Ecoliteracy Poem

Like a mother that cares for her child.

The earth has done everything to provide.

While she watches us, all run wild.

She has always been by our side.

 

And yet, with all she has done for you and me.

Like her trees giving air for us to inhale.

We still choose to pollute her sea.

Leaving behind our plastic trail.

 

We take it for granted this planet of ours.

But the little things can make a change.

Like walking instead of driving your car.

Removing plastic for an eco-exchange.

 

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Being a “Good” student

When people think about what a “good student is, they most likely would think of someone who sits quietly, does their work, hands it in on time, and is very obedient. Teachers who are narrow-minded, or possibly lazy, prefer these students because they are the easiest to teach. The teacher can write things on the board, tell the students what to do and they do it. No complaints, no distractions. As a future teacher, this does sound like the best kind of student, the easiest student to teach. But, not every student is a “good” student. Some are talking when the teacher talks, some hand in their work late, some ask more questions than the others and some need extra help with work.

 

 

I believe the difference between a good teacher and a bad teacher is their ability to adapt to the students that they have. I myself struggled with classes where the teacher would write on the board and expect us to learn through their notes. As someone who was labeled a “bad” student by many of my teachers, I’ve been able to witness the difference in teachers who were willing to be adaptive to their students. In one of my classes I had a teacher that was very negative towards anyone that didn’t do things “her way”, or in her mind “the right way”, and would disagree with any way that I would do the work a bit differently while still having the correct answers.

 

On the other hand, I also had a teacher who was very adaptive to the students in his class. This teacher was very open to different ways of doing the work, or people asking questions about the way he himself did the work. In his class, I might have been considered a “good” student because of the fact that I excelled in the subjects that he taught. Through this experience, I believe that all students can be the “good” student if we as teachers are able to adapt our teaching styles and stay open-minded to the needs of our students.

The Environment And Me

In smaller towns, it is very common for farms and acreages to be surrounded by an abundance of trees around the house and yard to keep the strong winds from blowing things into, or off of, your yard. My home was no different. The types of trees varied but were all equally useful.  Each year we would take the smaller trees that would be suffocated by the larger ones and relocate them so that they may grow as big as the others on our property.

We have many trees on our acreage, from spruce trees, birch trees, and crab apple trees. Each of these trees serve a different purpose and help in a variety of ways. Because of this, my family and I do what we can to take care of the fully-grown trees, and relocate the smaller trees to a new area if the area they are in could hinder their growth, or offer them to people who are wanting or in need of trees.

What is the environment

 

What is the environment to me? The environment is my home, and yet, its everywhere. When I’m outside on the front lawn with my dog playing catch, when I’m walking down the sidewalk on my way to the university, and when I’m on vacation at a beach in some tropical place I am surrounded by the environment. What first comes to mind when I think of the environment is my home back in Melfort. We lived on an acreage with large lawns that we would run and play on, a long dirt road that we would ride our bikes on, and hundreds of trees that we ourselves planted. My favorite environment would be when I would walk with my dog too our raspberry bushes beyond our numerous trees where I would pick berries until I couldn’t hold anymore, and then continue my walk until I had reached the end of the trees where the last tree had a very low branch that I could sit on while I watched cars drive by and share my berries with my dog. It may not be everyone’s idea of the environment but it is a place where I feel closest to the earth.

 

Even though people may have their own ideas on what the environment is (which I am in no way disagreeing with those ideas of environment), I believe that the environment is everywhere and all around us. Though the environment changes depending on our location we are still within an environment of some kind. Whether we live in the city, small town, or a different country, we are all in an environment.

 

ECS 200 Blog Post Week 10

3 Things I learned:

  • The three examples of widely accepted definitions on what a profession is.
  • Teachers (people in general) can have varying ideas on what is considered “professional” in classrooms, schools, and any meetings or teacher conferences.
  • Teachers who disagree with a school’s policy, due to possibly treating a student unfairly, run the risk of being penalized in a variety of ways depending on the open mindedness of the school’s administrators.

 

2 Connections I made:

  • People will always have opinions on how teachers should do their jobs, but as long as teachers are placing the needs of the students and their professional opinion (including what the curriculum states) above what cranky parents or narrow-minded teachers think, then we as teachers can make the right decision for the best way to teach our students.
  • Teachers aren’t just teachers in the classroom. Whether it’s in the halls during breaks, afterschool activities, or school sports, teachers have the responsibility if keeping a professional attitude towards their students and peers.

 

1 Question I had:

  • If I, as a teacher, come into a situation where the policy of the school is hindering my future student’s ability to attend, participate, or fully understand a class, if I bring it up with the school board, principle, or whoever it may be and they deny my request to help said student. What am I to do? How can I help my student if the school does not allow me to?

 

 

 

 

 

 

ECS 200 Blog Post

 

3 Things I learned:

 

  • There is much more about being a teacher than I had originally thought. What school you teach at and how they think things should, or are to, be done can have a very strong effect on not only students, but teachers as well.
  • There are schools, teachers, and principles, that can have a very negative effect on new teachers who first start off and might need a little bit of help. Depending on the principals, or other teachers who may have been there longer, views on how teachers should do their job, some new teachers can be singled out if their beliefs don’t a line with the other.
  • My ideas on how I view myself as a future teacher and how I may be able to help, teach, and connect with my students may end up changing dramatically if I end up in a school that does not view me as qualified as, or equal to, the other teachers.

 

 

2 Connections I made:

 

  • In the school I attended, there were most teachers that were very negative towards different ways of doing things or accepting new ideas. Even I was treated differently by most teachers because I had been homeschooled and did not think of me as a “smart enough” to understand what they taught.
  • In my old school though, there was one teacher who was very accepting and open minded do different ways of teaching or doing work (how one might do math). Because he was accepting and always did what he could to help us, many students, including myself, have been giving the encouragement to come to college that we may never have gotten from the rest of the negative, “old ways”, “one way or the wrong way”, teachers.

 

1 Question I had:

 

  • With all we learn in this class about being supportive, coming up with ways to help children, and being accepting to new ideas, will the chances of ending up in a negative school (teachers, principals, etc…)? Are there still going to be many of the “old ways” mentality teachers then? And will I be strong enough to be the teacher that my students need, even if all the other teachers and principals won’t be?

ECS 200 Blog Post 8

According to an article written by Cynthia Reynolds, what is necessary for children to be taught in schools is always changing. Whether at the time it is considered necessary or is something an angry mother believes should be taught, the main point is that what is taught in school can differ from year to year. Rita Irwin, associate dean of teacher education at the University of British Colombia, states that “the classroom has completely changed. We need to prepare teachers to deal with it”. Though this is a true statement, as a future teacher, it will be difficult to adapt to all the changes that happen when teaching not only because the curriculum is always changing, but also all the changes to what children need to, or should, be learning about the politics (Genders, Races, Beliefs, etc.).

 

What children learn can have a very powerful effect on how they view things in the world outside of, or after, school. James Banks, a professor of diversity studies at the University of Washington in Seattle, had said “there’s more to education than teaching literacy and numeracy”. He also spoke about the horrors of Nazi Germany, with their high levels of literacy and numeracy, how many of the citizens still succumbed to Hitler’s evil due to his influence in the schools and having the young minds molded to his beliefs.

 

The University of Ottawa faculty of education prepares their students, future teachers, to tackle some of the controversial topics head-on. This helps those training to become teachers to in a sense “be ready” for the topics that may arise. Though they may not have the exact answers ready for a specific political, or controversial, topics that may come up in their years as teachers, they will have their experience on how to properly approach the topic from the training they receive in University.