Blog #5

Read-Alouds: I read an article published by Mlive titled Hemlock High School Crowns Autistic Boy as Homecoming King by Maria Amante.  The article was about a high school senior named Michael Pitt who has autism.  Pitt was liked by everyone at his high school and it proves to everyone who reads it that everyone is equal and those who have special boundaries can function normally in society.  I liked and chose this article because I believed that it showed how a high school boy who is autistic is liked by many people just as much as a normal high school boy.  This article may be appropriate for middle school and high school students.  It could be used in the classroom to demonstrate how everyone is equal, whether they have a special boundary or not.

Learning Experiences: We began the week still learning about special boundaries.  We had to spend the whole day in someone else’s shoes who had a special boundary and experience it for ourselves.  My special boundary for that day was being in a wheel chair.  It was the most frustrating, slow days of my life!  I’m a fast-paced person and I always like to run up the stairs and get upstairs or downstairs quickly, but I couldn’t do that when I was in a wheel chair because I had to go on the elevator multiple times during the day to get to where I needed to go.  Doing that exercise helped all of us in the teacher cadet class realize how grateful we were to be the way we are and how much respect we have for those who do have special boundaries.  Also, on Tuesday we went to Mitchell Elementary where we sat in on a special-ed classroom with three children, all of which were boys, while they went about their morning.  Although they were the age of first graders, they were all on a kindergarten level intellectually.  I thought it was interesting to watch how the children interacted with each other and how the teacher interacted with them.  I did not like how bland the teacher was, however we did discus how that may have been a tactic used specifically for those children to keep them calm so they could learn in the allotted amount of time.  The next day I read my article about an autistic boy winning homecoming because it pertained to our lesson on special boundaries.  We began our new lesson on racism and we watched a video called Class Divided.  The video included a group of third grade students around the early 70’s who took part in a racial experiment.  Their teacher told them that blue-eyed people were better on the first day and that brown-eyed people were better on the second day.  On both days one of the groups of students were discriminated and made fun of by their fellow students which proved that if the children were told that some were better than the others, they would believe it and act upon it.

Current Event: Teachers are innovating exercise into their lessons in school to help students focus and release energy.  It is statistically proven that one becomes tired when one sits for a long period of time, therefore, it is a great technique to incorporate exercise into class rooms.

Quote of the Week:  The quote I chose this week is, “The main hope of a nation lies in the proper education of its youth.”  -Erasmus

I chose this quote because I believe the future of America lies in the hands of the youth.  As young people, we need to have an education in order to be able to further education those who come after us.

Observations:During the day that we wore a disabilities, I noticed that people felt bad for me and were asking if I was okay.  I truly felt like I was in someone’s shoes who was handicapped and noticed that everyone was treating me differently.  I didn’t like that everyone was treating me differently and I was getting annoyed.  Some people I didn’t even talk to were wondering how I was and wondered what was wrong.  Therefore, I now have a new found respect and appreciation for those who are handicapped.

Reflections: I learned that everyone is the same and should all be treated the same whether they are white or black, are healthy, or have a special boundary.  We are all human beings and deserve to be treated like human beings!


Blog #4

Read-Alouds: Jasmine read I’m Gunna Like Me, Letting Off Alittle Self-Esteem by Jamie Lee Curtis.  The ISBN number is 0060287624.  This book is appropriate for elementary students up to the fourth grade.  I would use it to teach about self-esteem and feeling good about oneself.  During this time, children are often bullied and made fun of, therefore, a self-esteem book would be appropriate to lift their spirits!

Learning Experiences– Throughout the week, we made our big book about Tina the turtle and her experiences with her new glasses.  We took the big book to Orange Grove Elementary on Friday to read to a CD class and a kindergarten class.  It was interesting reading to different age groups because they interacted differently to our questions as we read the book.  On Thursday, Ms. Allen showed usthe  F.A.T. City series that took place in 1989.  Richard Lavoie spoke about the characteristics of learning disabled children, ways to address their special needs, and methods to avoid when working with those with special needs.  The videos were informative and I learned many new things that I did not know before in relation to those with special needs and how they learn and perceive things.  

Current Event– In San Francisco, a teacher uses cell phones in the class room to do a daily challenge question related to the lesson.  Since cell phones are used constantly in today’s society, teachers now try to incorporate them into the classroom to get students more comfortable and willing to learn. 

Quote of the Week– “Every student can learn, just not on the same day, or in the same way.” -George Evans

I like this quote because it relates to what we were learning in class about those with special boundaries.  This quote is saying that every student is capable of learning, however, we all learn at different paces and in different ways.  This goes back to what type of learner we are as well.

Observations– At Orange Grove Elementary, I noticed how the teacher in the kindergarten class interacted with her students.  She was patient, firm, kind, and rewarded them when I gave them a compliment.  When working with young children, one has to remember to be understanding, yet firm, with the children.  Different ages act differently and we have to be accustomed to the age group we work with and how they may act.

Reflections– I enjoyed making the big book and reading to the children at Orange Grove Elementary.  It was a good experience to be able to interact with the children for the first time and see how they responded to our book.  I learned that you have to use the C.A.R. technique which means, comment, ask a question, and respond to their answer.  The technique worked great with the children!

Blog #3

Read-Alouds: Ms. Allen read The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf.  The ISBN # is 0448456942.  Most bulls would butt heads in the fields, but Ferdinand would not.  All the other bulls were practicing for the bull fights in Madrid, however, Ferdinand did not want to be like everyone else!  He just wanted to sit under his favorite tree and smell the flowers.  I enjoyed this book because the moral behind the story was meaningful to me.  The moral was that even though everyone else acts and does certain things, you should always be your own person.  I would use this book for all age groups because the meaning of the book can influence all ages.  It could be used to explain that everyone can be their own person and they do not have to follow the crowd and be like everyone else.

Learning Experiences: This week we learned about the different kinds of development; physical, cognitive, social, and moral.  Each developmental category has different levels of development.  At different ages, the body changes in many ways over time.  We also learned about our self-worth and having a high or low pot.  In a way, the pots represent the buckets that we made and we can either fill and empty our buckets or pots which either lowers our self-worth or makes it higher.  Dr. William Purkey created an overview of the self-concept theory which describes who we are and how we fit into the world. He also talks about positive and negative behaviors and how the childrens’ behavior and parents’ repercussions may affect the children and their self-worth.  The article that we read in class about the self-esteem fraud ties into the other activities that we completed throughout the week.  The fraud is that teachers in America, compared to China and Japan, gave unnecessary praise to students and do not reprimand the students for doing poorly.  China and Japan just saw mistakes as an index that remains to be learned through persistence.

Current Event: Textbooks are soon going to be few and far between in the near future.  Due to technology, textbooks are going to be just be on iPads and computers and students will no longer have to carry books around.  Although things like this are already happening, textbooks are still used in classrooms and have not been completely eliminated.


Quote of the Week:  The quote that I chose for this week is: “It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings.” – Ann Landers  I chose this quote because I feel like it is true because if a teacher teaches the children to be able to do things for themselves, then they will be able to become successful in the future.  

Observations: When I went to the teacher cadet conference this past Saturday, I learned that special education children and being engaging in the classroom.  Learning these new techniques and how to teach children with special barriers.  

Reflections: This past week, I learned a lot about self-esteem and the different types of developing.  It gave me a new perspective on how at different developmental periods, learning is different for different ages!  Now that I have learned about different ages and how they learn, when I’m around children I try to incorporate what I learned.

Blog #1: Reflection

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,, 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  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.

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!