Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Event #2

I attended Acceptance day to talk about our major to in coming freshmen. Trying to let them know that youth and development is and option and how great it actually is. I thought that I did well explaining our major. I told them my experience and how it ended up being such a better fit for myself. I did observe that a lot of parents were trying to direct their children's attention away from us because they don't know what are major is yet. They only saw the bigger majors but I hope that one day we will be the major with that line of people.

Event #1

I attended a conference before the semester started. I learned about working with the youth with behavior and tools on how to interact or handle these children. I loved this convention and thought that it was great. I learned so much about how to talk to students with behavior and also how we need to open our eyes! Their might be a lot going on in there lives and we need to stop and notice and think about why the child might be acting out. Another tool that I learned was to be care on the way we ask questions. Try to ask questions with no room for a yes or no answer. These are just some of the things that I learned I defiantly recommend for people to attend this event if possible.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Final Intership Project !


That's right for my internship project I got to help and work along side with the director and the manager putting on the famous ballet the Nutcracker. It was a great experience to learn the behind the scenes. I have been in lots of nutcrackers starting off as an angel and ending at getting to be in snow and even having a solo in the party scene as a doll. So I have went through the performing and rehearsing process many times before but never the behind the scenes of costumes, props, casting, music, and leading rehearsal. It is so much time and work. I have learned so much and I loved working with the children they are so cute and get so excited!
I have done everything that could be thought of for the show. I will defiantly use what I have learned in the future. Especially the parts where I worked with the youth and there families. I think having those experiences are the most important ones to have because I will now have a better understanding and also more confidence on working with parents and there children. I think that is the make or break to working with the youth because you want to build professional relationships in the field it makes for a better environment and a better work place. To see some photos from the nutcracker that I helped put together click on the link below

The Nutcracker

Carolyn Dutra Dance Studio

If the link doesn't work go to www.Carolyndutradancestudio.com

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Event # 2

For the second event I attended Open house for in coming freshman in 2014. There I go to talk about my major and try to help out other students that could potentially fall into the same position as me. Where I was an education major but just wasn't fitting in. And now I am part of a family. And I am glad that we were able to show these students that we actually are a family and that we are not just a major where you come in and end up hating your job. I find that in what we are doing in our major you will defiantly know if it is the right fit for you.
       At this event we had matching shirts, candy, and music. I mean who wouldn't want to join. We looked like so much fun and instead of a teacher The actual Students in the program represented it I think that is Awesome !


Event #1

For event one me and a couple of other students when to a presentation for youth and development. It was in Horace Mann in one of the meeting rooms. This meeting was about youth and development and how it is located around the world. The place we got to talk about was Israel and our presenter was also from Israel herself. She is a youth and development work and instructor at there at the college her name was Osnat Nisanov. It was kind of funny because at first she didn't even look like she was from Israel. Then when she stood up and introduced herself I knew she was are speaker. She spoke very broken English but I could kind of make out what she was saying. 

                  She talked about youth and development in her country and I found it very interesting. The idea of youth development is pretty much the same but the way that there students learn it compared to the way that we are learning it is completely different. My understanding is that we at Rhode Island College Learn about youth and development and take classes for youth and development and even take class the will just improve our skills that much more. We learn as much as we can to prepare our self for the field. In Israel they do the opposite. They Do the field work before and class after. Talking about what they did in there field work and their experiences. I find it kind of interesting and I wonder what system works better. I could tell by a couple of Osnat Nisanov peers that came with her that they like there system better. 
                     However what I enjoyed most about this presentation was that she had her students write little essays about what they have been doing in the field and why they love it. It was great to hear and even see pictures of them enjoying their work. Seeing this made me really realize that this is where I should be ! 


Thursday, November 21, 2013


Teachers, their sole per pose is to teacher children and teens the basic knowledge. Some of the teachers today struggle with running a classroom. We want the kids to learn but times are changing and children are getting more difficult to teach. We have more special needs kids, and more children of race and as teacher we need to teach in such a way that we get a response from all. We need to explore our students and understand what teaching methods best fit them. For most in what Corinne McKamey has wrote about in her article 'Uncovering and managing unconscious ways of 'looking'' teachers need to be more invited and not just sitting at their desk and listen to their teacher talk to them. The classroom needs to be more engaging and exciting for all. As for student teacher relationship that needs to become more of a bond where the teacher is trusted and therefore the student making sure that whom ever the student or teacher is isn't crossing that line and becoming best friends. Youth and Action has talked about this many times and one of their staff members seems to become a mast at from what I have observed in class. 

This whole topic made me thing of two teachers in my life that have done exactly what Corinne McKamey would see as a good educator. First is was my forth grade teacher and he was the best. He would turn our lessons into fun educational games and we all wanted to play. Spelling bee basketball was my favorite and face-off with multiplication tables. Face-off went as far as playing other classes and ours always won! Even against the sixth graders. We were so proud and it got us so motivated as a whole class. The other teacher was my senior year english teacher. Everyone loved her she was fun and exciting as well. And our lessons always had an activity. One that  can remember was when we were reading hamlet the whole class had a part and we all had to stand up and act it out. And eventual after writing a paper on it we got to go to New York city and see it on broadway with Jude Law as hamlet! It was great but not only was this teacher fun she was so helpful and you could go to her for anything. We always had students from other classrooms coming in to get help from her for their senior projects I was just lucky enough to have her and man with out her I don't think I would have graduated high school. 

Being an extra ordinary teacher is super important in the world that we live in today. It is always changing and teacher need to know that they as well need to change with the world. Everyone learns differently and some need a caring teacher and some need that tuff love teacher. But it is up to the teacher to find out what child needs what. 

This video is a little long but so great !!! It is about a teacher and he is amazing !! 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Get Involved !

In reading Kohn's article it made me think a lot about my CEP Class that I took a couple of semesters ago. And at once point we were disscussing how parents and or guardians should never say no to a child. The reason being that we as caretakers need to explain our reasoning of no. I completely agree that we should never say just no. We also talked about how caretakers should all in all not say no at all because it is sending negativity toward the child. We should instead say things like "kyle we shouldn't talk that way about each other because we can hurt there feelings" Vs "No Kyle don't say that". When we use the word no with no explanation we are not teaching the child the difference between right and wrong even though it seems like we are.
In this article Kohn also talks about middle and lower class children and the after school programs that they attend. I think it is very important for children of these families to attend as their life is not the  easiest and they should not have to deal with their parents struggles. But I also think that parents should be more involved when they are sending their children to an after school program. It is important for them to know what is going on with their children. What are they doing there, do they like it, and what are they getting out of their time there. All thing parents or guardians should keep in mind. A parent caring about their child is the best thing for their child even if they need to for get about all the hard ships they are going through. Sometime's we need to put that away for our child !