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Thursday, September 30, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
|Last week we wrapped up the Safety chapter. I chose to do a review a little different, with a round robin situation. Where they would go to different stations and complete a different task in relation to something in that chapter (i.e.- setting up a ladder, bring out different PPEs, show how to extingush a fire). They loved it! They wanted to do it more than once. It was better than sitting in a desk studying notes.|
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
This year my wife suggested that I let the students edit the show...and WOW they took the show to a new level. I spent the next day after the show aired reading the kudos from the administration!!!!
Now, I can hear the students argue among themselves to make the show even better!!! I am soooooo proud of their accomplishments that I can hardly speak. they love it when I just tell them to stop and bask in the glory for a moment and then get their butts back to work!!!
They are striving to make it the best it can be!!!!
I play various sounds and various pieces of music and they have to tell me what they see in their heads. They write on a sheet of paper the things that they see from hearing the sounds.
I love this lesson probably more than anything because they actually have to think about what they hear..so they tend to listen harder for little nuances in the music or the sound effect.
I also go into another lesson called tell me what you HEAR...only there is no AUDIO..no SOUND...and the students have to tell me the sounds they "hear" from watching the video
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Along with the timeline the students had a "Who, what and when am I" fact sheet to complete as a group which was used to reinforce the information from the timeline. Overall, instead of me doing a history lecture, the students were able to see how health care has evolved and how many of the advances and discoveries are still being used today.
On Monday each group will present a time period, making a human timeline. The finale, a gallery tour will provide a fun way for the students to view the creativity of their classmates and learn how to give positive feedback to others. Students initially complained about doing the time lines but once they begin working they actually enjoyed the project and learned, too.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
The kicker was that before the groups provided an oral presentation, they had to communicate their emergency code using non-verbal communication! They couldn't proceed with the presentation until someone guessed the code. It was hilarious! The students had to complete a quiz over the emergency codes presented and they did really well. They stated that the non-verbal communication method helped them to remember more than the posters! So, I learned a more effective and fun method of providing instruction.
I had a student who was emotional because of recent deaths in her family. (I had to provide personal comfort…this class was a bomb!…my thought). We were able to work through the process that this class is more about living well, dying with dignity and having all family members feel good about the decisions they make and having no regrets/no guilt. The students asked questions and we decided as a group to make it a homework assignment to ask their parents using an example copy. Death and dying is always a hard topic even with adults. However, because of the laws governing patient’s rights, the question “do you have a living will or durable power of attorney?” is asked when a person is admitted to the hospital and many people have stated , in my experience, “you must think I’m going to die”. I had a visitor in class during this session and she shared that because of a certain situation in her life, she has a durable power of attorney in place. The visitor in my class stated she “loved the class” and felt I had helped the students understand the reasons for a living will on their level and made it something important to do while everyone is feeling well and in good health.
Friday, September 24, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
I used the story of Tate Family to get my point across. I explained to the class that a family is a small group and by studying the Tate's we could get a good insight on how group members interact.
I explain the father whose name was Dick Tate(Dictate). He was overbearing and always wanted to be in control. The oldest child, their daughter Hesa (Hesitate), always had good insight and good information to add, but never spoke up. The Tate's also had a set of twins name Ira and Aga (Irritate and Agitate). Ira never showed interest in what the family was doing and refused to participate. Aga on the other hand, lived to get on everyone's nerves, often sabotaging the family's efforts. There was also the mom Facila (facilitate), who had the skill to reign in Dick, give Hesa the confidence to speak up and get the twins under control. (of course I drag the story out, gave examples and made it very entertaining)
The students enjoy the story and immediately begin to identify with the characters, calling out which best describes them or their group members. I then gave out a simple group project and upon completing the project I ask the groups to identify the personalities in their group and discuss ways to deal with potential problems. It was definitely a success!
I recently taught a lesson on the chemical process of permanent wave. Students first viewed a power point on the chemical reaction, which takes place during the waving process. Next they divided up into groups of two. The students then had to take turns doing a consultation on one another. Their objective was to make sure the hair and scalp were healthy enough to tolerate a permanent wave. After this activity each student was instructed to look through a current magazine and choose a picture of one hairstyle. The students had to establish what type of perm and determine the size rod used to produce the style in the photo. Each student had to present his or her findings to the class. They made some very interesting presentations. My students enjoyed the lesson of consultation and role–play very much.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
The past week, I have only been in the classroom one day. I attended a workshop on Monday and Tuesday, and Thursday and Friday I attended the Skills USA conference.
