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Artefact Folder For Inquiry of the Self: A New Teachers Context

Lora A. Salloum
EDUC 430 Fall 2014
Assignment 1

Artefact One:

As of the writing of this

portfolio, this is a current
advertisement that can be observed
at The Gap in Market Mall,
Calgary. Normal is not a pair of
pants, and no adopted clothing
style could give me a normal
appearance as a child. This demand
for a standardized normalcy
excludes the variations between all
people. Instead of educating people
in the art of normalcy, I want to
inquire into learner differences and
respond with a pedagogy that
incorporates variation theory in
order to manage learner variance.
The confining idea of normal is
too rooted in a history of
Standardized Education, and is
entirely obsolete in learning today.

Artefact Two:

This is one of my favourite comics describing the learning process as I imagine it. With
the exception of the last four panels, learning should be a constant accumulation of a
multiplicity of concepts, ideas, languages, cultures, ideologies, facts, skills, and more.
Discourse between people of all cultures is necessary to forming an expansive and
inclusive worldview. Learning is also constant process. If we do not constantly try to learn
and expand, we lose the essence of knowledge itself, and propagate a standard, onedimensional agenda to future generations. I want to be the type of teacher that educates and
cultivates a mind filled with whorls, lines, zigzags, and bubbles.

Artefact Three:

Stephen McCranies work on Doodle Alley is an exemplar of the type of didactic comics I
hope to create. This particular Artefact fosters a need for curiosity, humility, and constant
learningall of which are traits I consider necessary to my teaching philosophy. Diverse
learning is about accepting that education is a journey, and that everyone has a part of whole
puzzle. We can come together and grow as educators, learners, and collaborators and inspire
passion in future generations.

Artefact Four:

Caption: We collaborate. Im an expert, but not an authority, and Dr. Gelpsis is an authority,
but not an expert.

While this political cartoon is satirical and humorous, like many political cartoons, it does
offer a good point. We often cite the experts or authorities of knowledge. Collaboration is
about pooling together the efforts of people from different areas of knowledge in order to
achieve a fluid proficiency over a concept. In teaching, I want to foster collaborative classrooms
through using comic projects, blogging, Twitter and other technology, group discussion (Jigsaw,
Expert Groups, etc.) and any form of literacy that can be expressed through a synthesis of
knowledge. Collaborative skills did not exist in many of my primary and secondary English
classrooms, and yet they were a major part of my post-secondary experience. I want to bring that
same level of collaborative expertise to classrooms that I will teach from K-12.

Artefact Five:
Artefact Five is a video link. Please watch the video at:
Or Google Search: Ted Talk Tavi Gevinson

Tavi Gevinson is inspirational as an example of a student using the tools around her to build
her own definition of self. Gevinson demonstrates a unique voice in the digital community, a
flair for art, and a desire to educate herself and others in a language of understanding the world
through ones own perspective. Her figuring it out motto is a simple concept that students are
not necessarily taught, leading to the high-stress, hindering situations that break down mental
processing and learning altogether. I wish to foster a sense of figuring out ones identity, with
an inclusive classroom based around the idea that everyones identity is part our unique
classroom culture.