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Shadowing Someone Season Finale “The Final Reflection”

 

 

My Final Week at Vanier is to look back and reflect in this journey of interning. What really stood out? What experience was really memorable? I was also instructed to focus on the power of influence in the school. In this journey, there are two most powerful influences on Jean Vanier: Faith & Caring. Although most students lack the understanding, Vanier integrates Faith in the curriculum. Mandatory or not, Christian or not, Vanier integrates faith in everyday activities in cooking, arts and crafts, singing, storytelling. I know that its mandatory but, how Vanier does it; Integrates faith with TLC or Tender loving care makes it something very unique. I’m a Christian and being in Vanier, I see Altruistic actions and professionalism found on Biblical allegories, parables, and chapters. I was stunned that such a magnificent edifice is here on the city of the queen (Regina). Throughout my life I was searching for a place to belong. A cartoon character named Jiraiya once said; “They say wherever someone is still thinking of you, that place is your home”. Why did I mention this statement? I mentioned it because this is what Vanier is it’s not just an institution to teach disabled, it is a home open for everyone who seeks one. There were a lot of memorable events such as screaming and feeding a disabled kid and see’s her happy with her every bite ‘because she can’t hold it on her own is something that really touched my heart. I want to help them and if possible, cure of them of their abnormality that’s plaguing the world as we know it. If only there was a cure……. Seeing these students in Vanier made me realize that I need to be more aware of my surroundings and the people around me. There are a lot of disabilities that hinders our current society from evolving to the next stage of improvement. Some of the disabilities are present in the students of Vanier such as down syndrome, muteness, autism, mental diseases, and retardation. But what does Vanier do that has an impact with these students? CARING. I was surprise to see people actually concern about their students. Quite frankly, a lot of teachers don’t even care if their students pass or fail. Some of them wanted a quick escape from hard labour and went to education and pretentiously teach. It makes my bile go inside-out when I see such people who choose the “easy way” and not fulfill their duties and responsibilities.  Being in Vanier was a complete breath of fresh air. I am truly devastated on how society treats people with disabilities, and how there is such a huge inequality in this planet. I only live once. With all the knowledge that I have so far and having 20 years worth of experience as a human being, I will do my best to end at least one world problem whether its global illiteracy, hunger, poverty, or even “the ignorance of people” that’s preventing us to be unified. If these are even possible of achieving, I will do my best to achieve them.
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Shadowing Someone Episode 6 “The Schools Curriculum”

My Sixth week on Vanier is to focus on the school’s curriculum. What do they teach? How they teach it? Hidden curriculum anyone? As far as I know, Vanier does not follow regular school curriculums where you learn math on period one, science period and so on. Instead, Vanier aims to teach disabled students how to “fend for themselves”. Vanier also serves as a “nursing home for disabled children” and uses kindergarten materials. The school’s curriculum offers an alternate route. Students who undergo the program are admitted until their 22 years old. Upon graduation a student is presented with a degree of alternate education. Throughout the years of going to Vanier, students will experience the same daily routines with the exceptions of “swim days” where they get to swim with other schools within the school division. In the morning, they interchange the scheduled between these four classes, Circle time, Liturgy, Feeding, and Cook. I apologize for not having knowledge at the afternoon session because I’m done by noon at Vanier. Vanier curriculum focuses on Faith-based learning and basic communication. As a Catholic school, Vanier is required to integrate Catholicism to the curriculum to ensure its students that faith is not absent in classrooms. Vanier also incorporates basic communication to its curriculum. Why? Most of Vanier’s students are unable to talk. Vanier uses computers, stickers, and cards, and indicators to help the children communicate better. I’ve seen some students frustrated due to their impatience of using the materials necessary of communicating. Also, some students tend to scream out loud every once in a while when what they don’t want. Whenever these students screams and shouts, Vanier implements the same disciplinary action like regular schools. Punishments such as “Time out”, “face the wall” and “In or out” are all implemented at Vanier. I was surprise that disabled kids face the same consequences as regular students. Vanier’s curriculum is not as “strong” compared to regular school divisions but, I personally think that it’s effective and working.  I hope that Jean Vanier would continue to operate for a long time.

