When I chose to be an Early Childhood Development major, I knew I loved children. I have had many opportunities and doors opened for me in that field. Looking back on my schooling, I have noticed that the way I work could have affected that choice also. I am usually a little too organized and I get paranoid about big projects and papers being done. I like to be in control of everything and my professors and peers have seen that in every project I have been affiliated with. Along with over working myself, over thinking simple tasks has been a specialty of mine. I have high anxiety and I always feel like I am not doing enough. These may look like negative characteristics but in reality I do not consider them flaws at all. In fact, they got me to where I am today.

Working with children is no day at the beach. It can be really hard work. You need to be able to control a room of screaming, high-energy children. I feel that some of my characteristics could be really useful in a classroom situation. I am extremely caring and early childhood teachers definitely need to be nurturing towards their students. My organizational skills can help me with the way I run my classroom and my hard work can go into my lesson plans to make my students have more fun. I feel the need to be in control of situations I place myself in, so I will definitely be able to run a class of young, loud, energetic children.

Don’t get me wrong. I am definitely not a know-it-all. I actually struggle a lot with Math. Ever since I was young, I remember having problems with it. My senior year of high school, I was in Pre-Calculus (do not ask me why I put myself through such torture.) I worked hard, did my homework, and studied for hours before the tests. One day, my teacher Mr. Wendling came up to me and said, “We need to talk.” Naturally, I was petrified thinking he was going to throw me out of the class because I was so bad (or something crazy of that nature.) I reluctantly stayed after class and he asked me, “What’s going on. I know you are the hardest working person in this class but you get the lowest grades!” I did not know how to answer his question. He proceeded to go through the chapter with me again to make sure I fully understood it. After that meeting, Mr. Wendling continued to work with me and I got my first B in the class. He gave me extra practice problems and he took me step-by-step through each one. When I had a question, he never directly told me what the answer was, but instead made me find it on my own. Being able to see that a student is struggling is a huge gift teachers have. They are able to step up and discuss it when a student may be too afraid or embarrassed to ask for help.

I hope that one day I will be able to help my students as Mr. Wendling helped me. Noticing young children struggle is a very important job for teachers. If a child seems to be struggling with making friends, paying attention, or even speaking to others, they may have a developmental issue and they might need therapy. Speaking is a huge part of a child’s development and if they are not showing improvement the teacher of that classroom needs to step in and have a talk with their parents.

My moods are always cheerful and I think that is a very important characteristic in being a teacher. When I have a classroom, I want it to be bright and colorful because I feel it reflects me as a person. I am most likely to be found smiling and laughing. Children need to be in a bright, positive environment in order to learn well. I think everyone can remember a teacher who was old and crabby. Children do not like those kinds of teachers. As a teacher, I will always try and stay positive, helpful, and caring. I want to be able to have control over my classroom but at the same time I want them to think of me as a friend and someone who is always there to help when they are having a bad day.

My personality and characteristics have been a light for me. They have shown me that my love of children and dedication to helping others suits me perfectly in my future career as a teacher. I have many plans for how my classroom will be run and how I want my students to think of me. My hard work and organizational skills will finally pay off. There have been certain teachers in my life who have really made an impact and taught me what being a good teacher is all about. I strive to be the teacher that my students will never forget.

 

I really like this. I just made it today because a lot of you said I should get a different road. I think its nice. 🙂

1)      What was your favorite project? Explain why. My favorite project was actually project 4. I’m not sure how well my group did all together but I really enjoyed researching my topic ( urban vs. suburban student funding.) I feel this is a really important issue, and even though I sort of zoomed through my presentation and did not do as well as I really wanted to, I think that it was one of the coolest things I have done ( not that over and under funding schools is cool, just the discovering and learning about the topic.)

2)      What was your least favorite project?  Explain why. Honestly, I do not like this portfolio. I’m not even sure if I’m on the right track. My first project’s final for now got really great comments and so did my second so when I tried to put them together I had no idea what to change! I decided to take something small that was similar in both projects and use that as a connector between the two papers. I’m so nervous and I have never felt worse about a project.

3)      Do you have any suggestions regarding peer response?  Would you change anything about peer response? I feel as if the peer response I received was really good but that’s probably because Mr. Halle told everyone they had to participate. I think that everyone should have to say something instead of leaving it open because I was able to hear a lot more helpful things about my papers and such from people who are normally to shy to open their mouths.

4)      Do you feel like you were given too much time to work on projects?  Too little time? Explain your answer. The first 2 projects were fine but the last two I feel were sort of rushed and not really understood until it was to late. When we were first assigned the 3rd and 4th projects everyone had their own understanding about them but when it came down to the last week everyone just freaked out. I think that maybe we should a bit longer on the last two because they were the projects that needed the most work done.

