Self and Social and Moral Development

three things I learned:
1. I learned not to contact the principle when noticing signs of child abuse. I always thought that a teacher would have to contact the principal, being that the principal is head of the school. Now I know that I need to contact a social worker immediately.
2. I found it interesting that there are actual names for parenting styles. When reading, I found out my parents authoritatively raised me. They were clear about the rules but were also affectionate.
3. I also learned that playing violent video games is a factor in increased aggressive thoughts and feelings. I also learned a way to help with offensive behavior. I would stress to my students that the games are not real and the movies are not real as well. I would teach them about media and how not everything they see online or in the press is real.
Two connections:
1. I connected with the caring teacher and how being a caring teacher the student feel like they can open up to you. In elementary school, I had a teacher that was caring and wanted the best for us. I felt so open to her; I felt like if I had an issue at home or with friends I can talk to her about it and get real feedback. She was always there for me when I needed someone when I was struggling in school I would talk to her, she was the only person who did not make me feel dumb because I was failing. She helped me get back on my feet by assisting more often which increased my grades.
2. Another connection would be that boys mature slower than girls. I connected to when I was in grade five I developed faster than the boys and even some of the other girls. I felt like I was alone and felt uncomfortable being that I matured so quickly. Now that I have that connection maybe when a student is going through puberty earlier I can be there and say you’re not alone.
One question:
1. How do I approach a student with an eating disorder, without making them feel worse about themselves?

What I Learned, Connections, Question

Three things that I learned from the readings and lectures would be one last semester I learned a lot about Piaget’s theory.

One: How he believes that individuals construct their understanding and incorporate information into their ways. I was unsure about this ideology because I personally I learn better when I am in groups and have assisted learning. Then I read more about Vygotsky’s theory and how it confirmed that individuals do learn better through interactions with other students and teachers. Though he did not live long enough to do more studies on the subject I still believe his ideology because I connect with it.

Two: growing up I had the belief that only 10% of the brain is used a standard myth considered by so many. Maybe it was derived from peers or social media I think it is beneficial to know this is false because it helps me understand that when we are learning, we understand it using many different components of our brain deriving ideas and value to our new knowledge.

Three: alcoholic beverages do not kill brain cells. Again I was taught that alcohol does kill your brain cells so stay away from alcohol. I did not realize that alcohol damages the nerve ends and can be reversible.

Two connections would be the example in the text on page 33 where it talks about a girl named Patricia. It expresses how she struggled with math and when her teacher called her to the front to answer a question she answered wrong. The fact she got it wrong in front of her class gave her negative emotions towards math. My teacher asked me in high school to do a math question, and I got it wrong and felt the same way Patricia did. I hated math, and to this day I still do.

Another connection would be Vygotsky’s theory of how individuals learn more through social interaction. I connect with his approach because I personally and a lot of my peers in the past have admitted to learning better when in groups. Moreover, we all loved the fact you can have other props ideas and connect and build on your own.

One question: why do teachers follow Piaget’s theory so close and not other theorists?


Nature Is A Way For Me To Connect To The Environment, How Do You?


In this picture, I drew a river, with trees, a tent, firewood, and a beautiful sunset on the horizon. When asked to draw a representation of how I may relate to the environment I immediately thought of nature. When I thought of nature I thought about how my family and I always go camping during the summer, I thought about the feelings I get when I am outdoors. I get a warm feeling I feel free, relaxed, and when I am camping I think to myself there is no place I will rather be. I love the fact that my family puts the technology away so we can appreciate the nature around us and spend time as a family. I feel the most connected to the environment when I can experience nature and get away from life for a while. I seem to appreciate the little things like the sound of the fire crackling, or the sound of the wind through the trees when I am outdoors. When reading the course text The Sound of Silverbells, in Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge & the Teachings of Plants, the story of the teacher who took her students on a camping trip and the way she felt being in nature, how she wanted to share the experience with her students reminded me of how I felt when camping. the way she described how amazing it felt to be outdoors and how camping and enjoying nature is an unforgettable sensation. To me being outdoors in nature is a whole different experience than just going outside in the city. Camping is a way to connect with the environment and see what nature has to offer when one steps away from technology and appreciates the small things in the world.