Being a parent transformed me in unexpected ways. I found myself wanting to provide for my daughter and later my son the same security and benefits my parents had provided for me. I found a job at University Children’s Center. UCC provides care for children from the ages of 6 weeks to 6 years and I wanted to be close to my children. I worked with all the age groups but found my niche in the infant program. I enjoyed the close bonds I was able to form with both the babies and their families. I took great pride in creating a warm and inviting atmosphere. I took classes to become Infant Nursery Room Supervisor. Once again, I excelled in my studies and enjoyed the learning process. Bringing the information I learned into the classroom was
Education means something different for everyone. According to Mike Rose, “a good education helps us make sense of the world and find our way in it” (33). The truth to this is that education affects us in every aspect of our lives. Rose emphasizes the value in the experience of education beyond the value of education for the purpose of custom or intelligence; he explores the purpose of going to school in terms of how he defines himself and his personal growth in the stages of his academic career. In Rose’s exploration of the purpose of school, he also reflects on his personal experiences and how those experiences gave him tools that are applicable for his daily life. Mike Rose’s Why School?: Reclaiming Education for All of Us persuades his audience of the importance of education beyond the classroom, emphasizing how those experiences become crucial to one’s personal growth and potential.
As I become more educated in the field of school counseling, I realize how important previous life experiences are, as well as the skills that I have learn from past jobs, and all through out my academic career. In my life the different roles that I hold, from being a mother, a wife, student, and an employee all contribute to my professional development in some way. Through the experiences in which each role presents it helps me to be able to relate in some way and gives me the ability
Throughout most of my adult life I have worked with children and families in different capacities and roles. Most recently, I worked with children and families in the role of school social worker in Jackson County Schools, GA for my graduate school field placement. All of my experience there involved working with children and families in some capacity, whether it was advocating for services for a family and student that needed them or being a liaison between the school and parents and making sure parents had the opportunities and understanding to be a part of their child's educational needs. I went on many home visits to talk with parents and met with students during school to assess any concerns teachers or administrators had. Prior to my
Working with children is a very rewarding and sometime can be a testing experience. During My comprehensive hands-on experience in the childcare center I chose to work with the one year old classroom. Working with the one year olds were challenging but interesting.
The teachers profiled in “Unforgettable Miss Bessie”, “My Favorite Teacher”, and “And the Orchestra Played On” are remembered and admired by the narrators. Miss Bessie, Miss Hattie, and Mr. K. possessed significant qualities that made them remarkable educators. They inspired and encouraged students. They only wanted the best for their students and prepared them for their futures, enabling them to overcome difficulties in school. Besides the content of their subject matter these educators their taught students to believe that their lives and future all depends from themselves: whether they would choose the clean asphalt road or dirty, bumpy one.
As a kid, I always felt like I was on the wrong side of the fence. Even into my early adulthood, I still felt a sense of otherness and invalidity. Over the last three years, working at Ruskin Elementary School has allowed me to recognize all the teachers in my life who have never given up on me. I don’t always feel like I deserved the interest they took in me, but their selfless patience and love for teaching gifted a once, lost kid, a sense of confidence, value, and worth I never thought I could have. More importantly, the last three years at Ruskin have exposed me to the concrete disparities deeply embedded within our education system. Those who our society often paints as nuisances and burdens have been painted as such since birth. A child
Education means something different for everyone. According to Mike Rose, “a good education helps us make sense of the world and find our way in it” (33). The truth to this is that education affects us in every aspect of our lives. Rose emphasizes the value in the experience of education beyond the value of education for the purpose of custom or intelligence; he explores the purpose of going to school in terms of how he defines himself and his personal growth in the stages of his academic career. In Rose’s exploration of the purpose of school, he also reflects on his personal experiences and how those experiences gave him tools that are applicable to his daily life. Mike Rose’s Why School?: Reclaiming Education for All of Us persuades his audience of the importance of education beyond the classroom, emphasizing how those experiences become crucial to one’s personal growth and potential.
Another topic discussed was how to better serve minority students who have disabilities or mental health diagnoses. Sadly, there is a negative stigma associated with having a disability or mental health diagnosis, and many parents do not want their children labeled. As counselors, we should form relationships and build trust with the families. Once we form these relationships, we can introduce the idea of an Individual Education Plan. At first, parents may be hesitant, but we cannot pressure them. It is important to be knowledgeable about the process, explaining it to the parents, and discussing the advantages.
I am grateful with the the opportunity in my past school setting along with my current position as a Therapist to work with students from underrepresented groups. While working with students from diverse backgrounds, I focused on what makes them different and how they are raised by their culture beliefs influence how they are able to function in their classroom setting and community environment. As an Attendance Officer in a middle school setting as while as a Therapist in the community, my role is/was to conduct home visits, where I not only learned about the students home environment, but it provided me with an in-depth understanding of how to connect with the student while improving their education and mental health disability.
From my point of view, it always seemed like I was the only one of my peers who enjoyed going to school—even in kindergarten. With my father’s constant reading and my fascination with learning, I quickly became immersed in books and learning all that I could, whether it be about
When I was in my last year of middle school, I knew that Ramon C. Cortines of visual and performing arts was the school for me. However i encountered a slight problem that could have affected me from going. The school was in downtown and I live in south central. There was another high school that was right around the corner, where i could have taken an easier approach to my high school years. I could have woken up later, eaten breakfast and I didn’t need to rush myself. Going to my local school, Augustus F. Hawkins, would’ve given me a simple, painless morning where i didn’t have to wake up at six o’clock. However, Hawkins didn't offer the things that I wanted, and the environment of the school made me uncomfortable. It was a high school ridden
One example of a family that teachers must consider are teen parents, whom often find it hard to go to school and be a parent at the same time (Raising Children Network, 2012). As a teacher, it is important to understand that there might be stresses with a teen parent working long hours, struggling to pay bills, and sometimes the lack of knowledge on how to raise a child ("Teenage Parents and Their Educational
For nine years of my life I hated school. It just didn’t make any sense to me why every child was required to go to school for eight hours and a hundred and eighty days a year. Many of the things I’ve been taught I feel will not have any importance in my life later on after high school, but it doesn’t matter, I still had to learn it whether I liked it or not.
many heartbreaking situations (that we see countless individuals overcome) would begin to define us as people and keep us from achieving our goals and dreams. Many of the students in my classes come from backgrounds where a good education isn’t readily available to them or from homes where all they see is negative patterns of interaction and communication danger signs. It is the resiliency within them that doesn’t allow them to be defined by their circumstances but rather empowers them to seek help in order to ensure a better future. Research shows us that there are risk factors for divorce and abuse but they can be combated greatly through proper interventions such as education. If there is anything that these classes have taught me is that education is key to helping the families within our community thrive despite where they came from.