Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Final field post at Ignatius

My last observation at Ignatius was a good experience. I really enjoyed doing these observations. However, I think that 10 hours is a bit too long. 8 hours would be good. I think that 10 hours is a bit repetitive of what you will see. Nonetheless, I really did enjoy the experience. My last day was a good day. It was a "blue and gold day" at Ignatius. "Blue and gold days" are done at Ignatius when a team plays for a state championship and that day our football did play in the game, it is too bad that we lost. I was the only person in the classroom that was actually wearing a shirt and tie. I thought that was funny. The day in class was a lecture. He read off of a power point on new information the class was learning, the last new information learned before the final exam. Then, the class was given a worksheet to go over it. Mr. Dybicz said, "the best way to deal with new information is to just start working on it right away, work in groups, use the notes as a guide, or please feel free to ask me for help." I agree 100% with that. It is good to begin work while it is still fresh in your mind. I came into my final day with 9 hours. So I was only there for 1 hour. In that one hour, I did not get to see a whole lot more. In this experience of observing a class, I was able to see things from a teachers perspective a little more. A student can just get by in a class but a teacher can never do that. A teacher must come totally prepared for every single class. There are no "periods off" Mr. Dybicz said to me. I agree with that 100%.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Blog Post #10.

This semester has been a tough one for me. I got good grades, but it was tough for me in deciding what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. After taking this class, I am certain that I do not want to become a teacher. That was tough for me to accept. I always thought that teaching would be something that would want to do. I grew up wanting to be a high school teacher and high school football coach. But after the class i realized that teaching was not in my future. The only reason that I would want to major in education because I wanted to learn really how to teach different people because my dream is to be a football coach in the NFL (National Football League) .  However, I will be switching my major. I did not get the sense of learning to teach people in this class, instead I learned about schools and the issues that they face. That is so important, no doubt, but it is not something that I care about, it is not for me to deal with. What I discovered about myself this semester that I am destined to go into my family business of coaching football. Growing up my dad was a high school football coach, and being able to grow up with my dad in a football locker room at a place as special as St. Ignatius were the best experiences I could have ever had, I thank God every day that my dad raised me a football guy, also my grand-uncle is Don Shula, the winningest coach in the history of the NFL both of his sons went into coaching and his grandchildren, my cousins did as well. I learned that is what I am to do. Football is my passion, not teaching. I did not enjoy this class. No young adult can sit in a classroom for 3 hours straight and not be just completely bored. This needs to be a 2 day class, not one day. I did not learn how to teach people. Instead, we learned more about schools. Again, that is important, but not for me. I love football. I hate when people tell me that do not see the beauty that the game has to offer. I have seen this game do amazing things for people. But, when people tell me they hate school, I almost always agree with them. I could not devote my life to school, I would not be happy, my life is in football. That is where I will be the most happy. That is what I learned about myself in this class.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

This I Believe Essay Proposal.

    Standardized testing is a huge topic of discussions in our school systems today. For better or worse, everyone has a different opinion of them. However, I believe that they are bad for schools and even worse for our students. I believe that there is too much emphasize on them. Schools need to do well on them in order to receive a good school rating and for funding purposes. Therefore, schools are teaching to the test, preparing their students for what they believe is on the test, and they are not teaching what they believe is most important information to take out of a lesson. Also, I think that standardized testing puts a lot of pressure on the teachers to teach their students. I believe that real leaning is taking what is learned in the class room, studying for the some sort of examination and the score you get is a measure of how much you know the information that is taught.
    Also, colleges put a lot of information and time into viewing the scores of them. I think that is a bad situation. Kids are spending so much money and time into preparing for these exams. Students worry about them so much and that worrying affects their lives and grades in school. I think that so much emphasize is put on the the tests, such as the ACT and SAT that it decreases the importance of how well you do in school. I think that is unfair to the students who work so hard and earn the grades they get. Because any kid who is "naturally smart" or "God given smart" can take a test and do well on them and have that result over look how they do in the classroom, where I believe is the most important test of knowledge.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Observation post #3 - St. Ignatius

My third day at St. Ignatius was a good experience. Every time I am at Ignatius it is a good time. Today I sat in on a Latin III class and a Latin I class. The Latin III class took a practice midterm exam. The practice midterm was the same format and material (however different questions) as the actually exam itself. Mr. Dybicz thought that it was a good idea to start reviewing for that early, giving the students 3 weeks to prepare for the exam. To give them a good idea of what to expect on the final. After that was completed, there was more group work being done. I asked Mr. Dybicz, "how much is expected to get done each class?" He answered, "it really does not matter how much is done at the end of each class period, all students work at different paces and to rush them to get a certain amount of work done in a 40 minute period does nothing, at the end of the semester I will review all work turned in." I really agree with that idea. I was always a slow worker and did horrible work when I was rushed to get something in. I enjoyed seeing him walk around and observe the groups working. Seeing where students are in the assignment and encouraging them to ask questions. In my time at Ignatius, I always liked how the students were able to treat the teachers like friends. Being able to talk about sports, life, and make jokes with them. I am glad that has not changed since I have been gone. The freshman Latin I class learned a new lesson in a power point. After the power point was over, they had "life lesson talk." Talking about the effects of underage drinking in teens lives. I thought that was really cool. I thought it was important to talk to freshman about that. Freshman because they are still so young and it is important to get through to them and explain why things like that are important and the dangerous of underage drinking. To take time out of class to have a discussion like that I thought was really special. To have life discussions and talk about why things like that matter. It is all so important when forming what Ignatius calls "Men for Others". Most schools do not have discussions like that in the middle of class. It really made me realize how honored I am to be apart of that. How special that school is. This made me realize that if I were to go into teaching that is the type of teacher I would like to be. A teacher and mentor to young men and women. It is so much more than what you do in the class room. What you learn in school is so important, no doubt about that. But, what matters most, what Ignatius stresses and what I believe most, is the type of men you are outside of the classroom. Taking what you learn in school and applying it to your life. The lessons learned in the classroom, the athletic field, and most important religiously there. That is what being a "Man for Others" treating people with respect and knowing how to act is all about. This day at Ignatius really taught me that. It is cool stuff like that Ignatius does. Seeing my dad coach young men at Ignatius for nine years of his life. His former players stilling calling to talk about life and asking for advice is what it is all about. Graduating from Ignatius and being in contact with many former teachers is special. Now, being able to observe it from a teachers stand point was awesome. Such a great experience today.

