5 Characteristics of a Good Teacher

  1. Adaptability
    • Being able to make changes to lesson plans or activities on the go, along with keeping up with the ever-changing technology surrounding education.
  2. Fearlessness
    • Children at any age can be extremely intimidating, and a teacher can psych himself or herself out because of fear. A teacher must take control of her classroom and make it her own. They must enter their classroom with confidence.
  3. Passion
    • Teachers must have enthusiasm and exuberance. Teachers must show their students that what they are learning is important, and they do this by letting their passion shine through their teaching.
  4. Resourcefulness
    • Teachers often must find a way to make things happen. A good teacher will find a way to get what she needs for her students no matter what she will find a way.
  5. Patience
    • A Teacher must have patients with her students. Some Students may not understand something’s right away, and they may need some extra help along the way, and you must have the patients to help all your students.

What others think makes a good teacher.

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Personal Health

I already knew a lot about the health side of things, but it is the Wellness side of things that had a lot of new information for me. The big things for me that stood out during this course were the lessons on Stress and Body Composition.

I knew stress was unhealthy, I just didn’t know how unhealthy it could be for you. I would just power through whatever situation was stressing me out, no matter how much it was stressing me out along the way. I realized how unhealthy this is and not I use the relaxation techniques that I learned to relax periodically through out stressful situations. My favorite stress management tool is Music. For me Music is my saving grace, it gets me through some hard and stressful days. Another stress management tool I use is exercise. I really enjoy fitness so when you get done with a great workout with a ton of sweat there is no better feeling. I also learned that there are different categories of stress, which I did not know about at all, I just thought Stress was Stress. After becoming aware of how complex stress is and what I need to do to keep it in check, my stressful situations have gotten a lot less stressful.

The second topic that had really taught me something was Body Composition. My personal body composition has been a struggle for me. I always thought I was Obese, based I what I knew and what people have told me, but after reviewing the information in our lesson on body composition I found out I am not Obese at all. I am Overweight, but not obese neither one are anything to be proud about, but it is uplifting to find out that I am closer to having a Normal body composition that I thought. I am still working towards a Normal BMI, but it is good to know that I am on the right track.

This information I can share with my family, because I see some of them living a toxic lifestyle and if I can educate them at least a little about how to live and maintain a healthy lifestyle it could benefit them for the better.

Further reading on Overall Health and Wellness and why it is important to reflect on your own as I have.

The Great Maya Angelou

Overall this book has helped me in many ways this semester. I am extremely grateful that we had to read this book. Maya Angelou was an extremely insightful women and I believe she really used her wisdom in this book to help us all. She really helped me to see the world, and people in general from a different light. I learned to actually think about what people are saying to me, and their views on certain situation. I learned to let people in, so that they can see my full potential. Personally, the first chapter is the one that helped me the most. The first chapter is about Childhood and Parenthood, I personally have issues with my mother, and this chapter helped me see things from her point of view instead of just thinking about myself. It helped me to see how some of my actions could be hurting or disappointing my parents, my mother in particular. After reading this I went and talked to my mother and our relationship has improved significantly.

In regard to the six components of wellness, I believe that Maya Angelou talked about them all at some point in this book. In my opinion this book could very well be considered a self-help book, and that is what wellness is about. Wellness is finding a balance to achieve and maintain a fulfilling life or since of self.

I feel the most important of the six components of wellness would be Physical. I’m my opinion you need to be able to deal with you physical self, and your physical life. I believe that Maya Angelou talks about this in her chapter on Self-Esteem. Self-Esteem and physical health or physical acceptance often goes hand in hand. You must be comfortable with your own self also known as your physical self.

The next would be the social aspect, which I feel she talked about in her chapter on self-esteem also I feel in social situations you need to standout and not blend in with society. Self-esteem has a lot more to do with social situation than people think. Maya Angelou said, “If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” To me this quote means if you keep trying to be like others around you, your true talents will never be seen. If everyone strived to be the same they will become a crowd of clones with the same mediocre talents. When someone strives to be him or herself, and to be all they can be, they become invincible. Also I believe the Ms. Angelou is telling us that our lives began at the end of our comfort zone. When we leave our comfort zone anything is possible. Our comfort zone is truly a barrier that we must get passed to truly reach our full potential as human beings.