I guess the only assignment I can truly speak about is the teaching assignment I gave to my 2ND level students. They had to outline Chapter 1 on the textbook, and create a lesson from the chapter. They were instructed to create a PowerPoint presentation and a test.
A little background on this class, it's only 7 students, the class was changed after the third week of school. This particular class was third level class(Forensics) with students whom never taken the other perquisite classes. So, once the class was changed to the correct level, 2ND year(LCRP), I lost about 5 students.
The students are excited because I advised that not only will they be teaching me, but also the other Law and Justice teacher's intro class. This appeared to make them excited. It gives the student the opportunity to not only read the textbook, but act as the teacher.
They present either today or tomorrow.
Monday, September 20, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
My little cousin who is in the 2nd grade in another county is required to have a flash drive and use PowerPoint. Never mind why I work in the stone age. How do I bring my school into the year 2010?
This year, however, I have NO planning period to take on the project...this year it's ALL student run...and their first show was a huge hit with the school!!!
I am still working on getting my classes to run more smoothly than last year...the big difference is now I have tools to work with in getting my classes to run smoothly!
Without the benefit of NTI, I would be lost and doing EVERYTHING the same as last year. I still have more to do!!!
Friday, September 17, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
I have realized alot just in the past month about my job and co-workers. I am lucky. I had to go to a workshop last week where I listened to horror stories about other counties. I realized how good it is to work for Douglas Co. School Systems. Yes we have problems also, BUT I work very close with the other 4 health occ. teachers in the county and our administration at the school as well as the board is very strong and supportive.
I feel very overwhelmed at times but I am choosing to wear several hats at the present moment. Our county is going through Industry Certification this year (for those of you that don't know, it is a BIG deal with alot of work). We are all in NTI, taking classes online weekly with observations (I love it!!). I still work 32hr weekends at the hospital and they are wanting me to become certified in Cat Scans by December of this year which requires studying for and taking a national registry. And most importantly.... I have a husband and children to take care of (thank God for my husband). If I can get through the end of the year I will feel like a weight has been lifted. I tell you this not to toot my own horn but to let you know that If I seem crazy at times or do not email you back right away, I will.... I promise.
I have learned to LEAN ON OTHERS!! If you cannot count on your friends/family/co-workers, then who can you count on?? We should ALL have each others backs because we are all in the same boat. If you need me for anything, PLEASE let me know :) I value good friends.
Get over the idea that only children should spend their time in study. Be a student so long as you still have something to learn, and this will mean all your life. ~Henry L. Doherty
I really get excited when students ask questions about a topic we are discussing and even more excited to know I am contributing to their learning.
The student placed her concerns in writing on an action plan sheet. To summarize, it stated, “I don’t like him and I don’t want to work with him”, I told the teacher that and she wrote my response.
I contacted the student’s parent, read her child’s response and asked her to ask her daughter for specifics. Her daughter was in the background and stated “he is lazy”, “doesn’t do his work”, and “I don’t like working with him”. The mother felt that if her child had attempted to work with an individual all last year, I needed to reward her and not have her daughter work with that individual this year. I explained to the mother, as a teacher, it would cause havoc if I allowed a student to tell me (in front of the class, in a loud voice) to switch a team member because they do not want to work with a person.
I explained the situation to a more experienced teacher. She stated to make sure the students were able to see the selections are random, and gave me several strategies. I went to school box and put them into place.
I contacted the mother again, to bring closure to the issue and explained the actions I had taken to ensure selections were random and visible to all the students. I maintained the stance that if her daughter and the other student are selected on the same team, they will still have to work together, but the assignments will be visibly random.
The mother stated, “you must love your job, most teachers would have said my way or the highway” She stated, she felt I went out of my way to ensure a fair system, appreciated the effort, and she encouraged her daughter to work with her groups as assigned.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Student ended up passing the class and improved her professional behavior.
At the beginning of this semester the student came to me and asked me to be her mentor, I received a great big hug. Student showed me her report card - grades were vastly improved. I received a call from her grandmother thanking me for turning her granddaughter around.
This made me feel that I am where I belong in the teaching profession.
This system has added color to the class room and has solved the problem of students not having a binder in class on a daily basis. I have random notebook checks and give a grade after check is completed. This grade is placed in the grade book. Quite a few students had all the work in - some did not. This was a success for me, maybe you all can try it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
My issue is the support from my school and the urgency to get the equipment replaced or fixed. This is so frustrating to me. I want to make sure my students are always engaged. Working backwards, makes this difficult.
When my former student gave his testimony to me, it was a confirmation to me that I'm in the right place at the right time.
