Monthly Archives: February 2012

Responding to ” Burnout Beware” written by Madison Ferron


This is a very interesting article, I wonder how many people will use this type of testing to their advantage? I agree with you that it might feel a little strange getting tested for stress. Doesn’t a person know whether he or she is stressed without having to get tested? However, this type of testing may be beneficial  for us pre service teachers because we are often warned about how stressful the first few years of teaching are and how often teachers experience “teacher burnout”.  Teacher burnout is defiantly something I want to try and avoid,  I remember doing a lesson on it for ECS 300 in Ken’s class that explained different ways a teacher can conquer burnout. Here is a link to where I got some of my material.

Avoiding Teacher Burnout

Hope you enjoy!


The Cool Spot- an educational resource for students


Last week in one of my classes we were asked to prepare and teach an interdisciplinary lesson, I did my lesson on health and English (my major and minor). The topic of the lesson was peer pressure. As  I was looking for resources about peer pressure I found this neat website it’s called The Cool Spot, it explores how peer pressure effects different people, ways to spot peer pressure, and ways to respond or deal with it. There is even a peer pressure quiz that student’s can take. I think this is a good website for kids in grades 5-9, it’s student friendly, easy to use, and it has a lot of helpful information. I think that even if a teacher didn’t incorporate this website into a lesson, it would be a good website for students to have access to in case they had any questions or concerns regarding peer pressure. Check it out!

tech task #8


The Door Scene:

This weeks tech task was to make a short video through iMovie. The video featured my group member walking towards a door, hearing a scary sound and quickly trying to get into the building. I enjoyed making this video because it’s something I have never done before, I really liked iMovie, it was easier to use then I thought it would be. (I am not very familiar with using a mac or even making a video). I would defiantly like to work with this program a little more, I think it would be a good tool to use in the classroom.

Here is the video my group and I made, hope you enjoy!




Unschooling, what does this mean?


I have been hearing a lot about “unschooling” lately in some of my education classes and I am starting to become very interested in the idea. Here is a quick video that briefly explains what unschooling is for this family from Bay Area- Unschooling Bentley Family.

I am still a little unsure of how this would work, I think it would be difficult to make sure everything is being covered without the use of a curriculum, but this particular family seems to do just fine. Does anyone have any sources that can help me understand “unschooling” better?

I am interested to hear what you all think about this!

Toddlers and Tiara’s??


TLC’s show Toddlers and Tiara’s has me cringing, it’s horrible what some of these mothers put their little girls through. I know that there not all bad and I understand a lot of people really like paegants- I am sure there has to be something good about them? However, I think they are setting little girls up to believe that being pretty will get you rewards in life. They actually give out titles for most prettiest, imagine being 5 years old and never winning that award? How do you explain that one to your little girl? Not to mention the different ways some of these moms try to get their kids awake and “peppy” for the stage- energy drinks and sugar sticks? How about a decent bedtime and some fruits and vegetables?

Have you seen this yet?


Responding to “The media’s manipulative influence over your morals” by Jennifer Siebel Newsom

I watched this video the other day and I think the message it provides is important to pass along.

It wasn’t until I was in University that I really started looking at the media and how it shapes our ideas and beliefs about the roles of women and men and how each should look and behave. When I look back at myself as a young teenager and even a young adult I realize that I fell victim to the media and the false messages it portrays, I never thought twice about how unrealistic the girls in magazines looked, all I knew was that they were beautiful and glamorous. It’s actually sad when you think about how much the media has shaped our views on what “beautiful” is, the “beautiful “we see in magazines and in movies is unachievable and it’s not real, yet, so many people (even myself) strive to look this way because it’s what we have been told matters.

Although I believe the media has been making some changes, especially through products such as Dove, (watch this ) I still think we have a long way before women in the media are portrayed as realistic, natural, and smart.

tech task #6


Using Digital Story telling in the classroom is a great idea. It allows kids to explore different story telling tools that are available for them online, it also allows students who have a hard time expressing their thoughts and ideas through words to use pictures instead. I made my story on Storybird, it was relatively easy, and the website provided a variety of pictures to use. 

Here’s a link  to my story