Read-aloud: The first book of the last two weeks was Where Do Balloons Go? by Jamie Lee Curtis (ISBN 9780060279806). I picked this book because of how much I love Jamie Lee Curtis and her children books also because I loved this book when I was younger. In a classroom, you can use this book to talk about the different phases of matter and discuss what section would you put a balloon in- solid, liquid or gas. Also, you can use it to do a creative writing assignment asking themselves the question where do balloons really go. This book would be great for younger elementary students who still want to learn new concepts but aren’t able to grasp more sophisticated levels of education- kindergarten to around third grade.
On the day I was absent, one of the books that was read was Enemy Pie by Derek Munson (ISBN 9780605899636). The purpose of the story was about how having a good relationship is beneficial and how we shouldn’t judge before meeting someone. I thought this book was cute and would allow children to clearly understand this life principle. One way you could use this book is by making the children in the class do a creative writing piece on a time when they misjudged someone or something. Also, you can use the book in a math lesson using addition with fractions in order to create a “pie” or a whole number. This book would probably be best for third graders or up- the age when children start to learn about fractions.
Because of the puppet shows, two read alouds were done on the day I was absent. The second one was an inspirational poem called Dreams by Langston Hughes (ISBN 9780679883470). The purpose of the piece was to originally show how the American Dream is getting harder and harder to accomplish. This continues to be true in the twenty first century. I believe that this would best be taught in a classroom full of high high school seniors, just like the teacher cadets- especially how we are about to take the next in our lives, pursuing our dreams for the future. Reading the free verse allowed me to reflect by myself and show myself that I should stick to my dream of becoming an architect.
The fourth book in these last two weeks was a book called The Wolf Who Cried Boy by Bob Hartman (ISBN 9781442069749). The purpose that was portrayed throughout the book was that lying will always come back when the truth is needed the most. I thought the book was okay- ai wouldn’t choose to use it in my own lessons. It seemed limited and honestly the pictures were kinda scary, big heads and smaller bodies. I believe this book is used for younger elementary students but the pictures made me, a seventeen year old, feel the way I feel so how would a younger persons feel? Based off of purely the story itself, I would teach it to either fourth or fifth graders. To use this book in a classroom, besides teaching a life lesson that lying is bad, I would somehow incorporate the different foods that was made throughout the book for a math lesson plan or talk about where wolves love which could be incorporated in both geography and science.
Lastly, the fifths read aloud was an inspirational excerpt from A Gift From The Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh (ISBN 9780758167040). From this short two pages it stimmulated a long discussion within the teacher cadet room. We asked ourselves wether or not we unplug throughout our days and reflect on things that truly matter. Most of us said no and made me think why don’t I do this? I have college inthenear future and plenty of other things throughout this school year. I really appreciated this excerpt but I don’t think that I would have willingly sat down to read this book. Since it was originally written in the 1950s, the language made me have a hard time paying attention. In a classroom, this would be a good enforcer to make sure children weren’t ontheir phones, iPads, or any mobile device. Besides this, it could be used in a high school level to have a creative writing assignment to show how they think technology has changed the way they have grown up compared to their parents.
Learning Expierences: In these past two weeks, we finished the self-esteem lesson plans with our puppet show- Self Esteem Rehab starring Dr. Silver (me). Mrs. Jackson loved our show! I wasn’t sure how she would react to it because the show before us was very child-like and directly showed self-esteem in a way a child would see it. Our was a little more developed in educated level but I believe we got all of our points across. We also started our Labels and Laws unit. A big thing that I noticed was that the federal government has tried to make sure that people with “labels” have equal opportunity between people and that building codes have the resources within public places.
Current Event: In this article, The Ministry of Education discusses the a 15 year plan to create higher education within Ethiopia. General Manager Dr. Samuel Kifle states that they hop that the plan will overall help stimulate the country’s economy. He also states how higher education will later produce a higher skilled workforce and produce even more institutions of learning. This type of reform will and has created a better system throughout the country. The author also states that “The preparation of the roadmap which brought together local and foreign experts including Germans, first draft will be completed after seven months.” The reform will cause the country to gain allies and become a strong resource for all.
Quote of the week: This week the quote “The secret in education lies in respect respecting the student.” stated by Ralph Waldo Emerson really struck home especially with our discussion about children with labels. Giving kids equal opportunity within a school environment is important in making sure they feel wanted and capable of the impossible. For people with labels, it’s hard to make sure that they feel this way so it is important to that all people be involved in causing change. Without active change, children and people will not be able to have equal opportunity.
Observations: Within the past week or so, children or people in general with special needs or labels have been brought to my attention. The kids within our school were given the chance to dance during the pep rally. It was great to see them have fun and have an equal chance to be a part of our school’s spirit. My neighbor, Emily, was one of the children dancing and I know that that was probably one of the best moments of her life. I’m also glad that I had the ability to watch and be a part of that special moment. I believe that they shouldn’t have these moments every so often but all of the time. They are frequently secluded from the rest of the school and I find that to be quite sad. People should be given an equal chance, in and out of school.
Reflections: I am still on the hunt for a job. I applied, last weekend, to Bed Bath and Beyond but I haven’t heard back. I don’t remember it being so hard. When I got my internship last summer, it was practically handed to me but this is totally different. Why can’t it be easier!? Other than that, life has been kept pretty simple. The only thing I’m concerned about is the fact that some of my grades are lower Bs and I wish they weren’t. My hope is to bump them up, soon, and that my SAT this upcoming weekend goes well.