Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Results of Last Day of Service

Today was a fun, but sad day because it was my last day of service. I will truly miss the girls and everything we did together. Mrs. Jackson thanked me for coming and helping her in the classroom and hopefully when I go loking for jobs, I will be able to work somewhere that allows me to interact with children. I enjoyed doing service here at Warner Girls and I cannot wait until next semester to see what other service sites will be open and what I can participate in.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Last Day for Service November 30th, 2010

On Tuesday, November 30th, my service learning placement for Warner Girls School will end. Tomorrow is the last day for service and I am wondering how the girls will take the news about me being there for the last time tomorrow. I know that I am definitely going to miss the girls and I hope and pray that my schedule will allow me to be able to go back next semester and do my service here again. I have seen many of the girls grow and learn in the weeks that I have been there. I have also watched some of the girls struggle to read and how to write and spell their names, but for Pre-K young girls, they are very smart and they know so much as opposed to some children at that same age who do not have the resources to learn. The girls at Warner Girls are very special to me and I feel that with the teaching of Mrs. Jackson, their Pre-K teacher, they will be able to excel and learn many exciting things. I cannot wait for tomorrow and see what is in store for my last day of service!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

service for 11/9/2010

This past Tuesday I finally returned to my service site after two weeks of not going because of my son being sick and elections being held at the school last week. I really do enjoy going to my site. This week I helped the girls color in a turkey for Thanksgiving. The feathers of the turkey were to be colored in an ABB pattern because that is what the girls were practicing on for the week. They were also on the letter D of the alphabet. The girls have really made a lot of progress with their alphabet. Patterns are exactly where the girls should be according to the curriculumm of the school. The girls also represent Notre Dame College as future college prospects. Every class of girls represents a different all girls college and hopefully by informing the girls of colleges they can attend, they will be enthusiastic about finding out more info about the colleges. I have really enjoyed my time here at my service site and it will come to an end in two weeks, unfortunately. I will really miss the girls but if everything goes according to plan with my schedule for next semester I might be able to return to my service site.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Service blog for 11/4/2010

There was no service this week at my service learning site because they held elections there at the school. This allowed people from the community to come and vote that was closest to them. I think it is great that schools offer their time and space to allow the people of the community to vote there and it also gives the school public attention as well because people are able to venture into the school and see all of the wonderful artwork on the walls and see what the school is like. I cannot wait til service next tuesday.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

weblog in response to chapter 9

Chapter 9 dealt with how many schools and school districts deal with the limited resources that they have to deal with and how some teachers even state that they are only given $300 to use for the entire school year. Some teachers cannot deal with this financial strait and worse yet some teachers refuse to keep teaching under these conditions. Many teachers on average only last about 5 years as a teacher. Schools have to handle the frustrations of parents and students alike and are under constant pressure to live up to the standards of the school district. There will always be problems in the school system and no matter what happens, students will have to pay the ultimate price.

Service blog for october 26th

This past Tuesday, October 26th I did not go to my service site because my son Antonio was sick with a cold and cough. Instead I spent my morning dealing with my sick son and hoping that he would be okay. This week on Tuesday, November 2nd we will not be having service because the school I do my service at will be used for the voting elections. Unfortunately I will not get to see my girls in the pre k class for another week, but when I do see them I will be so happy. And I cannot believe that the semester is almost over and the service will be coming to an end.I will miss the girls terribly when I am done with my service.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Using Chapter 6 for My Blog

When I started reading chapter 6 in our textbook, I saw that this chapter dealt with the measures that were used back in the early days up until now.  Some of those measures included: report cards, written examinations, oral examinations, and many others.  When I started reading about the recitations part of the chapter, it brought back a memory of when I was in grade school.
This memory that I had triggered by the "Recitation" section brought me back to 3rd grade when I was in class and the teacher told the class that everyone would have to get up and recite the lesson.  Now the lesson had to do with science facts, which when I look back should have seemed easy to remember, but as a 3rd grader, the last thing I wanted to do was get up and say a bunch of facts from memory.  This "recitation" from everyone in the class was supposed to show the teacher who was actually doing their work and paying attention and who wasn't.  When it was my turn to get up, I immediately froze and coudl not remember any of the science facts we had been learning about.  So the teacher made me sit down and she sent me home with a note saying that I was not paying attention in class.  I was so mad when I read it, but I still had to give it to my mom because the teacher required the note to be signed by a parent to make sure I had given it to her.
When I got home, I explained to my mom and dad that I was scared and I did not want to get up in front of the class and say a bunch of stuff about science.  Luckily they understood and they did not punish me like I thought they would.  They just told me that the next time I had to do somehting like that, I should ask the teacher to maybe give me some time before I had to get up and recite.
This experience of recitation was not one of my best performances in class, to put it subtly. I knew that I never wanted to have to get up again, but as time went on I was not as nervous anymore because I knew that I would not be the only one that had to get up....everyone did and that is what made me less worried about it all.