Shadowing Someone Episode 4 “Observing Diversity”

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        My Fourth week in Vanier is about observing diversity. Here’s one branch of diversity called Workplace Diversity; refers to the differences that people bring to their jobs on the basis of gender, age, race, ethnicity or professional background. There is not a lot of diversity on Jean Vanier.  Almost 100% of Vanier’s teachers are Canadian while out of Vanier’s 17 students, only 11% or two students are non-Canadian. Teachers in Vanier respect one another and disregard one’s gender, race, or sexual orientation. I think when I was doing my internship in Vanier; I was respected and was treated fairly. Why? Because I’m an Immigrant myself. I came from a country called the Philippines. I know some people would raise concerns about special treatment, and frankly, I personally don’t need it. I know my abilities and limitations. Furthermore, being not adept to a lesson, routine, or even a norm only means that there is a lot of room for improvement and learning. If you’re an immigrant like me, ignore the people whose cynical attempts are pathetically pulling you down. The only downside of not having a diverse roster in the teachers of Vanier is the lack of new perspectives. People coming from different parts of the world have different life condition, life styles, and standards of living. Furthermore, they have different standards of education that has a substantial impact on what knowledge they have acquired on their respective country. Schools that focus on special education like Vanier, Diversity is not much of a problem. When handling the students, it’s the same because some of them have the same seizures, and disabilities. If communicating diversely is problem, in Vanier it’s not. 10% of Vanier’s students are the only ones who can communicate by means of speech and most of their students use special communicative devices such as buzzers, stickers, and computers. The two students or the 11% are unable to speak if one would to ask. I personally think that when I was interning at Vanier and experiencing the teacher’s lives added a little diversity in the roster due to my immigrant status. I was exchanging perspectives one time with the principal and found out that we had a huge difference when it comes to disciplinary action and implementation. I was shocked how our perspectives differ from one another and I think with that difference adds variety to the working environment that could bring a substantial change to student-teacher development. As for students diverse, I think it creates a competitive atmosphere that gives opportunity for everyone to improve and to reassess their skills as students.

What Games should I pick up?

What do I do with my lectures on ECS 100? Post them Online!

If someone don’t have notes on ECS 100, I can post mine any time so, feel free to ask!

ECS 100 Chapter Notes: Week ___5____

Student Name:  Edgar Dela Cruz                 Date: Oct 17,2011                            Chapter:

 

Chapter Title: Foundations of Education, Knowledge and the History of Ideas in the West

 

 Focus Questions: (From beginning of each chapter):

 

Is information different from Knowledge?

 

 

 

 Vocabulary & Meanings: (Terms, words, phrases that are new to me):

“One must have as much respect for the teacher as for God” -Talmud

The Socratic Method from Socrates (469-399 BC)

-induction

-deduction

-aporia (systematic doubt, or doubt everything at first sight)

-dialectic (making people talk and discuss)

 

Main Messages and Key Points Presented:

 

Main Traditions of Knowledge

Acquisition of Knowledge in History

Protagoras (481-411 BC)

Plato (428-348 BC)

Aristotle (384-322 BC)

The Dark Ages (500-1000)

The Middle Ages (1000-1500)

The Reformation (1517)

The Enlightenment

19th Century

 

 

Two Questions (that I now have):

 

  1. 1.    What effective method of education?

 

 

  1. 2.    How can we ensure that future generations will receive the more content if not the same as what we learned today?

 

 

Professional Reflection (complete after seminar group discussion):

 

I think that Learning should continually evolve to the point that it is for everyone because the types of learning that we currently have is not suitable for every especially for countries like Canada that continually welcomes immigrants from other countries who have different learning styles and patterns. Also, I think that people in the near future, need to reconsider the standards of education because some of them are not “attainable”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ECS 100 Chapter Notes: Week ___7____

Student Name: Edgar Dela Cruz            Date:   Oct 31, 2011             Chapter:

 

Chapter Title: Social and Cultural Realities: Aboriginal Education
 Focus Questions: (From beginning of each chapter):

 

Why do we need to talk about Aboriginal education? What is it? How do we teach it?

