Read-aloud: During the last two weeks, the first book was The Wolf’s Story by Toby Forward. (ISBN 9780763627850) This book was all about showing a different perspective and the value of trust in sources including authors. In a classroom, you can make the students do a creative writing piece to write about a popular story but either create a different ending or from a different perspective. This would be great to use in a classroom for third to fifth graders because it would enhance their writing skills and cause them to be aware of bias and opinions. Showing the difference between of fact and opinion, the children may read and analyze articles through tone and diction.The second book was Mother to Son by Langston Hughes. The moral of the story is that she, the mother, keeps telling him, her son, to keep tying no matter how hard life gets. She also says she has been through her share of hardships, but she continues to persevere and encourages her son to do the same. In a classroom you can teach this life lesson and you could do a creative writing assignment to write about a time the students had to get over a hardship. This would best be used in a classroom full of high school students because that ensures they have past experiences for the assignment.The third book was The Mask by Maya Angelou. The poem infers that each of us have a mask that we wear daily or just take it out on special occasions when we need to make a good impression. Not being our true selves cause us to act different- not matching our true potential. At this point in time we live in a world that is so one sided and decides what is right or wrong. After deciding that is it. No change. In a classroom this would be a great way to show bias and the art of having an opinion (again). I would encourage students, most likely high school students, to write about a time they purposely wore a mask or felt insecure about themselves,
The last book of the past two week was Salt In His Shoes by Deloris Jordan. (ISBN 9780689834196) This book talked about working toward your goals and how their are different teaching methods that a teacher and/or an adult will go to in order to encourage this. Encouragement systems will later promote high and difficult aspirations that children reach for. In the classroom you can obviously play basketball like Michael Jordan and a creative writing assignment to talk about the dreams they already have. With this journal, they could keep it to show the changes throughout the years. I would use this in a classroom full of upper elementary students.Learning Experience: After watching the Oprah episode about autism was really interesting and eye opening for me. It showed that how new and limited the reasearch to cure autism has become. With the new definition of autism, ratings have gone up with only little awareness of the disease. I didn’t understand how little people understood the disease and how it affects a child for life. I now know the symptoms that an autism child has and feel more informed about the lifestyle and hope that others will soon learn this information as well. I hope that in the future we will find a way to end the disease so that no one has to deal or feel the way they do.
Current Event: Due to Hurricane Matthew, South Carolina schools were closed Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (October 5th to the 7th). In this article, the news article talks about Florida schools only taking Thursday and Friday off. I found this quite interesting. South Carolina, being farther from the storm than Florida, took off more school. Yes I do understand that South Carolina was using the buses to evacuate the people off the coast but it is intriguing that our government took more precautions compared to Florida. This storm showed the power of states rights at its best. Also, the article showed how they used Twitter to reach out to people and evacuees. This is quite smart especially for outreach to younger people or people who frequently use the app.http://wsvn.com/news/local/miami-dade-broward-county-schools-to-remain-open-tuesday-wednesday/
Quote of the week:
After learning about the lack of awareness for autism, this quote struck home. From birth to around two to five years of age, children are developing normally, showing only a few small symptoms of the disease. After that time period, the children were developing very slowly- having a mind, a vessel, to be filled. With this disease, there “vessel” struggles to ignite into there full potential. Plutarch hopes to increase the teacher’s capabilities to reach students and bring their skills to a working and full degree. I wish the same.
Observations: This past week it was brought to my awareness that I need to be more thoughtful about my actions. I can do the right thing but I need to find ways to make sure that it doesn’t just help me but someone else as well. Selfishness and/or irresponsiblity should not become a part of my vocabulary. I hope I can stop decorating myself in way that doesn’t meet my full potential. I want get a job, get into college (Clemson preferably) and earn scholarships. I want to be the best me- somebody who makes decisions based off of others and is responsible for my own actions no matter the consequences.
Reflections: I applied to another job this week, Kohl’s. I feel that all my friends get jobs so easily and I just stand in background begging! Also, I have been having plenty of stomach issues lately. Leaving school once because my stomach was plainly hurting while last Monday I had food poisoning. I hate being sick so I’m glad that I am feeling better. I pray that I get a job and no longer getting sick in the next two weeks! Until then I hope that things will start turning around for me! Fingers crossed!