skillful Teacher” made me understand all of the different issues that students may have regarding resistance to their learning. Simply understanding about students’ resistance helps me to see a diverse classroom in all sorts of different ways. Since learning involves change, resistance to this learning is the fear of change and also the fear of the unknown (Brookfield, 2015). Also, some students’ resistance to learning stems from being forced to learn something that they think is a complete waste of time. Brookfield suggests that resistance to learning “is a multilayered and complex phenomenon in which several factors intersect” (2015, p.219). In other words, resistance to learning is complicated.
Some students prefer to return back to their place of comfort and resist to move forward, while others resist learning if the exercise skills provide no point or meaning for them. Any learning tasks that appear to be unclear also promote resistance to learning as well as an instructor that proceeds too quickly, as students have a fear of looking foolish. We all have fragile egos.
I’m looking forward to reading Chapter 17 Responding to Students’ Resistance to Learning and hoping that it will provide me with the information needed to address this resistance to learning.
Here’s an article stating unprofessional conduct when a top private school teacher pocketed parent’s money from a planned day trip. She had parents pay her directly into her bank account almost four times more than the cost. This was very dishonest conduct and definitely unacceptable professional conduct. She was prohibited from teaching and convicted of fraud. If this teacher had used her private bank account, but only accepted the required money needed for the planned day trip, it would have been acceptable. This teacher not only did something unethical and unprofessional, but also illegal.
Code of Ethics-
In dentistry we have a code of ethics to follow governed by the College of Dental Surgeons of B.C. One of the first courses that I teach my dental assisting students involves ethics and moral issues that may arise in a dental office.
Policies and Procedures Manual-
The first day of our dental assisting program, each student is given a copy of the Policies and Procedures manual that is about 80 pages long. Each section is explained to the students so that they are all aware of its contents and the complications that results if it’s not followed. Everything is explained in this manual and it really helps to refer to it regularly if there’s any unanswered questions.
The college where I am employed also has a Policies and Procedures manual that covers any relevant information involving our instruction and disciplinary action.