5)      What are your thoughts about breaking each project up into multiple drafts or phases?  Did it help to have drafts or would you just have preferred to turn in one draft – the final-for-now? This really did help me because honestly I am a lazy writer. Usually, I would  just wait till the last minute and type everything off adrenaline but this class helped me to realize I can be a good “author” without having to panic.

6)      What are your thoughts about the pacing of the semester?  Were there any projects that felt too short?  Too long? The 3rd project seemed to drag on forever. It was confusing to start our group work for project four in the middle of project 3. They sort of blurred together in my mind and I don’t like that.

7)      Do you think you were given enough time to work on your final portfolio? Explain. Yes, because if you think about it, a lot of the work is already done. On the other hand, I’m nervous that I’m going to forget all the odds and ends. I’m definitely coming to class next week. I want to get work done and I want to make sure I’m doing it properly.

8)      Do you feel like I provided too many comments on drafts or not enough comments?   Were my comments helpful? Why or why not? Honestly, the comment you left me on project 2 confused the hell out of me. I’m still not sure what it means. Project one was great and projects 3 and 4 too but I have no clue about 2. It did not help me.

9)      What about the course would you change?  Do you have any suggestions for change as I revise the course to teach it again? I’ve said everything I felt that needed to be changed in the other questions above 🙂

10)    Do you feel like this class helped you to be better able to read and compose texts, both in college and in the real world? Explain your answer. Yes, I feel that taking this course will help me understand the basic structure of how my other classes work and what they will expect from me when writing papers and doing projects.

11)   Please offer some advice or helpful hints for students taking this course in the future.

I really liked your attitude and how you taught the class. I really enjoyed the Beatles day too. You should definitely do that one again!

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So I’ve been thinking about all the projects we have going on right now and I’m not really sure what to do. I feel confident with my paper for the 4th project about the privledges of students in urban and suburban areas but I’m not so sure about the final portfolio. I’m kind of afraid of combining the papers together. I never really mean’t for them to be one, but two seperate pieces. I think I am going to talk about how my personality and teaching philosophy fits in with how I grew up and my journey of wanting to become a teacher.  I have always been outgoing and went into depth about how in my play, others could see I wanted to help others. This is reflected in me as a student. I am always organized and always trying to help others understand. I will probably just take the most important details out of both papers, fix it, and then add in a couple paragraphs explaining how they go together and such. I’m just nervous I’m going to forget something. Oh well. Thats how I’m feeling about this project so far.

A teacher is someone who can change the minds of a generation (seriously, not trying to be cheesy.) I value the friendships I have made in the past with my teachers. In high school, my 3 music directors were like family. They asked me about my day, gave me advice, and they were just there for you when you needed someone. Teaching is a hard job but someone has to do it. I feel that you really need to make a bond with your students and find out what interests them before you try to start teaching them. If you try and do a really hands on lesson with students that learn more effectively through reading and individual project, then your class probably is not going to do so well. Communication is what teaching is all about. Teachers and students have to be on the same page for the class to be successful.

This took me a little bit out of my comfort zone. I’m normally loud and obnoxious but when you put me infront of a class with all eyes on me, I talk really fast and get all nervous and sweaty. I think overall the presentation went really well. Each group had really creative ideas. I think my group (group 3) did a good job at not just reading from a power point (which is what a few groups ended up doing for part of their presentation.) We tried to incorporate the note taking/lecture part of a class and the hands on group work that many teachers do. I think that even though our’s was not the most fun presentation (SCAVENGER HUNT!), we clearly got through the information we wanted them to receive and understand.

When I have my own classroom, I am not going to need the whole presentation ordeal unless you’re counting show and tell. Presentations are important as students get older. They need to be able to use those communicative skills in the “real world.” I would definitely used presentations like this in my classroom (if I were planning on teaching older children.)

In the book Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Paulo Freire outlines how to become a good teacher. Paulo Freire makes it clear that they way you teach ( banking or problem-posing) is important to how the students will receive the information given to them. When I become a teacher, I hope to strive away from banking and use problem-posing techniques to capture the minds of my students. Problem-posing gives the students and the teachers an opportunity to learn.  Freire also concentrates on dialogue through dialogical and anti-dialogical communication. Through dialogical communication, the students and teachers work together to solve problems and answer questions as a group whereas in anti-dialogical communication, students would not be able to say or ask anything and the teacher would make all the decisions. I think that our English 101 class has been an excellent example a dialogical class. We have the ability to speak our minds and are encouraged to collaborate with other students. Heck, I would even go as far as saying we have the majority of control over our class (no offense, Professor.) Technically, that is not a bad thing at all. This class has taught me that students can be responsible leaders when given the chance ( even though this may not be effective in my kindergarten class.) Paulo Freire taught me that being a good teacher is not just knowing the information, but really getting the students excited and passionate about learning and teaching others the information through effective communication skills.

Main Points in Ch.4 (pt. 1 pages 125-154)

  • Analyses the theories of cultural action which develop from antidialogical and dialogical matrices.

