We did the following exercise this week, as a way to become more aware of our mental file cabinet – our schema and preconceived ideas…
The questions that p________ face as they raise ch________ from in_________ to adult are not easy to an _________. Both f______ and m________ can become concerned when health problems such as co_________ arise anytime after the e____ stage to later life. Experts recommend that young ch____ should have plenty of s________ and nutritious food for healthy growth. B___ and g____ should not share the same b______ or even be in the same r______. They may be afraid of the d_____.
My response was, I thought, obvious! This passage was obviously intended to be about children and parenting.
The questions that parents face as they raise children from infancy to adult are not easy to answer. Both father and mother can become concerned when health problems such as colic arise anytime after the early stage to later life. Experts recommend that young children should have plenty of sun and nutritious food for healthy growth. Boys and girls should not share the same bed or even be in the same room. They may be afraid of the dark.
While I completed the task, I was worried that it would look like I had searched for the exercise and copied the answers! Curiosity got the better of me after I completed the task. Poultry farmers!!! Ha! I did think “children is the obvious answer, maybe I should write chicken?!”, but I thought I was just being silly! Turns out that my experiences as a parent and through my work in childcare and school lead me to view this task as being ‘obviously … about children and parenting’.
Thinking how we’re always thought can really limit our ideas, but at the same time our ‘schema’ is what helps us connect to and make sense of the information presented to us! At least, this is what we teach children – activating their prior knowledge, making predictions, connecting what we are experiencing to what we know… Being aware of our ‘mental file cabinet’ of information is so important for us as educators, so that we know the filters through which we view the world.