Final Reflection

Filed under: Uncategorized — Emily Smith at 5:33 pm on Sunday, December 11, 2016


Good and effective teaching is very important for educators to know. In the beginning of the semester we talked about some things that made for good and effective teaching. I still agree with those aspects and can think of a few more the semester has taught me. Good and effective teaching is when teachers can make teaching/learning fun, they are personable, friendly, have humor, relatable, and they can apply what we learn to real life scenarios. Now I have definitely seen a lot of examples of this in class throughout the semester. I love learning things and actually seeing them be used into real life context. This helps me understand more what I learned, and it sticks with me even better. As of now from this semester I personally would add to more characteristics that make for an effective teacher. One of these things are teachers who accept diversity. I believe that this is really important because we are all so different, and we should all be respected equally. Sometimes in classrooms there is more focus or emphasis on a specific race, but it is important to celebrate everyone equally. I think that if a teacher has this good quality, they are truly a good educator. I would consider diversity now not to just be the color of skin. I think it’s important that educators embrace diversity culturally and in general. I think that different learning strategies can be considered diverse. A teacher who is accommodating to everyone in the classroom no matter what, is a genuine educator who is there for the right reasons.


It is important for teachers to follow certain teacher standards. A standard that stood out to me that’s very important is that the teacher understands how children learn differently. It’s important to understand that because not all students learn the same way. It’s important to have a variety of different activities and ways of teaching. One thing that may work really well for one kid may not work so well for another. It is all about trying new things and expanding different educational ideas. This is very important and common in speech pathology because there may be all different types of kids with different challenges in their learning. A speech pathologist should know how to full assess it and figure out a plan that will positively impact their learning so they become successful. Another thing I saw that was important was that teachers know how to test for student progress. This is important for not only teachers but for speech pathologists as well. It is important to know how to test a student’s progress and successes’ to see how they are doing as well as what works best for them. This course has helped me to mentally prepare myself and become aware to watch out for these things so in the future I can be successful in what I do as well as my potential students. These are some very significant things that I hope will really be a good starting point to help me out in my future career.


I found this blog to be very helpful to my education. It has been very positive because I got to express what I learned and share it with other people. My favorite thing about the blog was that I was able to learn about specific things, but still had the freedom to write about what I wanted to write about. I enjoy guidelines that are flexible, and writing about how certain things made me feel. I feel like this help me learn a lot and helped me self-reflect a lot as well. I hope to be able to come back to my blog and remember how certain things made me feel, and see how all of my blogs helped contribute to my learning. I hope to be able to use this as well for portfolios or materials for a job after graduation. It would be really nice to continue blogging to help expand my education, as well as share my thoughts and ideas with others possibly all over the web/world.

Scholar Blog Post

Filed under: Uncategorized — Emily Smith at 11:27 pm on Wednesday, December 7, 2016

One thing that has always fascinated me is the differences among people. I think it’s such a beautiful thing that we are all so different and diverse in our own unique ways. One of the biggest things I have come to realization that I didn’t always realize when I was younger, is that diversity isn’t just dependent on where you were born. It isn’t just your color of skin, but diversity can consist of how you learn. Most people have all different ways of how they learn best. I really got a good sense of that in this class from the first day. I have never been in a classroom where the teacher has asked me to fill out a paper of how I learn best. I just thought teachers simply taught the way they wanted to without taking considerations of the students, at least for the majority of the time. Diversity, accommodations, and strategies a teacher uses to teach all students is very important. In the article we read about “What Kids Wish their Teachers Knew”, I thought this was very eye opening to see teachers that “really want families to know how intentional teachers are about creating a sense of community and creating relationships with kids,” Ms. Schwartz said. “Kids don’t learn when they don’t feel safe or valued.” (De Le Cruz 1). It is very important for educators to be able to create not only a learning environment that fits the needs of each student, but makes them feel safe and accepted while creating diversity. In the book Educational Psychology, it states “Teachers with a high sense of efficiency work harder and persistent longer even when students are difficult to teach, in part because these teachers believe in themselves and in their students” (Woolfolk 5). Sometimes understanding cultural differences and learning differences can be characteristics that make up some of the best overall educators. It is important for all educators to become more understanding on certain diversity’s in the classroom, and be active on helping/including all students no matter what the different circumstances may be.

