The Burning Passion

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School vs Learning, by George Couro was based around a new look on school. Couro spend most of the blog focusing on how school and learning are completely different from each other. For example, he wrote, “School often isolates. Learning is often social.” This is able to make sense.  Especially since something in school you can feel alone, or as an outcast. School is suppose to be about learning. Why is there such differences? I think that the differences are about school wanting to follow the standards the regulations, than letting their students to have a greater voice in the classroom.

On 25 ways to Institute Passion-Based Learning in the Classroom, by Saga Briggs gives great examples on how to get students passionate in the classroom. Assisting students is very important. When they are passionate about something they care about it is our responsibility to provide assistance, hard work, change, and development. These are just some of the ones that really appealed to me.

Nine Tenets of Passion-Based Learning by Tina Barseghian is about the different aspects of belief for passion in the classroom. Most of the times students do not have a passion. As a teacher it will be your responsibility to help them find their passion. Once it is found, it will be with your assistance that the passion is able to be controlled by understanding the different codes of passion based learning. This can be accomplished by showing important is life outside of school or by becoming digital citizens.

My biggest passion is history. I always enjoyed history, but it was not until I had Mrs. Wounded-Arrow did I realize how much I loved it. She helped show me the fire that was burning when I was in her classes. Mrs. Wounded-Arrow was one of the first people to push me into having the desire to even become a history teacher. Thanks to her, I am where I am today with my passion.

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Breaking Down Perferction

Body image is important to most people. For a long time there are always been certain characteristics that we see as attractive. For women it is slim, tall, long hair, hourglass figure (feminine), and white. Cameron Russell, a model, appeared on TED to talk about looks. She mentioned how people are granted favors based on appearances and how everyone is insecure about their look.

 

Russell tells stories from when she was young. She talked about how her friend ran a red light and was pulled over, but all it took was a “I’m sorry officer.” Then they were off the hook. This happened because they had their appearances working in their favor. Most people out there have hear a story like this (fiction or nonfiction), about how an officer let someone go because they were attractive.

 

She continues on to mention how only four percent of the models in the industry are of other racial color. Race always seems like an issue. It is typically one of the things you notice about a person’s appearance. Color should not be an issue. People are beautiful whether they are white, black, or brown.

 

Russell also mentions how insecure models can feel. Insecurity is in us all. Everyone is insecure about something. For most people they are insecure about their body. If we stop people from focusing on their body, many be them people can be more secure about themselves. Allowing people to feel secure, which results in people feeling happy and safe.

 

Men can go through a similar problem as females. Though it was not mentioned in the TED Talk, it is still important. Men as suppose to be physically fit, muscular, tall, bright eyes, and cute smile. This means that boys will do anything to be seen as in shape and fit. They must be able to lift a certain amount in weights. These should not be forced on to their lives either. They boat might not be as bad as women, but it is still present.

 
This is why I think we should let go of these perfect body ideals and focus more on the personality of people.  Who people are on the inside is what really matters. When will more people agree with this? I feel like it is time for us to stop judging people for what is on the outside, and look deeper at what is within.

Eating Healthy

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There is so many things I would like to learn. For starts I would like to learn German, dance, or even cooking healthy. As of right now, the most important one of these would be learning how to cook healthy. This is why I am leaning towards it for the independent learning project. Like most college students, I do not have very much money. This typically means that I eat fast, unhealthy, and processed foods. I have always thought about attempting to eating healthy but never had time. Between homework, school, and work it was always eating something that was quick. This can be changed by spending four hours a week focusing on eating healthy.

Growing up we always tried to eat healthy. It did not always work especially since I come from a big family and most of my sisters are picky eaters. This meant recipes were adjusted to almost everyone’s liking. In most cases, this lead to mostly eating meat and a few selected vegetables. My mother tried her best, even trying to hide the unwanted vegetables. It did not work, we were able to pick them out anyway.  

Eating healthy comes with many perks. One benefit will be a well balanced diet which can lead to weight loss, regulate blood pressure, and even improve digestive health. Second advantage is feeling like a better person. Eating good foods makes your body feel good. Another bonus is the boost of energy. The increase in energy is great, since there is so much to do in one day. There are even more rewards and reasons out there for eating healthy.

 

As future educators we want our students to eat healthy and be happy. If we are going to tell our students about eating right, then why not do it for ourselves. If we are going to talk the talk then we should walk the walk. It is important for teachers to be happy and healthy, just like our students.  There are so many different reasons why eating healthy is important. It is time we accepted this and started eating our fruits and vegetables.

Hacking Our Schools

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When watching Logan LaPlante’s TED Talk and reading Bud Hunt’s blog post on hacking schools, there is a lot brought up that most teachers do not think about. Happiness is very important for students. This makes me agree with LaPlante and Hunt. There are ways to help students be happy within our schools. This can be done improving school lunches, offering new classes and technology, and creativity.

