Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Day 113- Living "Self-Empowerment"

This is part of the series "Living Words"

This is not a word that I have ever used because I never considered it/ was aware of it. So I am going to simply define it for myself after viewing the self empowerment series on DIP.

Some ways to sound out the word self-empowerment
- self (I) em (into-per dictionary of prefixes) power (as strong) mend (repair)

Redefinition: Self-Empowerment- to not victimize oneself but rather stand up and make a decision to take/accept self responsibility and direct oneself into a practical solution. (Repair the power of self).

Monday, June 29, 2015

Day 112- Making "Time Out Chairs" Into "Thinking Chairs"

Yesterday I was driving the car and I was self reflecting about my days at work and myself as a teacher. I particularly looked into "time outs" for children as a consequence to doing something out of place or unsafe, not following directions in the classroom. Working as an early childhood teacher we get a lot of preschool personalities anywhere from being carless to being stubborn and many times when teachers use the "time out" word the students will go into a kicking and screaming reaction because it feels like a punishment.
So while I was driving I came up with a way to make "time out" a productive time- more like a "time in". I decided to call it the "thinking chair" with the purpose for the student to sit and think about what they did, why they think they should not do it, and what better choice can they make next time.
Today I explained this to my students in circle time. I also explained that I will make sure they were thinking about it by asking for their answers and talking about it. So this gave them a purpose while sitting- to instead of kick and scream as a reaction to saying "Sit in time out" to "Go to the thinking chair and think about how you can make a better choice".
Today it is my first day that I tried this method and it went good for a first day. I realize this will have to be integrated within the classroom as it takes time to make a switch from the "time out chair" to the "thinking chair".
I never liked giving "time outs" as I did not see this to be having an effect on the children because they were not held responsible to think and understand why something is unsafe choice or that it is time to listen to a story or do a group activity. And as a result of not giving "time outs" I was starting to have a difficult time addressing the issues that may arise in the classroom because I saw that simply taking to the student did not work- they stopped for a little and then did the same thing again. I saw that for something to be effective it has to come from the child- so what better way to do that then to have them use their brains to think about their actions/how their actions can hurt others or themselves or can be disrespectful.
Of course having them reflect on themselves is only one side of the solution- the teachers have to sit and reflect as well- if the classroom rules are valid and educational.

I am excited about trying and testing this method with my students. I informed/shared with my other teacher about this method and she gladly picked up on it and agreed with my self reflection.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Day 111- Living "Goal"

This is part of the series Living Words.

I have not been living this word with consistence. I mostly live it in my mind which is not brought to a physical level. I saw goals not as a process but as something that I had to get done ASAP-rushing myself into it and skipping the process. Which is why goals felt dreadful to me- my attention was placed at the end result.
I want to live goals physically. I want to create goals and meet them (of course reasonable goals). I also realize that setting up goals is a process- meaning setting up mini goals towards a bigger goal. I think the best way to create goals is to write them down and see what makes practical sense and then of course the commitment part of the goal. So I want to live the word goal into the physical reality and be self motivated.

Some ways to sound out the word goal:
goal -as in scoring a goal like in soccer
go- to move in a direction
go all- to move in a direction all the way

Redefinition: Goal- a plan that I set for myself to which I commit in following through as in "all the way"/consistently. Goals can be small or big- if small they are stepping stones towards the bigger one. Goal is a direction towards something thus it needs to be laid out because it is the "how" in the direction towards the "what" (which is a process and it is not something that is rushed)

Day 110- Living "Waiting"

This is part of the series Living Words.

Waiting for me refers to not wanting to do something, so I wait until the last minute or if it really does not need to be done I wait until something does need to be done as if the last moment of something is the push I need to do it. In this aspect I can also look at the word procrastination.
Thus with redefining the word wait and how I want to live it I want to transform “waiting” to a self direction and practicality.

Some ways to sound out the word waiting:
-weighting (as something being light or heavy)
-w- eight (number 8)
-ate (as something being eaten)

Redefinition: Waiting- the self honest action/responding/decision of seeing when to be patient and when to direct/move myself towards a goal in relation to something that needs/has to be done from a practical perspective.