Wagner talks about 7 survival skills all students should learn. I think these are great skills for not only students to learn but also adults. I think teachers should spend some time to incorporate each one of these skills into lesson plans. For example, math students may think critically about the costs of going to college. Students create a plan that estimates the cost of going to college and then come up with a plan for paying for college. Students in any class can use social media such as twitter or Facebook to create online study groups. They can network on the internet and ask each other questions and help each other out in a space outside of the school. Students in P.E. can learn about being agile and adaptable in various athletic activities. They can learn to take on different roles when they play various sports. In science students can invent new products and come up with a plan for selling it to a wide audience. This way they would learn about taking initiative and being an entrepreneur. In language classes student practice oral presentation in order to become better communicators. Students sometimes don't realize how important its going to be in their lives to be good communicators and we as teachers should provide as many opportunities for them to get better presenters. In psychology students can learn to access various studies, analyze the results, and then come up with their own conclusions. In art classes students can be use their curiosity and imagination to create art pieces on a variety of subjects that they enjoy. These are some of the ways we can teach students these seven survival skills.
In this chapter I like that the author is starting to focus on motivating students for the workplace. This has been a big focus of mine. Most subjects can be taught in a way that is meaningless to students or relevant to their lives and also prepare them for the workplace. Students can be taught what their learning will help them do in the workplace. For example, P.E. teachers can talk about how P.E. can prepare students that want to be physical trainers or work in the sports industry. English teachers can talk about how good writing can prepare them to be journalists. Math and science teachers can focus on all the occupations that require knowledge of those subjects. There are many more examples of how various teachers can make the content engaging so that they can motivate students and prepare them for the workplace.
In this chapter I was interested in some of the school they talked about that work. Francis Park seems like a very interesting school to work at. I like the idea of students being workers and teachers being more like coaches. One reason I like the idea of students being workers is the time involved with work. I like the idea that students come to work and not have to take their work home with them. This also means that they don't always have to take their work home with them. In real life most people don't go home to continue their work so I don't believe students should have a lot of homework to. They should go home and not continue to be students but go home and be kids and do kid things. I like that the school focused on diversity and equity especially at a time where our school are the most diverse in history. Students should learn about the various communities that exist in the classroom including students of diverse ethnic groups, religious groups, and sexual orientation.
According to the article we read these were Google's 5 Hiring Attributes.
Overall I like the message the article is sending in its study of Google's hiring practices. I also agreed with the article that colleges create a lot of debt and don't necessarily teach you the tools you'll need to get a job.
Friedman, T. (2014, February 22). How to Get a Job at Google. Retrieved February 20, 2015, fromhttp://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/23/opinion/sunday/friedman-how-to-get-a-job-at-google.html
In this blog post I will address the Wiggins article where he shadowed an average student at school. According to the author these were the key takeaways or things he learned from his experience.
I noticed that my students sit for a long period of time and my classes are 2 hours long. The first thing I thought was that the students needed to take a break and walk around or stretch to get their blood flowing. I have more recently planned activities where students have to get up and interact with one another. These types of activities seemed to have helped with my classroom management too.
I also noticed that the times I lectured my class for a long period of time I ended up exhausted and my students looked exhausted too. I have tried to do less lecturing and have students do more work on their own with my assistance.
I do really understand that students feel like a nuisance being told to constantly be quiet and sit down. I don't really know what can be done about this. Teachers only have a certain amount of time to work with the students and they need the full attention of the class in order to accomplish the goals. I think the teacher needs to work to make the students feel like its their classroom and that the rules set forth are for the good of the learning environment.
Wiggins, G. (2014, October 10). A veteran teacher turned coach shadows 2 students for 2 days - a sobering lesson learned. Retrieved February 20, 2015, from https://grantwiggins.wordpress.com/2014/10/10/a-veteran-teacher-turned-coach-shadows-2-students-for-2-days-a-sobering-lesson-learned/
I have read a lot of material online regarding hitting a baseball. I created a playlist of some of the videos I've watched. I think I have done enough research on the subject and now I just need to practice, practice, practice.
I went to Boomers to practice my swing at the 55 mph cages. At first I was not making contact again and was getting discouraged. Then I started making contact but still not hitting the ball well. My second time around I started hitting the ball a lot better. I struck the ball pretty well several times. I am not hitting the ball consistently enough yet though. I have not even tried the 70 mph cages. I think I am still intimidated by them and don't really know if I am ready for them. I sort of feel that I can't move up until I am hitting the ball consistently at 55 mph. The next step is to move up to the 70 mph cages and test my skills there. At this point I am seeing a possibility of failure.
I got some advice from my friend Carlos about hitting the baseball. The #1 thing I was doing wrong was swinging the bat too late. I was swinging the bat when I was seeing the ball flying at time at about halfway but I needed to start my swing as I saw the ball being launched from the machine. I started making an adjustment to my swing and started making contact with the ball for the very first time. This was really exciting.
I found a website that is helping me learn the fundamentals of hitting a baseball. I need to get my body to swing like this (n the left). I also found the video below that helped understand the correct form I should be using while hitting the ball.
I found out that my friend Carlos is a hitting coach and works nearby. This video was my first attempt at hitting the ball. This is what I have always experienced. I have some athletic ability but cannot make any contact with the ball. The speed of the balls was at 40 mph and I am starting to wonder if I will be able to hit a ball coming at 70 mph.