Tuesday, December 9, 2014


Event #2

For my second event I chose to do something that I have observed at my internship. My internship is at Central Falls High School, and I work with children who have behavioral issues. This schools disciplinary actions are not like any school I have ever been to or intern shipped at before. When a student gets into trouble they are not just sent to have detention or just easily getting suspend. They are placed in a room where are to calm themselves down and fill out a paper of what they have done wrong. They are then asked to sit in a circle to discuss the issues that they were having that day. This is like a mini counseling session. When they are calm they are allowed to go back to class and continue their education calmly.

The event I discussed above I believe to be connected to Resilient Kids video. These students are counseled to calm themselves down. This way they do not cause more trouble than they already have.
http://www.raisingresilientkids.com/ (I found this site interesting)


Event #1

I went to an event on Diversity that was by the social work department. The event was about diversity within their curriculum as well as diversity within the department as a whole. There were two professors that held the event. They were there to gather ideas on how they can improve their social work department. The students brought up good points about how the program is excelling but, also how it also needs some improvement. A positive point that was made was in the social work class 324 and how it talks about topics on diversity. It was missing how to talk about gender and politics topics. They were talking about how the females outnumber the males in the social work, and they found it strange. I did not really find it as strange because people still think that females are the helpers and men are supposed to be the constructed “manly” jobs. Even though all topics of diversity were talked about, many of the students stated a deeper discussion on all topics. Finally, we discussed how the social work is considered liberal democratic and never really opened to republicans. Therefore it can make those that are republicans feel awkward in sharing their true feelings in the classroom.

For this event I believe it relates to the Ullucci article. This was about how people stereotype and believe the myths about certain people or cultures. The event discussed above connected to this article because it went over how people should be aware of diversity around and to learn how to take it in.  


Blog #9

I have never heard of Resilient Kids. I believe that the practice could be for all ages and will help the person in a positive way. It would be awesome if all schools could have this. Everyone has their own issues when it comes to getting themselves upset. When students get worked up over something and they get out of hand and do not understand how to calm themselves down, could lead to a bad situation. Not only students, but adults also have trouble calming themselves down, I would know I am one of them. When I student is not being rational, they could get themselves into a lot of trouble. If they learn to calm themselves there is a greater chance that they will be able to calmly get out of the situation without causing an issue.  


Blog #8
It was interesting to learn how to work across different cultural boundaries in many different ways. It is important to have people care about you and be involved with schooling. Parents and teachers having constant communication and showing the youth that they care is very significant. I believe that students will do better in school when they have a positive influence and support system in their lives. There is still minorities in the United States and in the article, African Americans have suffered and are still suffering to the present day. In the article one of the things was how there was abuse being done and “there is nothing they can do about it”. With everything going on today there may have been a protest about this shooting going on. I do not think that in these days people would stand around and do nothing.

When people work in diverse cultures, it should be essential to know where the individual comes from and try to learn about their own experiences because chances are they will be different from your own. In my situation I am a white female and I am from a middle class family. There were never many expectations besides to finish high school. I am the first in my family to receive a college degree. Other cultures may have different situation and what is expected for each member to do to each different family and culture. Getting to know the surroundings can help by getting to understand the person you may be working with.




-Context mapping is when teens are having issues and trying to figure out their identity vs. role confusion.

-Mitch asked Julian to list the various spaces and relationships that he must negotiate each day.

-He had him write down what he thinks people expect of him in the places and relationships.

-He asks him to pay attention to how he feels and notes when he feels safe, anxious or uneasy.


My context map:

 RIC: classes, professors, class mates, internship, friends

 Home: family, friends, boyfriend, animals

 Stop and Shop: coworkers, customers


The four different identities are:

Foreclosed Identity: when an individual has committed to a way of life before exploring it carefully and without exploration/experimenting with alternatives. (particular identity selected by parents or peers)

Diffuse Identity: a state in which there has been little exploration or active consideration of a particular identity and no psychological commitment to one.(easily influenced by others often changing their minds)

Moratorium: which one actively explores roles and beliefs, behaviors and relationships, but refrains from making  commitment (great deal of anxiety)

Achieved Identity: when identity crisis is resolved and the commitment to the selected identity is high (successful ego-identity)

Thursday, October 16, 2014


The Nakkula reading goes over the behavior students have with teachers. I have worked with many different grades and I have seen diverse students of different ages acting the same. For example, I had a fourth grader that I would help during class because she was so far behind for missing school. The teacher would stick her in the corner to work on her own but she was so far behind she did not understand. As I sat with her I got to know her better and understood what she was going though. Her mother was dying in the hospital at the time and did not have anyone to bring her to school or work with her at home. This young girl clearly needed a little extra help and I ended up staying until the end of her year and glad to say she went on to the next grade. Some teachers are quick to judge these students because of how they behave but they need to go deeper into understanding why they are acting the way they do. It could be something as simple as being board and therefore giving them extra work to do so they do not act out.

Since these young minds are still growing and developing, they look up to adults, these teaches for some guidance. If teachers would take the time in getting to know their students, it would be less stressful in the classroom I believe. Also, if everyone can be involved in some way and keep everyone active and ongoing with academics I feel as though these students will succeed more.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014


The egg drop that we did in class was fun but I did not like how we were graded on them. It was interesting how we all got boxes filled with different items. My group was the group that had the least amount of items and a budget cut. It was for our egg not to break because I feel like we did not get enough material. I found it motivating how the Youth group compared them to the cities and real life. The discussion we had about people ability and what they have was eye opening, because I did not think an egg drop (fun activity) would be so informational. They kept stressing that we would be graded on this assignment and my group did not believe that. Another thing that was not fair was some groups got multiple eggs. This all relates back to the article we read and how people that have the access to the material can accomplish more than people who have just the ability to do so. When we looked at different places that offer more for different people, it makes sense. In my opinion, people need the access to accomplish what their ability can create. I believe that if someone wants to go to school that is high in cost an wants that educational system, then they need the money to access that particular subject. I think in rare cases someone’s ability can outweigh the access and people can achieve greatness with little access or money to back them up. But then again society is society and everyone is being judged by class.