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The next would be spiritually. I believe that everyone needs to be spiritually sound in life, no matter what you believe in. She actually has a chapter dedicated to spirituality and I believe is really telling us that with prayer or meditation of some sort we must listen to ourselves in the silence because the silence can speak volumes to what we really need in life.

Now the environment is a big part of anyone’s since of wellness. Maya Angelou explains this the best in her chapter on Community and Culture. “Blithering Ignorance can be found wherever you choose to live” Maya Angelou said this and I believe it relates very well to a person environment. In relation to the environment I feel that people in an environment can be ignorant toward issues in the environment. So to achieve wellness people must care about the environment and take care of it, because if they take care of it will take care of them in return.

Now on the intellectual point I believe that this whole book encompasses that. This book was not written to hinder our intellectual growth. For me personally it really stimulated my intelligence. I believe this was Maya Angelou’s goal in writing this book. I strongly believe she achieved her goal.

 

My very own Nutrition Analysis

This is my Nutritional Analysis that I did last spring, and I gathered all of my courage to post this on my blog. I am very private when it come to my Nutrition and my Weight but I decided to share this and maybe get some advise!

This is the Food diary website that I used to record all of this data I would highly recommend it!

 

March 8, 2015
FOODS Calories Carbs Fat Protein Cholest Sodium Sugars Fiber
Dinner
Chicken ­ Drumstick, 3 oz Cooked 160 0g 9g 19g 80mg 160mg 0g 0g
Ceasar Salad ­ Side Ceasar Salad, 1 Side salad 180 6g 3g 3g 15mg 190mg 0g 1g
Snacks
Gold Fish Crackers ­ Crackers, 25 crackers 65 11g 0g 1g 0mg 0mg 5g 0g
TOTAL: 405 17g 12g 23g 95mg 350mg 5g 1g
March 9, 2015
FOODS Calories Carbs Fat Protein Cholest Sodium Sugars Fiber
Lunch
Chick­fil­a ­ Chick­fil­a Chicken Deluxe Sandwich, 1 Sandwich 500 43g 23g 32g 70mg 1,640mg 7g 3g
Chick­fil­a ­ Waffle Fries (Medium), 1 container 400 48g 21g 5g 0mg 180mg 0g 4g
Dinner
Subways ­ 12″ Blackforest Ham, 12 ” 580 68g 7g 27g 30mg 1,200mg 12g 8g
Snacks
Gold Fish Crackers ­ Crackers, 25 crackers 65 11g 0g 1g 0mg 0mg 5g 0g
TOTAL: 1,545 170g 51g 65g 100mg 3,020mg 24g 15g
March 10, 2015
FOODS Calories Carbs Fat Protein Cholest Sodium Sugars Fiber
Lunch
Chick­fil­a ­ Waffle Fries (Medium), 1 container 400 48g 21g 5g 0mg 180mg 0g 4g
Chick­fil­a ­ Chick­fil­a Chicken Deluxe Sandwich, 1 Sandwich 500 43g 23g 32g 70mg 1,640mg 7g 3g
TOTAL: 900 91g 44g 37g 70mg 1,820mg 7g 7g
March 11, 2015
FOODS Calories Carbs Fat Protein Cholest Sodium Sugars Fiber
Lunch
Chick­fil­a ­ Chick­fil­a Chicken Deluxe Sandwich, 1 Sandwich 500 43g 23g 32g 70mg 1,640mg 7g 3g
Chick­fil­a ­ Waffle Fries (Medium), 1 container 400 48g 21g 5g 0mg 180mg 0g 4g
TOTAL: 900 91g 44g 37g 70mg 1,820mg 7g 7g
March 12, 2015
FOODS Calories Carbs Fat Protein Cholest Sodium Sugars Fiber
Lunch
Home ­ Side Salad ­ Spring Mix,, 3 cup 25 6g 0g 0g 0mg 0mg 0g 0g
Dinner
Homemade ­ Mozzarella Cheese Quesadilla, 1 quesadilla 170 0g 0g 0g 0mg 0mg 0g 0g
TOTAL: 195 6g 0g 0g 0mg 0mg 0g 0g
March 13, 2015
FOODS Calories Carbs Fat Protein Cholest Sodium Sugars Fiber
Lunch
Sonic ­ Tater Tots ­ Med, 90 g 220 27g 12g 2g 0mg 560mg 0g 2g
Dinner
Chili’s ­ Old­timer Burger With Cheese, 1 Burger 1,180 102g 65g 50g 145mg 3,220mg 9g 8g
Chili’s ­ Chicken Nachos­ Regular, 1 appetizer 960 43g 60g 67g 235mg 2,670mg 7g 6g
Boiled Crawfish ­ In Shell, 3 pounds 262 0g 3g 54g 388mg 789mg 0g 0g
TOTAL: 2,622 172g 140g 173g 768mg 7,239mg 16g 16g
March 14, 2015
FOODS Calories Carbs Fat Protein Cholest Sodium Sugars Fiber
Dinner
California Pizza Kitchen ­ Gluten Free Bbq Chicken Pizza, 1 container (6 slice ea.)

