teaching career. I will encounter students from all religious, racial, ethnic, gender, and sexuality backgrounds. None of my students will experience life the same way as another, so as a teacher I can provide them with thoughts and experiences of social justice. I can use my understanding of these topics to help my students understand how important it is to treat everyone, regardless of background, the same way. As a white woman, I know I will experience oppression and social injustice, but I know my fellow women of color will experience this injustice on levels I will never understand; it is my duty to use my voice and experience to help these women and all people of color. Since the beginning of this class I have already started speaking up and taking action more often; I’ve started looking for organizations I can volunteer at or donate to that take action against social injustice. I also want to participate in future walkouts, marches, and protests that take action against social injustice.
Kendra Morisette 2 This course has helped me understand the necessity of strong verbs and statements; I must use words that only strengthen my ideas and statements. This strength will help my papers resonate with others. The paper I think best illustrates my skill in writing is my final paper; I’m the best at picking a side and debating it or furthering one’s education and knowledge on a topic. The most effective learning experiences for me were discussions that created tension in the classroom. Everyone agrees that tension can be awkward, but I think these times of awkwardness only opened everyone’s minds to new knowledge. I know for a fact these seconds of silence allowed me to reflect and understand others points of view; often the side being represented was one differing from mine or one I had never experienced. I now understand that not all experiences are the same as mine and I need to take a step back sometimes and think about how others feel.