(Closed) I'm so lost on what I want to do for school

posted 8 years ago in College
  • poll: Which degree would better suit me, based on the pros and cons?

    B.S. Corporate Communications

    Masters in English

  • Post # 47
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    This post bothers me, not only as an educator who works in a low income area but also as an African American.

    If you call your children ghetto and and say they are racist, you need to find a school district or another career. One thing that I have noticed with working with children, they know who likes them and respects them. I show ALL of my children that I have positive expectations for them, that everyday is a new day, and I have have nothing but positive regards towards them. I’ve been assualted by an SED student, and the next day I told him “I care about you and we are going to move on from this”, and he became my success story. You don’t have enough faith in your students to successfully teach them.

    Post # 48
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

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    @beelicious26:  Some of the basic Comm classes are fun/easy but regardless be prepared to be doing lots of speeches/projects that require oral presentation. Since its all about communication, they always want you to share you ideas, your work, debate etc.

    I took some harder classes like Rhetoric, Comm research ( which is a really cool niche $$- like leading studies, focus groups, statistical anaylsis of the data), ethical/policies, organizational ( like corperate). But for the most part its really interesting and very relevant!

    I think you would do fine! Do you have any other choices as far as colleges go?

    Post # 49
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

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    @aicila:  I just want to say I agree 100%!  You said it perfectly.  

    Also, I wanted to add… please don’t use these kids to pay off your school loans.  That’s just appalling.  

    Post # 51
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

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    @peachacid:  Eep, sorry to threadjack! I’ll be teaching high school English. My old school was a charter school too, so I know what you’re going through! Hope you have a great year!

    Post # 52
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    Busy bee
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    @beelicious26:  As a foreign language teacher, I think you have a great opportunity to teach your students about the differences and similaries between the foreign language, SE, and AAVE! You could do exercises where students translate a sentence in AAVE to SE and then to the foreign language. Studies have shown that it is so empowering and educational for students to understand code-switching, and it helps them use the appropriate ‘code’ for the situation. If you treat AAVE and SE like two different languages, it will be easier for the students to understand what you mean when you ask them to speak in SE. Just saying “speak correctly” might not make sense to them, because they’ve heard AAVE their whole lives — so of course it seems “correct.” Instead, you could say something like, “What a great idea! Can you please translate that sentence in Standard English instead of AAVE? … Awesome! Now try translating it into [foreign language]!”

    Post # 53
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

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    @peachacid:  

    I just wanted to say thank you for taking the time to entertain the nonsense that was written. As a HS Reading teacher at one of the “worst” schools in my state, I agree with you 100%. I don’t care where they come from, what they’ve done, or what they say to me, my students are my kids and it is my job to be their advocate, not the one judging them. Have a wonderful school year 🙂

    Post # 54
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I vote neither. I think you should find something that interests you and you are more passionate about. Good luck! Oh, and I dont recommend going back and getting an additional BS or BA, move on to your masters.

    Post # 55
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

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    @beelicious26:  You are contradicting yourself.

    So your students are finding sucess in your class and are well behaved in your class, but you just finished saying “I teach at a very bad school district and students are very bad and ghetto, they are also very racist towards other minorities and caucasians. “

    Also” Because in the “urban setting”, being too nice is shown as a sign of weakness or at least thats what the kids told her.” That is not true. You have to set your expectations and be a role model for respect. Studies have shown it takes only one ADULT (any adult), to help turn a child’s life around.

    Please don’t walk into your building and teach these children if you don’t love, respect, and believe in them.

     

    Post # 58
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

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    @beelicious26:  You’re an ADULT they are CHILDREN. Children who don’t know ANY BETTER will do those things. If you show them RESPECT and UNCONDITIONAL POSITIVE REGARD they might show you more RESPECT.

    Stop teaching MY CHILDREN NOW!

    Post # 59
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

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    @beelicious26:  

    No matter what your students call you, you have to remember that you are the adult. The moment you let their actions or words impact your judgement of them, you’ve lost the respect that is so important. I know it is not easy to have a student curse you out but you need to know that it isn’t about you! They are teenagers and a lot of times communication skills are not something they know well. Some of my favorite students had their moments…screamed at me, classmates, etc but it was because something was going on. It is nothing personal, please remember that if you are in a classroom next year.

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