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barrier presentations…continued. November 21, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Alexis Wilkinson @ 2:42 pm

“Children have to be educated, but they have also to be left to educate themselves” -Ernest Dimnet

so this week we have continued presenting our barriers projects. we learned about abuse, substance abuse, poverty, death, and griefing. my group presented our abuse presentation. it was a really great way for us to learn how to teach one another and gave us practice for our teaching careers and/or field experience. we also had another food friday:] which i love!

Sarah G. read Enemy Pie by Derek Munson. it was such a cute  book. it was about this little boy who didn’t liek this other little boy and they became enemies. so he asks his dad to help him get back at his enemy and his dad makes him enemy pie, but the only way for it to work is that they have to hang out for a whole day. in the end the little boys become friends, and the enemy pie really truely worked. the lesson of the book is don’t judge a book by its cover, and get to know people before you decide to hate them.

Getting it Wrong: Surprising Tips on How to Learn- so this article talks about different methods of teaching. they say that if you are teaching a lesson, such as a multiplication problem, by repeating it over adn over, it helps to stop in between repeats to make sure all the kids really know and understand the lesson/problem. this article also states that if students make errors, they will learn the errors and be prevented (or slowed) in learning. i think this is true. i think teachers should slow down and make sure everyone of their students full understands the topic before moving on.

i was in charleston this weekend and there were some loud kids running around annoying the other guests. we had a junior civitan convention and so there were alot of high school kids running around the hotel and the other guests were being very rude. the hotel said that if any guests left because of us we had to pay for them. which is ridiculous. people are so picky and needy nowadays and its so annoying! im sure when they were our age they were the same way… you would think adults would understand what being a kid is like. well you do mrs. J:]

 

 

 

barrier presentations. November 16, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Alexis Wilkinson @ 1:09 pm

“it is only when we forget all our learning that we begin to know.” -Henry David Thoreau

learning experiences:

so this week we have begun presenting our barrier presentations. the first presentation we had was about depression. i learned that depression doesn’t neccessarily have to caused by something, it can just happen on its own. the next barrie presentation was latchkey kids. latchkey kids are the kids whose parents work all the time. most latchkey kids are left  home alone, with no one to take care of them or to supervise their activites.

read- alouds:

i had a read aloud this week. i read a diary entry from the freedom writers’ diary. it was about a girl who was writing about her uncle sexual molesting her. she was comparing herself to Celie from The Color Purple. i read this read aloud because it ties in with my barrier…abuse. also the freedom writers’ diary is a good book to use with learning our different barriers.

Jessica read Miss Spider’s Tea Party. we decided this book could be used to teach ryhme and number sequences/counting.

current event:

in anatomy class, our teacher was talking to us about college, and he said that benedict college is no longer accredited! i was whoa, that sucks! and it really does because people who have degrees from that school are okay as long as they have a job, but if they quit or get fired and try to find another job, their degree is worthless. this is so for such degrees as medicine, teaching, business, etc.

observations:

this week in TC in learning about barriers, people have become more open to one another. im glad that we’re all comfortable enough to tell each other personal stories about our lives. especially when we talked about depression, a few people, as well as myself, oepned up to the class and told their stories of how depression had a toll on their family.

 

 

 

 

accidents happen. November 8, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Alexis Wilkinson @ 5:41 pm

“fair isn’t equal, and equal isn’t fair!”

so this week has been so crazy and hectic for me! the marching band/colorguard has been preparing really hard for state this weekend & practices have been brutal! we even had practice afterschool friday before the game and one saturday morning before the competition! it was all worth it thought becuase we made finals yesterday! for the first time in 2 years! it was so exciting! we came in 6th @ prelims…beating lexington and dorman(bands we never beat)! but when we made finals we came in 8th…we all think it’s wrigged and it probably is because the band wando always wins….boiling springs is always second… and byrnes is always third! every year since forever!

also on friday morning i got into a car accident! it was the scariest thing that has ever happened to me! the lady in the car who hit us was not paying atttention and took a left turn and slammed into my side…the passenger side! it was so scary seeing the car come at us and hitting us! that is why i missed TC class if anyone hasn’t heard! but me and my boyfriend are both ok…he just has a really bad bruised hip from where he slammed into the door!

this week in class an ESOL teacher came and spoke to us about teaching kids who speak other languages other than english! she goes around to schools all over the district teaching ESOL students! she said that the district has about 400 ESOL students! after hearing her speak to us…if i were to become a teacher i might consider being an ESOL teacher…but im still also considering special education!

so i have observed this week that when you are super busy it sucks to have a super huge obstacle a car accident get in your way! on top of being stressed out about state… i had to worry about that! but accidents happen and you have to learn how to handle them… which is what this accident did for me! it  somewhat gave me a breath of fresh air and gave me a chance to step back and take my mind off state…which was stressing me out! so in a weird way it somewhat helped me:]

“What’s to Gain with a Longer School Day?”

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

this article says that many schools had to cut PE and recess and that many children don’t participate in after school activites… so children are left unsupervised from 2:30..when the bell rings…. until parents get home! many people have said making school longer will greatly help out working families, improve student motivation, and improve student health! but this wouldn’t apply to DF because we have an already long school day!

 

Test! November 3, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Alexis Wilkinson @ 12:22 am

Learning Experiences:

This week in class we continued learning about special education children and we  had our first test on the laws and labels of special education.

Quote:

“An educational system isn’t worth a great deal if it teaches young people how to make a living but doesn’t teach them how to make a life.”

Current Event:

“A New Teacher Salary: $125,00 a year”

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

Schools in New York are paying higher salaries to teachers of up to $125,00 plus $25,000 bonuses. Schools are spending their budgets on teacher pay in order to get better “teacher quality.”

Read- Alouds:

“One Very Hungry Monster”–> this book was a children’s book about monsters who were hungry and ate all this little kids food. we decided this book could be used to teach rhyme and counting/number patterns.

“Winners Never Quit”–> this book was written by Mia Hamm. she wrote a children’s book about her life as a soccer player. we decided thsi book could be used to teach self-esteem and encouragement in young children.

“The Kissing Hand”–> this book was about raccoons and their first day of school. the kissing hand is when someone kisses your palm and when you get lonely you put your palm to your cheek and remember how much they love you. we decided this book could be used to help soothe yound children on their first day of school

“Cobb”–> this book was about a really mean greedy baseball player and how no one liked him. we decided this book could be used as a history lesson. or a life lesson on how you should read stuff that you like

Observations:

This week in school, after Taylor’s loss, I have noticed that people at our school really are there for one another after a tragedy in your family. Everyone was there for her no matter the circumstances and almost all her friends and peers went to her dad’s funeral. My heart goes out to Taylor and her family and I hope they can pull through it!