In the previous semester I had to read “To Kill a Mockingbird” for the IRead program that my college participates in on my campus of Prairie View A&M University. While I was reading this amazing classic novel by the late Harper Lee, I noticed the major educational rifts within this novel. The moment that really stuck with me was when Scout got punished by her teacher, for learning at home from her father, Atticus Finch, and their family maid, Calpurnia. I have personally dealt with a teacher punishing me for reading ahead and asking question about a chapter we had not gotten to yet.
This shows how some teachers will assume things about students like learning styles, social behaviors, and a students intellectual ability. What Scout’s teachers should do is have a meeting with Atticus to see exactly what he has been teaching her. If she fines out that what he is teaching her really is wrong, she can give Atticus material to reinforce what she is learning in school or so she can learn the correct way to read and write at home and at school. Parents can be one of the more complicated parts of being a teacher. Some teachers do not involve parents in enough and some teachers involve parents in too much. There are something’s that a student’s parent must be a part of. When a child’s learning is involved, is one of those times. Parents must be involved when discussing a child’s intellectual status.
I grew up in Doha, Qatar. I went to the American School of Doha which is a private, college preparatory high school. I feel I was more prepared to attend college than a lot of the students I met my freshman year of college. International schools are found all around the world. In most cases, international schools use English as the language of instruction. Originally, they have been created to allow the children of expatriates to receive and education in an “American” environment. The number of students all over the world attending international schools has increased. Since English is the language of education at these schools, some schools offer ESL classes for those whose English is not their first language. In Qatar, most of the Arab Students were in this class to learn English. Other schools did not provide additional classes in English. I feel that even though international students are technically getting an “American” education, it is set a a much higher caliber than an actual American education in the United States. I noticed this when I can back to the United States to attend Prairie View A&M University. College level assignments came easy to me, while other freshman students would be struggling. I could easily juggle having many assignments and things to do, while other would become extremely overwhelmed. I feel that if the high school teachers in the United States were more like international school teachers the American school system would not have many of the problems that it does. The American School system is battling Math illiteracy and Reading illiteracy. They have known of these problem in International schools. International Teachers really take the time to teach their students, and if the students does not understand they take another approach instead of giving up on their students. I have heard too many stories of teachers not caring about their student and just giving up because they do not understand, I want to bring this back to the American education system. I want teachers to care again. I want teachers to help their students overcome any learning problems they have.
The other day in my early education class we were discussing Graphic Organizers. This made me think back to Elementary school when we would make the Venn diagrams and we though it was so much fun. I did not realize, until now, that a simple Venn diagram is so much more than just a way to organize information. I never knew there were so many different types of graphic organizers. They have Concept Maps, Flow Diagrams, Compare and Contrast, Cause and Effect, Main Idea or Detail Chart, Attribute Chart, Story Maps, etc. All of these are simple ways of organizing information. Also by dissecting information and categorizing it, students tend to memorize more of the information. When you have to focus on details and put a topic into a category to remember the small details that made the topic fit into the chosen category. The three types of graphic organizers that I believe to be the most effective and interesting are the: Story Map, Cause and Effect Diagram, Compare and Contrast Diagram (Venn Diagram).
A story map visually displays the main characteristics and elements of a story, usually fiction. It usually includes space to note the characters, setting, problem, events, and solution of a given story. It is a valuable resource for identifying, categorizing, and describing major elements in fiction. It helps you to visualize the story and to see the main characteristics.
Cause and Effect
A cause-and-effect diagram highlights the direct relationship between different events or concepts. This tool is one of the most beneficial organizers because of its many applications in all subject areas. This shows how certain things lead to certain outcomes, or how one thing can influence another.
Compare and Contrast Diagram
A compare and contrast or Venn diagram is used to look at the similarities and differences between two or more concepts. The most commonly used organizer, this tool is found in textbooks, on standardized tests, and in teacher resource materials. This graphic organizers helps you to see the different side of things. It displays the differences while also highlighting the similarities.
I was forced to make a decision. I was in my Junior year of college, so ready to Graduate, taking my higher level classes that show me what I will be doing for the rest of my life, and I am Terrified.
I am sitting in my Psychology classes, which was my then major, with millions of Questions running through my mind, Is this really what I want to do for the rest of my life? Do I truly love this profession? All the questions just constantly running through my mind.
Then the next thing running across my mind was, If I change my major that means I will be in school longer, which means my parents would have to continue to pay for my schooling, and the thought of disappointing my parents would send a shiver up my spine.
I had to honestly look at my future how did I wanted my future to be. I had to look at who I wanted to be. That is when I decided I wanted to be an elementary school teacher. I wanted to educate young minds that absorb information like a sponge. I wanted to share my experiences. I have worked with young children all my life, from charity projects abroad, to running a simple summer camp program, I truly enjoyed myself when I was around Children.
Once I made this important decision It became clear, I have found a career that I can Love and Cherish forever.
In my Early Education class we were talking about how to be Culturally Competent in and every changing world. So I decided to do my own research on this subject and I am a visual learner, so I decided to see if there were any educational videos out there to help me further understand this and I found a video about Multiculturalism and teaching Students about Cultural Competency.This video give another perspective that is different from the Early Childhood perspective. This video is a TED Talk presented by Jen Holladay the Highline Academy Charter School Board President.