Going along with the aspect of accommodating and believing in students, as an aspiring speech pathologist, understanding the importance of culture and learning ability go hand in hand. This is helpful to know because “Clinical competence requires clinicians to distinguish a communication difference from a communication disorder. A clinically competent clinician will gain sufficient knowledge of a client’s/patient’s cultural and linguistic background in order to avoid assuming that a communication pattern(s) constitutes a disorder when the pattern” (ASHA 1). It’s important for educators in this case a speech pathologist, to know what needs to be addressed/taught, and what is something that one does not fix. For a speech pathologist it is important to understand diversity because there are multiple diverse dialects. A dialect is defined “as a variety of language that is associated with a particular regional or social group. Contrary to popular understanding, dialect does not mean a lesser informal, or ungrammatical way of speaking; in fact, long established linguistics research has demonstrated that all dialects are equally structured and logical” (Godley 10). Understanding dialect is very important in speech pathology because they have to determine what is a speech disorder, and what is just a dialect, or just a specific manner of speech. This also goes along with making the student or child feel accepted and safe in their leaning environment, by understanding cultural and certain learning differences they may portray.

Embracing language and understanding language is very important in diverse education. It is also important for educators and speech pathologists to understand what differences socio economic status may have on a child. From experience I have studied how socio economic status can effect speech as well. This past semester I have gone twice a week to volunteer at a head start center to observe how this diverse aspect can have an effect in speech development. In” Research indicating that children living in poverty are often exposed to a lower quality and or quantity of lexical input provides some of the rationale for programs such as Head Start and Early Head Start, which are designed to enhance children’s development and school readiness” (Lipsky 640). This is another type of learning that can account for lots of diversity. In this classroom I have seen a lot of diversity from all different aspects. There are children with speech disorders, attention disorders, and different dialects. I would say that this classroom is very diverse, and it’s amazing to see how inclusive these teachers make the classroom feel. One thing I like that sticks out to me is how everything in the classroom is clearly labeled in Spanish and English. This gives children a wider cultural perspective. There are also lots of adults that come in and out of the classroom like the teacher, family advocates, speech pathologists, psychologists and other education services. They all play a big role in finding out what helps a specific child and how they can efficiently teach them, as well as accept their culture by making them feel safe.

While teaching a diverse class or just any class I think its important to use some guidelines of good teaching we discussed in class on “What makes a teacher Good?”. Some of these things we discussed in class that makes a teacher good were making learning fun, being personable/friendly, humor, relatability, apply what they learn, and explain why. These are all things basically any educators can use and follow as a guideline no matter what educational purpose they are trying to get across. I think somethings that I would add to this class list now at the end of this class that makes a teacher a good teacher, is someone who has cultural understanding, and embraces all types of diversity. In an article on the way teacher’s express diversity in classrooms, there was a final lasting thought that really made me think, “Ultimately, as learners we may well forget what we were taught but we will never forget how the teacher made us feel” (Adams 38). As future educators it is important to incorporate all these things into our teaching to make meaningful lasting impacts for our children of the future.

Here is a video that does a good job talking a little bit about linguistic diversity in the schools.

Hoy, A. W. (2014). Educational psychology: Active learning edition. Boston: Pearson.

(n.d.). American Speech-Language-Hearing Association | ASHA. Retrieved December 07, 2016, from

Cruz, D. D. (2016). What Kids Wish Their Teachers Knew. Retrieved December 07, 2016, from

Godley, A., Julie Sweetland, Wheeler, R., Angela Minnici, & Brian D. Carpenter. (2006). Preparing Teachers for Dialectally Diverse Classrooms. Educational Researcher, 35(8), 30-37. Retrieved from

Lipsky, M. (2013). Head Start Teachers’ Vocabulary Instruction and Language Complexity During Storybook Reading: Predicting Vocabulary Outcomes of Students in Linguistically Diverse Classrooms. Early Education & Development, 24(5), 640-667.

