Moral Develoment Blog Post Edu 500

September 19th, 2012

Moral Development matters because when you attend school and in everyday life it will be needed. The memories that I most remember about my own formal education often times evoke memories in me that I am most proud of. This is mainly because of my own memories of preschool. I had a great teacher named Ms. Libby Spiers. She taught me things I already learned from my single parent wonderful mother but she also took the time to instill in me the importance of what it means to develop character and morals about oneself. I remember her teaching me how to pour sweet grape kool aid and give out 2 chocolate chip cookies to each of my classmates when it was my turn to serve he class. I wanted to be fair. In fact in the first article I read this week by Gary Sheppard I thought about what Ms Spiers was doing by helping me to learn to pour the Kool aide and by taking the moral test of life. Using the Kool Aid and the cookies I was faced with a dilemma like it suggested in the article. I was faced with a test of my own moral character of being fair and giving all my class mates 2 cookies and by asking if all students wanted some kool aide and giving them all 2 cookies and always remembering to ask each student would they like some when it was my turn to pour the kool aid and give the cookies. I used what I was taught as a young child to cope with everyday experiences that I had with my peers later in life.

I feel my identity was often misplaced at times by me being a mixed race child and My Ms. Libby Spiers helped me to understand that there was nothing wrong with that by taking the time to understand my dilemmas as a child and furthermore, gave me a great role model to use by reading to us the best stories I feel that a child could learn from. She read to us Edith and Mr. Bear books by Dare Wright. She helped me understand that we all were to her the same class of students by letting us all take turns with the social aspects of the class. This came from her teaching us to share and take turns. I remember the Lonely Doll was one of my favorite’s stories that Ms Libby Spiers read to us that promoted sharing and caring and taught students about life situations.  Edith was always learning things from Mr. Bear that helped her to understand that many of the things that she did was not always right. And her own Mr. Bear tried to teach her the right thing to do instead. If you would like to use some of these books in your own class room please take a look at some of the books by this author.

I really loved Edith and Mr. Bear books when they were used as our text describes as in a context of social development. Our teacher used these stories to help us with our everyday social skill and moral development challenges. Edith and Mr. Bear were often times faced with issues of helping their father and the stories were used in our class room to help us with our own self concept and self identity as far as our own gender roles. Using the immediate relationships that Edith had in her family and with her teacher and her father she  was better able to understand her world and the people in it. As in our readings on (p3) Bronfenbrenner discussed our microsystems and that they are the immediate relationships and activities are reciprocal (Woolfolk 2012).

He also discussed our moral development as guided by our peers and families and that is why I used my own personal story of Ms. Libby Spiers as my own reference of how my own moral development was influenced. Urie Bronfenbrenner uses his own Bioecological Model of human beings to influence behavior by looking at the influences in the micosystems. The mesosystems was my classrooms, peers and my family life. The Microsystems refers to my preschool and my peers that had a direct influence on me today. Remembering Ms Spiers and all her teaching methods still brings me joy today. The Macro- systems affected my cultural norms and helped  my social conditions out later in life. Here are a few of the books that helped me with my own moral development crisis. The Lonely Doll and Edith and Mr. Bear Lend a Hand.t                        

 

Kohlberg’s moral judgment develops uses a three-level, six-stage continuum and how does this impact identity by 3 levels and 6 sub-stages in Here are some of them here.  Level 1 = the  Pre-Conventional Level this involves punishment and obedience orientation and occurs at about ages 5-7 and stage 2 happens around age 7-10  you become aware of other people perspectives. In the 2 articles I found this week this is where you may become avoiding of punishment and look at fairness more here. Then there is the Level 2 Conventional level which is stage 3 this tends to be the good girl good boy stage or level. By Stage 5 your social contract orientation begins you are about age 15-19 by then you start to feel like what they say happens in stage 6 which by this age may feel more attainable. Laws and rules are flexible instruments for furthering human purposes. Ms Spiers helped me develop my own my own moral character.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

References

BE Loff  H & Pattox,.X. Bronfenbrenner’s Moral Dilemmas In Britain. International Journal of Psychology H

Woolfolk, A. (2010). Educational psychology. (12 ed.). Boston: Ohio State University.

