Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Special Education Blog

What are they thinking was recently read by moi. I knew a lot of the information because the University of South Alabama has did a great job teaching us(teachers) about the special education issues. I chose this article because I like to know why a student thinks a certain way. I think that is very important for teachers to know. For example, why does a student have anger problems? Should a teacher care? Well as Stone Cold would say, Hello Kitty yea. The article says anger is in response from "threats, insults, frustration, injustice, intentional harm, or conflict." A teacher should speak to their kiddos about why they might have gotten angry over something. Is it really just because the person next to you accidentally knock your brand new John Cena lunch box off of your desk or is it really something else? I've always found that when persons get mad over some things, it is really because of something else. Well I say, TEACHERS help students find out why Tim McGraw thinks they are angry all the time, and help the student face that problem. The article that I read also had a little chart in it that gave information on how students would react in certain moral situations and WHY they would react this or that way. Well, I think this important info to know because we need to not only know why students think something,why they get mad, but also why they do certain things. There are moral stages that persons go through. There is this one stage that a child will do or not do something because of the consequences he or she might face. So, as time goes on, they get into another stage. What is this stage you ask? Well in this stage a person will do or not do something because of the way it could effect someone else. They have begun to think of others, so in essence(I hope I used that word correctly) they are loving or not loving their neighbor. A teacher needs to be observing why they are acting certain ways. If you would like to know more you can personally look at this article and this chart at PS You must have an USA ID to get to this link. If you do not have one, contact your local doctor.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Blog for EDM510

I probably should make a new post for EDM510. The website and assignments were a little confusing at first, but I think I have made some progress. I'm sure I will continue to make mistakes on the way for two reasons. First, I need to read instructions better. It is easy to try to skim through instructions when there are numerous assignments. I want to finish the assignments as fast as possible. When this happens, persons might not take the time to really understand what they are doing and the reason for it. Secondly, I think mistakes will be made because of the instructions. I say this because I'm a teacher and want to make sure that I'm aware of how instructions can be ambiguous. Sometimes teachers giving instructions just assume that their instructions are clear. This is not always true. I try to think of what I'm saying to students. Just because I understand what I'm talking about, doesn't mean my students do. As a teacher, I try think of myself as a student which is what I am right now and have been for most of my life. Over the years, there have been many times where teachers were just telling me something, assuming I knew everything they were saying. I would just sit there instead of asking what that teacher meant. Students do just sit there. Teachers, we should be aware of this when we teach and give instructions.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Final Report on PLN

My final report on my PLN has not changed much from earlier.  I have found a few networks that I will use now that I know about them.  I mention them in some of my earlier blogs. MCPSS is one of them.  MCPSS is something that I will use in order to know what I need to teach. I still use wikipedia and google more than anything else.  There my favorite without a doubt.  Anytime I have a question I ask my parents.   One of them will know.  My parents know the definition to everything.  If I am lost, I ask my parents for the directions.  If I need to know price rates on things that I want to buy, I ask my parents.  Some people's parents are not as educated as mine.  They are older and have not changed any.  They might have to wait weeks at a time to hear from their parents.  They cannot keep up with my parents.  My parents are too smart and too fast for other parents to keep up with.  Everything is right there when it comes to my parents.  No need to drive any where, no need to call anyone, I just ask.    When I teach, I will use my parents to help me.  They will be there forever.

Special Assignment

 Metaphors: What They Are and Why We Use Them
Before I go any further let me give you Wikipedia's definition of a metaphor.

Metaphor is the concept of understanding one thing in terms of another. A metaphor is a figure of speech that constructs an analogy between two things or ideas, the analogy is conveyed by the use of a metaphorical word in place of some other word. For example: "Her eyes were glistening jewels." Metaphors compare things without using "like" or "as."

1.Why do I think I missed the metaphor?  I missed the metaphor because I did not care about what I was reading.  Another words, I did not take time to really understand what he was talking about. I started reading it and just thought it was a dumb story instead of taking time to see what he was talking about.  Sometimes I just want to be finish with the assignment so I don't take the time to look deeper into it.

2. What metaphors have I come across?  Well looking at the glass half empty or half full is common.  I have also come across some in the bible.
    My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish , neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 

  Not talking about  sheep!!!  Talking about Christians following Jesus.
Metaphors are all in the bible.  Read it and you will see how they are used.


 3. What other things can we do as educators to help our students to understand and to use metaphors?  We could use them.  We could teach the students about metaphors and why we use them.  You could have a simple test that has metaphors on it.  Then ask the kids what the metaphor is and why is it used.

4. Why do we use metaphors?  We use metaphors to get a point across.  We use them so that another person can understand something better.   This way they can get a different view about something.  If you see something that maybe is more relative to you it might help. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Final Project 16


My C4T was on Ms. Paula White's blog.  I commented on two of her blogs.  The first blog that I commented on was about how she was allowing her students to finish stories on a wiki.  I thought that was very creative.  It allows students to be creative and come up with their own ideas for a story.  I loved writing stories when I was in school and I'm sure that Ms. White's students loved doing this also.  This is the comment I left on that blog:

One Response to “Wiki Work”

Jude Sanford says:
April 13, 2011 at 8:09 pm
My name is Jude Sanford and I am in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class. I was assigned to your blog and I loved reading it. I enjoy being able to be creative. I see that you allow your kids to do the same. Finishing the stories was a very creative idea.
I will be reading your blog in a few weeks and making a summary of it on my blog. If you would like to see it, you can find it on http://sanfordjudeedm310.blogspot.com/ Thanks

The next blog I read of Ms. White was on her putting up questions that her students had asked her.  I loved the questions too.  Some of the questions was:  When is a fact a fact, what did people use instead of road signs before road signs, and what would our country be like if Christopher Columbus had landed on the west coast instead of the east coast?   She also gave you the option of asking a question also.  This was my comment on that blog:
Jude Sanford says:
Hey Ms. White,
This was an interesting blog. I liked all the questions that where asked in it. I never thought of what our country would be like if Columbus would’ve landed on the west coast. It makes me wonder where I would be if that would’ve happen. My question: Is the Bible something that men made up for people to have an explanation for why we are here?