Archive for September, 2010

The Nonsense of Being an Education Student

Friday was my second day of classroom observations. I now have 8 out of 50 hours!

I’ll have no problem writing a paper for my educational psychology class. The “Fundamentals and Foundations of American Education” or whatever the hell that class is called, will be a totally different story.

That class wants me to look for racism and how low income students are being treated. Honestly, I can’t tell the races of half of the students in the three classes I’m observing. You have some white kids, some black kids, some Asian kids, and, *every* shade of brown.  Some look Hispanic, some look Indian, some look Middle Eastern, I’m told some are Russian Muslims and Jews from random provinces and such. These kids could come from anywhere! I hate the racial groupings they force everyone into. Especially the Asian category. An Indian kid and a Korean kid are both from the continent of Asia but they look nothing like each other and have *totally* different cultures. Not to mention Indians are technically considered Caucasian (race is based more on bone structure than color).

Anyway, let’s get to how my observations went.

Discrete Math

Well, high school discrete is a lot different from college discrete. I’d never seen what this teacher was talking about before, but it made sense. One kid was bragging to his friends about the Mercedes his parents got him, and was showing them his keys. Then the teacher asks what he did to deserve the car out of curiosity. Basically the kid wanted it and is the golden child. I really don’t understand some parents. I also saw his car while waiting for the bus stop later in the day. It looked like one of the mid or low range Mercedes.

In addition I am happy to say that my mysterious attraction to blond/blue guys won’t be getting in the way. This teacher revealed to the class that he’s from Kansas (last class he implied he was Jewish.. there are Jews in Kansas?!.. apparently so), currently lives in Manhattan (I wouldn’t wanna commute from there to Queens… ), I also saw a gold ring on his left hand.  Second blond math guy that I meet in my life who turns out to be a near polar opposite of me. I bet this one was a Virgo too -_-

Geometry

I must say that the guy who teaches this class is an awesome teacher. He always introduces new topics by first relating them to ones that were previously taught. He was working on truth tables in that class. A lot of kids were late to his class though. I don’t get why either. That class has a second teacher. They do this team teaching thing. The normal teacher teaches, and the second teacher walks around and gives kids some one on one attention if they’re having problems solving the problems he gives the class. I think that’s a really great system to have in schools.

AP Calculus

Oh my, where do I begin with this class. These kids amuse me so much. The teacher gives them a few precalc warm up problems and they all got so confused. Half of them tried to solve (x + 2)^2 – 8 = 0 by expansion, factoring and other un-godly methods. So the teacher goes to the board and puts x^2 = 4 and x – 8 = 0 on the board. They get how to solve those, but when you throw everything together they freak out. Then he showed them completing the square and gave them a few problems. For the most part they did fine, except for one problem that involved fractions.  The following is my dialogue with a frustrated kid.

Kid: *frustrated*

Me: Are you having trouble with that one.

Kid: Yes, you’re supposed to take half of b but that’s a fraction

Me: Yes, then you use the fraction.

Kid: You’re allowed to do that?

Me: Yes, as long as zero isn’t on the bottom!

It’s sad and amusing at the same time. But I’m also reminded of myself in some ways. I knew the trig but wasn’t as handy with it as I am now. It is reassuring that the kids always face palm when they realize the answer was so easy and that they couldn’t see it at first.

And that was the majority of my Friday. Back to that bullshit education class. My first (I have to do two) 10 page research paper is due in less than a month. I had a list of mostly politically correct topics to choose from… *eye roll* I managed to find a few that seem decent. I’m writing my first paper on gender differences in education, I am a firm believer in single sex education. I really can’t question my love of math, but I do wonder if I’d still have chosen math if I wasn’t at an all girl school. I still have no idea why single gender education is such a controversial topic. I think I’ll do my second paper on technology’s impact on education or something to do with learning disabilities.

I plan on posting a summarized version of my anti co-ed school paper after it is written.And now I am off to the library to get lots of books!

Comments (6) »

My First Day of Observations

All education students must observe 100 hours in order to student teach and get certified. The two classes I’m taking each require 25, so I am stuck with 50 this semester. Thankfully I have Fridays free so this is a bit manageable.

Anyway, I was late today. Not the best move but there were fallen trees everywhere from the freak tornado, I wasn’t the only one. Why the hell Bloomberg (or Bloombitch as I prefer to call him) kept public schools open today, especially elementary schools is beyond me. There were so many downed wires that a child could easily get harmed from. But anyway, since I’m observing at my sister’s school she was able to tell me a few things about the teachers I’d be observing.

The first teacher I observed was only two years older than me. And blond with blue eyes. Just when I forgot about the last guy with similar features who was into math.. and this one has a much better face.. and is a vegetarian (well he told the class he didn’t eat meat)..But no, I am not devoting another damn blog to my mysterious attraction to guys with blond hair and blue eyes. I did enough of that crap on xanga. I also think I’m sort of over it on a level. I find him cute but I don’t feel awkward about it.. this is a major difference from last time. Anyway,  he was teaching “Discrete,” not the real super full of proofs discrete math, but some new, easy for kids who need a math credit type discrete. My sister tells me they’d make fun of him because he used to have shoulder length hair, and looked (well he still does) like a student.

The next teacher I saw was an older teacher, a REAL teacher, the kind that doesn’t take shit and knows his shit cold. He was teaching geometry. Awesome class. My sister has had him 2 years in a row, she said a lot of people didn’t like him but she didn’t understand why because she thinks he’s ok, and she has a lot of trouble with math.

The last teacher I observed was another older teacher who was teaching an AP Calc class. I feel really bad for him, he told me half of the class didn’t pass their trig regents. Calc is easy, but it’s incredibly easy to screw up if you don’t know your trig. I don’t know how this happened but hell, it may have given me something to write one of my papers on. My sister didn’t know anyone who had him but said other people goofed on him.

I’m glad I picked a good school, in all of the classes the students seemed to actually give a damn. This is *not* was I was told about public schools. It’s also a very diverse school (need that to write a good paper for one of my bullshit classes). It’s also a small school… but the classes were a bit large.

When I got home my sister asked me if the teachers were nice. I said yes. She said no, they aren’t. Guess that’s because I wasn’t a student =D

Next Friday should be fun. If only I didn’t have so much homework to do this weekend.

And that’s all for now, but you all have homework. Tell me who Ada Lovlace was and what her contribution to the world was =D

Comments (5) »

About me!

Hello all!

I’m a math majoring geek that loves doggies. I plan on becoming a teacher someday.Expect to hear a lot about doggies, math, and my bullshit education classes =D

And yes, I did make this because of peer pressure in part. The other part was me getting bored with xanga.

Leave a comment »