 

 

 

 

Moral Development matters because when you attend school and in everyday life it will be needed. The memories that I most remember about my own formal education often times evoke memories in me that I am most proud of. This is mainly because of my own memories of preschool. I had a great teacher named Ms. Libby Spiers. She taught me things I already learned from my single parent wonderful mother but she also took the time to instill in me the importance of what it means to develop character and morals about oneself. I remember her teaching me how to pour sweet grape kool aid and give out 2 chocolate chip cookies to each of my classmates when it was my turn to serve he class. I wanted to be fair. In fact in the first article I read this week by Gary Sheppard I thought about what Ms Spiers was doing by helping me to learn to pour the Kool aide and by taking the moral test of life. Using the Kool Aid and the cookies I was faced with a dilemma like it suggested in the article. I was faced with a test of my own moral character of being fair and giving all my class mates 2 cookies and by asking if all students wanted some kool aide and giving them all 2 cookies and always remembering to ask each student would they like some when it was my turn to pour the kool aid and give the cookies. I used what I was taught as a young child to cope with everyday experiences that I had with my peers later in life.

I feel my identity was often misplaced at times by me being a mixed race child and My Ms. Libby Spiers helped me to understand that there was nothing wrong with that by taking the time to understand my dilemmas as a child and furthermore, gave me a great role model to use by reading to us the best stories I feel that a child could learn from. She read to us Edith and Mr. Bear books by Dare Wright. She helped me understand that we all were to her the same class of students by letting us all take turns with the social aspects of the class. This came from her teaching us to share and take turns. I remember the Lonely Doll was one of my favorite’s stories that Ms Libby Spiers read to us that promoted sharing and caring and taught students about life situations.  Edith was always learning things from Mr. Bear that helped her to understand that many of the things that she did was not always right. And her own Mr. Bear tried to teach her the right thing to do instead. If you would like to use some of these books in your own class room please take a look at some of the books by this author.

I really loved Edith and Mr. Bear books when they were used as our text describes as in a context of social development. Our teacher used these stories to help us with our everyday social skill and moral development challenges. Edith and Mr. Bear were often times faced with issues of helping their father and the stories were used in our class room to help us with our own self concept and self identity as far as our own gender roles. Using the immediate relationships that Edith had in her family and with her teacher and her father she  was better able to understand her world and the people in it. As in our readings on (p3) Bronfenbrenner discussed our microsystems and that they are the immediate relationships and activities are reciprocal (Woolfolk 2012).

He also discussed our moral development as guided by our peers and families and that is why I used my own personal story of Ms. Libby Spiers as my own reference of how my own moral development was influenced. Urie Bronfenbrenner uses his own Bioecological Model of human beings to influence behavior by looking at the influences in the micosystems. The mesosystems was my classrooms, peers and my family life. The Microsystems refers to my preschool and my peers that had a direct influence on me today. Remembering Ms Spiers and all her teaching methods still brings me joy today. The Macro- systems affected my cultural norms and helped  my social conditions out later in life. Here are a few of the books that helped me with my own moral development crisis. The Lonely Doll and Edith and Mr. Bear Lend a Hand.t                        

 

Kohlberg’s moral judgment develops uses a three-level, six-stage continuum and how does this impact identity by 3 levels and 6 sub-stages in Here are some of them here.  Level 1 = the  Pre-Conventional Level this involves punishment and obedience orientation and occurs at about ages 5-7 and stage 2 happens around age 7-10  you become aware of other people perspectives. In the 2 articles I found this week this is where you may become avoiding of punishment and look at fairness more here. Then there is the Level 2 Conventional level which is stage 3 this tends to be the good girl good boy stage or level. By Stage 5 your social contract orientation begins you are about age 15-19 by then you start to feel like what they say happens in stage 6 which by this age may feel more attainable. Laws and rules are flexible instruments for furthering human purposes. Ms Spiers helped me develop my own my own moral character.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

References

BE Loff  H & Pattox,.X. Bronfenbrenner’s Moral Dilemmas In Britain. International Journal of Psychology H

Woolfolk, A. (2010). Educational psychology. (12 ed.). Boston: Ohio State University.

