Read-Aloud: Jasmine read an article on teens and substance abuse by discovery channel which addressed the current issue about teens and the constant increase in the problem in America. In today’s society, teens turn to drinking alcohol and using drugs to relieve the stress that they have.
Learning Experiences: On Monday, we watched Speak because it corresponds to lessons that we have presented and learned about. The movie was a great example of a high school girl who was a victim of rape. She did not have a voice to tell anyone what had happened to her and who raped her, but in the end, she was able to speak! To prepare for our Math and Science night lessons, we worked on them Tuesday as well as our lesson plans. Amanda and I did our lesson on a science topic; the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly. Jasmine did her read aloud on Wednesday and we both presented our lessons and books on Thursday. I did a lesson on abuse/neglect and showed the music video Concrete Angel by Martina McBride to show the rest of the class an example of abuse in a song. Jasmine did her lesson on substance abuse specifically targeting alcohol and the common drugs used such as marijuana, heroin, and cocaine.During her lesson, she addressed how often teens abuse alcohol. According to statistics, one third of high school students have binged on alcohol in the last month, meaning that they consumed more than four alcoholic drinks in one sitting. Thursday evening was Math and Science night and all of us teacher cadets presented our lessons that pertained to Math and Science night and it went well! Our audiences were attentive and participated in our interactive lessons! Finally, on Friday, Amanda and Michelle presented their lessons. Amanda did her lesson on bullying and I was informed that 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year. There are often stories in the news about students committing suicide because they were bullied to the point that they felt that life was not worth living anymore. The four types of bullying include physical, verbal, covert, and cyber bullying. Michelle did her lesson on depression/suicide and the song that she shared with us was a great song that represented her topic well!
Current Event: Because of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting back in December of 2012, teachers in South Dakota are taking precautions they think are necessary. Teachers are arming themselves to make sure if an incident did happen in their school, they would be prepared.
Quote of the Week: “If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.” -John Dewey
I love this quote by John Dewey because I believe that if teachers teach students things of the past we will not have the knowledge that will help guide us into our future. Dwelling in the past will only pull us back instead of pushing us into the future.
Observations: While I was at the Sadie Hawkins dance, I experienced what I thought was a form of bullying. Many girls went up to a boy at the dance and were trying to dance around him in a way that could have made him feel uncomfortable! It was noticeable that he was uncomfortable while it was happening. After learning about bullying, I tried to see if I noticed it more after learning about it. Therefore, I observed that bullying is an issue in our school whether even if it is not as serious as other situations.
Reflections: I learned that abuse/neglect, depression/suicide, bullying, and substance abuse has become a large problem in America. Also, having to create so many lessons has taught me a lesson that I need better time management!