Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Red Queen Hypothesis Unveiled

As many of us are familiar with "Alice in Wonderland", I was blown away that there was an underlying explanation of co-adaptation (or as evolutionary biologists call it...co-evolution).

Malice In Wonderland: The Red Queen Theory from Ed Watkins on Vimeo.

Yes, it explains important mechanisms of adaptations in nature...but let us not limit this theory to ONLY biology.

The notion of 'running to stay in place' applies to the relationship between humans and technology!

I have to keep learning and keep using all the new things just to remain the innovative person I am today.

To be a technology literate teacher...to stay knowledgeable about using technology...to stay up to date... to stay caught up with the kids... We have to be an ongoing learners....never stop running!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Early Mornings, Coffee, and Field Experience...

As of right now, I am busier than ever!  School has an odd way of stealing every single second of your time.  (My plate is full, therefore my appetite must increase!)

I have been going back and forth doing field experience for my Educational Foundations class, whose one of many objectives is to acquire 18 hours of serving teachers.  Over the past two weeks I've been visiting two schools (I'm not sure if any consequences would happen for posting their names in my blog.  So, I will refer to them as School A and School B)

School A:
Private School
95% White

School B:
Low-Income Public High School School
95% Black 

These schools are greatly different.  School "A" has the best facilities in the city.  "B"'s facilities are deemed adequate.  "A" has all the coolest technology on the market whereas "B" uses chalkboards and book work.

BUT...where are the similarities in these schools?

It's in the students....adolescent High-Schoolers....(this is the age group I observed)

It doesn't matter that school "B" has almost all black students and school "A" has mostly white.  ALL of these kids have a desire to learn.  They want to learn and understand.  ALL these kids want to communicate and interact with information around them.  They want to perceive the world around them.  They are ALL frustrated when they don't understand.  They ALL need extra instruction, but not only instruction.  They need a person to understand their confusion and kindle a desire for them to become a better person.

As I was walking through school "A", it dawned on me that these students can't help that they are in this school.  They did not pick their situation.  They could not choose their family (yes, they are blessed they are in that family).  All they understand is they are here, this is my environment.

This applies to school "B" students.  They are in a black school, born into black culture, and have learned the things they know because of their environment.  The way they act is only a reflection of the environment around them. 

Throughout these hours of field experience, my mind keeps coming back to this thought:
Everyone has the freedom to achieve their desires (goals, aspirations, DREAMS)......but these desires seem to be shaped by social surroundings......Does this mean that some people have greater chances of achieving? Do social stratifications mean we are not all equal and freedom is limited?

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The class has ended but I have not

A new semester has arrived, and this one is without EDM310.  Always, we will do things we enjoy.  So here I am...blogging.  (also known as trying to scribe and form a better understanding of what is on my mind).  What will be on my mind this semester?

  • Educational Psychology
  • Purging Myself of Cultural Bias
  • Learning to communicate Cross Culturally 
  • Ecology 
  • Evolution
  • Organic Chemistry   
  • World Music (creating an ensemble awareness)