Read-Alouds: In class, Ms. Allen read a book called, Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud. This book can be purchased at Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com, etc. I loved this book because it portrayed moral values that everyone should have. As we go through our day to day lives, we don’t think about how what we may say may affect others; this is bucket dipping. However, by saying something kind or doing something for someone else, that may lift their spirits; this is filling a bucket. As we get older, we tend not to think that we are dipping in someone’s bucket or filling it. The book was a great illustration not only for kids, but for all ages because it can put everything in perspective. I would use this book especially in a kindergarten or first grade classroom to explain how the children could be nice to each other. Just how Ms. Allen made us make buckets, the children could make their own buckets and put nice things in the buckets to fill them up! Another read-aloud that Ms. Allen read was “Maslow’s Hierarchy Hits Home” by David Ginsberg that was published in February of 2012, Education Week at blogs.edweek.org. David, who I assumed was a school teacher, realized that he needed Maslow’s hierarchy of needs to have self-actualization and to realize who he was and how things needed to work in a school environment. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs helped him to realize the realities of the student’s lives. Personally, hearing the read-aloud allowed me to understand life in a new way. I would use the article in a high-school to help students perceive life and learning in a new way that could help them realize more about themselves as human beings.
Learning Experiences: When Ms. Allen assigned the scavenger hunt to the class I was curious about how a scavenger hunt would help us as teacher cadets. However, the scavenger hunt turned out to be somewhat of a collage on a paper bag that described us as students, members of a family, and members of society. This assignment helped me think more about who I am as a person and reveal qualities about myself that my classmates didn’t know. Also, we learned about different learning styles such as kinesthetic, auditory, visual, and verbal. Howard Gardner, a Harvard Graduate School professor created a list of multiple intelligences including six more intelligences such as interpersonal, intrapersonal, spiritualist, logical, musical, and naturalist. I learned that I am kinesthetic as well as spiritualist and intrapersonal. We also created a bucket to fill throughout the year to help us remember to always fill each others’ buckets.
Current Event: This past year, iPads have entered into local schools. This technology has helped to transform how children are learning in today’s society. A parent explains how it is new in South Carolina, but it has been making a difference in learning for her children and many others. http://onpoint.wbur.org/2012/10/30/south-carolina-responds
Quote of the Week: “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” -William Butler Yeats
This quote is meaningful to me because I believe that it truly represents education. Teachers are there to teach students something that sparks a thought in our minds. Knowledge doesn’t merely represent how much we know, but starts a fire that will enable us to truly learn.
Observations: Often young children learn in different ways than older people. While working with children we need to remember our teacher hearts and what it holds. For instance, patience, understanding, etc. are traits that we should have that will enable us to teach children better. Many children also need attention as well. I have noticed in an environment with younger children, they do require a lot of attention and time to learn and understand something. Therefore, it is important for us as teacher cadets to remember that children do learn differently and have different needs than middle schoolers or high schoolers and that we have to keep that in mind when dealing with children.
Reflections: I have realized that there is a lot of work required in being a teacher and that you have to be extremely dedicated and patient in order to get tasks accomplished. Teaching is not an easy job like many students believe it is and it involves a lot of time. You have to really understand who you are as a person and understand who other people are as well as their learning techniques. Many students learn a variety of ways and students are often misunderstood, but teachers have to realize that students have other needs too. Therefore, all in all, I have learned so far that teaching is far more difficult than I had imagined and involves much more than just curriculum. I am excited to learn more about learning and how different ages learn and comprehend!