Adams, H., & Nicolson, M. (2014). Feeling the difference in the languages classroom: Explorations of teacher understanding of diversity. The Language Learning Journal, 42(1), 25-40.

Module 6- Technology in schools

Filed under: Uncategorized — Emily Smith at 3:07 am on Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Technology impacts teaching and learning so much because now so many different learning tools are found online. Technology is becoming more and more integrated within teaching because it is becoming more accessible to schools. Whether the school has multiple devices or just a few, most student are becoming experts at using technology to benefit their learning. At the school my mom works at all students get their own Chromebook so they are able to use this to do school work at home and at school. Technology is a learning tool that has assimilated into everyday teaching. At the High school I went to we did a lot of stuff with computers, and during certain class periods we would have chrome books rented out. This was helpful because we got to work on things at school as well as at home. I think that teaching and learning with technology has made learning easier. There are so many more sources found with technology than to simply just learn out of a book, so this means newer information for children to absorb. It also gives options for students to learn all different ways. Since technology is a very important part of society, it will be used at early ages and throughout a child’s lifetime. I believe that sometimes technology can be a distraction depending on the students age. I feel like younger kids use technology more for a learning purpose if they are monitored and given instructions. Where technology can become a problem is when kids aren’t monitored or older. I feel like at a college level technology is very important but a lot of students use it during class to check social media or other things. This then takes away from learning because the student isn’t putting their full attention into what they are doing. On the other hand, there is so much research that technology allows us to do that we would have a harder time obtaining without it.


For one of my classes I go twice a week to a head start center to observe the children’s language. In this classroom technology is a big part of the everyday classroom. There is a smart board in this classroom and that is the main focus of teaching. There are a lot of interactive activities that students are very engaged in. I believe that these technological activities help engage students and keep them interested. They love changing their calendar and weather status on the board, as well as to watch videos. They listen to songs, dance, and touch the interactive screen. This is a lot more exciting than using a regular whiteboard because they can see things move and physically interact with it. Technology is such a great and easy way to get kids involved and engage their learning. I think it’s really cool to see how much technology has advanced throughout some short years. In class we watched a video clip with Ellen in it. She “interviewed” some kids on certain pieces of technology. It was crazy to see how some things we may have used even like 10 years ago are so outdated that younger children do not even know what they are. I think it’s almost ironic how good children are with using iPad, tablets, and cell phones, but not with older technology. Technology is advancing so fast that you can even virtually go on fieldtrips places in the world. I read an article about this, and how all of this interactive technology can change the future for the better. I’m curious to see what else our society will create as to more technology related types of learning.

Module 5, Teaching and Backward Design

Filed under: Uncategorized — Emily Smith at 5:35 am on Wednesday, November 30, 2016


Motivation is extremely important for all people to have if they want to accomplish anything in life. Whether accomplishing something is big or small, motivation is key. What better way to truly understand motivation than to be exposed to it from an early age, and from people who you look up to. This is why I think motivation is very important for a child to be exposed to at a young age. School is very important for developing children, because it helps shape and mold their brain. I hope to use motivation in a classroom or wherever I may end up in the future. At this point in time I would like to one day become a speech and language pathologist. If doing so I hope to use motivation along with other strategies to help teach these students in the best ways possible for them. If I was in a typical classroom there are some teaching techniques, I would try and incorporate so these students may have a more accommodated learning experience. I think that it would be important to help with accommodations on tests. If certain students struggle in speech and language, they might need more time or extra assistance/instructions. In this case certain tests or even activities may need some type of modification. This will ultimately make schools more inclusive so these students can get the proper experience and teaching that is most beneficial for their learning process. Now in an overall classroom or a classroom with kids who may have a certain speech disorder, I feel like a lot of teaching strategies can be beneficial for all. I think it’s important to prepare an outline to students on what the teaching task will be. This will give them a better idea on what they are doing as well as the goal. I think that repetition whether it be in showing sounds, or useful information is beneficial. It’s important to repeat things when necessary but without over kill. A really big strategy on teaching any type of classroom Is enthusiasm. I hope to be able to in the future use a lot of enthusiasm when teaching things. I feel like this is one of the most important thing to have because this ultimately engages students, and can change their mind set. I believe a good teacher can portray some of these skills, and I hope one day in the future I can reflect on these and accomplish some of these teaching strategies, and so much more. The backwards design concept is so interesting. I really enjoyed creating a lesson plan using this because it was so informative, and everything was easily laid out and accessible. I hope that in the future I can use this while creating specific types of lessons no matter the subject or the content. I think that by using these ideas students can have a more clear idea on their tasks. It also creates a motivational environment that can even be fun as they learn important knowledge.


