Blog 7

3 new things

  1. Social Conflict Theory. While I was privileged enough to attend good schools with plenty of resources, I never have thought about how attending different schools would have such a big impact on how well the students learn.
  2. How much time parents or adults spend time with the student outside of school makes an impact on the student’s education. This is also one of the things that I never thought about but now that I am hearing about it, it makes a lot of sense. When I first came to Canada, my father was still living in Korea and my mom had to work to support the family, so I spent most of my youth in Canada without my parents. However, I had my two older siblings and one younger sibling, and we constantly made an effort to improve our English. I believe without them, my English language skills would not be at the level it is at today.
  3. I was not aware that students as young as grade 3 students were out protesting. It makes me wonder if the students were the one who proposed the protesting or was it the teacher who had brainwashed the students to believe what the teacher thought was right.

2 connections

  1. The article on brainwashing reminded me of the case with Reena Virk. It reminds me how easily manipulated people can be, especially younger people. James Banks makes the connection to the incident with the Nazis to show how easily persuaded people can be. With students who are so vulnerable to be being persuaded to believe the opinion of one person (the teacher), how can we as teachers try to stay neutral?
  2. Schools are teaching or raising more awareness to political issues than when I was in elementary and high school. It raises the question if students are mentally developed enough to understand both sides of the issue and choose a side that they believe is right without a third party opinion brainwashing them. I remember when I was in high school I don’t think I was mature enough to really understand political issues, nor did I have an interest in it.

1 question

  1. How can teachers truly stay neutral on topics? Would giving both sides of facts be enough to stay neutral? Teachers are still able to deliver the facts more strongly for the side they believe in. Although that may seem like it will not have much impact, I believe it will be enough to persuade the majority of the students to lean towards the side that the teacher believes in.

 

 

 

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Blog 6

3 things I learned:

  1. Kindergarten is meant to be a “garden” for children to play and learn on their own. Now I realize why we had so much free time during kindergarten and always had so many play things with shapes. However, are these play things a universal thing all the children can use to learn or will schools have to have a vast majority of play things, hoping that all children find the one they would learn the best with.
  2.  I had always believed that everyone would be a realistic learner like me where I learn better by observing, but now I know that there are many types of learners and should teach in a manner that caters to all types of learners.
  3. The existence of existentialism, pragmatism, perennialism, essentialism, conservatism, progressivism, and social reconstructionism. I had only known about the terms idealist and realist before, never have I heard of the other terms. It goes to show that I still much to learn when it comes to education.

2 connections:

  1. According to the article, I am a realist. I learn better when I am able to see what I need to do rather than having it explained to me. I had never thought about putting in terms of idealist, realist and etc in terms of learning before but now that I have read about it, it does make sense to categorize the types of learners this way. Of course not everyone would fit the one category and not the other but for the majority I believe they would fit in one of these philosophical categories.
  2. When the article talks about existentialists I made the connection to people who do not finish their high school diploma to live a successful life away from the traditional academia. “The aim is to be true to oneself despite external pressures.” In this quote external pressures is the academia and to be true to oneself would be living successful lives (eudaimonia in terms of realist).

1 question:

  1. The article shows us there are many different ways of thinking and how people approach education. With the many ways someone learns, why do we only group students by age and expect them to all learn through the same method at the same pace? I cannot help but think that there must be a more efficient way to group children so that they are learning at the maximum efficiency. Would it be more efficient to separate students based on their skills at each subject (ie a student would be at a grade 4 level of math but only at a level 2 at English and so on)? How about if we separate students based on how they learn (idealists, realists, and so on)? I feel that there must be more efficient ways for children to learn other than being grouped by age and getting held back a year if their knowledge is not satisfactory according to the school system set up by the government.

Blog 5

3 things I learned:

  1. On page 193 where Benjamin says he doesn’t take his Ritalin when he wants to work on his artwork. It made it seem like Ritalin gives you focus on schoolwork but takes away the creative side of the user. Is it really fair for adults to decide which is more important to the child?
  2. Positive stereotypes have negative consequences. Now that I think back on it, I was complimented a lot on my math skills but sometimes another statement along the lines of “all Asians are good at math.” This statement belittles my efforts in improving my math skills by stating that I was born good at math. This may have lowered my efforts in striving further in math because since I’m Asian I’ll be good at it.
  3. It shocked me to find out that poor students are twice as likely to be kept back as non-poor students. I always thought that anyone, regardless of social stature, can do well in school if they tried. Now that I think about it, being poor can hold you back in many ways like not having transportation to school and being too hungry to focus in class.

