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Autism October 25, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Alexis Wilkinson @ 3:03 pm

Learning experiences:

This week in TC we have been really hitting autism big time! we watched the Oprah show that was about autism and it showed us the physical and mental restrictions many autistic children have. it also gave us some insight on how parents deal with their autistic children. from this video i learned that it takes $3 million more to care for an autistic child compared to a normal child. also many autistic children go through phases of “stemming.” this is when they grind their teeth or move their hands uncontrollably. one mother said she thinks her son stems because he is trying to “feel himself” because autistic children don’t feel their bodies the way we do. also one father said he knows his son is there wanting to come out but he doesn’t know how to!

we watched parts from i am sam! this is such a great movie about a mentally handicapped father who cares for his daughter because her mother left her with him. in this movie sam also has some mentally disabled friends. we identified each one’s disease and or handicap.

Read- alouds:

i did my first read aloud this week! it was so much fun! i read the ugly duckling! i decided this book could be used to describe self-esteem and the high-pot/low- pot concept we discussed earlier this year. i also said it could be used to talk about different animals and even season for elementary kids.

Tiara read a very noisy night! It was such a cute book… it was about a little mouse who kept hearing spooky noises in the night and the big mouse wouldn’t help until the end. it was very cute! Tiara decided this book could be used to teach onomatopoeia  and Raven said that alot of the furniture in the pictures were shaped like letters and this book could be used to teach the alphabet!

Current event:

Should race be a factor in assigning students to public schools?

http://www.education.com/reference/article/Ref_Our_Kids_Need/

this article is talking about how public schools have to keep their diversity window open. it states that since most schools and classes are assigned by gender… trying to have an equal male to female ratio… why shouldn’t they do the same with race. i don’t think race or gender should be a factor unless it is used to make schools equal in the black to white ratio which can help stop all the segregation and racism that still goes on today!

Observations:

this is more of a personal observation but… i have noticed in my math class that alot of people have been dropping down a level! we have had 4 people drop out of our class and it is ridiculous! even my math teacher was like this is an AP class its a weighted GPA and even if you have like a C or D in the class its still really good! i have a C in the class and i was thinking about dropping until my teacehr showed me my grade and how its different from a regular math class and i decided to stay… i think its just a case of seniority and being lazy:)

 

Special Education October 18, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Alexis Wilkinson @ 4:40 pm

Learning experiences:

This week we have really been buckling down on learning about speical education and special needs children. We have been learning about the many federal laws that have been made for childrem with special needs, such as the 504 and No Child Left Behind Act. These laws prevent special needs children from being left out of public schools and a proper education.

Read-alouds:

Amanda read “The Little Red Caboose” by Marion Potter. This book was about a little red caboose that saved the day! We decided ths book could be used to teach young children self- esteem because the theme of this story is no matter your size you are capable of doing anything!

Trevor read a story(and I don’t remember the name) but I remember it was about and king(Gengis Khan, I think) and his hawk and hwo the hawk saved his life and he killed it! Mrs. J decided this book would be a good history lesson because kids would remember it because of the accent Trevor was using!

Observations:

I have noticed this week that people are very rude at our school! Many students do not have manners! Like when they bump or run into you in the hall they get all rude and act like it’s your fault! Like really come on…be mature! And how people practically make a baby in the middle of the hallway like are you seroius? I’m trying to get to class… do that on your own time! I wish this could be fixed… we should have more teachers monitoring the halls during class change or something! or have less time between classes… that way people would move their butts!

Current events:

Are high school failing their students?

http://www.education.com/reference/article/Ref_High_Schools_Failing/

This article states that earning your high school diploma should help prepare you for college, but many high schools don’t! The article says that college entry exams are getting harder and high schools aren’t raising their requirements up to meet those of colleges.

 

guest speakers! October 12, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Alexis Wilkinson @ 7:39 pm

learning experinces:

this week in TC class we have had a lot of guest speakers! Mrs. V came and talked to us about bipolar disorder and how to teach kids with this disability. we learned alot about this disease. it causes extreme mood swings and even depression… and also many medicines for BP can take years to begun showing improvement. many ids with BP have to be in special classes and have special privileges that are given to them from the schools and teachers to help better their learning experience. also some former cadets came and talked to us about their experiences in teacher cadets and their first year of college. it gave me some great incite for college and campus life.

read-alouds:

Sara Von read “Oh, the thinks you can think.” we decided this book could be used in any classroom to help encourage kids to open their minds and use their imaginations.

Halee read “The pigeon wants a puppy.” we decided this book could be used for younger kids in preschool and kindergarten, because like the pigeon in the story little kids change their minds alot. Mrs. J also said the book could be used for speech classes because the big letters and small letters represent emotions and sounds…like big letters mean they’re yelling!

Rachel read “The witch who was afraid of witches.” this bok was about a little witch who was afraid of her big sisters. we decided this book would be a good lesson on friendship and self-esteem… and could be used for guidance counselors.

current education issues:

www.education.com/reference/article/Ref_Student_Dress/

Student Dress Policies- this article states that schools with uniforms have a lower percentage of gang violence and teen drug addiction. also school uniforms are cheaper for families because parents don’t have to spend as much money buying regular clothes for school.

observations:

i have noticed this week that not many people are spirited! this week was spirit week for the homecoming game and not many people participated…which is kinda sad because everyone should have some school spirit…even if our football team isn’t that amazing!!! i participated as much as i could but i always try to show my school spirit!!:]

 

multiple intelligences October 3, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Alexis Wilkinson @ 5:33 pm

so this week in class we have been learning about multiple intelligences and how people are either auditory, visual, or kinesthetic tactile learner. some of the multiple intelligences include: musical, intrapersonal, interpersonal, and naturalist. we also took some surveys to dtermine what kind of learners we are and i am visual-auditory learner.

read-alouds:

Kelsea read us a curious george book in spanish! it was really cool because she read us the spanish version first and then translated it for us in english! we decided this book could be used in a spanish 1 class or in an english as a second language class!

Warren read us a poem from Mossflower. The whole poem was a metaphor for a map, and we decided this could be used in an english or poetry class!

observations:

i have noticed that in class we have become closer as a class…almost like a family! i really love this class and i can’t wait to see what else we are going to do. im also excited that were are actually really starting to learn about different methods of teaching. im not really sure if i want to be a teacher but all this incite Mrs. J is giving us is really helping me decided whether or not to be a teacher!

current events:

“is your child getting enough physical education?”

http://www.education.com/magazine/article/Your_Child_Getting_Enough/

study shows that many elementary school kids are getting their daily 30 minute physical activity but that some middle and high school students are hardly getting any. only about 4 percent of high schools and 7 percent of middle schools are getting their required amount of physical activiy. and 22 percent of schools don’t require physical education at all.