 

Having a well balanced diet is able to affect people’s mood. If we put bad food into our bodies then our bodies will feel bad. By eating healthy food our bodies will feel good. By improving the school lunches students will be consuming healthy foods which will have two big results. First will be students consuming the proper nutrients. The second is the good feelings students will have.

 

New classes are able to inspire students to try new things. Coming from a small school there was not much in a variety of classes. Thanks to the Distance Learning system (DL), the school was able to bring in different classes which added in a new variety. New classes bring in opportunity for a chance of new information and creativity. It might also become a students new interest or hobby.  

 

We are a very technologically based society, so why should we not incorporate it into our schools. Technology is able to assist students in finding information, or allowing them to have access to their textbooks online. Technology also allows students to connect with other people, some of them might be five miles away or five hundred. These connections or resources will help students feel more in touch with others.

 

Creativity within the classroom is key to happiness. Creativity is typically not allowed in the typical classroom. Most of the time the liberal arts is taken for granted and not thought of as important. For example, dance could make certain students happy, but do to budget cuts dance was removed as a class. This could hinder the creative happy minds students need to have. By allowing students to utilize their creativity, they will become happier.  
These ideas are going to impact my future teaching. As future teachers we have already be taught that student safety in the classroom is important. So why should we not include happiness in this? I think this could be a very essential change for our school system. Even some minor changes could make a huge impact on the lives of our students. 

Technological Literacy

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Digital literacy can have many different definitions. The first is the ability to locate, evaluate, use, or create information on a technological device or network. The second would be able to use computers as a way of presenting information in different formats and with a wide variety of sources.  The third way is a person’s ability to understand data, images, and media information and turn it into an applied knowledge. These are the best definitions that are able to define the multiple different means of digital literacy.

Digital literacy is constructed of several different elements. The biggest element is that technology is everywhere. Technology is always around us. Our generation and younger will be very tech savvy in future year. This means that as teachers we will need to incorporate tech into their classrooms in several different way. Technology can be use for creativity in the classroom (such as making a comic strip). It can also be used for promote civilized and proper responsibilities. Or technology can also help students for a more professional responsibility on social media sites.

I like to think that I know some about digital literacy. Especially since starting college, I find books, journals, professional websites all online. At the same time, I am no very talented with technology. I would like to learn how to be more tech savvy. Having a greater understand of technology would be very useful in my future classroom. I think I will be able to be more tech savvy if I attend workshops that demonstrate how to use new technology. This way I am able to have some sort of prior experience before having it in my classroom.

Digital fluency is slightly different than digital literacy. The main difference is the level information one has. It can be defined as a person who can utilize specific technologies to accomplish their goal. As digital fluent person will also know how to access or find information at a fast rate. They can accept a critique of the information their gathered as good or bad. They might be able to produce digital content. Digital fluency also has an easier time of creating an effect response for the intended audience. They are also able to utilize technology responsible. Some of these are ways to see if a student id digitally fluent.

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Life of Learning

Learning is always around us, and has been ever since we were first born. Most time people learn and do not even notice. For me my first major learning experience was when I started to show cattle. Getting cattle ready for the show was much harder than I expected. There was so many different steps involved, and with each step there seemed to be a new challenge that arose. Each challenge I overcame, I proved that I can accomplish whatever I set my mind to. Sometimes people make the decision to stop learning, because they are not will to apply the determination needed to accomplish it. As a teacher I hope to inspire my students, so the determination is never lost.

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My second learning experience occurred in high school. I was taking college level history classes. There was lots of homework (mostly readings or essays). My teacher was very patient with me and was very understanding. She helped me manage my time so I did not feel so stressed out. Overtime, I was able to gain great time management skills. This has been a very useful skill when first starting to attend college.  

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My third learning experienced happened in my first year of college. It was half way through the second semester, and mid-term break was just about over. I was diagnosed with an illness that took me out of college for one month. During this time I was not willing to give up on my homework. With the help from my professors, I was able to stay up on my classes. This taught me that having people on my side, will to help, anything can be accomplished.

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Awards are a great way to give out recognition. My fourth learning experience was also in my first year of college. I was awarded the Rising Sophomore Award for Social Sciences. This made me feel accomplished of my work. Accomplishment leads to the desire. Desire to be accomplished against pushes me to be a willing learner.

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Most of my learn experiences happened my first year of college. So it is not a very big surprise that my fifth learning experience was also in college. By taking my college classes I have gained a more in depth learning of knowledge. With this in mind, it drives me to learn more information whenever I can. There is so much information is out there to be learned. I am very excited to share my knowledge with my future students.

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