1,242 140g 52g 45g 90mg 2,070mg 16g 0g

TOTAL: 1,242 140g 52g 45g 90mg 2,070mg 16g 0g
March 15, 2015
FOODS Calories Carbs Fat Protein Cholest Sodium Sugars Fiber
Dinner
Boiled Crawfish ­ In Shell, 3 pounds 262 0g 3g 54g 388mg 789mg 0g 0g
TOTAL: 262 0g 3g 54g 388mg 789mg 0g 0g
March 16, 2015
FOODS Calories Carbs Fat Protein Cholest Sodium Sugars Fiber
Dinner
beef fajita ­ fajita, 4 oz 160 1g 9g 18g 0mg 0mg 0g 0g
 
TOTAL: 160 1g 9g 18g 0mg 0mg 0g 0g
March 17, 2015
FOODS Calories Carbs Fat Protein Cholest Sodium Sugars Fiber
Dinner
Homemade ­ Mozzarella Cheese Quesadilla, 1 quesadilla 170 0g 0g 0g 0mg 0mg 0g 0g
Simple Truth Organic ­ Black Beans, 130 g (1/2 cup) 120 21g 0g 7g 0mg 125mg 1g 5g
TOTAL: 290 21g 0g 7g 0mg 125mg 1g 5g
March 18, 2015
FOODS Calories Carbs Fat Protein Cholest Sodium Sugars Fiber
Lunch
Homemade ­ Ham Sandwich With Chesse, 1 sandwich 352 33g 16g 21g 58mg 771mg 0g 0g
Dinner
Ceasar Salad ­ Side Ceasar Salad, 1 Side salad 180 6g 3g 3g 15mg 190mg 0g 1g
TOTAL: 532 39g 19g 24g 73mg 961mg 0g 1g
March 19, 2015
FOODS Calories Carbs Fat Protein Cholest Sodium Sugars Fiber
Breakfast
Taco Bell ­ Am Crunch Wrap With Bacon, 207 g 660 51g 41g 22g 130mg 1,280mg 3g 4g
Lunch
Shrimp ­ Boiled, 1 Shrimp 6 0g 0g 1g 9mg 9mg 0g 0g
Fast foods ­ Hush puppies, 5 pieces 257 35g 12g 5g 135mg 965mg 0g 0g
TOTAL: 923 86g 53g 28g 274mg 2,254mg 3g 4g
March 20, 2015
FOODS Calories Carbs Fat Protein Cholest Sodium Sugars Fiber
Lunch
Homemade ­ Shrimp Po Boy, 1 sandwich 322 32g 10g 28g 173mg 522mg 0g 5g
Dinner
Waffle House ­ Waffles With Butter and Syrup, 1 waffle 456 45g 15g 6g 0mg 410mg 12g 4g
Waffle House ­ Regular Hash Brown, 1 hash brown 205 0g 0g 0g 0mg 0mg 0g 0g
TOTAL: 983 77g 25g 34g 173mg 932mg 12g 9g
March 21, 2015
FOODS Calories Carbs Fat Protein Cholest Sodium Sugars Fiber
Lunch
Chick­fil­a ­ Waffle Fries (Medium), 1 container 400 48g 21g 5g 0mg 180mg 0g 4g
Chick­fil­a ­ Chick­fil­a Chicken Deluxe Sandwich, 1 Sandwich 500 43g 23g 32g 70mg 1,640mg 7g 3g
Dinner
Chicken ­ Drumstick, 6 oz Cooked 320 0g 18g 38g 160mg 320mg 0g 0g
Hodgson Mill ­ Quinoa & Brown Rice, 1/4 cup 140 30g 2g 5g 0mg 60mg 0g 2g
TOTAL: 1,360 121g 64g 80g 230mg 2,200mg 7g 9g
 