 

 

 

 

Moral Development matters because when you attend school and in everyday life it will be needed. The memories that I most remember about my own formal education often times evoke memories in me that I am most proud of. This is mainly because of my own memories of preschool. I had a great teacher named Ms. Libby Spiers. She taught me things I already learned from my single parent wonderful mother but she also took the time to instill in me the importance of what it means to develop character and morals about oneself. I remember her teaching me how to pour sweet grape kool aid and give out 2 chocolate chip cookies to each of my classmates when it was my turn to serve he class. I wanted to be fair. In fact in the first article I read this week by Gary Sheppard I thought about what Ms Spiers was doing by helping me to learn to pour the Kool aide and by taking the moral test of life. Using the Kool Aid and the cookies I was faced with a dilemma like it suggested in the article. I was faced with a test of my own moral character of being fair and giving all my class mates 2 cookies and by asking if all students wanted some kool aide and giving them all 2 cookies and always remembering to ask each student would they like some when it was my turn to pour the kool aid and give the cookies. I used what I was taught as a young child to cope with everyday experiences that I had with my peers later in life.

I feel my identity was often misplaced at times by me being a mixed race child and My Ms. Libby Spiers helped me to understand that there was nothing wrong with that by taking the time to understand my dilemmas as a child and furthermore, gave me a great role model to use by reading to us the best stories I feel that a child could learn from. She read to us Edith and Mr. Bear books by Dare Wright. She helped me understand that we all were to her the same class of students by letting us all take turns with the social aspects of the class. This came from her teaching us to share and take turns. I remember the Lonely Doll was one of my favorite’s stories that Ms Libby Spiers read to us that promoted sharing and caring and taught students about life situations.  Edith was always learning things from Mr. Bear that helped her to understand that many of the things that she did was not always right. And her own Mr. Bear tried to teach her the right thing to do instead. If you would like to use some of these books in your own class room please take a look at some of the books by this author.

I really loved Edith and Mr. Bear books when they were used as our text describes as in a context of social development. Our teacher used these stories to help us with our everyday social skill and moral development challenges. Edith and Mr. Bear were often times faced with issues of helping their father and the stories were used in our class room to help us with our own self concept and self identity as far as our own gender roles. Using the immediate relationships that Edith had in her family and with her teacher and her father she  was better able to understand her world and the people in it. As in our readings on (p3) Bronfenbrenner discussed our microsystems and that they are the immediate relationships and activities are reciprocal (Woolfolk 2012).

He also discussed our moral development as guided by our peers and families and that is why I used my own personal story of Ms. Libby Spiers as my own reference of how my own moral development was influenced. Urie Bronfenbrenner uses his own Bioecological Model of human beings to influence behavior by looking at the influences in the micosystems. The mesosystems was my classrooms, peers and my family life. The Microsystems refers to my preschool and my peers that had a direct influence on me today. Remembering Ms Spiers and all her teaching methods still brings me joy today. The Macro- systems affected my cultural norms and helped  my social conditions out later in life. Here are a few of the books that helped me with my own moral development crisis. The Lonely Doll and Edith and Mr. Bear Lend a Hand.t                        

 