2 connections I made:

  1. Two out of the four students already knew what they wanted to do with their lives despite only being in grade 2 and grade 12. I didn’t know what I wanted to till a couple years after I graduated high school. In all the students cases there were adults urging to for some type of goal, whether it was something they wanted or not. Does this urging from adults help children form their own goals or are adults misleading them from what the student wants to do?
  2. “Asian Americans are seen as perpetual foreigners.” I am Asian and I completely agree with this statement. When I was little I tried very hard to be White so I can be seen as a Canadian. Now I realize that no matter how I act, I will always be an Asian to the majority.

1 question I have:

  1. I personally never had any adult trying to urging me to pursue a particular path in school. I also didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life till a couple years after graduating high school. However, the majority of the 4 example students in chapter 6 seemed to know what they wanted to do in the future and they had adults urging them to a particular path. This connection makes me question, does adults urging student help them decided on their future, even if what the adult urges has no relations to what the student actually wants to do?

Blog 4

3 things I learned:

  1. Aboriginal people believe that their spirit was meant to do something in this world and that they possess a skill or a trait to fulfill that something. I think it is fascinating idea that that one thing about you that you thought was unusual and useless could be something that you need to achieve a specific goal you were destined for.
  2. Indigenous knowledge is a valuable knowledge system that benefits everyone, nationally and internationally.
  3. Indigenous language is the most important part to preserving and continuing Indigenous knowledge but it is also the most endangered.

2 things I connected with.

  1. Although my experience was no where near tragic as the residential schools, I too have suffered in my early childhood the discrimination, the racism, the hate, and the forced assimilation. The effects are still present in my life, even if I have been slowly recovering from it over time. If I am still not fully recovered from something as minor as my childhood, how long would the people who suffered in residential schools take to fully recover? Will they ever fully recover?
  2. In the “Nourishing the Learning Spirit” article it states that their work in teacher education in University of Saskatchewan strives to teachers to recognize racism and this truly was the case for me. It was only after I took ECS 110 and ECS 100 that I realized how racist the world still is. I never really gave much thought to White Privilege till I took those classes.

1 question I have

  1. As stated in my things I have connected with, I am still not fully recovered from my traumas from childhood so how long will it take me to fully recover? How long will it take for the people who were forced in to residential schools and suffered a much more devastating trauma to fully recover? Will we ever fully recover?

Blog 3

3 things I learned

  1. Higher levels of arousal is better for simple tasks (sorting laundry), while for complex tasks (complex learning) a lower level of arousal is better.
  2. One goal of teaching should be to better equip the students to learn by themselves.
  3. Students being “bored” affects their learning. They need motivation to pay attention in class (or some sort of arousal).

2 things I connected with

  1. I myself am not very good at organizing or deciding what is important. I would always leave my assignments and studying last minute, but I graduated high school with honor rolls and doing fairly decent currently in university. Although it would be better to teach students how to stay organized, I believe teaching the students to figure out what their limitations are would also greatly benefit them. What I mean is that they should know if they would be able to handle a certain task within a certain time period, so that even if it is last minute they would still be able to complete it and hand it in on time.
  2. Math confidence and math achievement reciprocally influenced each other. In high school, one of my math class teacher asked me “Why are you acting stupid in my class?” when I said that one of the shapes looked like a window instead of the the answer he was looking for. The answer he was looking for was a rectangle and half a circle in top of the rectangle which to me looked like a window. I was forced to answer when I told him I didn’t know and that I should just guess something. I was struggling more than normal in this math class and when the teacher said I was being stupid I just didn’t feel motivated to try that hard. That class was the one of two classes in my whole high school career that I didn’t have an above 80 grade in.

1 question that I have

  1. This chapter talks a lot about how watching a model perform a certain task can greatly help the capabilities of students who attempt the same task. If so, why do we not make class more about showing rather than doing? I believe math classes are taught this way by the teacher showing how to do the steps to a math problem, but I believe there would be a much more effective way to show students rather than writing the problem on the board and then solving it.

Blog 2

3 New things I learned:

1) Having an early menarche has been related to bulimia, alcohol use, suicide, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, lower achievement in school, drug use, and greater risk of breast cancer.

2) Good teachers defined by researchers as having a positive interpersonal relationship, organized, maintains authority being mean, and good motivators.

3) 80% of students changed their majors at least once.

