This fall I had the pleasure of taking CD 469: Contemporary Issues in Child Development at Humboldt State University. During one of the presentations in that class I was reminded of all of the benefits that come with teaching students one or more languages concurrently with English. From my own personal experience, I took classes in both English and Spanish from Kindergarten until the third grade and by being given this opportunity I am now able to speak both languages with a high level of fluency. This has helped me out personally many times when trying to communicate with different segments of the population both in my personal and professional life. I believe that this country is growing and changing at a fast pace and one of the most important things needed in order to keep ahead is the ability to speak another language. In my opinion, at the moment the language we should be focusing on teaching should be Spanish. According to the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity at Stanford University, as of the mid-2000s twenty-six percent of the population speaks Spanish and that number is rapidly growing. If children are given this opportunity, they may be better able to communicate in this changing world and to be better able to understand where others are coming from. This video shows a classroom where one teacher speaks to them only in English and one speaks to them only in Spanish and the results are amazing. This is something that i would like to see happen in more schools nationwide.
“The Importance of Dual Language Education” by Martinez Creative Group
Published on December 7, 2010
I am passionate about understanding and working with children with autism or exceptionalities. There is a common misconception that to have autism is to be disadvantaged, as future teachers who will have children with autism in our classrooms. We need to understand what it is so we can be the best we can be with our students. Anyone who will be an aide or work with a child with autism or any children needs to know how to work with them. I believe parents need to take parenting classes to really understand how to raise children and how to build relationships with them (whether they have autism or not). There are many things that I am passionate about when it comes to child development and I am looking forward to seeing what my classmates are interested in and moving towards a better educational system that will provide the best for our children.
This video represents both my passions and anxieties. The children in the video are referring to the continuing issue of police brutality directed towards black men, women, and children. I feel a very strong connection to the Black Lives Matter movement because it affects people in my life who I love, and it also affects children/families who I will one day be working with. Many people today are unaware of police brutality and the racism that is involved. However, I feel very strongly about this subject and hope to educate people about its existence.
I want to change the world! BUT I don’t even know where to begin. When it come to our Government and all of these policies and how it all works, I know every little about it. As of now this class seems like it might create some anxiety for me because I feel like I have a lot of background learning I need to do before I could even know how to create a policy and advocate for it. I’m learning and seeing what is wrong with the world we live in today. I have ideas about what I would like to see change and some ways of implanting these changes, but that is as far as I ever get.
This is a song my John Mayer- Waiting on the World to change. I fell that is video sums up how I feel. I know that their are some changes that need to be made in our society, but I feel like I can’t make these changes, I don’t have the power, and its just going to be a loosing battle. So until then, I find myself waiting for someone else to make the change.
When you do your first reading reflection, categorize it “CD 356 Reflection 1.” Can’t wait to see your thoughts on your blogs.