Kohlberg’s moral judgment develops uses a three-level, six-stage continuum and how does this impact identity by 3 levels and 6 sub-stages in Here are some of them here.  Level 1 = the  Pre-Conventional Level this involves punishment and obedience orientation and occurs at about ages 5-7 and stage 2 happens around age 7-10  you become aware of other people perspectives. In the 2 articles I found this week this is where you may become avoiding of punishment and look at fairness more here. Then there is the Level 2 Conventional level which is stage 3 this tends to be the good girl good boy stage or level. By Stage 5 your social contract orientation begins you are about age 15-19 by then you start to feel like what they say happens in stage 6 which by this age may feel more attainable. Laws and rules are flexible instruments for furthering human purposes. Ms Spiers helped me develop my own my own moral character.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

References

BE Loff  H & Pattox,.X. Bronfenbrenner’s Moral Dilemmas In Britain. International Journal of Psychology H

Woolfolk, A. (2010). Educational psychology. (12 ed.). Boston: Ohio State University.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog Reflection 2 Bullying edu-500

September 19th, 2012

In the assignment for the case study on bullying this week I feel the teachers were trying to teach their students social skills with conflict resolution, team building, sharing, peer support and self discovery. I feel the teachers were trying to promote a variety of strategies to teach social skills to the children in their class room. One thing that I noticed right from the beginning that Ms Knowles did from reading this week was she used her research skills. She wanted to see what social skills her students may have or may need to work on. She did this through the of use action research to see what needs her students may have in this area. She gathered evidence by observing Liam and other classmates and used what she could to gather what she already knew about Liam and his family life. She used this information to problem solve a strategy for him to learn social skills. Ms. Knowles did this to gain a better understanding of him and her other students and how they together could help him with his bullying challenge. This type of problem solving is called problem solving investigation and through the use of action research this can be achieved. (Woolkfolk, 2010, p.14).

The social skills that I thought that were most effective that the teachers used was problem solving through the use of stories to promote the use of sharing and helping the children learn manners. I also think the teachers used the stories to help the children understand that it is ok to ask for help from their peers. The teacher utilized other children to help the more shy students become more motivated to help each other. According to Vygotsky “every function in a child’s culture development appears twice” (Vygotsky). This happens on an individual level by the child thinking to themselves what to do in certain situations (p.43). This can help a child learn by them watching shared activities by other children perhaps at a higher level and then the child may actually say internally to themselves if my peer can do this then so can I. This can lead to the more shy students learning from the more advanced students.

This can furthermore, happen through the help their teachers gave them through the use of role modeling and through the use of the stories in the classroom to promote each child’s social skills. This was done through the story of Mr. Stone and through the use of the characters to display socialization and sharing skills. The children then often times will imitate what they learned in the classroom stories.

I feel the teachers approach was effective to help the daily interactions needed for Liam and his classmates to understand their actions and for them to learn that not wanting to share is not a good attitude to have. Liam’s social transmission had manly come from learning from his parents. He may have not had the experience to be around other children and to share with them. Liam was having some difficulty adapting and sharing his toys with other fellow students in his class. Through the use of learning new skills such as sharing takes “accommodation” like it stated in our readings this week.

According to Piaget organizing, assimilating, and accommodating can be viewed as a kind of complex balancing act with interacting with student’s peers. (Woolfolk 2012). The story book readings can help the children to understand the things that are needed to help the students get along with each other through the use role modeling in the stories the teachers used. Perhaps Liam had not had to share his toys before with other children. According to Piaget “accommodation occurs when a child must change existing schemes to respond to new situations” (p.33). Low intelligence is not one of the reasons for children to alienate their peers.

Liam was known to be very smart and intelligent little guy  and like I said sometimes children just do not have an opportunity to learn social skills needed for life.  Moreover, in life some people never have the opportunity to learn the right use of social skills. It is our job as teachers to make sure our students get that chance. The concept of sharing should be mimicked by us as parents, teachers and human beings and then passed on and learned from us to our children from our daily interactions as human beings. We must be careful to show our children good manners. I feel that these are all advantages that will help teachers help their students. I furthermore, feel that this is what Ms Knowles and the other teacher was trying to do. It is best to do this early on with teaching social skills to children so; they will not become a disadvantage to society by being an adult bully. This would be a real disadvantage to society to have to deal with a bully adult Liam. He needs to learn sharing and to bully other children now so that as an adult Liam he will be a role model for others. I also believe it is an advantage to teach students now so that students won’t have culture shock when you have to share a computer or stand in line at a grocery store. Some of the advantages to helping Liam to make friends will help him later in life and through his teen years. Which really in your teen and adolescent years do you remember? You really need social skills!!!! Take a look at some of the unique ways that teachers and organizations help to stop bullying. http://thehumanityproject.com/videos-music/

