Thursday, December 3, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
We are trying to figure out how to upload videos so we can post lessons to our blogs if we are ever home sick with kids!... how cool is that!!! Sorry, but this is the only video I had on my computer. It is a commercial some of the kids made in Speech class....... or part of it!
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Hello speech class.... today you are going to be writing a speech on how you plan to make a difference(before you panic I have posted an example speech below, it is not finished b/c I have not talked about the 3 pts. in my thesis statement... I will finish it before presentation day, though!). There are many different avenues you make take with this speech. The first thing you need to think of is this.... what is something that really bothers you- it might be at school, home, or worldwide. Then ponder how you can make a difference, or change this annoyance? Put a lot of thought into it. Will you make a difference in someones life by changing your actions, will you make a difference by pursuing a career, or will you make a difference by standing up for what is right? The possibilities are endless. I have labeled some of the basic elements of a speech. For extra credit, see if you can use some of these elements and label them too. Have fun!! BTW.... most importantly, the presented speech must be one and a half min. long! You will be graded on presentation skills, effort, and organization of speech... now, have fun!
How I Plan to Make a Difference!
Two boys were walking down the shores of a beautiful beach examining the sand after the high tide had receded back to its normal resting place. As they walked the boys noticed that there were hundreds of little Starfish scattered up and down the shoreline. After many steps, one of the boys bent down and picked up a Starfish, examined it, and knew that without water the Starfish would perish. Without thinking the boy threw the Starfish back into the water. Continuing on with the walk, the boy continued to stoop down, pickup a Starfish, and returned it back to the water. After seeing the repeated action, over and over again, the second boy asked, “What are you doing? Why are continually bending over, picking up a Starfish, and throwing it back into the water?” The reply was simple, “ I am saving the lives of these Starfish”. With an arrogant laugh, the boy teased, “You’re crazy! There are hundreds of Starfish, and hundreds of miles of beach, and there is no way you can make a difference.” Continuing with his work, the little boy reached down, picked up a Starfish, and threw it back into the water and said, “It sure made a difference to that one.” (attention getter/introduction should also set the tone/mood)
I remember the first time I heard this story; I was a little girl sitting in Sunday School trying to imagine how this story would ever apply to my life. But now, 20 years later, I often find this story coming back into my mind. I want to be the little boy who diligently picked up the helpless Starfish and returned them back to the water. (thesis statement) I want to make a difference being a teacher, by being a mother and by being the little boy that saw the opportunity to make a difference, even when others saw failure.
I plan to make a difference as a teacher. I often feel that my job is the same as that little boy’s who was walking down the shoreline picking up fish. I often see children that have been taken here, taken there, or just left alone to tend to themselves. Often times these children feel as helpless as the beached Starfish(simile); they have no control as to where the waters take them. This is where my opportunity to make a difference is manifested. In order to help change the world, I plan to help these children find there way back to the waters that make them feel successful, respected and appreciated (climatic ordering). I plan to give these students hope for a better life even when they are constantly surrounded with darkness. I plan to make difference by setting a positive example to all the children that I come in contact with. I want to show them that with a positive attitude and a smile, all things are possible. Most importantly, I want to make a difference as a teacher by teaching my students to never be afraid to work. If we teachers are capable of teaching our students the importance of hard work, not one of our students will be afraid to enter the workforce, start at the bottom and work their way up. What a difference this would make. I want to be the light in one of my student’s lives. I want to make a difference.
I am aware that at times making a difference may seem overwhelming, but I promise to stand steadfast and not let the negative attitudes of other bring about a feeling of hopelessness to my works. I will make a difference! And hopefully, one unexpected day a student will return and say, “You made a difference for me”! (conclusion, bringing the story to a full circle w/ story)
Friday, September 4, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009