Sunday, November 30, 2014

Nakkula Chapter 2

                         Identity in context
I found this reading to be great. I took child development a while ago so this was a refresher.
Context Mapping helps people figure that they are having a crisis adolescent figure out who they are, who they want to be. In addition what role they play in society. In this reading, Mitch asked Julian to a list various spaces and relationships, he had to write each day for example, family, school, and activities. After Mitch asked him to write-down what people expected from him such as relationships and activities that he has.  He also asked him to pay close attention to how he felt and to note when Julian was feelings unsafe in a situation and when feels uneasy.
The concept for the map represents ideas and information as boxes or circle. It connects with labels arrows.

My context map:
RIC: student, youth Development major, classes, schoolwork, internship, classmates
Home: family, sister, daughter, pets
Social: work, coworker, social medias, friends

Foreclosed identity: “when a person commits to a life direction  without exploring it carefully and without experimenting with alternative.”

Diffusion identity: “a state where there have been little exploration or active consideration of a particular identity and no psychological commitment to one.”

Identity Moratorium: “development state in which one actively explores roles and beliefs, behaviors and relationships but refrain from making commitment. ”

Achieved identity: “In this status the individual has successfully  integrates their ego- identity need from the past, within the present  and into the future and therefore can therefore display a certain level of self acceptance and strength across changing context.”

Nakkula chapter one

The Construction of Adolescence
Nakkulat Toshalis first chapter in The Construction of Adolescence was a great read. I liked the fact that it had the story of Ms. Petersen and Antwon, it made it easy to read. I believe having the story made it to understand the reading.
This first chapter was about the relationship between imagine from past experience and they interpret the theories. Nakkula talks about Antwon’s behavior and self understanding are being affected by Ms. Petersen’s toward him. The reason Antwon acts different toward Ms. Perersen is because of the contribution and authorization she gave to him. According to Nakkula, the key is that educators thinking should be transparent as possible for students to connect with them.
I believe that educator should not base experience to new students. Also should not place preconceived judgment onto other students.
For educator it is important to understand their student’s way of thinking and how they think. It is important to understand where they are coming from and respect where they came from. Its important to listen “Educator must understand the approximate level or nature of their student’s thinking.”
A way to have a connection with a students is to work as a team. The teacher might have the title that does not mean  they have all the knowledge in every situation.  The way a teacher gains knowledge is from their student learning how there are thinking and process the information.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Egg Drop

For this class we did the egg drop. I had never done this activity before, so I did not know what to expect. When I arrived to the class I received a star (a green star). After we got into groups according to the color of the star we received. We got a box and couldn’t open onto we were settle down with our group. We went to the hallway. When we opened the box we had rubber bands, condoms, shopping bags, strings, balloons and paper.  With the materials that we were given we had to protect our egg. My group decided to cover our egg with condom and many soft objects that we were given.  When the Youth in Action came and took away material that we had. At first we I was upset because I thought we did a good in protecting our egg. After that we continue to use material that we had in our box. We thought our egg was going to make it which unfortunately it didn’t. When we were outside the other groups had more materials than we did. At the end my group were upset that we failed.
This activity reminded me of the Ullucci reading.  The reason it reminded of this reading was because if children don’t see what they are missing until they see someone else with it. what I mean by that is that if they don’t see  that are missing resources until they see these children with more resources. Many children might feel they are being set to fail, because they don’t have the resources necessary . In my opinion I didn’t know what I was missing onto I saw other people that had a better education than I had. I knew that something was missing but didn’t know how to get a hold of these resources.
I have witness that some communities get more resources than other. For example, in Rhode Island. Urban schools have less starting from textbooks and old computes. When you look at other schools they have Ipads and more technology. I remember when I was in middle school I used the same textbook my brother used and were seven years apart and these same books were still being used. The school system want children to have the same education and expect them to be successful. But how can these children have the same education without the same resources.