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November 16, 2020, 2:22 AM
Positivity Mindset

Well since I do not have my own classroom yet and I teach little ones, it was difficult to answer the questions from a teaching perspective. So, I just answered how I would if I were and facing the situation right now. In my opinion, I do believe that poverty affects education. I believe this because a student could go straight to work after school to help their family pay bills. Some may even have to go home and care for their siblings. This would lead to them doing the minimum to pass because they simply do not have time if they are caring for their family. I have met several people in college who work two jobs and go to school full time just to pay for college and to live. If a student feels constantly negative I would like to set a time aside, when it is just us in the classroom and let them talk if they want about why they are feeling this way. I will try my best to help them, if it is an extension or extra help, I will be available. I would also encourage them to go and talk to a counselor at the school about it. I would reassure them constantly and just look out for them.

The past couple of weeks, negativity has been weighing me down. I typically try to find positivity in every situation, but somehow situations just kept popping up one after another with no positivity insight. It is honestly frustrating, so reading this, this week, really helped my mental state. It was encouraging to be able to look back over the past week and a half and see the positive things that did happen, but I did not think about it because I was dwelling on the negative. I like the idea of the word nutrients. It was nice, especially for me to look back and write about the good things that happened. We tend to only dwell on the bad things in life so it’s nice at least once a week to sit and reflect on the previous week- to see that life is not all negative. The other good ideas in this chapter were displaying daily progress. I know as a student, I enjoyed seeing my progress and it made me want to do better and to keep up the good work when I physically saw my progress and the power minute. At least once a week as the students one good thing they did this week. In the preschool I always talk about, the Pre-K and Junior Kindergarten classes have kindness links hanging on their wall. So, every time a student does something kind, they get to add a kindness link to the chain. They also have this thing called the “bucket dipper” they are either filling their classmates' buckets with negativity or positivity and they are not afraid to call them out for either. This reminded me of the section in chapter 8 titled Acts of Kindness. While it is a bit childish to implement a kindness chain in a middle school/high school classroom, I believe it is just as important to remind them of kindness. We recently celebrated World Kindness Day on November 13, but I believe that every day should be kindness day.

As an educator, I believe it is important to see encourage and support dreams. A nice step to seeing more into a student’s life and helping them find their passion and voice is asking them about their dreams and what they see themselves doing in the future. In my future classroom during the first few weeks of school, I would like to implement an activity/project where my kids see themselves in the future and display them in the classroom so their peers can see it. This would encourage everyone to want to encourage their peers to achieve their goals and dreams. It would benefit my students not to be dream killers. It would be ideal for them to write a paper about their future and I hang up their career goal on the wall or something like that. My students will not be dream killers, nor dissing a student about their dream. I have full confidence that my students can be anything they set their minds to!
krharrison
krharrison
November 10, 2020, 4:09 PM
I really like the picture you paint of what you want good teaching and learning to look like in your classroom. Modeling how to work through struggles is so powerful. I agree with you on the importance of connecting on a persona level with students. I believe that nothing is more important.
This is great. Only thing missing is this part:
"Discuss the results, including any new insights about or confirmation of what you already knew about your mindset in the area for the week."
Please let me know if I'm overlooking it or misreading it.
MRPhillips6432
MRPhillips6432
November 9, 2020, 2:55 AM
Relational Mindset

In my grade school days, I felt closest to the teachers that took time out of their day to ask me how I was doing and showed that they cared. It was difficult to feel connected to male teachers I had. I had a select few that I felt like I had a relationship with. At my job, I feel connected and feel like I have a relationship with all of the students. When I actually get in a public school, or private school (instead of a day care) I hope to have the same relationship and feel connected with my own students like I do with the students at my preschool.

I do believe that we find it easy to connect with people who we share the same common interest in. I believe it is important to find interest with students outside of school. For example, tv shows, food, drinks, and things along that interest. In the mornings, I walk the kids to their classroom at my work. There is this one kindergartener who tells me every day what he has for lunch, simply because he remembered me telling him that Frosted Flakes was my favorite cereal because he had it one day. So now every day, he will ask me if he likes what he has for lunch that day.

During college, every first day of class, in almost every class, we would do the name game. In this game we would have to say our name, major, and a random fact about us. I used to HATE this game because I thought “we are in college, why do we need to do this?’ but now I see and understand the importance of it. The professors want to get to know us and see our interest. I went to a small university, so it was extremely nice to know your professor on a personal level and be able to create a relationship with them outside of academics. I personally still keep in contact with some of mine via Facebook and it is nice that they want to keep up with my life.

The idea of sharing an everyday problem is neat to me. I think it is neat to show your students that you can struggle too. Our stories we share with them gives them a glimpse into the adult world and it can made into a learning opportunity. It would also be important to engage the kids in telling of a problem they face. I would like to the time to incorporate this every week. Like every Monday have a follow up session from the previous week and ask if anyone has anything to add to it. Middle school is such a difficult transition in kids life. So, I like the idea of incorporating cooperative groups and teams. There is no “I” in team, so I would make sure they work daily together and make it like a little game to want to the students to do the best they can so their team can be in the lead. I like the idea of creating a Me Bag. It is a unique way to show your interests by pulling something out of a bag. It would also be a neat way to spread culture throughout the classroom. I like the idea because it works with all ages. While high schoolers may think it is a bit childish, it will help create a bond and relationship.
krharrison
krharrison
November 4, 2020, 1:25 AM
I really like your philosophy about assessment. You are smart to think about your grading load. It can get out of control and get to be too much to manage, so you are smart to think about how you will decide which assessments you will grade and which ones you will collect only as a guide for your instruction. Of course, graded assessments guide instruction, too, but we can't formally grade everything. Good luck figuring out the balance.
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