Wednesday, November 3, 2010

service reflection

1st trip- On my first trip I feel like I accomplished a lot. The first thing that I did was go over a math worksheet in small groups. I first constructed the groups by the grades that they received overall. I mostly worked with the students who missed 2 or more problems. After meeting with each group the students better understood what they had missed. If I felt that a certain student needed more work I kept them back and we worked together, one on one. After doing this I was told to go over a math test with one of the students Destiny. I could tell that she had a hard time with focusing because she didn't give me the time of day, but I used examples that I thought would be interesting to her and she seemed more engaged. Overall, the students were excited to work with someone else other than their teacher and I think it went well.

2nd trip- This trip was much more hectic. My teacher was not there so two classes were combined. I was asked to walk around the room while they worked in their math workbooks and if anyone needed help I was there. They didn't ask me many question, but when they needed clarification I was there.

3rd trip- A substitute teacher was there and he was not helpful at all. I felt like more of a teacher than he was and the students looked to me as their teacher figure rather than him. He basically passed out their homework for that night and told them to complete it. Many of them had questions so I formed a small group and worked with them and taught them the simple math problems on the sheet. This was a good day for me because it made me believe in myself that I can become a teacher since I was basically leading by myself.

4th trip- My teacher was finally there! This visit was more like the first week. I was asked to meet with each student individually to go over a reading exercise that they had previously completed. They questions they had completed were basic comprehension questions and I just went over them with them and showed them where to find these answers from the reading. Some did better than others, but after I went over it with them they understood and were able to reconstruct their answers.

Those are all of my experiences thus far, but I really am enjoying it!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Weblog 6

The prop I chose to use to represent chapter 9 in our textbook is the John Carroll University Service site on the Internet. I chose to use this because a main way of creating a culture within a school is by service learning. This site makes it easy for students to sign up and get involved in service while in college. Being involved in service makes it possible for people to understand social justice and that is one of the things that fosters school culture.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Weblog 4

A historical event that will be placed on my timeline is when Mary Wollstonecraft wrote A Vindication of the Rights of Woman in 1792. Wollstonecraft was one of the very first feminist to bring about the feminist philosophy. In this book she argued that women should be educated. She also argued that women are human being just as men and they should be treated the same. This is important to me because even though it was long ago, without her efforts to change the life of a woman at this time, we all would be living very different lives.

In my group I feel that the feedback given will support our learning. But giving feedback in the right way is important to support our learning. I feel that if feedback is given by any group member, it is a necesity that it is explained. If the reader does not have a good reason for giving the feedback, the importance is lost. I feel that the reader should also offer a way to make their writing better if they are criticising the writing of another group member. If you can not explain your own feelings that you had while reading, it will not help the writer in any way.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Timeline II

1. 1899- Jane Addams created The Hull House. The Hull House was created to help immigrants who first came to America. I feel that this is important because it helped to focus obviously on the history of our country and learning English along with keeping their own culture. I feel that this is still apparent today because we all have different backgrounds that remain important to us even though we are not the first generation coming to America. It is very important in schools today because it creates the community.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Blog 3

1. Do people who live different lives of the people they serve, get more out of service learning than others?
2. When people seek to learn about diversity, is it best to just get involved in service or to both engage in service along with formal instruction?
3. Is it a necessity to get involved in service to learn about diversity or is it possible to learn it through others experiences?
4. Is it possible to go through service learning and not to get anything out of it?
5. Do all people only get positive things out of service learning?

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


Today I had the orientation for my service. The site of my service commitment is Many Villages at Fairfax in Cleveland Heights. There I will be expected to assist a teacher in anything that she needs help with such as tutoring a small group of children. I am very excited to have my first day of service next week and hope that I will make an impact on at least one student. Along with helping I am sure I may encounter a few obstacles, but those types of things happen in the classroom on the daily. Last semester I did the same type of service, just at a different school and I was able to make a difference. I helped a young boy learn his math and every Monday after leaving there, I felt like I had accomplished something and I hope to do the same thing at Many Villages!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Timeline 1

The first thing that I thought was a necessity was the high school I attended as a whole. Although I did have specific teachers that shaped my feelings about education, I feel it is essential to speak about my school first. I graduated from Solon High School in 2009. Since Solon High is a highly ranked high school in the state of Ohio, it made me strive to work harder and to escalate to be the best that I can be. It gave me the work ethic that I have today that got me to John Carroll University. If my high school weren't as it was, I do not feel as though I would have worked as hard to reach my goals.