Human kind differ from animals. Human activity is a praxis-transformation of the world

–          Reflection and action —achieved in praxis. Not with activism and verbalism

–          Leaders who deny the oppressed praxis  are not truly committed to liberation without the action and reflection of others

–          Domination is achieved by not allowing the people to have their own practices and beliefs but instead only following those of the dominators.

–          It is necessary for the oppressed to participate in the “revolutionary process” with growing critical awareness of their role as subjects in the ongoing revolutionary transformation

–          Carrying out a revolution for the people is like carrying out a revolution without any people.

–          In order for the revolution, you must be open with the oppressed out the mistakes, the miscalculations, the achievements, and the difficulties.

–          The oppressed and leaders are equally subjects of revolutionary action and reality serves as a medium for the transforming action between the two.

–          The leaders cannot expect a revolution if they do not communicate and let the oppressed participate in the revolution also.

–           Domination can also happen if the leader is raised to power promising educational benefits to the oppressed and then once he is in power, he says it cannot be done

–            Many dominators do not want the oppressed to think for themselves because it will ruin their “work ethic”

I really enjoyed project 3. At first, I was not to excited for all the writing we had to do for the analysis, but I really enjoyed making the visual aid. I really like arts and crafts type things and I was able to use one of my own pictures for a good cause. Higher education is really important and if you are not able to have the opportunity with the economy downfall we are in right now, it is a complete shame. The UNCF gives minority students another option and I think that’s great. I think we really did kill like 3 birds with one stone. We were able to learn about writing an analysis, PSAs, and visual aids. This project has been my favorite so far=)

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*Does it get the point across?

*Are we supposed to put the little ad council icon or  information about the PSA we are trying to do on the picture?

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The main element of this add is the three giant scoops of ice cream acting as thought bubbles for the man beneath them. The biggest one is strawberry, medium one is chocolate, and the smallest one is vanilla. There is a white back drop and right underneath it, it describes how Alfred Cralle, an African-American man, invented the ice cream scoop. The ad also encourages others to support the “Negro College Fund” to make sure that African-American students are assisted in their process of getting to college.

The purpose of this advertisement is to inform adults that many minority students are without the funds necessary to continue their education and that if they are not given the opportunity and resources to further their education, the world could be missing out on some pretty big and fantastic inventions. This picture is directed to adults who have the ability to affect a student’s life, financially and with advice.

The way the advertisement is framed serves a big part to its purpose. The ice scream scoops take up the majority of the page and not until two thirds of the ways down do we actually read text. The alignment of the scoops is also adds an interesting factor to how the viewer interprets the piece. The ice cream scoops are lined up diagonally, biggest to smallest, forming the thought bubbles of a very important African-American man, Alfred L. Cralle. This forces the reader to follow the scoops with their eyes and land upon the small text at the bottom of the picture.

The text size helps the viewer understand that sometimes a picture speaks louder than words ,although, the text is very important to the reader’s understanding of what the ad is for and who it is all about. The font and font color play an important role in the understanding of this advertisement, too. The font looks very professional and the black adds emphasis on the seriousness this light-hearted ad truly holds. The font reminds viewers of collegiate writing one might find in a newspaper or a popular scholastic journal.

There are a few words that caught my eye as I was looking at the advertisement. The last statement at the bottom of the page says the United Negro College Fund’s slogan; “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.” These are strong, effective words that express that just because a student does not have money, they cannot go to school. The quote is thought provoking and gives the reader something to contemplate. ”Are minds really wasted?” “Is there any way to prevent that?”If these students do not go to school, not only would they miss out on opportunities but the whole world could miss out on the next Einstein or the next President of the United States!

The context of the text at the bottom gives the important information on how to support minority education. They give a phone number and a website for viewers to be able to donate and show support for the United Negro College Fund. With the help of the UNCF minorities will be able to get the education they need and deserve. The advertisement also has some statements in bold, such as the first sentence, phone number, website, and last statement. This adds emphasis to these statements and catches the reader’s attention for what the picture is really about.

Looking at the picture at a quick glance, the first thing I noticed was obviously the ice cream. I had to look at it a second time to realize they were thought bubbles leading to Alfred L. Cralle’s face. The colors catch the reader’s attention and so does the bold text. The white background is simple and makes the ice cream stand out. I think this add would appear in a magazine or on a poster. I feel that the Ad Council did a proper and good job of trying to get their message across to the audience.

In today’s society, many students cannot afford the tens of thousands of dollars they need to go to college. With the assistance provided by the UNCF, many minority students are given the necessary tools to continue their path to further their education. This advertisement describes perfectly what is going on in the college world. With the economic downfall, students are in need of major financial aid. Many are lacking the confidence and motivation to pursue their education because they do not feel it is possible. With the help of Ad Council, The United Negro College Fund, and many other PSA’s, students and adults can come together and break these financial boundaries.

*What should I expand upon?

*Is there anything that is unclear? If so what and how should I change it?