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Blog topic. Why should teachers look at schools in other countries? The preschool in three cultures study focused on children from the US, Japan, and China. Of what value, if any, do you think this study is to those prospective US teachers who will almost certainly not be teaching students from China or Japan?

I don’t believe that any country knows the correct way to teach. Each country has different ways to teach preschoolers. Teachers from each of these countries have grown up in all sorts of different cultures so they have been taught to act a certain way. They have been taught to teach kids in a certain way. Usually I can see one country believing they are right over others but I think each country has great ideas and maybe some actually are more effective. I believe that no one way is right. I think that this study is a very great value to those who don’t plan on teaching in China and Japan. Even though they are in entirely different places and cultures I feel that we can learn a great lot by the way they teach. They may have tactics that work on their students where as we can’t get something to work with our students. I think it is a great idea to have other viewpoints on how to work with students or which ways work in situations in the classroom. I think everyone should try to be able to have an experience where they can go to another culture and explore their schooling systems.


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Blog entry: Your race, your teaching. Imagine yourself teaching in an urban school in Chicago in a class that has nearly 100% African American students. Of the challenges you’ll face, some will be related to your race. Can you describe a couple race-related challenges you are particularly concerned about at this time? Illustrate your concern by sketching some hypothetical situations you might imagine for yourself.

I really enjoyed all of the articles that were assigned for today. In the first article, Still Crazy After All These Years, By Charles Payne, Payne discussed the baggage that each teacher brings with them to the table that usually has to do with race. The baggage that most white bring with them to the classroom I believe is the fear that they are going to be called a racist. They fear that they are going to be judged by the school. Nobody wants to bring baggage with them when they walk into the classroom but it happens. So being a white female teacher I need to be able to leave my baggage behind me when I walk into the classroom. Obviously this is something that I believe is going to be hard to do because everyone has fears and they don’t just disappear but you need to try to leave them outside of the classroom. I am excited to have the privilege to learn how to be able to properly teach in an urban area. I want to be able to do it and I am excited for the opportunity. In one of the articles we read it talks about how there were two black boys fighting and a white teacher breaks them up. One of the boys says something to the teacher about getting his white hands away. The boy says this because he has learned from experience that saying something like this he will get a reaction. The teacher didn’t react in the way the student expected him to which was rather surprising. I think if I was actually in the situation I wouldn’t have known what to do. You want to show your kids that you have authority but also it does offend you when you know that they are specifically trying to make you mad. I want to be able to show my students that I am not against them in any way. Another thing that I read about was how students can think different things if they see a teacher being shy. I feel that I may be shy when I first start teaching not because I am intimidated by them but just because it is scary to do something new. I am going to have to over come that. Another thing that I think may be difficult is some of the cultural differences. It says in one of the articles that the Black teachers were mad when the students wore their hats in school because they are use to back when they were kids and that was completely unacceptable. Versus white teachers who don’t see anything wrong with wearing a hat. I want my students to know I respect them and I want other people in authority to know I respect them too. I may have different ways of showing affection and other things but that is because I grew up in a different culture. I am going to have to adapt to understand how they accept affection and other things.

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Consider specific school or teaching practices associated with any of these schools. How might these practices be understood in relationship to other systems in the ecology of these schools. This is Bronfenbrenner’s ecological lens and I’d like you to try to use it. How do these practices relate to other systems in this schools ecology? For example, how is the all-boys Urban Prep Academy a response to something in Chicago environment? What are your opinions of the way these schools have responded?

Chicago Public Schools really makes a difference in how we look at the schools in urban areas. The students at these schools really valued their education. I know that some kids at the schools I went to would of rather been at home. The kids in these areas are sometimes even scared of their homes and they would rather be at school. To see so many young kids happy and enjoying their learning experience is wonderful. Even though all the schools we saw were in urban areas the teachers and faculty held their students to pretty high standards. They weren’t lenient because their school wasn’t in the best area. They expected their students to work hard and do above and beyond because they are given this opportunity. Each school we visited in Chicago each had goals for their school. The main focus was mostly students doing well academically.  A lot of the schools were lacking a lot of resources and that is something important in making a school run. Some of the schools had history books from the 1990’s which is not up to date information. That means the teachers have to be more creative and find different resources. Even though there is a lack of resources the students still need to learn with what they have in the classroom. From listening to the radio talks and reading information online I found out that each of the schools had practices that relate to the environment that their school is in. At Urban Prep Academy, one of the practices that relates to the ecology of the system of the schools is by having uniforms. Uniforms helps them get out of how they act outside of school. A lot of the students don’t have good home lives so coming to school and putting on this uniform is helping them stay focused. We also learned while at the schools that uniforms are for success. They are now ready and dressed for the work world. They are presentable males when they wear their school uniform. Another ecology practice I asked about when viewing the school is that of all the teachers, they were predominantly male. I was kind of surprised about this. I asked our student who was touring us why this was and he told me because then they have a man to look up to. This is relating to home life because for some of the students, they don’t have a man to look up to in their household. This helps give the boys at Urban Prep a male role model since they are boys they need a boy to look up to. I did see one woman teacher there which surprised me but I was glad because they need to still be accepting of woman teachers.

