Children learn about peace & war via game

Can we create a game with similar aims & goals for preschoolers?

Idayu

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Toys, Marketing & Consumerism

Hi ladies!

I came across an interesting video and website about toy marketing and commercialization. Don’t know if anyone has seen them before, but nevertheless I just thought it be would be interesting to share 😀

If you can’t view the vid, the link is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maeXjey_FGA. The whole film is on youtube too!

This website also has a lot of other resources related to the topic.

http://truceteachers.org/index.htm

🙂

Idayu

Who do you eat?

Though my blogs are now defunct as I figured I do better with < 140 characters on twitter, I still browse through the archives to find anecdotes of children I’ve worked with – they make me laugh and remember why I still persevere in what I’m doing. I’m sure you all have these funny moments with the children which you remember – I’ve been told by mentors to jot them down as they’ll serve me well down the road!

Here’s one I noted on August 22, 2009 while I was working with K2s.

Boy: Miss Cynthia, ‘who’ how to spell?

Me: What do you mean?

Boy: ‘Who’, the ‘who do you eat’ that ‘who’

Me: who do you eat?!

Girl (who was listening to the conversation all the while): HUH? ‘who do you eat?’ Do you mean ‘what do you eat’? You want to eat a person?!

Boy: (laughs loudly, yet…) no… ‘who’ do you eat… How to spell…

Me: w-h-o…

And I burst out in laughter looking at how confused my girl was, and how oddly amused the boy looked.

I haven’t looked at the sentence he wrote, have to check it out tomorrow

Reflection. A part of me.

Ever since I saw the post on the Student Organization wordpress about the competition on reflection (and the prize that came along with it), I began to think more about reflection and what it means to me.

In the 2 amazing years in Wheelock, reflection became the most commonly used word in our vocabulary. We would always be reflecting on our personal or professional experiences, reflecting on the required texts or even reflecting on the many journals we had to read for our action research. Reflection had become so common that many of us shiver at the thought of writing yet another reflection for an assignment. Just ask any Wheelock graduate or student to describe what Wheelock means to her, reflection will be the first thing she talks about.

It’s been 6 months and counting into the job and here I am in the midst of IEP meetings (In ECH, we call them parent-teacher meetings). And I find myself reflecting – reflecting on my experiences, reflecting on my interactions with colleagues, parents and children, reflecting on my teaching methods, reflecting on my knowledge of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and reflecting on new knowledge and suggestions given by therapists and fellow teachers. I choose to believe that it is Wheelock that built into my system a culture of reflection, a culture to reflect so that I can learn and become better at what I do. Reflection has become a norm, an innate thing to do everyday. It’s no longer an assignment that my professor wants me to do. Reflection has become a part of me, a part of who I am. I now know that in order to make a difference – a good difference – in the lives of children and families, I need to constantly reflect and improve.

If thinking about thinking is metacognition, I wonder what is reflecting about reflection?

 

Tan Yi En (Cohort 2)

If I had my child to raise all over again

For all the educators and parents out there… something to pnder about when the going gets tough.

If I had my child to raise all over again,
I’d build self-esteem first, and the house later.
I’d finger-paint more, and point the finger less.
I would do less correcting and more connecting.
I’d take my eyes off my watch, and watch with my eyes.
I’d take more hikes and fly more kites.
I’d stop playing serious, and seriously play.
I would run through more fields and gaze at more stars.
I’d do more hugging and less tugging.

– Diane Loomans

Michelle Ang

Only the brave should teach

Stumbled across a quote today which I found rather meaningful!

“Only the brave should teach. Only those who love the young should teach. Teaching is a vocation. It is as sacred as priesthood; as innate as desire, as inescapable as the genius which compels a great artist. If he has not the concern for humanity, the love of living creatures, the vision of the priest and the artist: he must not teach.”

-Pearl S. Buck

Grace Lee

Little Heroes

A year ago, when I was supposed to be finding online articles for my assignment, I was doing my thing, surfing my favorite website http://www.oddee.com. I came across this article “10 Amazing Little Heroes”. This article has stories of young kids who risked their lives or go the extra mile to help the people in need. All of them are heroes in their own unique ways. See the miracles these children can create!

All the stories are awesome and unique, but the one that struck me most is this: (click on the pic! 😀 – feel free to read the other stories too:D)

The seven-year-old girl who used her body as a shield to save her mother's life

And then ask yourself, will you really take a bullet for your loved ones?