The first thing I noticed is that my diet is extremely uneven. I really only have one meal a day; at the most I have 2 meals a day. Most of my diet tends to be fast food or something that I can get fast because I am on the go all the time. I think I need to start planning out my meals and start preparing my meal over the weekend and just reheat them throughout the week. I also need to start eating something in the morning as soon as I wake up. I do not eat in the morning and that could be a reason why I do not get hungry. Since I do not eat in the morning I do not give my metabolism the jumpstart it needs to start my day. When I give my metabolism this jump-start it helps me remember to eat throughout the day because my body is working hard, so it needs more energy. I realized that I was not eating enough in my daily diet to maintain a healthy diet for my weight and age. Another thing I need to incorporate more is physical activity. I did play a little volleyball, but that was not enough. I feel that I need to make a schedule where I can workout on a regular basis. I can incorporate many different sports, because I really do not like to do traditional workouts. I prefer to play a sport. So I can incorporate my favorite sports volleyball and Soccer. I can alternate which sports I play on different days. I may continue to enter my diet on this website to help me improve this. I will also continue to input my exercise to help me improve in this area also. By writing down everything that I eat I realized how unhealthy my diet really is and I’m really enjoyed this assignment.

Where do you find culture?…In food!

This entry is about how I decided to go on an Cultural food experience and here are my thoughts about it.

My cultural food experience took place at Island Spice. It is a Caribbean restaurant that I had never heard of and I’ve lived in Houston for 7 years. Being of Creole decent I love shrimp. So I decided to order Jerk Shrimp with cabbage and rice.

Now I thought Jerk seasoned foods were suppose to be sweet and I was very wrong. First it took a long time to make it, because at this restaurant they do not prep, they make the food to order. So it took a long time to for them to make my food in general. Once my food arrived I waited for everyone else food at the table to be served as well and I noticed that every plate either had Naan or rice to accompany the meal. My meal came with rice mixed with beans and they were delicious. Being Creole, we eat a lot of red beans and rice and it is quite similar just with a difference in the seasoning and in the Caribbean rice there was a whole different set of seasoning. Now the shrimp, they were completely different from any shrimp I have ever had they, were extremely spicy. I drank all my water right after I took a bite, so that is how I knew I was completely wrong about Jerk food being sweet as soon as I ate it.

Then I realized if I eat the shrimp with the rice and the cabbage it wasn’t as spicy. The cabbage had a really sweet flavor that I loved. I have had cabbage before but I never liked it, but this cabbage was delicious. The chef came to check on us and she was a sweet lady, and she told us a little about her culture and how to eat the food. You are supposed to eat it like I thought by eating it all together. Overall I enjoyed this experience and I found it enriching and really enjoyed the food and the process of trying to find a place to go, and I also found a way to explore Houston a little bit.

Individual vs. Collectivist

 

Enculturation is the process where the culture that is currently established teaches an individual the accepted norms and values of the culture or society in which the individual lives. The individual can become an accepted member and fulfill the needed functions and roles of the group. Most importantly the individual knows and establishes a context of boundaries and accepted behavior that dictates what is acceptable and not acceptable within the framework of that society. It teaches the individual their role within society as well as what is the accepted lifestyles and behaviors within that society. Enculturation helps mold a person into an acceptable member of society. Culture influences everything that a person does, whether they are aware of it or not. Enculturation is a lifelong process that helps unify people. Even as a culture changes, core beliefs, values, and worldviews stay the same.

