Blog Post #11 Education in Politics

090110coletoonA few quotes that I had liked from this week’s reading was:

“People begin life as motivated learners, not as passive beings.
Children naturally join the world around them, They learn by interacting,
by experimenting, and by using play to internalized the meaning of
words and experience (Shor, p. 17).”

  •  I believe this quote is importnat becauase it is true. We all start
    life off as a motivatived learner because when we are born we are all
    learning how to survuve in this world we were just thrust into a life
    that we do not know. When we had all started attending school whether it was; Sunday school, preschool or kindergarten, we had all started off as motivated learns and progressed to where we are now.

“While principals, teachers, and textbooks may lecture students on freedom, non-participatory classrooms prepare them for the authoritarian work world and political system they will join. In post-secondary education, non-participatory classes confirm the undemocratic experiences of adults in schools and society (Shor, p. 19).”

  • I feel like this quote is important because it shows us that no matter what we prepare our students for the “real world” there is really big chance that what we prepare them for  will not help them figure out what to do in life. We can give students vast amounts of tools to figure out how to make their lives easier in the future but it may not work out for them.

Here is a Ted Talk that I had found interesting.


Blog Post #10 Sabrina’s Story

Growing up anything related to special education was a taboo subject until my aunt had decided to be a paraprofessional in a local elementary school to do in her free time. Once the family was told of this the subject became less taboo and the family had became more interested in the types of students my aunt worked with. She had told us that she had worked with children who had developmental delays than any other.

I felt like Sabrina’s Story related to my family since it went the opposite way of her story. My cousin who is on the autism spectrum had started in a regular elementary school and had struggled with her classes and being around her classmates since it was to much going on at a time. After 3 to 5 years of waiting for her to be accepted into a Special Education school she was able to get the help she needed. Her parents were also able to receive help on how to help her be more social as a person while not overwhelming her with to much. After a few years they were able to finally grasp and handle her panic attacks with ease. my cousin’s family is a very guarded family they do not give out any more information that a person would need.

Below I have included a link that had gave me more information on what types of people fall into the special education spectrum and a photo.
My aunt the paraprofessional had shared a video on Facebook last week about a sensory classroom that is a town over from where I live.

Blog Post #9 Literacy with an Attitude

For this weeks reading I had decided to pick a few quotes from the article and say my thoughts on it. The two quotes that I ha8-70-11ve provided are short but are things that make a person feel better about themselves and help other around them also.

  1. “Children should feel that the teacher and other students care about them and find them significant (186).”
    • This personally I feel is an important piece since in actuality many people thrive on the praise that they receive from their teachers and peers. I personally felt that way on multiple occasions that I had needed the approval of others to show me how the ideas I had came up with were a good idea.
  2. “The second graders were beginning to learn that there are different ways of using language when they became language detectives and made observations about the principal’s use of language when he read the morning announcements over the intercom and when he was kidding around with an older student in the hall (187).”
    • Even though this is a minor part I personally believe that we should understand how people especially children learn the difference of tones and body languages very early on. But that is not the case for some children they may be oblivious of what is going on keep on doing whatever they may feel like doing at that moment.

I have found a link that shows and gives you advice on how to help your child pick up on body language and how to understand what certain actions may mean.

Blog Post #8 Becoming Something Different

While reading about Esme and her life in school it made me think about how some of us in our volunteer locations are in English as a Second Language classrooms (ESL). I am currently located in an ESL class and I sometimes forget that it is an ESL class because I do not think of it being that way. People who are in ESL classes or going to take them is something as people forget about because of where weimages live in the world and the nation language spoken is English. A lot of us assume many things and that is the downfall of our society and we do not realize it until later of how many people are in this type of program and how many do not receive any help and struggle through life in the United States this way. When writing this post up it had reminded me about a reading we had done on how a family had moved to America and was trying to learn English but at the same time trying to stay connected to their roots. I find that this is a big thing in the world that everyone faces is forgetting who you are and embracing what you think is the best option for you and your family.

Here is  a link to ta website on how to support ESL children in a mainstream classroom.