I recently went to my placement school for my ECS100 class. I am in the secondary education program but was placed in the a grade 4/5 class.
When I first came in to the class, there were a few students who started talking to me. Talking about where they were from, how much they like World War 1, how much they like World War 2 than 1, how their fuzzy scarf was an owl who recently gave birth to two baby owls, etc.
I had forgotten how welcoming kids were.
The day I went, there were Rough Riders coming to do a presentation on bullying. One of the kids thought I was a Rough Rider. Soon enough, most of the kids thought I was a Rough Rider!
I had forgotten how easily tricked kids were.
I had forgotten how vulnerable they were.
Because they are so welcoming, because they are so easily tricked, they are at a huge risk of getting taken advantage of. Kids are so trusting of adults that predators can easily take advantage of that.
It reminded me how we need to educate kids on the dangers of strangers. Not just by telling them, because I as a child did not listen to my parents warnings, but a different way that will more likely be heeded by children. I am not sure just how we will be able to do that, but I hope we can figure it out soon.
A little update on my learning project.
Shout out to all those who gave me their suggestions on studying tips! I will definitely make an effort to try them out!
In my last blog I said I was going to try rewarding myself with snacks, use the flora app to keep me away from my phone, listen to Mozart, and move my study space around.
Things I learned:
- I have no self control. The snacks were gone instantly.
- I have no sympathy for trees cause I have killed numerous amounts on Flora.
- I don’t like Mozart.
So the tip about snacks, did not help at all cause I ran out of snacks.
Flora made no difference cause I am a cold-hearted killer.
Mozart distracted me more because I just didn’t enjoy it and would take momentary breaks from studying to ask myself “What am I listening to?”
The one thing that did help me was moving my study space. When I felt burnt out from study and can’t study any further, I would pack up my stuff and move to a different location. I found out that physically moving around cleared up my mind a little and studying in a new location makes it feel like I just started studying. I was able study much longer thanks to this tip.
I hope you guys try it out and helps you out!
Just had my ECS 100 class and we watched a very interesting video explaining privilege.
There was a great discussion in class how it is a very powerful video explaining privilege in a very clear way but it wasn’t without its damages. The people who were not able to any steps were singled out. You can clearly see them getting nervous or upset.
Have you guys seen this video? What are your thoughts on it? I look forward to hearing from you guys!
So, for my learning project I have decided to learn how to study better! It would be a really good skill to have since, I am a student and all.
For my first post I have found a site that had some useful tips that I wanted to try out!
Some of the tips I want to try out are
3. Reward Yourself With A Treat
because I’m not gonna pass up on an excuse to get my snack on. So I plan on letting myself have a snack every time I answer a specific amount of questions or if I’m doing something like an essay, for every specific amount of time I work on the essay (with no interruption).
8. Use Apps to Block Distracting Sites
I am sure I am not alone when I say that the biggest distraction is internet. I get messages, someone tags me in Facebook posts, or I just start browsing Instagram on my phone (hopefully I can start browsing Twitter instead of Instagram for EDTC300). Even though it is a huge distraction, it is also my most helpful tool for studying. so I can’t just turn off all my internet connections so having apps to block them for me will be really useful!
The blog recommends SelfControl app it does not seem like it will work for me so I am going off a friend’s recommendation! Flora is an app where you plant a tree and pick when it will be fully grown. During the time it is growing, you cannot use your phone or it will kill the tree. The idea is that you will feel guilty about killing the tree so you won’t use it.
13. Listen to the Correct Type of Music
I always listen to instrumental music while studying because if a song has lyrics I always end up singing along and getting distracted. I have always listened to my music at a loud volume to drown out the outside noise but their blog about which music to listen to states that it should be listened at a moderate volume. It also recommends Mozart because of something called the “Mozart Effect” where listening to Mozart improves mental performance.
14. Make Your Study Space Portable
I always either sit in the first floor of the Archer Library or in RIC at school to study but the blog states that it improves information retention when you move around.
I plan on studying at a different spot everyday and maybe try moving to a different studying spot during the day.
I really hope some of these tips help me out cause I got a midterm on Friday! I will keep you guys updated on how I do! Wish me luck everyone!
For this week’s assignment, I am using Feedly to look up education related sources. I searched for generic topics such as education, teacher, math teacher, and etc.
Now that I think about it “school” would be a good topic to look up. Mental note.
I look at the description of the blogs to see if they would be helpful to me and I go on to the blog to see a few of their articles. I found a blog called “Edublogger” that had tips on working on your blog that I found pretty helpful (since I am new to blogging).
One of the helpful tips was that if your paragraph is just one huge block then it is likely that not everyone will read it all. To combat this it recommended to play around with the paragraphs instead of keeping all related sentences in one paragraph.
I’m using the tip right now. Is it working?
For my learning project I am debating between improving and learning new frisbee throws and learning how to manage my time better.
I play frisbee with my friends in the summer and sometimes for intramural at the UofR. I only have one throw that I am comfortable using and even that one lacks accuracy. The problem with frisbee is that to practice I need a wide open space with nothing that I can break. This is gonna be hard to find during winter time.
For managing my time, I do not really know how I will be able to record the time spent on this other than the time I spent researching but it would be a really useful skill for me since I procrastinate almost all the time.
I will be looking in to both and see if I can come up with solutions by next week!
Hello everyone! My name is Jung Lee but I prefer to go by Daniel! It has been a busy start of the semester because I just came back from a study abroad trip in South Korea only a couple of days before the semester started.
A picture I took for proof —->
I had lots of things to do (and still have a lot of things to do) before I get completely settled back in my Regina life so I have been procrastinating on my blog. I do happen to procrastinate a lot and have just accepted the fact that it is who I am.
I am not a tech savvy person nor a person who likes to blog so this class will be an interesting experience for me….add in the fact that I procrastinate…. I hope I survive this class!
P.S. I have just made a twitter account and have no followers. Please make me seem somewhat less lonely.