 Vocabulary & Meanings: (Terms, words, phrases that are new to me):

Three Aboriginal Groups in Canada: First Nations, Inuit, Metis

One treaty in this area: Treaty 4

Aboriginal languages in Saskatchewan: Cree, Dakota, etc.

Five reserves: Gordon, Starblanket, White Bear, Carry the Kettle, Fishing Lake

One Metis community: Witosh

City with the highest percentage of Aboriginal people: Prince Albert

Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nation (FSIN)

Year of the Metis: 2011

Trial of Louis Riel: Regina

 

Main Messages and Key Points Presented:

 

Four R’s used in a letter about Aboriginal education

-responsibility to students and community

-relevance

-respect

-reciprocity

It’s all about the land. We are all living on treaty land.

Many people are ignorant of the Aboriginal culture

Aboriginal people have inherited grief from their ancestors.

Europeans own land but Aboriginal people believe everything in the land is animate and sacred relatives.

The Constitution Act of Canada

Aboriginal people have been defined in the constitution with one generic term, even though there’s so many different groups.

You may apply for Indian status, and be recognized as treaty. It’s very confusing.

If anyone in your family is non-Indian, it’s possible that you will lose status

Your education and health is paid for by the government, but some things are not covered.

Agency is the ability to make decisions and act on them. In Aboriginal education, it is important for students to be taught this and allow them to be imaginative, contrary to residential school, where they were seen as enemies of the state.

Some students were kept in school and away from family for  11 out of 12 months.

At the time of residential schools, Indigenous people were seen as a problem. Until 1960, Aboriginal peoples were not Canadian citizens and did not have the right to vote.

There was a huge amount of abuse taking place in residential schools. People who went to these schools were later paid as an apology.

Most were not physically or sexually abused, but were abused by being separated from family, kept in an institution, and being forbidden to speak any Aboriginal language.

How?

When you learn about Aboriginal culture, you have to immerse yourself in the culture and people.

Speakers in the classroom

Treaty education

Working with elders

Attend community events, such as pow-wows and feasts, and allow students to organize them

Take an integrated approach to teaching: art and math, so using Indigenous art to teach general art, etc.

-Storytelling with attention to voice, source, and movies

-Several years ago, the premier said that all students must learn about the treaty

Know your history and integrate it:

-treaties

-Indian Act

-Red River and North West Rebellions

-residential schools

-Nation Indian Brotherhood of 1970

-Indian control of Indian education in 1973

-etc.

Indigenous Knowledge

-Ecology root versus cosmology as spiritual root

-spirit and body interconnected

-transmitted over time

-local or community focus

-rituals and myths

Sacred Circle

-4 teachings are elements of humans and nature, directions, animals, and colours. This circle is also known as the medicine wheel.

-Not all groups have the medicine wheel, so the local knowledge is important.

-integrating aboriginal content and knowledge in tests, stories, and ways of knowing (work in circles, talk about the importance of the circle, create a relationship with the land, teach outside

-avoid doing this only once or twice. Classes should not trivialize people and make them seem like they are not changing.

Incorporate humour whenever possible.

 

Two Questions (that I now have):

 

  1. 1.    What are we suppose to do to rectify this “racial” issue that is plundering our society for centuries?

 

 

  1. 2.    What do you think about some people taking advantage of the First Nation’s benefit?

 

 

Professional Reflection (complete after seminar group discussion):

I think we need to be more careful about what we utter and perceive. Furthermore, I think we need to consider everyone from every race, country, and domains before making decisions that could possibly be damaging to our diverse society here in Canada.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Teens learn best? is mine credible or not?

How Teens Learn Best

Schoolwork is important for teenagers. Understanding the subjects that is taught in middle school and high school set the stage for the rest of a teenager’s life. The ability to learn and process new information is a huge key towards teenage success. By the time kids reach their teenage years, their learning styles have already been realized. Children begin developing their learning styles when they first enter the world and complete this part of development usually by the age of twelve. It is important to understand that people have different learning styles, parental influences, peers, and mentors that affect their learning.