2 Connections I made:

1) I used to very underweight when I was in elementary school and high school, but it wasn’t because I had a eating disorder. I wouldn’t have considered myself “unhealthy” either. I was just naturally skinny, which is not an uncommon thing in Asians. The BMI is very skewed when taking in to consideration the children of different ethnicity.

2) The textbook defines “crowds” and I believe this is what I was a part of in elementary school. Everyone in my grade got along with each other, at least from my perspective, there was the more athletic peers, the smart, the goth kids and so on, but we all hung out together. Everyone spoke to everyone without it being awkward or forced. I was truly lucky to have grown up in a community like this.

1 Question I have:

Why is the Macrosystem seen as the least important? I believe it should be the most important stimulant to human development. This may be because I attended school in South Korea till grade 1 and then moved to Canada and got a whole new experience. Bronfenbrenner’s Bioecological Model shows that school, neighborhood, and, I assume, peers would be part of the “and so on” category. The environment heavily affects these three from the Microsystem which is seen as having the most impact on development.

Blog 1

I know we are suppose to do the 3-2-1 format for the blog posts but I just so many questions that I will be doing 1 new thing I learned, 2 connections, and 3 questions.

One new thing I learned is that forces outside of the school environment affects your “resilience” to academics. I never would have thought things such as relationship with your parents and ethnicity would have any impact on academics.

The two connections I made are related to the new thing I learned. My parents never really cared much about my academics. Perhaps it was their faith in me and my abilities to do well in school that they never payed much attention to me, or perhaps they were simply too busy with caring for the family that they couldn’t. It may also be the fact that their English skills were far inferior than mine so that they felt that they couldn’t help me even if they wanted to. Whatever the reason, I had to rely on myself to do homework and school work. Perhaps if they showed an interest or expected more of me, I would have done better in school.

Another connection I made was about my ethnicity. In elementary school, I was not happy with the fact that I was a visible minority, specifically an Asian. I attended three different elementary school in Canada. The first school was a very welcoming school and I credit that welcoming environment for improving my English to a fluent level in such a short amount of time. While I wish I could have stayed there, the school moved to a bigger building, much farther away from where I lived so I had to transfer to a new school. It was at this school that I was constantly bullied for my being a visible Asian descent. By the time I moved to a new school, I had become self conscious of being Asian and tried to reject it as much as possible. I tried to assimilate myself to the White culture as much as possible. Now that I am older, I am more secure about my ethnicity but now that I learned that pride in ethnicity may have improved my academics, what would have happened if I had stayed at the first school, a place where they welcomed my ethnicity.

I had many questions from the table 6.2 on page 215. The first was “Why should teachers be held accountable to produce results?” Teachers who are underpaid, underfunded, and underappreciated? Yes I know it is the job of teachers to teach students so that they may have a brighter future or understanding of the world, but why put so much responsibility on teachers without making sure they have the resources to achieve that goal? Before making teachers accountable for making students achieve they best they can, why not make sure the teacher has all the opportunities to be able to give their students all that they can?

My second question was “Why an emphasis on academics?” It said that now there is an emphasis on the resilience of students but how about making them a morally better person? If I was a parent and HAVE TO choose between my child being a genuinely good person but lacking academic skills or an academically well achieved but bully (in nice terms), I would choose the first option. If teachers can create an environment filled with only of good, kindhearted, and selfless students, there would be no need for students to have a “resilience” to the school environment. There would be no discrimination, thus everyone would be able to have pride in their ethnicity. Teaching students to be morally good and if they retain that sense of good to adulthood, they will be better parents, aunts, grandparents, etc, thus creating a better social support and interpersonal relationships. The textbook said that with pride in one’s ethnicity, a good social support, and a good interpersonal relationships makes for a more resilient students, and that resilient students thrive academically.

My third question was “Why ‘WEED OUT’ misbehaving students?” Should teachers not try and make an effort to find the reason why the students are misbehaving? Should they not try to help the students? What if the student is having troubles at home or is the victim of bullying and is acting out because they don’t know how to deal with the problem? Do the teacher just cast them out simply because he/she is misbehaving? The student doesn’t have family to talk to, friends to confide in, should the teacher just abandon them too? I believe the schools “weed out” the bad seeds because they are so focused on producing results academically. They want to ignore the students they deem as a lost cause and focus on students who has potential to do great and, in turn, make the school look great.

There’s no “I” in “teamwork”

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This was me furiously looking through old posts to find comments I made for my final networking learning post. Throughout the semester, I have been struggling with the whole networking thing. I was a complete amateur when it came to blogging and using Twitter. I have never used it before and I feel like I still don’t quite have handle on it yet! I hope to keep up with them even after EDTC300 is over, expanding my network!