This is really cool web link. I hope that perhaps this link I found while researching may help my fellow students think of some ways you can bring about change in your own classroom with your students. I feel using the arts and plays can help with bullying with our students. I agree that bullying is a real social problem that we all need to help stop once and for all. This assignment made me think of the bullies I remember from my younger years. I wonder what social skills they were taught. I thank God I had great teachers and parents that showed me social skills and that being a bully is not cool at all.

 

 

Tiffany’s Blog Reflection #1 NCLBedc-500

September 4th, 2012

Tiffany Hartman

09/09/12

EDCI500-02

Blog Reflection No Child left Behind

The No Child Left behind Law (NCLBL) and what I remember about it was that it did seem important to President Bush when he was in office. I remember more vividly about First Lady Barbara Bush’s quest for the importance of education and how she adamantly advocated for education for all students to excel in school. She moreover, wanted to ensure that no child would be left behind. I remember our First Lady Barbara Bush reading to children and absolutely loving it. I remember her discussing the implications and what it would mean to society if even one child were to be left behind. She felt very strong about the NCLBL as well as with education as a whole to this nation and it was shown in her actions and personality.

In our assignments this week there was a podcast that I listened to by Anita Woolfolk. She discussed two things that stood out to me that reminded me of the importance of education and the No Child Left behind Law. She discussed that in many important research studies that she was familiar that one thing always was most important was the fact that good teachers are more than instructors. They can be a life line and the push that may help our students in this ever-changing dangerous world. (Woolfolf 2012). I agree with her. If a child knows you care for them than they will trust you and do better. Teacher involvement and caring is the most important predictor of success and we should do our best as educators to make sure that we never forget that in our teaching abilities and qualities. Life does not seem worth living without the warm concern of a good teacher. I agree with her statement. I also, remember from my early history courses that President Lyndon’s War on Poverty started the importance and influence on how other Americans felt about the importance of education in this nation. He wanted every child to be provided with an equal opportunity to combat educational gaps in their educational experience and learning achievements. The link to the podcast by Anita Woolfolk can be accessed here if you want to listen again http://anitatalks.wordpress.com/2006/09/08/3-no-child-left-behind/

What I have heard about the NCLB Law is that it was signed into legislation on January 8, 2001 by President George Bush. The law had a goal to create a better role with educators. And more importantly, to improve the education of disadvantaged children and make sure they progress. I furthermore, have heard that the Standard Achievement Test (SAT) to test student’s looks at their yearly test progress (YTP) in their school work. The bill’s aim was to close achievement gaps between all students by providing each child with fair and equal opportunities to receive quality education in the United States school system (Woolfolk 2012).

This act has also has been reauthorized every five years since its original enactment. In  one  the readings I had for another class this week in my Exceptional Learner book this week the NCLBL is described as the reauthorization of the of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act that was first enacted in 1965 by President Lyndon. The new act requires that all students between the grade levels of the third and eighth grade take SAT’s in reading, math and science. (Woolfolk 2012).

When I first looked at this assignment I tried to look back at my own opinion of what I first heard about the NCLBL. What I remembered clearly about the law was it was designed to ensure that no child should be left behind without educational opportunities to improve in their learning style and achievements to advance in school. Additionally, the school systems and teachers should assist with the progress of each child’s academic endeavors at school so that they would not fall behind.