I made those changes...but of course new problems or issues cropped up with regard to the changes....UGHHH, but here we go....in today's class we addressed my issue...plus we then addressed the issues of 6 others by acting as a consultant....
And lo and behold, some of my other issues are the sames ones my fellow colleagues face every day as well....comforting that I am not the only one....but sad that I am not the only one! My answers to my colleagues helped me face my own issues a little more objectively.
Friday, September 10, 2010
I am currently trying to wrap up this quarter. Everything has been so busy lately. My students are taking exams and catching up on their online makeup work. It has been very hectic trying to get the last minute grades in the computer system. In my spare time I am already preparing for the Fall quarter. Students tend to notice my organizational skills and always make remarks about the other teachers who are not prepared. Students are inclined to observe our every move. Teaching requires a lot of planning, patience, and preparation.
I can honestly say that I have never had a lot of confidence in Georgia's educational system. We are confused on what is important, and that is educating our young people. We try this, and change that, and at the end of it all we are still ranked in the bottom.
I read a sign that stated, "don't live in the situation," well I now understand what that means. I lived in my situation last school year. I was always frustrated because of lack of leadership, unconcerning students, etc. I teach with a smile, and I go home with that same smile. I am no longer concerned with trying to figure out this broken educational system. I do what I can.
I am sorry I want see you guys Saturday, but I have decided to go headed with seeing a very dear and close friend for nearly 20 years, walk down the isle.
"Live beyond your situation!"
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
What I found out is that no matter how things look, our future would look worst without dedicated teachers. Take care.. Freda
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Well, upon hearing the “not easy” part a handful usually elects to get a class change. This year in one particular class 6 students elected to request class changes (I wasn't offended). Due to the budget crunch we lost 2 of our 5 counselors and the changes took over a week. During this time those students were force to come to class.
(While trying to be modest but honest) I enjoy teaching and my classes are lively, energetic, hands-on, and flat-out fun. By the time the class changes were made 5 of the 6 students changed their minds and beg to have me to email the counselors to reverse the schedule changes (of course I did), and the other one came by and said she missed being in my class (but it was her dream to be a nurse).
It is moments like these that reenforces my belief that leaving the high paying life of an IT professional was the right/best choice for me.
We completed the work and all the students started walking back to the class. One of the students who I had last year slowed down and began walking with me. This student has a speech problem (stutters) and he started to talk to me. It took him a while to convey his thoughts but what he said was that he was going to drop out of school but did not because he liked my class so much. His background is typical for a lot of my students--no dad and no money in the family.
Last year, six of my students dropped out of school before January. They drop out for a variety of reasons. It makes me feel good to think that in some small way, one student at a time, I am making a difference.
The kid made my day.
On the other hand, schedules are still not set and two of my classes have been changed to a study skills class, so I am really afraid to truly get deep into the content and have to start all the way over. We had a great rivalry weekend and we defeated T.W. Josey 56-7 in the All-City Classic this past weekend. The chemistry is started to come together with the staff, even though I still do not have any books for any subject. I will just be happy when everything is finalized and I can truly cover the material. I am way past excited!
Monday, September 6, 2010
When I returned the same students that complain about my lame "bell ringer", ask for one and told me how much he missed them. Students are really something else, that's why I try not to take anything personal. I love my students and I know that I am right where I am suppose to be. Although it was only two days, me and my lame bell ringers were missed. It doesn't get any better than this.
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
This example and so many other stories like this one have made me realize that teaching and being a role model for young people is what I'm suppose to be doing at this point in my life. I enjoy being able to encourage students and share my life experiences with them. My program has grown and I think that this is a direct reflection of the impact that I have made with the students.
Let me go back, when I started last year I was replacing a very good and dedicated teacher. He brought the program to the school. I was confronted by parents and told, "you have some big shoes to fill." I kindly replied that the previous teacher definitely left his mark; however, "I do not fill shoes I make my own footprints in the sand!"
Not only can the students join Skills USA, they also have the options of Police Explorer program(1st time for the school), and to be certified with C.E.R.T. (community emergency response team) through the Fire department.
I have a verbal agreement with the adjacent middle school for my Law and Justice internship students to work at the middle school as an assistant to the School Resource Officer. This is what it is all about for me, trying to leave a legacy. I want my students to have many opportunities to succeed and belong.
It occurred to me, seeds are planted that we may never see the full harvest. The students may not know that they are learning, but the seeds are there. This event helped me to realize, I am exactly where I should be at this present time, teaching. Freda