First, Different learning styles and curves. Ever wonder why teens seem to put off the easier material until last minute? Or why there must be complete silence for him or her to study effectively? Both of these are largely due to the teen’s learning style. The way that a teen learns has a big impact on his or her study habits. You might notice that teens learn better under pressure so he or she puts off studying until the day before the test. Teens whose learning styles are at their best when there are no distractions will need complete silence when they are trying to study. When teens are not in the situation that best fits their learning style, they will have trouble with their study habits as well. There are four different learning styles that affect a teenager’s study habits, these are visual, auditory, actual learning, and analytic. Visual learners. There are those teens that are visual learners. These teens work best with visual representation of the information. This includes pictures, symbols, charts, diagrams, and colors. Auditory learners. These teens learn best if they hear the information. When auditory-learning teens study, you might find them reading aloud because it helps them to better learn the material when they hear themselves read it aloud. Actual learners . When it comes to practical subjects like Math and English, these teens would rather do some trial and error rather than actually read and learn the rules first. Although, it might sound contrary to what most parents think their kinds should do, it is not good to try to change your child’s learning style. Instead, find ways that you can help develop his study habits through this trial and error kind of learning style. Analytic learners .These kinds of learners deal well with details. You might notice your teen reading and rereading the information, while taking some time to reflect on what was just read in the meantime. An analytic learner deals well with lists, patterns, homework, and practice exercises. Since this kind of teen deals well with goals, set some steps and study goals for your teen to aid in his study habits.

Second, Parental influences. Parents are a huge influence in regards to teenage learning but, Teenagers don’t learn much from parental warnings and lecturing. Most parents have tried that without much success. And unfortunately, one or both parents all too often cave in when their children get in trouble. Each time parents do so, a valuable lesson isn’t learned and a mistake is apt to be repeated. Also, Teens that were implied with tremendous amounts of discipline by theirs show more promise than most teens.

Third, Peer pressure. Peer pressure is one thing that all teens have in common. You can’t escape it. It is everywhere. Whether it is pressure to conform to a group norm or pressure to act, peer pressure is something everybody has to deal with at some time in his or her life.

Children, especially during adolescence, begin to spend a lot more time with their friends, and less time with their family. This makes them more susceptible to the influences of their peers. It is important to remember that teenage friends can have a positive influence; we should therefore find friends that have similar interests and views as those you are trying to develop in your children, including doing well in school, having respect for others and avoiding drug use, smoking and drinking, etc.

Peer pressure isn’t always negative. Peers may pressure others into negative behaviors or away from positive behaviors, but can push in positive directions as well. Not all teens react to peer pressure in the same way. Gender and age are factors. For example, boys are more susceptible than girls to peer pressure, particularly in risk situations. Younger teens are more easily influenced than older teens, with peer pressure peaking in about eighth or ninth grade. Individual characteristics such as confidence level, personality and degree of maturity make a difference. Peer pressure varies according to the situation: being with one close friend, in the small clique of friends, or seeing what the larger peer group is doing in school.

Finally, Teacher’s influence. Teachers play a significant role in teenage learning. Since teachers can affect how students perceive the course materials, it has been found that teachers who showed enthusiasm towards the course materials and students can affect a positive learning experience towards the course materials. On teacher/course evaluations, it was found that teachers who have a positive disposition towards the course content tend to transfer their passion to receptive students. Students are likely to build stronger relations with teachers who are friendly and supportive and will show more interest in courses taught by these teachers. Teachers that spend more time interacting and working directly with students are perceived as supportive and effective teachers. Effective teachers have been shown to invite student participation and decision making, allow humor into their classroom, and demonstrate a willingness to play.

English B30 Final Speech Outline

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I know a lot of you made speeches before but I wanted to share this because I hate it when people have difficulty on certain thing such as speeches, essays, and making outlines. I gone through a lot in my life and I hope that no one experiences that troubles and frustrations I faced when making one of these. THIS IS NOT a CREDIBLE source of info but this outline can give you an idea of the expectation.

Outline

Intro

Racism describes a system of group domination that is both ideological and structural and is prejudice based on membership to a marginal racial group.