I feel enculturation influences the way we see things in our society, but I also feel along with learning what enculturation teaches us we still choose our own way of living and how we do things. In living overseas and seeing so many different cultures mix together to form a society, I believe that you can take many things from culture. You can take things from other peoples cultures and make your own. I feel you don’t have to be set in one culture and you do not have to stick with the culture that your ancestors followed. I feel I am influenced greatly by how I was raised and the culture that my parents taught me, but in growing up where and when I did, I adapted things that I believed to be more in tune with my personal views as an individual with my own mind to make up.

My results from this Individualism-Collectivism Scale showed that I am a 30 on the Individualism Scale and a 30 on the Collectivism Scale. The range for both scales is 8 – 40. So based on my results I have a moderately high individualism so I value my “independence and my personal uniqueness”. My results also say that I value my personal freedom, which is very accurate. I truly do value the fact that I can do things when I want and how I want, and that is extremely important to me specially because my family can make me feel extremely nondependent on yourself at times. My collectivism scale really explains my relationships. It is rather accurate when examining my relationships and is shows how I keep my relationships harmonious and that is really true. I like to keep my relationships with my friends, family, coworkers, and others harmonious. To me that seems like the easiest think to do, because It keeps your relationships at a better level, because conflict can cause severe issues within a relationship. Some conflict is good for a relationship because it can reveal things something’s about the other person that you may need to know so you guys can either further the relationship of go your separate ways.

Overall I think that this scale is rather accurate is showing Individualism and Collectivism. At least in my case it was rather accurate and seemed very true. As for enculturation, I feel like enculturation can help people discover their own personal culture that fits you as a person.

Here you can take a quiz that will measure if you are an individualist or collectivist

Eating Habits…YUM or Not?

This is an analysis of my eating habits, which are the OH SO HEALTHY eating habits of a College students. My eating habits changed long before I took them into my own hands as an Adult. When I was in middle school I moved to the Doha, Qatar and that is when my eating habits with through the first big change.

I was used to the typical American diet with a lot of starch and proteins varying between beef, pork, and chicken. In the school lunches, no that I think about it, were extremely unhealthy. They had healthy options, but as a kid you really don’t know what those healthy options are, you just get what you know you like. We had options like nachos, slushes, packaged donuts, pizza, chicken nuggets, ice cream, etc.

When I moved overseas my school lunches consisted mainly of much healthier options. We had a Subway on our schools campus; they had chicken breast Panini’s, chicken shwarma’s, a salad bar, and this was drastically different from my lunch option here in the states. This was the first change that I really noticed. The next change was my mothers cooking at home. She noticed that we couldn’t get most of the normal proteins we would eat like for example we obviously could not get pork due to the countries religious laws. Beef we could find, but it had a different tastes and texture, which was actually better for use because they were grass fed cows, which was different from the States as well. With these obvious differences in groceries options, Thanksgiving was interesting. We did the most we could, we obviously did not have a pork roast, but we were able to find a beef roast and we were able to find collard greens, and all the ingredients to make pecan, pumpkin, and sweet potato, pies , but everything was made from scratch, all the way down to the crust.

The main thing we noticed is that we had to make a lot of things from scratch so we were able to really see what was in our food and what exactly was in our meals. Nothing was out of a box, except for cereal. Everything had to be made from scratch and this fact also helped us create healthier variations of our classic foods, like collard greens, or gumbo.

Now as an adult most of my protein comes from Chicken, and I eat a lot of rice. When it comes to grains I always eat brown rice, and I change it up with eating quinoa sometimes, but other than that my diet really consist of Chicken and rice, when I’m cooking. If I am not cooking, it usually consist of something fast like Subway or some other fast food options near campus.

