Read alouds- The first read aloud of the past two weeks was an article about the emotion Awe in the Parade magazine. Within the article, it explained that awe is necessity in order to inspire and spark children in a learning environment. An example of a teacher using awe is taking children on nature walks to see the different aspects that bring together one beautiful piece of art. I think this article would be best be taught in a classroom full of teachers or high schoolers like our teacher cadet class. Inspiring awe in not only children but adults as well will create a society that sees all parts of the picture and not just the main idea.
Next, we read the story The Empty Pot by Demi (ISBN 9780590470902). This book was about earning what you deserve and working hard. Within this book, it indirectly described how putting in effort comes out with rewards in the end. In a classroom this book could be used in many different ways. For geography or history class, you could talk about China and the position of being an emperor. In science, you could do experiments or simply talk about flowers and how they grow. With an experiment, you and your class could try out different fertilizers, salt or split seeds like the emperor did in the book. Also, you can bring it back to the Salt In Our Shoes from last week’s read aloud- how working hard made Michael Jordan practice and how the little boy in The Empty Pot persistently worked on his plants. I think this book would be best be used in a classroom full of preschoolers to third graders but the lesson plans would be changed greatly.
The third read-aloud was a slam poem called Somewhere In America which was interesting because it brought variety to our read alouds. The poem was about how school systems and society in general overlook or don’t talk about crucial topics that all children should know in our to be prepared for the real world. However, some of things the people in the poem talked about I disagreed with because of my more conservative values. The right to be on any website or to hold a gun is for all people and the people talked about restricting it. Yes, I don’t advocate the KKK or rape but people make choices, good and bad choices. Plain and simple. I also don’t think that is a topic of choice within a school environment. Children are already plenty aware of what those things are and how they effect society. Yes, I could be up for changing what books that can be taught in schools like The Catcher in the Rye which was banned because of its profanity. High schoolers already know curse words and what they mean but they reasoning behind it is to limit their awareness at such a young age. Since the poem used curse words and talked about major social topics it would be appropriate to restrain this poem to high schoolers or up.
Keepin up with variety these past two weeks, we read an original poem by Ashlynn called To The Child In the Back. In this poem it was nice to see a well written poem that highlighted how some kids were made differently- some more talkative and some more shy. This would be a great book for the first day of school in order to remind children that everyone should be given equal opportunity within the classroom. This would be especially useful for children in middle school because they are entering a new environment and tend to form groups and exclude others.
Going back to children’s books, Color Dance by Ann Jonas (ISBN 9780862034252). This book showed how teamwork can cause different “solutions” and in this book colors. The book showed a mixing of colors through children dancing and their leotards. Besides the obvious use of this book in an art class to explain how colors are created, I wouldn’t use this book in a classroom. It was so simple and had no underlying meaning that children could relate to. However, for art, I would use it for lower elementary students for basic curriculum.
Like the other book, One by Kathryn Otoshi (ISBN 9780972394642) used colors in order to stand up against bullying. With elementary students you could use this book to teach this lesson and improve their learning of colors and small numbers. In a classroom I would use this book to promote action to stop bullying with all grades as well not just elementary students. Relating back to the other book, this book would be better than the other because of its’ in depth theme and the way it endorses learning of colors, numbers and the limiting of a bully’s effect.
Learning Experience: Two great learning experiences occurred in the last two weeks- Walk In My Shoes Day and Labels Day. Within both of these specialized classes, we had to become a person with a barrier and a physical disability. During the Walk In My Shoes Day, the one station that really struck home was the one where you can’t understand what anyone is saying or simply given an auditory disability. On the piece of paper at the station, the beeping sound at the end is what a person with hearing aids would hear when their batteries need to be changed. I was blown away by this. Both of my grandparents on my mother’s side have hearing aids and knowing that that is what they have to hear all of the time must be miserable. It also explains why my grandpa would rather not talk then pretend like he can understand what we are saying or constantly having to say “What!?”.
Current Event: In this article, it demonstrates how Texas has limited its ability to reach out to special needs students. At 8.6 percent, Texas’s shares toward special education is falling behind in the United States’ average of 13 percent. Students are constantly being told that it’s not because they have a disability or barrier but that they “lack interest” with what is being taught. With no special programs available for these students, children can’t advance in their learning. Overall, this article brought awareness to how important it is to give special attention to students who have difficult in school because if we don’t they will never reach their full potential. This was a great article to read because it tied into what we are learning in class.
Besides the obvious fact that we have the same last name, even though it’s spelled wrong, I chose this quote because this past week the slam poem read aloud made me feel like I was forced into feeling a certain way- a way that agreed with everyone and making me put aside my own personal views. As a teacher, I think this is an important view to hold onto. Opinions do matter and causing children to be bias toward your own view is not acceptable.
Observations: At the Beta Club this past week, a new freshman girl was looking for a place to sit so I invited her over to where my friends and I were sitting. Here, she told us that she just moved from North Carolina and Germany before that. I was interested in what she had to say and continued to participate in the group activity at the meeting. Afterwards, she asked me for my Snapchat and even though I didn’t know her fully I gave her my username. It was nice to be kind toward someone who feels excluded from everyone else at our school. Inclusion is important because it allows people to feel wanted and no longer the “child in the back”.
Reflection: My prayers were answered this past week, I was offered two jobs at Cold Stone and at Kohl’s. Because of a weird stream of events, I am now working at both jobs. I don’t know how I will be able to balance school, both jobs, social life and everything else all in one day. I’m proud of myself for putting myself out there but there are so many other things I need to do- homework, college applications and simply cleaning my room. I’m done with stress.