Sunday, November 27, 2011

Talking Blog 10.. Critical thinking

This a clip I found that i feel relates to the article and situsation... The video talks about how critical thinking is missing in schools in society today. I feel that critical thinking is a lost cause and that not enough teachers allow there students to do so. Most classes today are simply lecture. You go to class sit there listen and take notes. I think that critical thinking is important sometimes, somethings i believe dont need to be overthought but on the other hand some things should def. be questioned and analyzed. In FNED we use critical thining every day and it makes the mind open up i think it is a good thing however, sometimes are what they are and critical thinking are pointless sometimes.  This video main point is how critical thinking should always be used

Sunday, November 20, 2011

talking points 9 quotes least restrictive enviroment

Now we know that people with disabilities can learn and have a full, rich life. The challenge is to erase negative attitudes about people with developmental disabilities, get rid of the stereotypes and break the barriers for people with disabilities. (Kingsley, 1996, p. 6)

I started to notice that I didn't like the classes I was taking called special education.!had togothroughspecialed.almostallmylife. I wanted to take other classes that interested me. I had never felt so mad, 1 wanted to cry. (Peterson, 1994, p. 6)
willnot recognize the diverse contributions of those who wear obscur
ing labels until we move our focus from the disability and look for the
complexity and individuality we take for granted in ourselves. Only get
ting to know a person in all his or her multifaceted indiViduality can cause
the "huge" disability [spread] to magically shrink and assume its real

I feel that these are three of the more important quotes in the article reading because it relates to the text of how stigma in disabilities and learning are a big deal and it is happening all over and is growing.  Placing students in a LRE can be both benefical and yet confrontintal at the same time. Many people will aruge that teaching kids in a LRE can help the students with disabilities can self confidence and make them feel normal and accepted by others. Also, it will not single out the kids and make them push themselves in order to keep up with the other students.  Teaching students in LRE i feel really makes the kids with disabilities feel normal and better about themselves and i think this is something that all kids with disabilities want. To feel accepted. The government feels teaching in LRE is good because it elimates any stimga students with disabilities may have. However, some aruge that it is bad to have LRE because they feel that the students are not capable of keeping up the other students without the disabilities and it can be a set back for the teachers and the students to have to stop or make special accomadations for the students with the disabilities to keep up and learn with the other students.  Also, it can be harmful to the students self esteem in some cases if the students with the disabilities fall really far behind and cant keep up it may make them feel worse about themselves and get depressed.  Some feel the teachers dont have the patience and training to keep up with a student in the class with high disablities and some teachers dont want to put up with the extra training required.  I personally feel that its up to the students and the parnets, no child should feel left out and labeled because of a disability, i feel it can be so harmful to a kids self esteem by letting the kid have to learn in a special different class.  Let the kid be able to feel normal and gain confidence.  The only times i feel this is wrong is when the disability is really serve and needs special attention to the point it is a drag on the other students and teachers in the classroom.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Promising Practice

This event started bright and early saturday morning at RIC. the day started by signing in to a worksheet that told you which group you would be working with during the day.  I got put in group 2. a reading and writing workshop. I felt so out of place. I knew nobody in the group and we were talking about reading books and writing. We did a few ice breaker games in the first group which was kind of fun but then we started talking about writing and verbs and stuf and i had no clue what was going on to be honest.  I did alright in that aspect.  After the first workshop ended around 940 we went into another room it was a second grade teachers room and we a teacher Michelle and her assistant talked about reading and power of reading.  We watched a 10 minute clip on organzing a library area in a classroom and in a school. To be truthful I really couldnt focus on what was going on because i had no intrest in this topic and felt out of place because all of the students around me were all going to be writing or reading teachers and I felt not as knowledgable as them in certain areas.  I tried to pay attention as much as possible. After that meeting we met and sat at the cafe where i saw my classmates and that was a relief because i felt more comfortable there cause i knew the people. We sat around for about a half hour and i ate a lot of granola bars, after that we went to Teen Enpowerment meeting, to be truthful I really didnt understand the point of this session.  I give the kids alot of credit for standing up and presenting their views on acheiving goals in school but I just did not relate to the points they were trying to make.  They played alot of ice breaker games but I feel most the people didnt no what was going on either.  The main idea i think of the presentation was to tell people that there are ways to acheive goals in school and you can do what you want if you put your mind to it. Also, to help people in need if they need it and offer them guidance and support.  I give the kids alot of credit to do what they are doing and they seem like they are going to have a bright future if they contiune staying on track.  I found the ALLIED meeting to be pretty intresting and useful i feel the made message there was to be open to diversity and get a understanding of what is going on in the world.  I feel this relates to Johnsons journal about understanding diversity and learning about race and changes in the world and learning how to adapt to it . I also felt that  it related to Delpit and the rules of power, how the teachers shuld explicitly teach the rules and codes to those students who may not learn them at there homes.  ALso related to Rodriguez because self identity would be a big factor in this ALLIED and teen empowerment meeting, i feel students will sometimes do things to fit into our peoples public eye.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Talking Points Gender and Education  this is a interview with a Dr. on national news talking about gender and difference in education.  a
nother clip about Title IX in a classroom   this is a very in depth look at Gender and education in the classroom that provides many facts and intresting information and views on gender roles and education.. All three of these links are pretty useful