classroom observation #1

Posted: September 17, 2009 in All and Sundry, Musings
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last tuesday at the start of the class, our teacher deliberately broke an almost broken chair with her bare hands so that people won’t make the mistake of sitting on it. i wonder where the rest of the chair would go? back home, we would immediately give that chair to a repairman so it could be used by students again. interesting how these differences in behavior can mean so many things.

there are classrooms in the philippines that don’t even have any chairs because the school has ran out of money to buy more furniture. students are just contented with sitting on the floor, hunched there with other students in a cramped room, while listening to the teacher who also has to deal with lack of chalks and old blackboards. ๐Ÿ™‚

i am amazed at the reminder that i am in a very developed country where most university classrooms don’t run out of chairs. of course, i am fully aware that there are communities here in new york that have schools with very little budget and that are experiencing almost the same dire state almost all schools are experiencing in the philippines.

yet despite the conveniences i experience here in my school, i cannot help but look back and remember where ย i came from and feel kind of awkward with all these technological and infrastructural advancement around me. i don’t even know how to behave around it. machines suddenly frighten me. and even our clean classrooms, completed with lcd projector, state-of-the-art white boards, and such, make me nervous as to the point of alienation.

i wonder if this is what one calls perceptual disruptions manifested in behavioral and emotional externalizations of the self. hmmm.. spaces, bodies, medium. all these i find quite interesting to dissect. to transform all these disruptions and confusions into cerebral exercises make them bearable to some extent. ๐Ÿ™‚

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