Saturday, January 26, 2013

Blog Post #2

"Did You Know"

I was told to watch Dr. Strange's Did You Know? 3.0 - A John Strange 2012 Version. I did not know how fast technology is growing. I did not realize how many people use YouTube and also had computers in their homes across the world, let alone in the United States. I think it is an amazing thing how fast technology is growing and that the students I will be teaching are growing up, or going to be born, in a generation that is rapidly evolving. Like I said in my last post I am going into Special Education and have seen first hand how helpful technology can be in the classroom.
I think it is a great thing that technology in the classroom is also evolving. Children who cannot speak, due to disabilities, have resources that can speak for them or help them get their point across. I do believe that students can learn without technology in the classroom. How else would my parents or your grandparents have made it through school if not? Technology, I believe, opens many doors to many other resources that can help us teachers!

Mr. Winkle Wakes

"Mr. Winkle Wakes" is a short animated video created by Mathew Needleman. In the video Mr. Winkle wakes up from a hundred year nap and sees all the new technology used in the world today. Businessman using webcams to have discussions about whatever business they had with each other and from half way across the world. All of this new-ness scared him and made him feel sick, so he went to the hospital. The hospital did not make him feel any better because when he got there was all the new technology there also. He left and went to a school and saw that the students sat and took notes as the teacher lectured and he realized that somethings still remain the same and this made him at ease.
I believe, yes, students can learn without technology and I think some peoples point of views are going to be hard to change. This rapidly growing evolution of technology is a good thing in my opinion. I, myself, learned from reading and taking notes and taking tests, but I am a hands on learner. When I got to college I had to teach myself how to use all these new websites and different things on the internet that I had NO idea how to use and that was challenging, but now it helps me and I'm a better student for it. Technology is growing and I think its about time people get on board with it!

Sir Ken Robinson: The Importance of Creativity

Robinson fights for creativity in his video. He says that creativity is as important as literacy and should be treated as such. He tells us that he believes children aren't afraid to be wrong and make mistakes, but as a society and us teaching them, they learn to be afraid to make mistakes. BUT how else do you learn? How do you learn to ride a bike, without falling off the bike first? You make mistakes to learn from them. He also says that as we grow, we grow out of creativity. I agree with him because we are taught to learn material and then test on the material. That's what school is now a days and they are trying to take music and art out of the school systems.
Robinson says that there is a known hierarchy in the school systems across the world. Math, Languages, Sciences and then Art and Music. He's very right. In high school you take 3 or 4 "core" classes such as math, science, foreign language and maybe you get to take 1 elective. Maybe an art class. He tells us that intelligence is diverse, dynamic and distinct. I agree on what he says about creativity being pushed out the school system. Creativity is a strong thing people should keep!


I've used Pinterest for about 9 months now. I'm pretty crafty so I love it. I followed all of the 20 because obviously they made the best educational boards to follow, fora reason. Kathy Schrocks account shows all the different ways to use technology in the class and different ways to make great presentations.

Pinterest will help me in my classroom by keeping new ideas coming in! It will also help me decorate my classroom and also teach me new ways to stay up-to-date on the latest crafts that deal with whatever lesson I'm teaching that week. I think its a great idea to use crafts and technology and Pinterest can show me how to make this a simple activity.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Blog Post #1

About Me

My name is Ashton DeMouy. I am twenty years old and I attend the University of South Alabama. I moved to Mobile when I was in the third grade from Pascagoula, Mississippi. I am majoring in Special Education and have a deep passion for helping and teaching the special needs. I have volunteered for almost six years with special needs children. I worked in my high-school's special education program my sophomore, junior and senior year. I got to help teach many of the kids one on one and also I got to help all of the teachers and students everyday with things in the classroom. I grew up with a down syndrome neighbor who is such an inspiration to everyone she comes in contact with. She pushes herself to be the very best every single day and lives with her disabilities as if they are non-existent.

I have faced and overcome many challenges in the past 10 years. My family's house was destroyed during Hurricane Katrina. We had to tear down our house and start from scratch when I was in the eighth grade. We lived in a FEMA camper for three years in my front yard. I feel like if my family and I have conquered this, we can take on anything. I've always wanted to teach since I was little. I am in the second class of sign language here at South. I enjoy learning new things, such as sign, and I think Im pretty good at it. I also babysit a five year old autistic boy, who is my absolute heart. I know I am going to make a great teacher because I am not afraid of the challenges that face me in my coming years and also because I am so excited to teach these future students and help them learn something new every single day!

My Future Classroom

When I become a teacher, I will be very organized and I will use a lot of technology in the classroom. I've learned, by volunteer work, that children with special needs usually learn better if they can be very hands on with the subject. David, the little boy I babysit, learns a lot faster on his iPad then when he is just sitting with paper and a pencil writing things down and answering questions. I also am a very hands on learner. I, myself, do better when I am seeing how things are working and I am actually doing the "experiment" then just studying and taking a quiz or a test. I feel like I can relate to the students in that sense.

I hope by the time I am a teacher all the students will have their own iPads or tablets instead of paper and pencils. I think that would help reduce the amount of paper used in the classroom and also will help those children who are mute or cannot speak ask questions and communicate in the classroom. I will teach using many different methods, such as: demonstration and some lecturing. I do not learn very well from lecturing so I don't plan on using tons of lecturing.

I am going to be teaching secondary level special education. In my classroom I will have the students split up into different groups. There would be 3 groups. They would be 1. highly functioning and those who are the most independent 2. the kids who need some one on one work but can still do most of their work on their own and 3. the lowest functioning students who need the most attention. I would hopefully be working with two or three other teachers and we would rotate the groups from class to class so the students still feel like they are in high-school and make them feel as normal as possible.

I will be a dedicated teacher and I plan on mastering in Special Education. I also plan on teaching English and Comprehension. I know I will make a great teacher to the students because I wont treat them as if they have disabilities, but as if they were normal children and will not baby them. I plan on having a very vibrant room and display the children's work and artwork around the room. I am very excited to start teaching my future students.

Time Management

Dr. Pausch talks about planning your days out then your weeks then your semester. He also says that when you make a to-do list to make sure you narrow things down and to always start with the "ugliest" task first. That makes sense because I always feel more accomplished when I have done the hardest thing on my list and less stressed when it is out of the way. Pausch says to ask yourself WHY are you doing something. WHY will you succeed and what will happen when you DO NOT do something on your list.