Check out this Link to read on some ways to avoid the Freshman Fifteen

 

Xenophobia: With Irish-Catholic & Roman Catholic Immigrants

The major similarity that was brought to light was the fact that citizens of the United States created the major stereotypes that were created about the Italians-Catholic and the Irish-Catholic immigrants. They would spread rumors about the immigrant groups and they would spread and create irrational animosity towards these groups. Another cause was money. In their native European country these immigrants would be considered “well off” or wealthy, but when they immigrated to the United States they were destitute. This goes back to the concept of Xenophobia, and how it clouds people judgment and causes them to feel a certain way about a group of people with no probable cause. This irrational fear is extremely powerful and people often underestimate the power of discrimination and Xenophobia.

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Roman Catholic Immigrants                                                     Irish Catholic Immigrants

This era of discrimination can be related to modern immigration, because we still have this discrimination today. The only thing that has changed is the severity. Americans constantly targets modern day immigrants, particularly Muslim immigrants. During the times of the Ku Klux Klan they would use symbols like a burning cross and more often than not, violence, but even though the Klan is still alive and a driving force against all immigration, other outside of the Klan are using more violent means. They use this violence to be heard and to display how they feel, by hurting people and often killing completely innocent people. This coincides perfectly with the Irish-Catholic and Italian-Catholic Immigrants. These people were completely innocent and were just looking for a new start, a better life, or to escape political injustices. They fell victim to Xenophobia. They fell victim to rumors, lies, and social injustice among a group of people that made their own irrational conclusions about a group of people they did not even know.

 

 

The Rainbow of Education

So I was inspired by an assignment that I recently had. I had to use Google Drawing which is a handy little tool of many that Google has to offer, but for the assignment I had to create a chart or image, so I created m own version of Bloom’s Taxonomy chart. Bloom Taxonomy has come up a lot for me in the recent months. I recently traveled to a conference and sat in a Lesson Plan seminar, and Blooms Taxonomy popped up. I found it extremely interesting how they were able to to breakdown the levels of learning. Each level explains a different way a student can recall information. Depending on the degree of how much and what the student can do with the recalled information, shows the teacher what level of understanding the student has about a certain topic. With some models of Bloom’s Taxonomy they give you questions to ask within each level, so you can really test a students understanding. This is the model that I created of Bloom’s Taxonomy. Bloom's Taxonomy    I find Bloom’s Taxonomy extremely interesting and helpful when it comes to planning effective lesson plans and also within my job at my campus recreational center. This chart helps us to plan effective staff trainings within our department. This chart helps in many different ways and I would recommend anyone to become familiar with Bloom’s Taxonomy.

Violence + Media = Kids?

Violent Media is Good for Kids is an article I have read many times while here at Prairie View A&M University. An studying for a career in Early Childhood Education it is an article that I think all teacher candidates should read. We live and a Social Media driven world. Along with that we live in a violent world with explosions, action movies, hero and villains and Social Media with twitter, facebook, snapchat, intagram, tumblr and these media outlets just make that violence more accessible. Gerard Jones wrote Violent Media is Good for Kids . He is a comic book writer, and he has personally dealt with violent media in the form of Comic books, which he eventually made a career out of, by writing them. Jones argues that people pull themselves out of emotional traps by completely immersing themselves in violent stories. Joneses parents worked in the school system as English teachers, and one day one of his mother’s students convinced her to allow him to read a Marvel comic. Jones felt a connection to one of the characters in the comic, which was the Hulk.

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He felt a connection to the Hulk, how he was “under-socialized and half witted” in while constantly raging against a frightening world and was extremely misunderstood by everyone. Jones has found a fantasy that he could pour his rage into and bury his insecurities, as he felt powerful with his new fantasy character. As Jones watched his creations and stories come to life he also found himself dealing with the same situation that his parents went through while he was a child. As he dealt with the situation of allowing his children to read his comic books that were violent and dealing with heroes and villains he came to the conclusion that people need violent media to deal with rage. He watched his son’s channel his inner Power Ranger to muscle through different competitions and issues. Jones unknowingly proved his argument with his son. I personally do agree with Mr. Jones. If we introduce Violent media in a mild manner like comic books, or simple stories, we as teachers and parents can teacher our children to how to react to it and how to properly view and learn from violent media.