Frames of Mind

I came across this quote whilst doing my homework for my Educational Psychology class, and it really hit home. I thought I would share it with you guys.

“I want my children to understand the world, but not just because the world is fascinating and the human mind is curious. I want them to understand it so that they will be positioned to make it a better place. Knowledge is not the same is morality, but we need to understand if we are to avoid past mistakes and move in productive directions. An important part of that understanding is knowing who we are and what we can do… Ultimately, we must synthesize our understandings for ourselves. The performance of understanding that try matters are the ones we carry out as human beings in an imperfect world which we can affect for good or for ill.”
-Howard Gardner 1999

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I found this inspiring. What do you think?

Is this the career for me?

Sometimes I wonder if I am making the right choice in careers. It is not often, but sometimes. Taking 18 hours in college this semester has been a test and has been quite challenging. For those of you who do not know, I am going for my bachelors in Special Education.

Then there are little clues that show me that I am heading in the right direction.

  • I do mentoring (I’ll be honest – it started as an assignment for school) at a low-income school here in our town with two girls (5th and 6th grade) that are considered to at-risk and have had some behavior problems. I love it. I really look forward to going and I plan on sticking with them as long as I can. Even after the school assignment is finished.
  • I am involved in a program called Read2Learn. I started doing this one all on my own. I read once a week with two girls in the 2nd grade. I love the way they are always so happy to see me, and I love watching them progress and move up in their levels.
  • I genuinely care about kids. All kids. Good kids. Bad kids. I want them all. Every time we learn about a new disability in class it renews my passion for this career.
  • I cry in TV shows when a child thinks of their disability as more of an ability. That is something that I have always thought was important to teach. I never let Hero focus on what he can’t do and encourage him to do what he can. Parenthood was the most recent tear-jerker for me.

  • In one of my classes this semester, they showed us a TED talk by Rita Pierson. I swear I was the only one sitting in the back and I was bawling. (Which I don’t get since I was in a room full of future teachers.) It was so good. I can just imagine she is such a fantastic teacher.

I hope to be like a great teacher like her some day. But my one fear is that I am may be too soft for this job. Will I be a statistic and get burned out in the first 5 years? That is a worry for me.

I might care too much. Is that possible?

How did you know that your career was the right career for you?

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First Week of School!

Holy crap. This semester is going to be so hard. I may have bitten off more than I can chew with 18 credit hours. So far my favorite class is the class that I thought that I dread.

Art.

I have a creative eye, but my execution is usually lacking. The first day of class our lesson was to draw what we see not what we think we see. He had us look aware from our paper and draw our hands. Not the typical tracing of fingers and adding nails. We had to look at our hands and draw all the little individual lines that we see. He instructed us that our final drawing wouldn’t (and shouldn’t) look anything like a hand.

He was right. It didn’t.

Our next class we got to look at our hands and paper when we were drawing. (Still no finger tracing) We had to work on it for 30 minutes straight. I was surprised with as good as it turned out and how quick 30 minutes actually is.

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The classes that have me wanting to run for the hills are my online classes. I don’t know why I always think that taking an online class is convenient. I always struggle and ultimately do poorly. I have Educational Psychology and Teaching Strategies Affective Disorders. Should be interesting.

How was your first week? Favorite class?