Twitter

I am upset that I could not participate in SaskEdChat because I would always be working on Thursdays. The twitter chat that I did participate in that fit my schedule was, truthfully, very boring that it turned me away from participating in any other twitter chats. Hopefully in the future I will be able to join SaskEdChat

As for networking, there were two teachers that I started following that makes class seem fun! The thing that got me following Ashley Thruby and Angela Ryan is when they did escape room in the classroom! The students needed to use their Math and English skills to escape!

They both teach their classes with such creativity and enthusiasm that I just can’t help but want to be like them!

When I was curious about Cubelets, commented on Laura Bieber’s Tweet and got an answer from Keithe Adolph!

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Can I be good at studying now?

The end of the semester is here and with it, the end of my learning project for my EDTC300 class.

For my learning project I decided to learn how to study (better) and, to be honest, it was kinda stressful. I was already stressed out about having to study but on top of that I needed to study how to study better? Even saying it kinda gives me anxiety. However, looking back on it I really loved the subject I chose. It not only benefits me, it benefits all my classmates. It also is a subject that anyone from EDTC300 can voice their thoughts on because they all have studied and can contribute.

Here is a brief rundown on all my learning project posts!

Let’s learn…to decide!

I was struggling to decide between learning frisbee and how to manage my time better. In the end I decided on neither of them but time management is correlated to studying better right? Right….?

Studying how to Study

Some tips I found for this blog post were

  • using treats to motivate yourself
  • using apps to block out distracting sites/apps
  • listening to music
  • don’t study at just one spot, move around

The treats tip was a bust because I have no self control and constantly snacked on it. I looked for apps to try out and talked about using one in my next blog post, but that also was a bust. Listening to music was very helpful because it drowns out distracting noises and it helps me get motivated. This blog states that listening to Mozart improves mental performance but I personally don’t like Mozart so I stuck to my own music that had no lyrics. Moving around was surprisingly helpful. When I started to feel like I was losing focus, I packed up all my stuff and walk around to find a new study space. The little amount of exercise I got from walking around helped to wake me up.

Daniel, Killer of Trees

For this post, I tried using the iTunes app Flora. It’s an app where you plant a tree and you have to stay on the app till the tree fully grows or you kill it, making you plant a tree all over again. The app is supposed to make you stay away from distracting sites by making you feel guilty about killing trees, but as you can see from the title of the post, I have killed many trees. So many trees.

Burnt Out

When I made this post, I was just overwhelmed. It was right before my Math midterm and I just could not focus on studying. With only an hour before my midterm, I needed something that will get me to focus. I tried researching how to get myself out of this burnt out state but most of what I found was to prevent yourself from getting burnt out. Things like managing your time wisely, exercising, eating healthy and so on, but I needed something immediate. The only helpful thing I did find was caffeine. I don’t drink coffee because I am super sensitive to caffeine so I tried getting a bottle of coke and it worked! I gave me the necessary amount of energy to take the midterm and then I just crashed. If you ever find yourself burnt out but have a deadline approaching soon, try drinking coke!

Trying not to freeze….

If you ever need something to do to relax or want to take a break, try going outside. There are many benefits of being out in nature. For me, personally, I like to get away from the noise of cars, constructions, and people. I like being out in nature by myself, listening to music or just listening to birds chirping and the snow crunching under my shoes. You don’t have to drive yourself to the middle of nowhere, just try going outside to a nearby park, walk your dog! You’d be surprised at what a little fresh air can do for you.

Could you repeat the whole class? I wasn’t listening.

I was blown away by this statistics that I found on this site.

According to Walter Pauk (84), people lose their retention at the following rates:

 

20 minutes 47% forgotten
1 day 62% forgotten
2 days 69% forgotten
75 days 75% forgotten
78 days 78% forgotten

This means that by the time you get out of class and start you next class, you already forgot almost half of what you learned in the previous class! This highlights the importance of taking notes for class materials. I was having a little trouble taking notes in my English class because the professor liked to go back to a previous point, adding on to it and I, not having left any room to add in more notes, don’t write down those new points. So, to combat this I decided to try out a note taking method called the Cornell Method.

Holding back the urge to bust out in song during class.

For this post, I tried something new during lectures. I listened to my music while listening to lectures. The reason for doing this was because I was having trouble focusing because I was so sleepy. Research has shown that listening to music improves mental alertness, and it really did for me. I was more awake during lectures and was able to actually learn form the professor instead of going back on my notes to teach myself. So this gets me thinking, why did my high school teachers not let me listen to music during class? It is definitely something to think about when I become a teacher myself.