Here I have created my own lesson plan using the backwards design. It fits the backwards design because it clearly lays out the important learning aspects. This type of lesson plan clearly establishes the goals in the very beginning. This gives a good understanding of what is going to be taught and what the main outcome the students should receive in this lesson. I decided to mine on the skeletal anatomy. Some of the things I wanted to cover is where the bones are located, what they are made of, and why it is important to keep our bones healthy/how to do so. I then proceeded to establish what more specifically the students will understand. I was able to bullet point main concepts that could be important later on in the lesson. I created some essential questions and what students will know. I think that all these steps are truly important in creating a lesson plan because the more I created my backwards design lesson plan, the more I realized I needed to add more. The more ideas that I got came from working section by section and creating this lesson plan essentially backwards, I was able to spark more important ideas. I really enjoyed laying it all out because I believe it will be more efficient for me to teach and better for students to understand and learn without becoming lost in information.


Unit Title: Skeletal Anatomy 

Established Goals: 5th grade- The goal of this lesson plan is for the student to learn basic anatomy of the human body. They will learn the basic bones in the skeletal system– tibia, ilium, radius, fibula, ribs, clavicle, spinal column, sternum, skull, and femur, etc. They will be able to clearly label these bones on a diagram. They will also be able to determine what bones are connected to one another, as well as their functions. They will learn the three main functions that bones are responsible for.  Lastly they will learn how to keep their bones healthy and safe as well as the importance of doing so.




Understandings: Students will understand that…• Bones are created by calcium

·      There are 206 bones in the human body

·      It is important to take care of our bones by

·      (drinking calcium)

·      (being active)

·      (stretching)

·      (wearing helmets/protective pads.)

·      We have a skeletal system that works together

·      Our skeletal system is connected all together throughout our bodies.






Essential Questions:What is the purpose and functions of bones?

·      Where are the bones in the skeletal system located?

·      What bones are connected to each bone.

·      What are bones made out of?

·      What do you think would happen if we didn’t have any bones? 

·      Why is it important to take care of your bones?

·      How can you take care of your bones, and what should you not do to your bones?



Students will know:·      Key terms- tibia, ilium, radius, fibula, ribs, clavicle, spinal column, sternum, skull, and femur, etc.

·      Where the bones attach

·      How to healthily take care of their body/bones

·      The importance of the skeletal system




Students will be able to:·      Label the skeletal system

·      Understand how bones are created

·      Understand how to label the basic skeletal system

·      Basic knowledge on the location of the bones in the skeletal system

·      Explain why it is important to take care of your bones

·      Give an explanation/presentation of the human skeletal system and give examples from the presentation.



Performance Tasks:Make a Skeleton

·      Divide the class into small groups or pairs and have students trace an outline of their bodies. Then discuss different bones in the body. Where is the bone found in the body? What does it do? Have students paint or draw their own bones in the outline. Then post their outlines around the classroom. As they grow and change, have students measure themselves against their own drawings. Encourage them to think about how their bones also grow and change.

Talk to a doctor

·      Invite a doctor to talk to the class. Before the doctor arrives brainstorm a list of questions with the students. Ask what do they want to learn about bones? Ask the doctor if they could bring in real or models of bones. Ask the doctor how to maintain strong and healthy bones.