Basic-Embraces the combination of supremacy and discrimination-decides-“Normal”-*excludes-Minority-end-up-negatively-impacted-conjectures.

This paper-examines-possible-causes-effects-to-soceity-recommends-solution

Causes

Based on Historical Studies-Racism-Prevalent- Human-History

Some believe that specific groups are more superior .

Human beings have tried to justify different treatment of people based on race, traits , capabilities.

In order to find out the cause of racism, one must look into the capitalist society,

Capitalism-Principle-classified-or-race-tenure-of-the-means-social living-interms-production&distribution

Gratify-human-needs-social-organization

*Racism found its way and destroyed relationships-Human beings-Racial-groups-deprived-rights-while-partisan-treatment

!Capitalism

Effects

Inherent-effect- Moral resentment

Psychological and Social

Self-loathing-towards-the affected>Hate crimes-along-superior

**Destroyed the harmonious ways of life for many-affected-social-development

*Racism has persuaded ….Unify

Social Responsibility

Claiming that Racism-Denial

Individuals-Directly-Indirectly-up-each-person

Ending-Racisim-All-efforts

Not-unless-Conflict-continous-clashes

Conclusion and solution

Racism has long been associated with capitalism, where classes exist in favor of the majority groups.

Abolition of Capitalism.-Reseachers-Argue

all the races existing in the society today

free of social conflict and can work unanimously without discrimination

Works Cited Reich Michael. The Economics of Racism. 2006. Retrieved From: http://tomweston.net/ReichRacism.pdf

A “hopefully” good example of a biology fungi classification w/ the help of Inspiration

 

Fungus

I.       Basidiomycota

A.   Shelf Fungi

1.

B.   Basidia

C.   Basidiospores

D.   Fruiting Body

II.     Zygomycota

A.   Stolon

B.   Gametangia

C.   Rhizoids

D.   Zygospores

III.    Deuteromycota

A.   Ringworm

1.

B.   Athletes’ Foot

1.

IV.    Ascomycota

A.   Conidia

B.   Ascospores

C.   Ascus

D.   Budding

E.   Yeast

1.

V.

A.   Parts

1.   Chitin

2.   Lichen

3.   Hyphae

4.   Mycelium

5.   Saprobe

6.   Sporangiophore

 

I created this and just want to share it! my Biology work taken “too far” ’cause I gave it in a frame to the teacher. She liked it lol so, kudos to me. If any of you guys(anyone) want to refer this sample, feel free!

 

 

 

Shadowing Someone Episode 3: “The Students of Vanier”

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My third week in Jean Vanier is to focus on reflecting on the students of school. The student’s ages ranges from 4-20. They are divided in via age groups and difficulty of care. I.E. 4-6 years old would be classified as the youngest. Like I said in the previous logs, the students in Jean Vanier are not considered “normal” by our society. These students have learning disabilities, deformities, mental diseases, and autism which make them unable to meet regular school division expectations. Instead, despite their learning disabilities, they are still taught with lessons with minimal difficulty as much as possible such as simple storytelling, arts and crafts, and simple cooking.  The student interact with the use of pictures depicting what they need like food, toothpaste, and drinks. Most of the students lack the ability to speak and utter words. Some of the students lack patience when trying to communicate like one student that was assigned to me name “Caitlyn”. She can’t walk properly, doesn’t speak, and screams when her patience runs out. I had to act accordingly based on what I have been debrief by the supervisor; to handle everything with care, and to adjust to every situation given. Students in Vanier are given tasks and assigned to one teacher. Their main task is to behave and take consideration of their other classmates because some of them lack the skills to communicate properly and they all end up shouting and sometimes fighting in class. For me, the learners in Jean Vanier as the teachers themselves. Every day, they learn to adjust to their student’s behaviour due to the unstable minds that they have regarding their respective conditions. Also, it is also to take note that the teachers rotate their assigned students and learn to handle their situations. Students of Vanier play an essential part of the school. Why? They are sent to school by their parents to actually “teach” the teachers of their condition and give them a different perspective of life that can use to improve themselves as educators.

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