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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.