Create Posters on maintaining healthy bones

·      After the interview, have students make up posters encouraging good bone health.

·      In small groups have the children present their posters on how to keep our bones healthy/why is it important to keep our bones healthy.



Other Evidence: 

·      Oral and or written response to one of the Essential questions that were listed above

·      Matching/drawing of the bones from the human skeletal system.

·      Test on the main importance and anatomy of the bones

·      Short paper on what the students learned in the interview with a doctor.





Key Criteria:Basic Anatomy of the skeletal system

Formation of bones

Bone health care

Compare and contrast similarities and differences in different species bones


A grading rubric on the worksheets, quiz, presentation, and activity.

Scale on hoe effective and how students improved

Results of knowledge and outcomes of the learning lesson 





Summary of Learning Activities:1.    Watch an introductory video on the skeletal system

2.    Read an article on the skeletal system and then discuss the article in small groups, then the whole group.

3.    Take a pre quiz of the basic bones of the skeletal system (tibia, ilium, radius, fibula, ribs, clavicle, spinal column, sternum, skull, and femur, etc.)

4.    Make a life like skeleton. Divide students into small groups and trace their outlines on a big sheet of paper. Then discuss where certain bones are and what changes as they grow.

5.    Fill out a diagram of the skeletal system alone, and then switch with a partner to gain feedback on the anatomy of the human bones.

6.    Invite a local doctor to come in and talk about the skeletal system. Allow the students to ask questions about what they want to learn more about.

7.    Create posters about how to take care of our bones, and why it is important. Explain what can happen if you don’t properly care for your bones.

8.    Final part of lesson fun- Take a field trip to a Natural History museum-  Look at different species types of bones. Compare the similarities and differences between animal and human bones.


























Behaviorist and Cognitive perspectives of learning(Module 4)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Emily Smith at 2:07 am on Thursday, November 10, 2016

We all learn, but some people may learn differently than others. There are also different ways of learning along with different viewpoints of learning. The two perspectives of learning we learned in our reading is the behaviorist and cognitive perspectives of learning. I think it’s interesting to compare and contrast the differences in these two “styles”. The Behavioral style of learning is a fixed body of knowledge. Its main focus is on the acquisition of skills that are guided through multiple drill guided practices. The role of the teacher in this learning is to be the supervisor. The students just need to be passive and listening during this type of learning. These two types of learning styles of course compare to each other, as well as contrast to each other. The second style of learning we used from our reading is the cognitive perspective on learning. This style of learning is constantly changing and being constructed by the environment/peers. Children learn this through observations, and interacting socially. Through this theory child are very self-sufficient in their learning. I find it very interesting that “both behavioral and cognitive theorists believe reinforcement is important in learning, but for different reasons (312, Woolfolk). Though parts of these theories may be different, they both can agree on the broad idea of reinforcement. I feel like before deciding on a teaching style, both should be highly researched. The teacher should understand the pros and cons, as well as test them out for their self. It might take time to fully understand and master one, so trying it out might be a sufficient option. I personally feel like the behaviorist theory is a little constricted. It seems to be a set rules. I think that this could take away from some room of creativity. I think it’s a good idea that students are guided and corrected, but feel like they should have more room for creativity. On the other hand, the social cognitive has a lot of room for social interaction, but could it be too much socialization and too little guidance? These styles can both have pros and cons depending on the teacher teaching them, and how well the children absorb information. There are so many factors that can play into this, and should be looked at when evaluate. I personally believe more of the social cognitive approach because I feel like children learn more through social interactions. I would incorporate this in the future by making sure when I help or teach children, they feel self-motivated. I want them to actively participate with others. I always felt like I learned best by bouncing off ideas from other people. I hope to take both of these theories into consideration from the pros and cons, to successfully teaching students.