Organized Chaos

I tried out the Cornell note taking method but made a few tweaks to it. These are the pros and cons I listed in my post.

Pros for the new method: It gives me space to add in additional notes. If you can decipher my writing, you can see that the blob of notes on the top left hand side and the middle right hand side have arrows pointing toward another blob of notes. This is to indicate that the notes are correlated. If I had taken notes the regular way, there would have been limited, if any, space for me to write new notes.

Cons for the new method: It looks chaotic to me. It may be just because I’m not used to it but it definitely looks messier than my usual method. I am also not used to using this method. For today’s class I noticed I went back to my usual method because it is my usual means of writing notes.

Attention span of only 25 minutes

I had found a youtube video that was very informative and I had learned a lot from it. I hope you check it out yourself!

The main thing that blew me away was that the average person only has an attention span of 25 minutes. After that, our focus starts to waver. To help get you focused again, you should take breaks after 25 minutes and the breaks don’t have to be long to get your focus back, it can be just 5 minutes!

The only problem was that I have trouble limiting my break to just 5 minutes and my classmate Laura also shared my problem!

However, I realized something. The video says a MINIMUM of 5 minutes, it doesn’t say it has to be 5 minutes. You shouldn’t be having a ridiculously long break like 30 minutes, but you should give yourself enough time to feel refreshed and not be stressed about taking a long break. It’s better for you to take longer breaks and to study for longer than to stress about the amount of breaks you’re taking and end up burning out.

Quitting Cold Turkey

I tried out an app called Cold Turkey. It is an app where it blocks all the sites that are added in to its list for a time period that you decided on. One thing I found surprising is how long you can set the timer for. You can set it to 2020 and farther still. Here are some of the pros and cons for me:

PROS:

  • You can pick which sites to block and can set up personalized list for specific occasions.

CONS:

  • Some of the sites may have materials we need to help our homework/studies. For example, you need help on a math question and a quick googling gives you a Youtube video on how to do the question. However, you can’t watch it because you blocked Youtube for the next hour.
  • You can still use your phone for social media.

Brace Yourself…..

A friend of mine happened to walk up to me when I had just searched on youtube “how to study” and he points to Thomas Frank says “I love him! He has good study tips!” so I decided to check him out. He didn’t disappoint. He talked about the Space Repetition Technique which could be utilized through flashcards. I am fan of flash cards and think they are a better way to retain memory, now I know why!

Imma go nap.

For my last learning project post, I looked in to the benefits of napping and how to maximize its effectiveness. Here are the tips I learned from Thomas Frank.

  • Most people naturally get sleepy around 1-3PM.
  • Keep your naps to 10-20 minutes.
  • Don’t worry about taking long to fall asleep. Just lying down with your eyes closed relaxes you and has its benefits.
  • Use eye mask and earplugs. A noise cancelling headphone if you have one and sleep on your back.
  • Using apps like Pzizz to help you fall asleep.
  • Take coffee naps where you drink a cup of coffee and immediately nap for 20 minutes afterwards.

The one problem with my learning project was that it is impossible to track how far I have progressed in terms of studying. It is impossible for my to compare grades to previous semesters because I am not taking the same classes. While it is impossible to see how much more efficient my studying is now, here are a few things that I have noticed about myself.

  1. I focus better in lectures now because listening to music improves mental alertness.
  2. I am able to study for longer because I take breaks more often.
  3. Taking notes have become more efficient by using a different note taking method.
  4. I go outside more which helps relaxes me and also is beneficial for both my physical and mental health.
  5. When I’m burnt out or sleepy but have to finish an assignment/keep studying, I drink coke. Although it is not healthy, I am more alert after drinking it.

Although this was not talked about in my blog posts, but it is something I noticed only because I had my learning project on my mind. How much I eat greatly impacts my motivation to study. While it may be old news to some, it is new to me. If I eat too much, I get lazy and end up not studying afterwards. To combat this I eat about half the amount I would normally eat but eat more often.

Now that it is over, I enjoyed my learning project and I hope others enjoyed reading about it. Learning a new skill or improving on one by online resources taught me many things. It not only taught me how to study more efficiently, it taught me that there is a vast amount of information right at out finger tips. The use of technology is greatly beneficial in the learning process of students and should be implemented in to the class. Banning or restricting technology in the classroom is a waste of this tool. Students should be taught how to use technology efficiently instead of just restricting their uses.

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