My opinion now and at the time that I first heard about the NCLBL was that it would be a great law if it was implemented and structured in a way to meet students and families with an understanding that they would understand and comprehend that they would be assisted in every possible way to make sure that each student would have an opportunity to learn and grow as much as other students. More importantly I believe that often times it is more important for our students to understand that every child in our class will get what they need to help them learn and that is important when discussing fairness in our classroom.

I feel educational research is concrete important evidence for us as s to show our students and society whether it is at the federal or at the local community level how important education is. It is important for professional teachers to use educational psychology and educational research to understand our students as well as our own thoughts, responses and teaching styles to help fellow students. Educational Research is also important to convey quality teaching styles and to show quantitative and qualitative statistics to back up what we are researching and trying what we are trying to convey to help us to advocate for the needs of our students.

Blog Reflection 1 Special Hart 1 NCLB ede-500Educational Research that focuses on history especially is important to understand where we have been and where we need go now with education. We are the first generation to understand that our special learning children are not lazy they do have real challenges and we do not need to create more social isolations for them. We need to create learning for them that will help them.

In one of the articles that I was able to read this week was titled The Impact of the No Child Left Behind. The first main points of the first article that matched my beliefs was that in the first main point I do believe that society pays a high price in the long run when children are left behind with the proper tools they need for a good education. It may be from their self esteem being damaged or it may affect them into adult hood in relationships and in their job. And what I took from another main point of this article was how as a consumer I can use educational research to be informed about policies affecting my students. I might be informed and inform others by showing the cost with data I can use to back up my claims. The second point that will help me to be more informed was the cost that occurs with our youth when they do experience problems with social problems later in life.  Another main point in this article was that the bar has been set so high on our public school system to place a high burden on teachers and schools with thier SAT scores that it is very difficult for this expectation to be met.

The next article I looked at was an article that was entitled A Guide to Learning Disabilities for the ESL Classroom Practitioner. The 3 main points in this article was that it discussed there are many things that we can do as teachers to help our children. The first one is to show caring and concern for them and their well being. It was furthermore more discussed as a main point to make sure we accommodate or students with educational materials that will help them. Another main point is that as teachers that we can do whatever we need to do to improve students’ learning style. In the powerful and provocative article it discusses a video entitled F.A.T City. In this article it uses 3 main points when helping our students and when looking into our own level of Frustration, Anger, and Tension and understand how it can discourage us from helping others.

You can watch this video also to see more on F.A.T City.

http://the-teacher.wikispaces.com/F.A.T.+City+stands+for+Frustration,+Anxiety,+and+Tension

Additionally, schools are constantly held accountable and scrutinized based on academic performance of students and are based on the overall test scores in particular with each schools district test scores. This is problematic given some children with low test scores turn out to be doctors nurses and even greater teachers. To sum up this article it was basically saying there is a high cost to children not succeeding in school. This may happen later in life with them going to prison or jail and with society having to use tax dollars to take care of these now aging young adults when they get in trouble or become incarcerated. (Tavakolian 2012).

I feel that accountability should be seen more as what we don’t do to change our old ways of thinking and create innovative ways for students and parents to help us to create plans that will work in our school system. I feel that our teacher’s salaries should depend of the measure of teacher’s character and dedication to our students. In our readings this week I learned an important fact that students in as early as Kindergarten are shaped and molded with their trust from their teachers. This study in our reading did not measure how test scores were performed it looked at how well children do in school from the interactions they have with a good or bad teacher.

Good teaching is good values and respect and compassion for yourself first and your students. My plan is consistency, and to have patience with my students and for them to help me to understand what helps them to become better at life and to understand their learning style and life circumstance so that I can assist them to progress. I feel teachers can use research to convey their ideas and to improve their teaching style by being able to back up what they are saying with research to help their children.

I feel teachers can marry their teaching with research by looking at their student’s life and how this may affect the way they learn. I also feel it is important to look at studies that have been conducted so that you can stay up on technology and how this to can help our students in the classroom of life.

 

 

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