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Blog entry. Promoting and inhibiting environments. Think of home, school, social life, and media. Give examples of how each context can be promoting or inhibiting for urban students.

The environment can promote and inhibit urban students. Home, school, social life  and media have different ways of affecting urban students lives. First lets start with a child’s home life. Home is where children grow up and become the individual that they are. If a child grows up with a dysfunctional family like having divorced parents, being abused, or being neglected it will affect them majorly. It will affect their motivation in school if they don’t have parents pushing them along the way. At the same time home life could be a good thing because the parents who didn’t get a good education could try to push their child to do better than they did and achieve much more. Another thing that affects urban school children is the schools they go to. A lot of teachers are scared to work in a urban area because they think that they will get picked on by the students and other things that aren’t true. Teachers don’t want to work in urban areas because they wont get paid well. This sucks for the students going to these schools because they are missing out on the best education they could have because the good teachers don’t want to work there. At the same time the students going to these school may work their hardest to prove to people that they can still do well. Social life is something that can go either way. If a student lets their friends affect them negatively by joining gangs or doing things illegally then yes, their education is going to be affected in a bad way. if they allow themselves to be around friends who work hard and are ambitious with their school work then they will do well and it will impact them in a good way. The media is also another thing that could affect these students. If they see on the TV how students in Urban areas don’t do as well as other students that may make them mad but then at the same time they could prove the media wrong by doing excellent on their test scores.


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Describe how your own middle school development might relate to Coll & Szalacha’s ecological model.

“One study found that children in such dissonant classrooms often experienced a lower sense of self-esteem.” I know that in my math classes throughout middle school I always dealt with lower self esteem. I didnt want to tell my friends how I did on a quiz because I didnt want them to think that they were better than me and so on. I grew up in a neighborhood that always had activities going on and things to get involved with so like they said I had a very social behavior. It also talks about how the media plays a big roll in development when you are in middle school. I could agree with this because I definitely remember wanting whatever cool things were on tv because it would make me look cooler to my friends. I believe that where you grow up plays a big way in how you interact with others. If you grow up in a unsafe area where your parents make you stay in the house all the time you are bound to be anti social. If you grow up in a community of activities you are going to be more outgoing. I also believe that what students see in the media also influences how they interact and grow. You may learn from things you see so you need to be careful.


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Blog entry: Consider the data you collected for your Inquiry project. Pick two different things to compare. Give some detail about the data and the construct you were using as a lens. Discuss what makes this comparison interesting to you. Be interesting and sincere.

For our Inquiry project were looking at the effect that stereotypes have on students motivation to learn. We want to see how when students stereotype other students could it affect their learning? Some may use it to their advantage to be a better students and others may use the criticism and not want to work as hard.  The two different pieces of data I am going to compare is one, a student who is made fun of for wearing glasses so they don’t wear glasses and the other is a student who wears their glasses anyway.  These two pieces of data are using the extrinsic and intrinsic motivation lens.  This is a constructive lens to view our project through because our project is about finding out if stereotypes will change a students motivation to learn. The students I am comparing have physical stereotypes and it affects them in different ways.  The student who decides to wear their glasses anyway is intrinsically motivated because the other students are making them want to feel better about themselves and prove them wrong. She wants to show them that their constant making fun of the student isn’t going to affect what she does.  The other student is extrinsically motivated because when the students make fun of her for wearing classes she wont do it anymore even though it will affect her learning. She wont be able to read the board if she doesn’t have her glasses. I think it is interesting how different situations affect students in different ways.

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Blog entry: Look at the data you collected about motivation. Describe one small thing about the student’s motivation you were able to see better as a result of collecting this data. Then, answer the question, “So what?” In other words, explain why it is significant that you are now able to see this particular thing a little better.

My group has not yet collected our data. We plan on collecting our data on Saturday. I suppose I will tell about the information we collected from the Food Court before spring break. We talked to different groups of people. The most interesting group I think we talked to was the group of African American boys. They were the most interesting to me. We asked them about the impact of stereotypes on their education. They told us about how stereotypes really can impact their education. He told us that because of these stereotypes he wanted to get over them and become a better student and person and he achieved that. He did tell us about how stereotypes did negatively affect some of his friends. He was telling us that when teachers or other students make them feel as if they aren’t smart, when they hear it enough time it eventually starts to affect their education. This really surprised me because this is something we talked a lot about last semester and I never knew this actually affected some students in this way. Since we haven’t been able to collect our data yet I don’t have other information to compare to this to but I feel that some other students may agree with what this one student said. I am glad that I was able to get this information because it is nice to be able to see the impact of stereotypes on different students. I hope that we will get clear data to figure out how stereotypes affect the rest of the students. This will be a very interesting discussion.

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