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by Tom Wayman The Vaccination Theory - perception that education comes to an end
- people think that once they have attained a certain level of education they no longer need to learn anymore
- think of education as a vaccine - once you get it that your set for life
- students often forget everything that they have learned The Dipstick Theory - feel that just getting by is good enough and that a passing grade is enough
- relates learning to that of a car engine only needing oil to a certain line, therefore only needing to learn to a certain degree The Kung Fu Theory - learning is a form of self-defense
- students are always striving for more knowledge and are very competitive
- learning can help you to defend yourselves from problems and difficulties you may face in life The Easy Listening Theory - students believe they can pay attention and learn while listening to music
- try to escape a boring reality, so they will put in their headphones and enjoy a more pleasant world
- have the tendency to zoom in and out of class discussions QUESTION AND ANSWER Difference between THEORY and FACT statements. Theories are vague truths or unclear facts. There isn't any proof in order to prove them true. Example: "Wayman knew his notation would be pored over with more intensity than anything else Wayman taught"
Facts are concrete truths. They are observations that have proof to support them. Example: "as with a car engine, where as long the oil level is above the add line there is no need to put in more oil" Predict what direction the poem may take Before we read the poem, we predicted that the poem may have been about the relationship between the teacher and the student. It may have been about how students act and learn in a classroom as well. Identify what separates Wayman from his students. Not only does his age separate him from his students, but also they way he feels that they should be learning versus how they really are based on the theories. This is due to the fact that he has already had the highschool experience and therefore wants his students to do well. Presentation done by Ashley, Brittany, Justin, and Richmond Wayman describes two old theories and two new ones. What connotations might these labels have beyond those in his own description? He may be implying that students don't care to learn anymore like they used too. He also feels that students believe that each of the following:
1) For the vaccination theory, they feel that they've learned enough, they don't need to learn anymore. The word "vaccination" may suggest pain, but then immunity.
2) For the dipstick theory, the students feel that as long as they know enough to get a passing grade, they'll get by fine. "Dipstick" may suggest a tentative but practical approach.
3) For the easy listening theory, the students may feel that they can learn and retain information even if they are listening to music or something else that is distracting them. "Easy listening" may suggest a rather 'laidback' outlook. The poet refers to himself in the third person throughout the poem. What effect does this point of view create? As the poet refers to himself in the third person, it creates a view of a classroom environment rather than just a teacher's perspective. Also, it makes us feel like we can relate to how he views the students, our peers. We can reflect on the theories and then look around and see which students practice each. It makes it unbiased to his opinion as well. Analyze the irony of the last stanza. How does the irony include both Wayman and the students? Describe your own response as a student to Wayman's perspective on his job and his students? DEFINITIONS Pedagogical - relating to activities of education; teaching; principles and methods of instruction
Espoused - choose and follow; take up the cause; ideology, practice, etc. and use it as one's own
Notation - comment or instruction/mark
Pored - directing one's attention on something Education Theories Tom Wayman's Biography Tom Wayman has worked a variety of jobs in North America however he is now a poet, editor and teacher. His poetry often focuses on what he describes as "the central experience of everyday life - which is what people do for a living, their work." His poems are also humorous and ironic. This is also present in the poem "Students" in which our presentation is about. Its ironic that the students don’t care about how they learn essentially, but care about the final grade in which they wish to have. Also, it doesn’t matter the approach that Wayman takes to teach his students, as long as they get the grades they want. Wayman’s perspective on his job and his students is accurate in the sense that each of us can relate to one of the theories of education that he speaks about in this poem. Also, we feel that each student has their own way of learning, just like he implies in his poem. Structure of the poem Which of the choral readings we did and why Unison – all read together
Reader’s Theatre – read poem as different characters or voices
Unison was done to emphasize the idea of a classroom setting. The students being a whole.
Reader’s Theatre was done to emphasize each of the theories. As well as to show how a student who learns in that way would act. Literary Devices Irony – he recognizes the students’ intense interest in the final mark however there is an external presence that controls both teacher and students by requiring this final mark
Metaphor – each of the theories represents different kinds of students that Wayman himself encounters in the poem
Alliteration – "deal with difficulty" "you have had a subject"
Repetition – “Theory of Education” is repeated throughout the poem to emphasize each of the theories and their importance in the poem We now conclude our presentation. Any questions? Secondary Sources
1) http://resource.rockyview.ab.ca/rvlc/ela301/keys/students_key.pdf The structure of Tom Wayman’s poem students is commonly referred to as a free verse poem with no identifiable system of structure. However, there are four stanzas in the poem each at a varying length and the last stanza typically brings a conclusion to the poem as in any other piece of poetry. Throughout the poem we see that Tom Wayman is the central character of the story, yet the narration is spoken in a third person point of view. This is to illustrate the author’s goal to have a view of the whole environment not just his personal point of view.