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. 

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!



Blog #8

Read alouds:

Over the last two week we have been so busy with other things, getting caught up after break, wrapping gifts, and etc.,  that we never got to read a book as a class. I was shocked by this.

Learning Experience:

Last week, we took our barrier test. When I was reading the questions, I was surprised by the percentages and the “maybe” facts that I struggled with. This shows how studying is necessary even if you believe you know the information. Also, it showed how even though you’re on break (thanksgiving) does not mean that you don’t need to study again. Granted, I didn’t get a terrible grade or score but it could have been better. In the future, this will serve as a reminder. Studying will make sure I KNOW the information. 

Current Event:

In this current event article, it talks about  how Trump’s nominee for education secretary, Betsy DeVos, is hoping to make Christianity a bigger part of schools. The challenge with this is the whole aspect or principle of division of church and state. Keeping to conservative values, the article said that “He goes on to say that he hopes churches get more involved in education, whether through school voucher programs or other mechanisms.” I find this interesting. In this more modern century, we have been trying to push church out due to the fact that “we are in America and the freedom of basic rights are available, including religion. With this, we have remained open to no set religion throughout the country. I did further research and it said that eighty three percent of Americans identify themselves as Christians. I don’t advocate a forceful way of Christianity but I think applying religion in public schools wouldn’t be terrible. Our moment of silence would now be more open for prayer.


https://www.google.com/amp/m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_583f04d1e4b04fcaa4d61c88/amp?client=safari

Quote of the week:

“Children love and want to be loved and they very much prefer the joy of accomplishment to the triumph of hateful failure. Do not mistake a child for his symptom.” – Erik Erikson

Since we are currently learning about educational psychologists, I decided to find a quote by one of them, Erik Erikson. This one stuck out was the fact that my cousin, age of 5, came over this past weekend, and this was apparently true. She just wanted a clap or a pat on the back for everything she did even if it was a small act. However, I could tell that she was also becoming a little more independent from the last time she came over. Yes, she still required a lot of attention but there was a less in your face aspect about it.

Observation: 

Besides the example I just explained in the previous section, I was working the other day at Kohl’s and there was an older woman in a wheelchair and her child, an older woman and who had some type of disability or barrier, was pushing her around the store. It was nice to see because the stopped and talked to many people and pretended like there was nothing “wrong”. I was also shocked at how dependent they were on each othereven though there was a disability. The fair treatment of a person with a barrier or disability is necessary (how fun- another life lesson!)

Reflection: I’m tired. 

Blog #7

11/7/16-11/18/16

Read-alouds: 

The first story we read these two weeks was called Friends to the End:  The True Value of Friendship by Bradley Trevor Grieve (9781449403171). I enjoyed this story but I do feel like it is rather long even though it had all of the photos of the cute animals. In a classroom, I would not personally use this book due to the fact that it was ridiculously long and that it had some “inappropriate” mentions in the book like Sex and the City. However, if I had to use the book in the classroom I would read it to older children and hope for some level of maturity. 


The next story we read was called Bat Around the Clock by Kathi Appelt. (9780688164690) In this story, we are shown a group of bats who are throwing a televised dance that changes depending on the time. With this, we could make children interested in learning about how to tell time since clocks were at the bottom of every page. Also, you could use the book in a dance class and get the children moving- to release their energy. One of the big themes you could use from the book is how and where bats live depending on what part of the country you live in. With science, you could also talk about hibernation or nocturnal animals. As a teacher, I would definitely use this for lower elementary school students.


Next, Mrs. Jackson read a story from the TIME magazine called Aniexty, Depression, and the American Adolescent by Susanna Schrobsdorff. As Mrs. Jackson continued, I couldn’t help but think how lucky I am to not be “cursed” with a disease with no common cure. When she finished was the quite long excerpt, we were all able to talk and analyze how aniexty and the formation of depression is widely spread because of the way of culture has formulated into. As people who are fully in a technology world, we are constantly glued to a phones and are faced with stereotypes and what is the new “perfect”. If anything, we are all looking to be accepted. As a teacher, I would defiantly read this to high schoolers since they are greatly affected by this. Awareness gives hope to people who do deal with this on a daily basis.


