Hilarious response from students

It never seems to amaze me the things that come out of students mouths. They were learning about the English peasant revolt in the 1300s. Someone mentioned in their textbook was Robin Hood.

In every class period someone asked “Robin Hood is real??” I laughed inside every time.

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Day two

I’m on my way to my second day of internship. I have a new teacher that I have no idea what she teaches. Will post later.

UPDATE:
So I have been with my internship teacher for 3 days now. It is 6 periods of Pre-IB/AP European History course with 135 sophomores and 1 senior.

I haven’t really been doing anything in the class. I don’t know much of European history to really be any help. I’m learning as I go.

But I have started preparing the lessons for my unit on two chapters. But I will be teaching on Absolutism and Constitutionalism in east and west Europe. I have two weeks to teach them at the end of their 1st quarter in October. I am extremely nervous as this is a big section on their AP exams at the end of the year.

My teacher was nice enough to request a table for me to use in her classroom.

Update on Talking About Race: Start With Questions

Wow. This was a very successful lesson I think. I will have to try this in a classroom sometime with a current event.

Shed Some Light

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Yesterday, I wrote about my plan to discuss race and specifically Michael Brown and Ferguson in my classroom today.

We began with a “think, pair, share” activity. I asked the students why it’s uncomfortable to talk about race. Their answers:

  • “Political correctness makes us feel like we’re walking on eggshells.”
  • “Someone might take offense when no offense was intended.”
  • “It’s awkward to talk about race with or around different races.”
  • “There is still a lot of anger about slavery.”

I then asked them what color they see when they hear or read the word “race.” The students who called out answered “black.” I asked them if they think of white people as having a race. One white student shared that she doesn’t think of herself as being part of a race until she really thinks about it. White, for many of my students, represents the absence of race.

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First day update

So, I am in the planning period of my internship class (3rd period). And from what I have gathered, this is not the placement for me. Its not that I don’t like the class, the school, the students, or the teacher. Its not even the early wake up. The issue is that I am a social science education major and I am not in a social science classroom.

The classroom is an AVID classroom which is basically a preplanned elective class that students can take to help them prepare for college.

I think it is necessary since high school did not prepare me for college. But I want to be in a social science classroom because those subjects are my passion.

I am going to be calling my supervising coordinator after school today to discuss it.

Internship Placement

So I got my internship placement this morning. I got University High School which is a great school. I’ve volunteered there years ago and it is close by. I got my supervising teachers name but not a grade level or course subject. Probably means he teaches multiple grades and subjects. Which will be awesome for me (insert sarcasm).

I start on Monday. I just sent my teacher an email and now I get to start on my teacher work sample.

One thing that is going to suck about being at a high school is that school starts at like 7:15am. But does get out before 3.

Internship Placement

So I got my internship placement this morning. I got University High School which is a great school. I’ve volunteered there years ago and it is close by. I got my supervising teachers name but not a grade level or course subject. Probably means he teaches multiple grades and subjects. Which will be awesome for me (insert sarcasm).

I start on Monday. I just sent my teacher an email and now I get to start on my teacher work sample.

One thing that is going to suck about being at a high school is that school starts at like 7:15am. But does get out before 3.

New Smartphone App to lock child’s phone

http://www.cnet.com/news/mom-creates-app-so-that-kids-cant-ignore-her-calls/

So recently a mother from Texas created this app that allowed her to lock her children’s phones if they didn’t respond to her texts or calls. To some this has been a revelation but to others it is a horrendous injustice.

I’m on the horrendous justice side of this discussion. I wouldn’t even think about doing this to my own kids. Yes I want to be protective and know they are alright but I also want to give them the freedom that they deserve to make their own mistakes.

When my mother raised me she allowed me to do what I wanted on my own merit. And I grew to be a lot more independent and mature than most of my friends.

So I say let your children be. Let them be free. Let them make mistakes. There may be other circumstances as to why your son and/or daughter didn’t answer your phone call.

Renewal of my blog

Hello everyone,

I know it has been a while since my last posting but I will be starting my final internship and will start posting again with current events and events of my days in internship.

I find out my placement for my internship on Wednesday and them will begin my journey to certification in a week.

I highly encourage discussion and debate but if you decide to get vulgar or offensive then I will have no choice but to ban you from commenting on my blog.

I want you to share your opinions and not feel judged for them because you are entitled to your opinion on all matters just make sure you are crediting your sources of information as I will when stating facts.