Good Behavior Game

Filed under: Uncategorized — Emily Smith at 9:59 pm on Wednesday, November 2, 2016

I think that this was a really cool game to learn about. The pax idea is a really great idea because it doesn’t not call out single students. It still praises the students that do a good job as a whole and vice versa. It also explains to the students at the end the reasoning for their tally. I really like that it’s a team effort, because the students really learn how to work together for a goal. I think it’s interesting that the kids that used the game had some really positive outcomes in the future. In my head start classes, the teachers uses the good behavior chart where their sticks can either be moved up or down depending on if they did something good, or something bad. I think this is also a good strategy because the students really try to move their clip up. If they do get their clip moved down, they still have an opportunity to get their clip up again. I think that both of these games are great ideas and something that could possibly be helpful to use in the future with working with children.

Module 3- Teaching Differences

Filed under: Uncategorized — Emily Smith at 8:21 pm on Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Everyone is different in their own ways and this is what makes all of us unique/special. I think one thing that defines growing up is to accept people for who they are. I believe this is very important to do so if we all want to live in an understanding world. I think that sometimes people might not be able to accept differences as well as others, because they were never exposed to these differences before. I myself have seen the importance of all different kinds of interactions. I was a summer camp counselor for 3 years, and within these 3 years I learned so much about children and differences. The types of differences I learned were how to communicate and interact with all different ages, genders, and sometimes social class. I myself also was a camper here, so from a child’s perspective I am grateful I have been exposed to so many different people and different experiences. I believe that summer camps and certain programs similar to this can help everyone understand each other’s cultural and individual differences greatly.


I currently have been placed in a head start program. For those of you who may not know what a Head Start program is, it’s a program to help children who fall under the poverty line. Some children who grow up in families who may work a lot, or not speak English, may have struggles to teach their children some things. Head start is designed to help bring those children on the level of where they need to be when they begin school. In head start there are lots of differences between social economic status and skin color/culture. A lot of these students are very diverse and all come from a wide variety of different backgrounds. Typically, in  these backgrounds children are more prone to need help with speech. This is because they sometimes are less exposed to reading and speaking with their family. This isn’t always true, but it tends to happen. Another big factor is also some families may not speak English so the children may have a hard time learning English. I would except to encounter these differences if I were to become a speech pathologist in an elementary setting that has any type of Head start program.


Here is a video of a little glimpse of a typical day in a Head Start classroom.


I will personally plan be open to all individual and cultural differences, by just being as understanding and inclusive as I can. I feel like if I can listen and try to help children and their families, I can help break some of these differences. With so many factors, I believe by just becoming aware of what’s around us and accepting all families and kids for who they, this can  be a great help. I believe planning for these differences can make all of our lives easier. It will make teaching and learning easier if you provide a child with a safe and comfortable learning environment. I hope to one day be able to fulfill this and help as many children as I can in a safe understanding learning environment.

Module 2 Blog Post

Filed under: Uncategorized — Emily Smith at 4:22 am on Tuesday, October 18, 2016

One develops and constructs knowledge by experiences and exposure. The more a child is exposed to, the more they will be aware of their surroundings and be able to learn. This includes people around them like family, teachers, and peers. It also includes factors around them like environment, media, and anything else that might influence a young mind. This is a big key factor of how one constructs knowledge. I personally believe it is one of the biggest factors. I believe these things are very influential because the things we see and experience around us, really mold us to who we are today. We all have a different genetic makeup that accounts for certain things about who we are as well. There are certain characteristics we may have because of our genetic predisposition. Going off of this point about everyone having different experiences and genetic makeups, we all learn differently as well. Everyone has different ways of learning that might be better for them then another way someone else might prefer. This is especially important in education, because it is so crucial when we teach children. It’s important to teach children on a level they can understand, but also are able to improve at/have room to expand. This theory is widely known as Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development. According to our book Educational Psychology, zone of proximal development is a “phase at which a child can master a task if given appropriate help and support” (67). I believe this is true for many people no matter where they are in life. Us as humans are very capable of using our motivation and brain to learn. If we are given the right support, motivation, and tools we are taught, we can accomplish anything. I think getting the right kind of support is extremely important and can make all the difference in educating our society. To get a better idea on the stages that a child might typically be developing at, is from Piaget’s Stages of Cognitive development. This gives a very close explanation on what stage a child is at dependent upon age, and their abilities. For example, sensorimotor is the first stage from birth to 2 years. This is the stage where a child learns through reflexes and movement around their environment. The next stage is preoperational. This stage develops a sense of language and the ability to use symbols, but has trouble looking at other people’s point of views. Another stage a child might be at is concrete operational. This stage is around first grade to about 11 years old. This stage has the child thinking more logically and they are able to understand more concepts of present, past, and future. The last stage Piaget has is Formal operational. This stage is from adolescence to adulthood. It consists of solving abstract problems and looking at multiple perspectives. I believe that with any theory there is room for limitations. I think with Piaget’s theory, the one limitation that stands out to me is some children may not fall under these stages at the same ages. There could be other influences that prevent children from reaching these specific stages. I do believe though it is rare, there is always a possibility for anything.