Lastly, in contrast to the first read aloud, Bradley Trevor Grieve’s Friends to the End: The True Value of Friendship, Scott read his second read aloud, a haiku, called Odds on Improvement by Jeremy J. I personally did not feel empowered by this short reading but if I were a teacher in a classroom teaching about haikus I might use this one. However, other than that, showing that friendship is a vital thing in people’s lives I wouldn’t use this example. The haiku did not have depth making me not totally interested in it.

Learning Experience: 

We have been currently learning about barriers and the effect changes people. As we got our adopted family, a family of four- three children and a mother, it was interesting because I wondered if there was a barrier that forced them to need to be on this Christmas list. In groups, we created a group text and discussed what we should get for our child- Hayden for my group. I somehow was placed for the job to get the shoes for the little boys. Since I work at Kohl’s, I bought him a pair of FILA shoes and a shirt especially since I get a discount. I came home and showed my mom what I got and she was also proud because I paid for it by myself. Not only are they proud of me but I’m also proud of myself.

Current Event:

As I searched education news, The first one I came across was about a man from Virginia. Immediately, I was intrigued since I used to live in Virginia. The article wrote about a man named Wes Bellamy and how he is stepping down from his role/membership on the Virginia Board of Education. Wondering why, it claimed that the man had tweeted years ago that included public messages of “gay slurs, references to sexual assault and anti-white comments.” It was quite interesting considering only nine members sit on the board and that he was picked in the first place. Wouldn’t there be a background check before appointment? Not only bad on him but also the governor and his team for allowing that. This relates to class because like Ashley presented, racism and the denial of multiculturalism is still apparent today.


https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/education/wp/2016/12/01/virginia-

Quote of the week:


As we study barriers, this quote stood out. Becoming a teacher impacts not only our education but also our personal lives. With action, we, children, can change our future and it all comes down to how our home and school lives are being developed. If these environments aren’t stable, neither is our education. As a teacher, it is important to change and impact students for the better. Many of the barriers that we studied are some of the examples that ruin a home environment. Working on making a positive environment for these people is necessary.

Observation:

This week while at Kohl’s, I noticed a woman who was obviously  on something. Not only did I question why would she pick Kohl’s out of all place to go to but what made her feel the need to take something? I remembered everything we have learned about barriers including substance abuse and saw a real life example of how it can really damage a person. Also, this week, my mom who is a teacher came home and told me that some of the fish eggs she is growing at school died. She continued and told me that one of the girls in her class started bawling because not only did the fish die but so did her mom’s hamster, one that she never met, had died. This was a prime example to our death, dying and grief lesson. Little children react to death differently from adults and even teenagers. 

Reflection: 

Black Friday was last weekend and I had to work. I was so exhausted and had worked a total of 26 hours. I couldn’t believe that they scheduled me for four midnight shifts. Then school happened. I was not prepared for anything. I just wanted to crawl into bed and forget everything. Luckily, my dad sent a note saying that I could leave 45 minutes early from school to be prepared to work that last midnight shift. It was also GREAT, I say sarcastically, that Monday was the most homework given this whole year from all four of my classes that day. I didn’t want to deal with it but somehow I pulled through. Besides all of the semi-sad things this week, I got back my SAT score-1290. My parents were so proud. I couldn’t believe it. Maybe things will turn out alright in the end. 

Blog #6

10/24/16 – 11/4/16

Read alouds- Due to our class presenting barrier or label projects, we only read 3 books in the past two weeks. The first book was an inspirational poem called Allow Yourself by Catherine Pulsifer. In the poem, the main theme was to be true to yourself and work hard to earn your dreams or simply to motivate yourself. In a classroom, I feel that this was appropriate for a room full of high school seniors. As school continues, we are becoming less motivated to do the best we can do and just looking at the finish line- graduation. I felt that the poem encouraged us to keep our grades up while also enjoying our senior year, the year before college and things start to get serious.

