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This week I would like you to use your imagination. You have just won the lottery and will leave your teaching post immediately to travel around the world. As you leave your keys you meet your replacement. You are asked to give this new teacher just ONE piece of advice. What would that be, and why? Enjoy your world expedition!

Blog Post - Week 7
This past week in my own teaching I felt a little disconnected which prompts my question to you, "What was the moment (or moments) when I felt most disconnected or disengaged as a teacher - the moment(s) I said to myself, I'm just going through the motions here?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 6
For the past couple of weeks you have experienced asynchronous online learning (doing modules by yourself). Previously this semester you have experienced synchronous online learning (all together in the Collaborate room). Which do you think is more effective and why do you think that? Which do you like better, and why?

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 5
This week we have what we call "open mic." You can write a post about anything related to your teaching that you would like responses from your classmates.

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 4
Here is this week's question: "What was the event that most took me surprise this week - and event that shook me up, caught me off guard, gave me a jolt, or made me unexpectedly happy?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 3
Please write a post about the following question, "In thinking about my past week teaching what is one thing I would do differently, and why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 2
Please write a post about the following question, " In thinking about my teaching activities this past week, of what do I feel most proud? Why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 1
Describe something you used in your program in the first weeks of school that you learned in the summer NTI program. How did it work? Did it get you off to a stronger start than last year?

Thursday, March 6, 2008

News story about girl with Autism

Hi y'all,

This goes out to everyone, but I think the HSTE folks might be especially interested in this news story that was featured in today's Atlanta Journal Constitution. The story is about a girl whose autism has been linked to childhood vaccines. Click here to read up on this.


Shane C. said...

Yeah, my wife and I met a 5 year old boy in the barber shop yesterday. He was having a heck of a time with the haircut and we noticed he was autistic. After the hair cut, the father came over to explain (nothing prompted this) and said that his child is autistic and stated that he was talking, walking and doing fine until they gave him 6 shots when he was young and he hasnt spoken a word since and hasnt been in the greatest of shape. It was a sad story to say the least. Thanks for sharing this Mrs. Hayden

Connie said...

Thanks, Jessie. I saw this in the newspaper and I'm planning to read it tonight. I'm sure that this case will bring about some changes in pediatric medicine. Many people have felt that there was definitely a link between vaccines and autism. Others have said that there was no link, just coincidence. But Shane's encounter with the the 5yr old at the barber shop is yet another case.

Vaccines have saved many, many lives. But I do hope the authorities that be investigate further and tell us the truth. Are vaccines safe? If they are causing autism, how and why is it happening? What can be done to make vaccines safer for everyone? Lots of questions to be answered....

Julie J. said...

I had to really think about vaccinating my kids when they were smaller. I still wonder if I did the right thing. However, a parent who chooses to NOT vaccinate their child faces a lifetime of scrutiny by the authorities. I was basically forced to vaccinate my children. I was told that if I did not, I would be turned over to DFACS. I even filed a religious exemption (even thought I don't have a religious reason to not vaccinate) and she told me I would still be turned over to DFACS. I felt threatened to "do the right thing" by a doctor when I knew that there was a possibility of autism. Thankfully both of my children are fine but I can't help but wonder if I'd been more persistent with not going through with it who else might have been able to avoid having an autistic child.
You will find (if you haven't already) that they teach contrary to this when you learn about autistic children. My instructor and I went rounds about this and I wrote my final paper on how vaccines should be optional.