Yesterday I with all my family members and friends visited Mosaic which is a festival of cultures and celebrating 46th year this May. We went to 7 different pavillions and enjoyed their performances , culture as well as food. In total there are 21 pavillions and I am going to enjoy the rest of the pavillions today and tomorrow.Its a great fun and everyone should go and enjoy.
Students entered the school with little knowledge and skills. The school was filled with knowledge of subject matter as well as teaching strategies that enabled the student to acquire new knowledge and skills.The result was a student satisfied with having learned something new and feels happy.
On the other hand, if school did not know what or how to teach, or because the student was unable or unwilling to do the work necessary to learn, the student left school without acquiring much new knowledge and skills, thus feeling frustated and unhappy.
Five Card Flickr:
This activity is quite interesting one and also easy to use .one can select the pictures and create one’s own story to share with everyone. I found this one of the most useful technique in classroom as students can easily learn the things by viewing the pictures . The students get the opportunity to share his own feelings or experiences and interact with each other by sharing their stories.The students develop the ability to think and create something new with his own ides and thoughts.
After watching George Couros presentation, I found how beneficial is it to make one’s own online identity. Its quite interesting one that whatever we post, it is visible to anyone and specially the employers which opens the door for getting better job.So everyone should think carefully before posting anything online.Its definitely very useful for the future students to make their online identity in order to seek opportunities but teacher should guide what is to be shared and how to be safe online.
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When I Googled myself using my First and Last name this is what came up. There is no sign of me anywhere because of the private settings and I got little bit upset as I am not having any online identity.
Then I googled ” Nidhi Aggarwal, Regina”, then I am able to see myself. I found my about.me page at the top results, then my Ecmp 355 session, my blog account. I am happy to see all these as they are all related to my profession. These sites reflect my thoughts and ideas in every aspect.I don’t find my twitter account.
In future, I would like to see myself connected with more educational sites which reflect my online identity as Educator.I would also like to link with my classroom blog when I start teaching, sothat whatever work is done by students is easily visible to anyone and learn new things from each other.
Here is the link to my About Me page!
The students have wrong notions about the skin color in their minds, so its important to make them aware of racial differences at younger age. Children at younger age learn, explore, share, ask more questions and learn more effectively. There are certain activities by which children came to know about each other’s families. These activities include Me Pockets (each child take the plastic sleeve and is asked to fill it with photos, pictures, drawings or anything which reflects the culture of their families). The students quickly learn about eachother likes as well dislikes and compare with themselves. The students are involved in various acts and discuss with each other about their roles. Discussion of skin color can be expanded by incorporating into the maths lessons, map lessons, science and other curricular areas. When students are asked to write about their colors after these activities, positive response is seen towards awareness of race. Thus, learning together will help students to become more understanding and respectful of differences.
When a student makes any remark related to racism or sexist, teacher should speak honestly whatever she feels. Whatever remark is given by student about the particular group has great impact on other students as well and the response of teacher on that remark plays significant role. One should stand up for a person or group that has been insulted. Teacher should involve the students in various activities, relate them to subject matter which results in awareness of race. Learning together will help students to become more understanding and respectful of differences. Curriculum is everything that happens in school and students learn a lot from it. So curriculum should involve topics, debates, games, activities which laid emphasis on multiculturalism.
In one of my ECS class , I have read this story and found it the good one to share with everyone . This story is related to a single parent children as well as adopted children.Families are groupings of individuals who may or may not be living together, but are perceived by the child to be “family.” Different ways of teaching are shown like: curriculum should include media materials and visual images which reflects respect and diversity in families. Instead of creating family photo albums, students should be encouraged to prepare collages of different families in order to learn diversity in family. On Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, tell students to select someone closest in his or her life and make cards or some gifts for them. These kind of activities will not cause any sense of discomfort to anyone. Parents and teachers both should work in constructive ways so that students are encouraged to learn effectively and do not feel themselves different from other students.
After attending the Sue Waters presentation on becoming better blogger, I came across many tips to improve my blogs. As this is for the first time I am writing blogs, I was not aware of so many things. The presentation includes so many things: link, blogging cycle, attention to copyright, easily readable to all readers, etc. The best thing I like in her talks is making hyperlinks and I am using it in my blog. I am trying to modify the blog written in Tech Task #3 by me on “Will Richardson: Why Schools?” by adding a link.
Ableism is a set of beliefs, processes and practices that produce- based on abilities that exhibits or values – a particular understanding of oneself, one’s body and one’s relationship with others of humanity, other species and the environment, and includes how one is judged by others. Ableism reflects the sentiment of certain special groups and social structures that value and promote certain abilities, for example, productivity and competitiveness, over others such as empathy, compassion and kindness.Sexism is partly driven by a form of ableism that favours certain abilities, and labelling of women as not having those certain necessary abilities is used to justify sexism and the dominance of males over females. Similarly, racism and ethnicism are partly driven by forms of ableism, which have two components, one favours one race or ethnic group and discriminates against others. Casteism, like racism, is based on the notion that socially defined groups of people have abilities that make them fit for specific duties and occupations.
Oppression is also seen in the classroom. One way to alleviate disability stereotypes is the use of ability awareness in which students and teachers without disabilities take part in simulated activities regarding having a disability. School boards, curriculum committees, and textbook companies should include disability content into all aspects of the curriculum. Some schools have Buddy Clubs or other groups that are focused on integrating students with and without disabilities, these groups are not focused on disability culture and help students to know about each other and develop the sense of helping and making comfortable to each other. There are many books for children that have positive portrayals of characters with disabilities. Teachers should use books with disability themes in which students gain tolerance and respect for others. Teachers should also incorporate books with characters with disabilities into various aspects of the curriculum as well as book clubs and reading groups. Teachers should use films and other media, biographies of famous people with disabilities, and literature to examine role models for the students with disabilities as well as other members of the school community. School principals are responsible for preparing an individual action plan for each exceptional student. Teachers should also consult the parents of disabled students in order to know about their needs so that one should prepare their lesson plans as well as other activities in order to make the students more secure and comfortable in class. Parents should also take keen interest in children’s education and should visit the schools so that they became aware of their child’s progress. There should be proper parent- teacher meetings at regular intervals so that both of them discuss about the development of child and discuss about the problems, experiences as well as needs they require. People often have ignored larger issues such as ableism, believing that if they become better teachers and that if students learn new skills, then instructors will have done their job. However, these larger issues influence the lives of students with disabilities, and it is within the context of these larger issues that instructors try to influence a society that is often resistant to the changes they wish to make.