Observation post #2 - St. Ignatius

The second day that I visited at St. Ignatius was very positive. I enjoyed being there as much as I did the first time. I was there for three hours. Throughout that time, I sat in on 2 Latin III classes, all of juniors. And the third class was a freshman Latin I class. The Latin III classes that I sat in on started off by taking a quiz. The quizzes that are taken in that class are almost daily. Mr. Dybicz believes "having a quiz almost every day that causes you to study for a lit bit every night is more effective than learning new material and being tested on it 3-4 weeks later causing a student to cram it all in and forget what was learned, that I could not agree more with. After the quiz was over, the class did in class group translations. It is all done in group work. The same way it was when I was in that class. He believes that when group work is done correctly, everyone working together it can be very effective. I thought it was interesting seeing him walk around the class making sure everyone is on topic, working hard, and answering questions for students. The Latin I class that I sat in on took a test that day. It was interesting to see him walk around the classroom and observe the students taking their exams. Answering questions and making sure everyone is practicing academic integrity. The students were able to use a note card filled out with information on. He believes that making that note card is a good way to study. Toward the end of the day, I was there for a free period. During that time I was able to talk to Mr. Dybicz one on one. We had a very good talk about school, teaching, and why it is important to be a teacher. He told me believes that teachers are very strong role models in the lives of young men and women. That is something that I completely agree with. You are setting an example on a daily basis of how to conduct yourself as a professional when teaching. The students learn from you, and they observe how you act all the time. The second day (3 hours) was defiantly a good experience to have done.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Observation post #1 - St Ignatius

My first day of observations at St. Ignatius was a good day. I was there for 3 hours. Pulling into the school it did feel a bit awkward to be back at Ignatius. But once I walked in and got going it felt like any other day there. I shadowed Mr. Dybicz, a Latin teacher at Ignatius who taught me. I shadowed 2 of his Latin III classes and a Latin I a class, the same class I took my senior year. In this class, it was full of juniors. Mr. Dybicz introduced me to the class and asked me to speak about my experience in his Latin III class. I was nervous to speak at first, but then once I got going it felt normal to be up there in front of the class. The class started with a prayer and then review of the notes from the previous day to refresh to go over new material for today. I liked how he brought the notes from yesterday back into the lesson to refresh and be ready to expand on what was learned yesterday. After notes were taken a worksheet that reflected the notes taken was passed out to be worked on. They worked on it in groups. I like that because it gives the students a chance to discuss what was learned and they can explain to anyone who does not understand. Mr. Dybicz when explaining the lesson said an interesting quote to the class "it is always best to practice stuff you see the most; nobody spends a  lot of time practicing fake field goals (fake field goals are not run very often)."  I really like how he made that sports reference, relating something interesting to the class. It was a great start to learning more about teaching. I am very happy I chose to shadow Mr. Dybicz, I have a lot of respect for him and the type of teacher he is. I am excited to do the last 7 hours of my field observations with Mr. Dybicz at St. Ignatius.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Blog Post #9... Annotated Bibliography.

  1. Armstrong, Thomas. "15 Reasons Why Standardized Tests are Worthless." American Institute For
   Learning and Human Developing, 28 Feb. 2013, institute4learning.com/blog/2013/02/28/    15-reasons-why-standardized-  
tests-are-worthless-2/. Accessed 14 Nov. 2016.
This is an article that I will use in my paper. I will use it because it gives 15 reasons why testing is worthless for our schools. It also goes into details and backs up all 15 reasons. All of which are relevant to my argument of standardized testing being worthless.

2. Berger, Brooke. "Don’t Teach to the Test." US News, 11 Apr. 2013,  
merican-schools-to-fail. Accessed 14 Nov. 2016.
This is a good article that I will reflect on in my final paper. I will use this
   article because it talks about why schools are teaching to the test. It talks about the
   importance of school decreasing. Schools are working too hard to prepare their students for
   standardize tests and not to prepare them for the next level of their life.

3. Fair Tests The National Center for Fair and Open Testing." The Dangerous Consequences of
    High-Stakes Standardized Testing, 17 Dec. 2007, www.fairtest.org/
    dangerous-consequences-highstakes-standardized-tes. Accessed 14 Nov. 2016.
This is a good article because it discusses the impact testing has on students. It goes into the negative effects standardized testing has on the students taking them. It also talks about how it is an unfair way to measure a student’s intelligence. I will use this article while writing my final paper.

4. Jouriles, Greg. "Here's Why We Don't Need Standardized Tests." Education Week, 8 July        
                2014,www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/07/09/36jouriles.h33.html. Accessed 14 Nov.  
This is an  article that I will definitely use in my paper. I like the article because it goes into great
   details about why we do not need standardized testing. Specifically, it talks about how
   expensive it is to give these exams to our students.