Blog #11

Read Alouds: Since we have been continuously working toward our field experience and the requirements to get there, we have not done any read alouds in the past few weeks.

Learning Experience: Last week, our class learned about how to incorporate technology into the classroom. We were also shown how not every activity needs to be through technology. However, we have all had expierences where an activity used a source of technology for no reason. In fact, this year I have had to deal with a teacher who makes every activity include us using a computer, our iPads or iPhones. This incorporation is not always necessary and makes it even more work for students. Perhaps, the use of technology is for her convience to grade. 

Current Event: In this article, The Hill speaks on how little opportunities children of color are given. It claims that most children in public education are minorities. Within the bias commentary, the article claims that Betsy DeVos is not “worried” or “concerned” about making this a priority but does say that she is, in fact, trying to make progress in the Department of Education. As a person with limited expierence, she is making decisions and budgeting for what she thinks is necessary. However, I don’t think she is purposely doing this, just like the article insinuates.  

http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/education/319103-betsy-devos

Quote of the week: 


Because we have been learning about technology, this quote popped out to me. In a time where innovations to technology are just about every other day,  children are continuously trying to keep up. With teachers not putting in the effort to make the change as well, it is hard for students to keep with modern times. In my afield experience, I will make sure to incorporate and keep up with their technological needs in an appropriate manner. 

Obeservation: Last week, all of the teacher cadets went to all of the elementary schools and Dutch Fork Middle School. I really enjoyed our time at the schools and it showed me how teachers all have very different methods to the same cirriculum. Whether it was individual or group learning, the lesson came across to the children in an effective way. However, I think, using my field expiernce in an elective class would be a good use of my time. I really hope that my request on the request form comes true. I really want to be with the Dutch Fork Elementrary School’s art teacher. 


Reflection: After waiting what feels like forever, it has finally happened. Clemson has released their letters. It should come today or tomorrow- which makes me even more nervous. However, I am also quite excited. I am relying for this to happen. Besides college, I have come to the realization that people are selfish and rude- not everybody but people have been disappointing lately. Thank God I have my parents. 

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Blog #10

Read Alouds: 

In the past few weeks, we have not done any read Alouds because we have been preparing for our observation day field trip and our model lessons and our field experience.

Learning Experience:

Recently, we learned about the difference between formative and summative assessments. Formative refers to testing after a long period of time to note the position and understanding of an entire unit, topic or subject. Summative assessments shows the understanding of students in a shorter amount of time for future reference that the teacher can use to continue teaching. This helps with planning their lesson plans.

Current Event:

In this article, the main point is how Trump’s nominee for education secretary has been approved. Betsy DeVos was highly debated on because of her lack of experience and what people believe her attentions are. The article sticks to facts and how she confirmed to he rposition today, February 7th 2017. Out of all of the huff and puff, I know that we must respect her for her position is ranked no matter what she does.


http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2017/02/07/513739920/betsy-devos-confirm

Quote of the week: 

Knowledge will give you power, but character respect. – Bruce Lee

In this quote, I saw what I aspire to be. A teacher to show an overwhelming amount of knowledge that will spark my atudentz to be the best they can be. However, how I handle things in the classroom will give me respect that will needed in order to control the classroom. This will be a key principal to how I will the class will view me as a persona duchess as a teacher.

Observation: 

This was a huge part of our understanding of teachers this week. Our time going around elementary schools (and the middle school) allowed us to see different teaching styles and ways to approach situations in action. This was quite eye opening to see the good and the bad that come out of people’s mouthed even though I’ve already seen it in my own learning environment.

Reflection:

Plain and simple. We need to be more respectful to teachers and appreciate the amount of effort they put in. 

Besides that, people make it really hard to be nice but take the higher ground! 

Blog #9

Read Alouds: 

Since we have been preparing for our outside experience we have not done any read alouds.

Learning Experience: 

We learned about how children indirectly grow at different rates. This eventually causes teachers to have many lesson plans, differentiate lessons. Children with a slower pace will require teachers and soon to be me to maybe orally give assessments and spend more individual time with that child. Knowing this, I will be able to do and view my practice lesson plan and my field experience in a whole new manner! I will be able to show children the attention they need.

Current Event:

In the article, it explains five different points, with evidence, that show how it doesn’t work in schools. The first point being achievement standards. Having a set standard on grade levels, it suggests that it should be based on personal growth. The second talks on achievement tests. It suggests that teachers should be giving immediate feedback on lessons. It continues by saying that school choice does not have any set advantages. It only represents a parents need/want for better education. Teachers will teach the same curriculum based on set standards. Class size is also talked about in the article. It claims that having a smaller class does not improve test scores. In the highest performing countries, the average classroom size is 33. Lastly, the amount of money spent on a child’s education does not correlate with the amount of education they are getting.

http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2017/01/14/508991615/5-big-ideas-in-educa


Quote of the week: 

Every acquisition of accommodation becomes material for assimilation, but assimilation always resists new accommodations. – Jean Piaget

Since we just learned about accommodation and how it affects children, this quote felt extremely appropriate. Considering how effective this makes teacher’s lessons, Piaget shows through this quote that teachers must represent things in new and better forms for upcoming generations. Keeping to original and traditional plans not only distracts but prevents the student from having a full understanding of a topic. 

Observation: 

The other week I noticed how one of my friend was getting extra help on their work and asssessments. I hadn’t noticed it before but now I can safely assume that my teacher is just making differentiatable lessons which I find great on my teacher’s part. Making more than one plan is vital in order to further children’s education. Accommodation is highly important for a student’s success including my own.

Reflection: 

I have felt overwhelmed in my school and personal life. I am trying to do my best and balance everything but people keep bugging me for things that are irrelevant. Better luck next time!