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本來五月中論文完成就應該分享的,但是實在太忙,也不知從何寫起。
兩個禮拜前我的論文指導老師請我去他今年指導論文的班上分享我寫論文的過程,讓我重新再看了一次自己寫的東西。
必須承認我對於「寫論文做研究」這件事情沒有太高興趣,但是對於我研究的主題和所進行的「行動研究」相當熱愛。
所以每次在討論論文內容時,我都會跟艾德華或者我朋友同事說:「我是我的研究的實踐者(我說我不停地在實踐我的研究)。」

除了和我的指導老師的學生分享外,我還主動在之前教書的地方辦了一場研習,主要是分享論文的成果和應用
覺得我真心體驗並實踐我的論文,好像應該要跟朋友們分享
雖然朋友間是幼教老師的人不多,但是我覺得每個年段的老師都可以有自己截取實用部分去自己班上調整

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I grew up in Taiwan where people value higher education diplomas and getting good jobs. This is an ideology that long exits in the society, “Receiving higher education is the only way to get a great job, earn money, and have a successful life.” People who do not have a higher education diploma are seen as failure in life. Doctors, engineers, and lawyers are viewed as the best jobs. Teachers, architects, and accountants are good jobs. People have their thoughts and opinions for other jobs. I attended a very homogenous middle and high school where all of my classmates and schoolmates pursued similar dreams: getting a BA degree, then a master degree, and then maybe a PhD degree or entering a job market. I was lucky (in this sense and this kind of social ideology) that I did well when I was in school and was able to finish undergraduate school and receive a master degree. However, I still remember friends’ and families’ comments when they heard that I received a master degree from TC and teach in a preschool and have taught in a bilingual school in the United States: “You have a master and teach in a preschool? What a waste!” “You should come back to Taiwan, take the teacher application exam, and find a teaching job in a middle school.” My parents are very liberal parents in that they respect and support any decisions I make, however after hearing all these comments from friends and families too, my mom said to me a couple times, “you should consider to come back and teach older students. People do not value early childhood education here. Also, if you choose to teach Chinese, it is not any better than your old classmates. Many of your college friends have been teaching in middle school for several years. That’s a life-long secure job, you know.” Being educated from such society, I have grown into a person who promotes the ideology as well, though I have thrived at teaching in a preschool for several years.

After taking this class, what impacted me the most is how different ideologies affect students’ learning in school. In Taiwan, the value of receiving higher education and getting great jobs has a great impact on students from all levels. I also realize that if people did not acknowledge the values of a society, educational changes would not happen. I looked into all the educational reforms and new educational policies that politicians and policy makers have made due to complaints from teachers, parents, and society in Taiwan. They got rid of standardized textbooks, added more sessions of music and art classes to promote creativity in the curriculum, replaced single college entrance exam with multiple entrance pathways to college, etc. Parents send their children to more art, music, and sports after-school programs, encourage them to pursue their dreams, and participate in more community services. However, the ultimate goal of educational reforms and new educational policies is still the same: equip students to get good test scores, enter colleges, and get good jobs. On one hand, parents and teachers encourage children to try new things, be creative, and pursue their dreams; on the other hand, they still want them to get good grades, find good jobs, and earn a good living. I do believe that acknowledging the values of a society is the first step of making educational changes, even for advocating for a socially just education, but values of a society must change on order to achieve true educational change. Unfortunately, not many people understand or realize it.

Personally, I do not agree with using standardized tests to assess students’ learning, pushing all students to follow the same educational track, and making everyone get a bachelor or master degree, but I cannot tell my students to not care about all these. I feel that since we live in a neoliberal and competing society, there is no way for me to circumvent what society views as important but I disagree with. I want to promote a socially just education and prepare students for their future, but I am not sure how. This makes me think about what educational equity means to me.

For me, educational equity means that all students will have the opportunity to receive educational resources that meet their needs and interests. Furthermore, students have equal opportunity to succeed in their lives. To achieve educational equity, I would make sure that children are happy, being respected, receive resources and support that meet their needs and interests, and find the balance between pursuing their dreams and fitting into the society. “Fitting into the society” might not sound appealing to many people, but I want my students to be able to earn a living, that is to survive in the society.

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從臺灣回來開始上班好幾天了,連續有好幾個點子,但是每天下班都好累,
回家寧可坐在電腦前面看康熙來了看facebook,也不願意好好寫點東西,
今天又有新的東西蹦出來,決定逼自己好好紀錄一下,不然生活又在忙碌中度過。

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這次從臺灣回來,出現了許久不見的思鄉加工作倦怠病
不知道是在臺灣歡樂的日子太短暫,還是今年冬天太冷讓人太消沈

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這篇看起來一定會砲火隆隆,我想可能會有很多人看完以後偷偷罵我自以為事,撲雌
不過我也不是隨便說說,畢竟也是在台灣美國東西兩岸教學六七年的一點經驗累積
跟老經驗的老師不能比,但是有些事情倒是我深深相信,也覺得可以分享的 :p

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前陣子幫我以前待過的中文學校擔任顧問工作,主要負責找老師和協調班級學生狀況
階段性任務完成後,他們又希望我可以繼續幫忙

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書本的最後幾張討論到孩子的序列
因為習慣性的小不留神,長女被tiger mom大罵
意外提醒tiger mom從沒注意到長女的青春期或者反抗期
因為長女總是聽他的話,照他的安排,讓他從來不知道原來大女兒也跟老二一樣有過反抗