I believe the role of peers can make a huge influence on a child. Sometimes this can be for the better or for worse. Peer pressure is an influence that can take a toll on a child. Looking back at my middle school years, I remember a lot of peer pressure from kids trying to be cool and fit in. My mom always taught me to be a good person and stand up for what I believe in. She taught me a lot of right from wrong. I will always be grateful for all she taught me and how supporting she was towards me. In middle school it’s a big deal to fit in. I hung out with these girls that in some ways could be considered “popular”. I thought these were my really good friends, until I started noticing things about these girls that made me a little uncomfortable. These girls liked to make fun of other people, and be “goofy”. At first I didn’t think a lot of it because these girls were my friends. I really started noticing it when they pressured me into doing the same things. I started to feel really uncomfortable because that wasn’t who I was, or who my mom had raised me to be. I treated everyone with respect and it really bothered me how they acted towards other people. Being in that situation I understand how easily peer pressure can affect a person. Sometimes it’s hard to not go along with peers, because you want to be liked and popular. I eventually stood up and told these girls that if they were going to treat people like that I didn’t want to be a part of it. I will always be proud I did that because I learned to surround myself with positive peers. I believe this is very crucial for development. By being around positive people I believe I stayed very true to myself. In situations like this it helps to have understanding parents and teachers who support children in making the right choices, as well as surrounding themselves with good influences.


Module 1- Research, Practice, and Homework

Filed under: Uncategorized — Emily Smith at 11:13 pm on Sunday, September 25, 2016

Emily Smith

I believe that the relationship between research and practice in education is very important. I think that without constant new and improved research, there would be a lot less practice in education. In class we talked about how nearly everyone is a researcher. We mainly focused on how teachers and speech pathologists are very big researchers. They research to improve what they do best, by helping and teaching people. This is necessary because so many things change throughout time. The more effort/research is put into practice, will help advance teachers and all those who will benefit from it. I know that a speech pathologist is a big researcher because they constantly find new ways to improve language and speech. I personally think that researching helps a speech pathologist with creating new devices. This can be important practicing to advance the quality of help people deserve to get. In the video by Donna Mertens, she explains what research methods mean to her. She says that a very important part is that she learns from her mistakes. While researching she continues to grow by learning from mistakes she makes, and considers herself just a bit wiser. She also believes that another important thing about research is to find out what’s important to her. She shows how research can make all the difference if it’s something that truly interests and inspires the person. Self-examination is the important term she uses in the video. The role of a researcher is considered to promote a strategy and frame an issue. Research and practice really go hand in hand when testing out methods and theory’s. In the Teaching traumatized kids article it shows how trying different things and research can help benefit in the educational scene. This type of research has helped schools effectively deal with different issues in a way that has been tested before to work.


