Wow! Reading the Fiore and, later the Wallerstein articles really left an impression. I'll be honest and say that as an ESL teacher, I started out wanting to create the dynamics detailed in the curriculum used in the Bahamas as well as advance in how Freire approaches the classroom. In reading, I saw a glimpse of want my intention is in my classroom, but I do not know that I'm achieving that initial goal; and I'm actually questioning myself whether not achieving it is intentional or not. Focusing predominately on grammar, syntax, tenses, vocabulary, and spelling debilitates the goal of becoming "critically conscious of the connection between their own lives and their larger society" (Fiore, p. 116)
I take solace in what Freire wrote in the Pedagogy in Process," the best way to accomplish those things that are impossible today is to do today whatever is possible" (p. 64).
The readings have allowed me to take a step back and look through the process of what and how I'm doing what I'm doing and to, sincerely, consider making a willful effort to get back to my initial intention of allowing students the opportunity to take charge of their learning.