On the same day, the second read aloud was Exclamation Mark by Amy Krouse (ISBN 9780545436793). Within the book, the exclamation mark, the main character, learned his true abilities and found his true purpose- to end a sentence! The book was cute and puny. I think this book would best be used in an elementary school classroom because it would be great to use to show children how to pronunciate and possibly bring it back to a creative writing lesson. The book was good at also involving other pronunciation marks such as the period and the question mark. With this children could better understand basic writing and reading principles and also a life lesson to be excepting of others and try to find your true purpose in life.


Lastly, my favorite read aloud within the past two weeks was Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester (ISBN 9780547480367). In this book, children could see that being different is nothing to be ashamed about and rather that people will be accepting because even your odd qualities are useful. Again, I think that this book would be best used in an elementary school classroom because you could do simple lesson plans such as where do penguins live, how do they act or simple math lessons using Tacky’s singing in the book. The list could continue on but overall I found the book cute, fun and plenty of opportunities for different lesson plans.


Learning Experience: During these last two weeks, we have been discussing the different barriers or labels that people have including sleep deprivation, grief, abuse of any kind or bullying (my label that I presented). I was intrigued by some of the presentation because I know people who have personally dealt with these problems. I was shook to the core when our substitute told us her daughter’s story of substance abuse and how it affected her daughter’s education. I soon realized that these labels or not just put on paper but they are real constant struggles that people have to deal with. I was also blown away when I asked my sister if she has been personally bullied because of her red hair.  I had asked her this because of a statistic that said 23% of red haired females stated that bullying started because of their hair. I soon realized that it doesn’t matter your personality or how kind you are but people will try to cover their labels and/or barriers and put them on other people. 


Current Event: In this article, the main purpose was to inform citizens of that specified county to become aware of a drug read awareness program that will be implemented throughout their county. With this program, citizens will be able to learn about how to better their community by ensuring a drug-free environment. Rather than telling how The program will be implemented, the article speaks of how the county can get involved and participate in the movement. It also informs the people in the county to know where the meeting will take place in the other associated programs that are partnering with them. As schools have to deal with this issue, these programs are important to give awareness and gain participation.


http://www.pal-item.com/story/news/

Quote of the week: 

“Experience is the best teacher.”

– Penelope Douglas

As we continue to learn about the struggles of having to live with barriers/labels, this showed how true change comes within. When Mrs. Alger was telling her story about her daughter, she claimed that they put her in rehab more than once but it only started working when she decided it was time to start making better choices and to have a better life. I found this inspiring because as we start to make big lifetime choices during our senior year, we need to remember that we are in control to how well we do.

Observation: This week I noticed how lack of sleep is really affecting my motivation and my school work. With sleep deprivation being one of our barriers/labels, I was able to see how I need to change my habits. Agreeing thinking how it is affecting me, I ask myself how is it affecting others? Then I asked my sister and my mother how it was affecting their typical days. My sisters answer was that she felt that her going to bed early has really helped her understand math unlike she have the year before. As for my mother she is also been going to bed earlier than what she has typically had in the past years. Seeing this trend, my mom is more patient and motivated in typical tasks (not like she wasn’t before but more now). With both my sister and my mother doing better throughout their days it is clear that sleep deprivation is a serious issue and that observing my own sleep can cause me to change the way I continue my school year.

Reflection: I am now currently working at both Coldstone and Kohl’s. Sunday, the 6th of November, will be my first day and I’m kind of nervous about it. I will be most likely the youngest or one of the youngest employees and I don’t know how to react to a job where I’m never been trained or prepared on the task that I signed up for. I will be working in MJM, apparel basically for the whole store, and trying to find items’ their rightful homes. As for Coldstone, I really love the environment and the employees that work there. I just need to get the technique of folding ice cream before anything else. Other than that, I’m really excited about this job.

Blog #5

10/11/16-10/21/16

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. 


http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2016/10/21/496943376/texas

Quote of the week: 

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.