I think that I have very mixed thoughts on homework. It’s hard to say because sometimes I feel like I can be a little biased since I myself am still a student in school who has homework. Nobody really likes homework because it takes up time that you can be doing other things. Homework is great, but it’s hard to do after a full long day of school. I believe that education is extremely important, but sometimes homework can consume our lives. I believe that though it’s hard to do, a happy medium of homework would be ideal. I believe in mental health and that it’s very important. Sometimes too much homework can cause a lot of stress and anxiety for kids. Sometimes too much homework can lead to kids not getting a break. Something that really stood out to me was a video online I watched and the first thing the video said was my homework ate my family. This is meaning that children are losing precious family time by doing homework. I personally don’t think homework is bad, but there is a certain extent where some homework could be too much. There was a quote that really stood out to me on, that a teacher stated “As a result of their experience, I vowed never to assign more than 30 minutes of outside reading enrichment for my students,” Stone recalls. “They work hard in class all day. After that, they need to be kids and teens. And I’ve seen no change in the achievement level of my students since I stopped assigning homework.” I think it’s very interesting to see that this teacher did not see a difference in her student’s achievement levels.


I believe that not all teachers properly assign homework. That it has become busy work that takes up time and is almost meaningless. I found an article that states “What is clear is that we should stop thoughtlessly assigning homework out of habit, assuming that students can and will do it, assuming that something good will come out of it, no matter what we assign. Too much harm-rebellious or indifferent students, angry parents and teachers-results when students refuse to do as they’re told. Or, docile obedience breeds an expensive form of cynicism among students who do “play the game” knowing that the point is not learning, but earning the teacher’s good opinion and good grades”. I believe until there is a really efficient way of improving homework, it can be pretty useless and meaningless to children. Maybe one day with more research in education we can fix this problem.


Homework YouTube video


Hinchey, P. (1996). Why kids say they don’t do homework. The Clearing House, 69(4), 242. Retrieved from



About me, and what I think makes a good teacher(Blog 1)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Emily Smith at 10:32 pm on Monday, September 12, 2016

Hello Everyone!

My name is Emily Smith and I am a Junior here at Whitewater. I am majoring in Communications Sciences and Disorders. In my future career I hope to move on to Grad school and learn to be a Speech Pathologist. Ideally I would love to work in a school setting with children, but I would really love to also be able to help anyone who needs it.


I love my friends, family, working out, and just going on adventures/traveling.

I believe that a teacher doesn’t necessarily have to be a “teacher”. I have had many teachers in my life that taught me so much more than just basic classroom knowledge. They have taught me how to transform myself into a person I would be proud of. My biggest influence on life would be the summer camp my mom sent me away to one year. Who knew I would continue going back to that place for about 8 years. Here I didn’t necessarily meet just one teacher, I met many teachers from various of ages. From the directors of camp, to my counselors, to even my peers.

No matter what age I was attending camp, I learned more and more each year. The biggest influential year was my first year. Like some kids I was very shy and a little bit more reserved. Camp taught me to really come out of my shell and embrace who I am. I learned how to be myself and accomplish my goals/dreams. I was positively guided and reassured that I truly could accomplish anything if I gave my all. Like we said in class a good teacher is someone who can relate to you, and my counselors always tried to relate to us but still kept that medium distance so we still knew they were the teachers in charge without overusing their “power”.

At camp we created goals with our counselors. They ranged anywhere from holding a snake, to becoming a leader. Some of the big points we were taught were courage, friendship, leadership, and invisible leadership. I learned all of these skills through the actions and talks from my counselors. A big thing that my counselors taught was to try new things and set goals for yourself. We had meetings with our counselors and they would help me come up with goals and things to accomplish personally at camp and to take back with me at home and school.

I believe that the best teachers out there are the ones who help you create goals and guide you to accomplish them. The best teachers show interest in helping you succeed and personally giving you encouragement along the way. I also believe in “lead by example”. Teachers who lead their classrooms in positive helpful ways, will give students that extra push to want to succeed. In doing so a good teacher should be enthusiastic and excited themselves, like in the Video Clip Dead Poets Society. The positivity and excitement really can make all the difference in eager young minds, or even anyone who is being taught.

Overall I believe that the best teachers in life are those people who come into your life with the best interest for you in mind. Those who are dedicated in sharing their own wisdom in hopes of bettering their students. The best teachers in life are those who care, whether they are a classroom teacher, or life teacher having this qualities are what I believe can make a great teacher no matter what you teach.

Since I believe teaching can happen outside of a classroom here’s a video of the benefits in teaching in summer camp.

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