因為大女兒忘了關通向院子的門,讓兩隻狗衝進來把米袋弄破
家裡亂七八糟,兩隻狗也誤食了生米
虎媽回家看到馬上瘋狂大罵,以下對話於是產生

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昨天把Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother 看完了,非常喜歡
喜歡倒不是完全贊同虎媽的教育方式
喜歡是喜歡虎媽真誠的紀錄家庭教育的成功和很多的失敗

也因為二女兒的大爆發改變了他的一些態度,
他們母女後來也慢慢和好,書中最後一章交代了寫書的片斷

同學們之間聊天,總會開玩笑的說起我會變成虎媽,可能是我強勢的個性給人這樣的想法

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那天看到同學板上說教書不小心蹦出髒話,讓我想起實習被孩子罵髒話的事情
那時候在國中部代課,兩個班健康教育兩個班家政,時不時會有英文國文的課給我上
其中一個班的孩子比較不聽話,常常會讓老師爆走
而且不乖的女生比男生多,兩個女生像大姊頭一樣帶領全班不時造反

開學沒多久,上課鐘響教室依然亂轟轟,看我進來陸續有人把課本準備好
我要他們把課本拿出來翻開到某一頁,

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這篇不是專講幼稚園小孩的事情,
只是前些天在地鐵上發生的事情,昨晚跟妮可聊起,現在覺得一定要逼自己寫下來

因為在幼稚園上班、週六在中文學校,我生活中的孩子從三歲到七歲
全部都有共同特質--很容易大哭
舉凡事情不如他意、累了、不願意做功課、身體不舒服、跌倒、跟朋友吵架、被排擠等
你想得出來的理由都很有可能讓他們大哭

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這個禮拜幼稚園放春假,所以我跑來加州渡假,順便來看看我的牙齒
因為我沒有保牙醫險,透過朋友介紹來加州這邊看一個台灣醫師

陳醫師夫婦三十年前就來美國,上次寒假我就來看過一次牙齒
這次檢查另一邊牙齒,果真跟我想的一樣,是牙齦嚴重破洞,暫時不是牙齒的問題
不過從疼痛到現在將近一個月,也幾乎好了

和醫師夫婦聊到朋友找工作的事情,便聊到回台灣的事情

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Winnie的表妹來紐約念語言學校,
因為Winnie這幾天在趕報告,我今天就跟她表妹玩了一個下午和晚上

除了逛街我們去看了電影,
本來我很想看Hotel for dogs.但是聽說Marley and Me更好看
而且又是我喜歡的Jennifer Aniston演的,所以就臨時改去看這一部

電影主要是說Jenn跟先生John婚後從找工作開始,養了一隻個性自我的狗狗

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每個星期三下午,我都會很痛苦,因為一個禮拜一門課,就在星期三晚上
我跟雨虹抱怨,他說你只有一門課還抱怨甚麼
我跟他說,就是因為只有一門課才哀怨
以前白天忙著上班晚上忙著上課趕作業,你睜開眼睛就跟陀螺一樣不停地轉
現在只上一門課,你睜開眼睛就只想再閉上眼睛多瞇半刻
以前有一堆課,你根本不知道沒有課的悠閒和自在,你不會抱怨又要上課了
現在享受到日子的幸福愉快,一週僅僅一門的課也變成折磨

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朋友的朋友曾經在某次的飯局討論起美國人的薪水,
提起了最低年薪的幾個工作,小學校長是名列前三名之一
因為不是非常熟,討論話題也很快的跳躍到高薪階級的職業,我就沒有把我的想法講出來

之前在某次聚會,女孩子們也討論到哥大那邊念商科的學生實習工作薪水很高
不免自怨自艾起當老師的我們薪水是多麼的微薄
當時我很快的就說:老師是十年樹木、百年樹人的工作,如何能以金錢來量度?

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我在學弟ptt2板上看到他討論「對自信的態度」
跑去回應了一點東西
::後面的是他原文裡的話.沒有符號的是我回應的話

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對不起跑來這裡撒野了 :p
(我想要轉走你寫的這一篇可以嗎?)

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我上學期的日記有提過我的黑人同學Jay
今天等著跟Dr. Borland討論課表的時候遇見了他
他也要跟老師談選課
等待的時間我們就坐在走廊上聊天

以前就覺得Jay是個很迷人(或說很有魅力)的男生
其實我想很多人看到他一定會說我的眼光有問題.他不是大家公認帥哥那一型的人

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昨天在工作上遇到了一些困難和挑戰,讓我的心情有點沮喪
待我把該辦理好的手續完成後再跟大家說說吧

因為一點點挫折難過了好一陣子
剛剛在看超級星光大道
聽到林道遠說他從小就沒有跟爸媽生活在一起的故事
就覺得自己遇到的一點點挫折算不上什麼

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我想大部分在亞洲長大的孩子(或者是特別限定在中國大陸或台灣)
從小會被灌輸惜物愛物的觀念
 
 尤其是在大型的活動或場合,儘可能不要拿超過自己的食量
 吃完盤子裡的食物如果還想吃的話再拿去拿

 只是來美國以後,發現自己這樣的習慣慢慢在改變
 大概也是週遭環境使然吧

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  • Jul 07 Sat 2007 10:20
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走過人生的十字路口

很多朋友都不是朋友了 :(

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Gifted Teachers ≠ Teachers who are gifted


昨天的debate. From Jenn

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