Families of mentally disabled students should be worry-free knowing that their children are in a safe learning environment. Child abuse is an unthinkable crime under any circumstance, let alone abuse to children who are typically more helpless and less able to communicate than their peers. Incidents of student abuse in schools are not always reported. This is d... ... middle of paper ... ...one to eliminate the possibility of abuse in the first place? Child abuse in today’s schools toward special needs students has risen tremendously in the past few years.
I have always done well on my standardized tests, though I didn’t have as many as the children of America do today. I was always placed in the highest classes, and my dad was always proud of me. I never realized that I was truly getting a different education then most other kids in my school. After reading Educational Horizons, by J. Oakes, I understand how I was really in a different world than my peers. Everybody would always talk about how effortless their classes were and how they never had any homework.
1. Which people and experiences in your life had the greatest impact on you? In terms of experience, a critical life event was when I was diagnosed with a non-verbal learning disability in the 3rd grade. At any age, no one likes to hear that they are incompetent or different when compared to others. Wanting to be an equal to my “regular” classmates, I worked harder than most of them to achieve academic success, so I could be streamlined into “regular’ education classes.
Students are diverse learners and process learning in a variety of different ways. Reaching these students with one learning style, I believe, is not possible and that as educators it is our responsibility to develop a classroom environment that is conducive to all students for the learning experience. As a classroom community, we are responsible to create meaning from our experiences, develop goals about our learning, and be free to make connections to our social worlds that encourage the learning process to grow. This is what I have learned over the past year and how the PDS internship has facilitated my philosophy of education. I have spent the last twenty- four years of my life in the Nursing profession.
Throughout school I was never really athletic. While I excelled in all my academic and artistic classes, I barely scraped by in gym class. My parents forced me to join soccer and cheerleading as a child, in hopes that I would find something I was good at, but I would complain about it until, ultimately, they’d allow me to quit. Needless to say, I never really understood the fuss about high school sports. In Amanda Ripley’s article, “The Case Against High School Sports,” she argues that the craze over high school sports may actually be harming American school systems.
My Problem With Standards: Implementing Group Work in the Non-Traditional Enlish Classroom This experience opened my eyes. I learned a lot, and my ideas and ideals have changed since I completed the first part of this project. As a student teacher in a vocational program, academics were not the priority of these studentsótheir specialties and there outside jobs were. At first, I found this challenging in a negative way; but gradually, I saw possibilities. The biggest challenge that I saw as far as my inquiry project went lay in how I would implement all of the research that I had done on ì how great group work is all around.î Mainly this was due to the fact that I approached this topic with a very idealistic, wide-ranging view.
Although I have not wanted to be a teacher since I was young, I now know that I could not see myself in any other profession. For me, becoming a teacher is about making a change in students, creating connections with my students, and learning new things everyday. Other people may think going into education is simple because all teachers do is baby-sit the students for seven hours a day. Throughout history the role of teachers has changed drastically. Even today each teacher is different in the ways they demonstrate skills and interact with the students.
My Passion is to Teach Every child thinks about what to do when they grow up, and every child changes their mind about a hundred times. I admit that I changed my mind frequently until I started high school. I wanted to be everything from a princess to a firefighter, but in high school I decided that one day I would be a teacher. I wanted to be a teacher because I think that our nation is lacking in teachers that want to teach. We have an abundance of teachers that teach because it is their job, not their passion.
I had great grades in high school, I volunteered many times; both inside and outside of school, I always helped around in my school administration whenever help was needed, and I always dedicated a month of my summer just to help my school give out the school books to students and sell the school uniforms. Doing all those things and being rejected made me feel like I was nothing; like what I did in my school life was all a waste. After taking all of those things into consideration, I still got rejected because of my SAT scores; which is why I genuinely believe that colleges should admit students using criteria other than their SAT scores. “The world might improve if we deliberately and systematically selected students not only for their knowledge and analytical skills, but also for their creative and practical skills – and their wisdom.” (Sternberg, 2010). This quote is something that I truly and deeply
It being in a little community and little school, 150 in the graduating class, made it nice that there was constantly a lot of school spirit and the community was constantly included in everything the school had been going on such as; any games for any kind of sports, any fundraisers or any volunteer work that needed to be done. All the students and teachers were greatly welcoming; it wasn’t highly diverse at all. If I would have graduated from there, there would have been only four African americans in my graduating class. From experience and in my opinion, racism is a big cause of violence and causes more drugs; this school didn’t have any violence and very little drug use from what I saw of students. Everyone knowing everyone made it easier for everyone to get along, there was never much drama, even being a girl.