Sunday, April 25, 2010

Where did April go???

Ok, I have NO idea where the month of April went. Between Caleb being super busy two weeks ago and me being SUPER busy last week, April has just flown by. I have ONE more week of classes and then finals week and I will be done with sophomore year!!!!
Dean's Scholars took me to Nashville Wed-Fri of this week. I must admit that it was the most fun trip we went on this semester. Us girls had a lot of fun hanging out together and the conference was really informative and useful. The event was the Council for Execptional Children's national conference. It was HUGE! The conference was held at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center. Olivia and I got lost more than once trying to find all of the sessions we wanted to go to.

I think I liked this conference most of all because I got to go to sessions that delt with problems and situations that I will encounter in a high school setting. I attened sessions about gifted children, how to teach writing skills to kids with ADHD, a session on creating an appropriate cirruculum for disabled children, and a session on how to identify with culturally diverse students. While I don't plan on teaching special ed or gifted ed, this conference really helped me realize that I will be encountering ALL KINDS of students in my classroom and I need to be prepared to help every student in any way I can.
I've decided that is the main reason that I want to be a teacher. I want to help every student I come across in some way. I know that in some kid's lives, they don't have positive role models and they don't have anyone who believes in them. I want to be that person. I think everyone deserves an education that helps them achieve thier potential. Who knows how many potentially great students are caught up in the system and don't have anyone to support and encourage them. I want my students to know I believe in them and that I care about them. I think that will make more difference in thier lives than any French or English I teach them. Everyone thinks that my idealism and positive attitude is naivity, but I really think it is what a good teacher must believe every single day.
On a different note, here's a picture of Brittany (a fellow Dean's Scholar) and me at our Award's Ceremony. I got two awards. :)
Now on to math homework and 3 phonics lessons. :(
I think I will die if I ever have to think about phonics or phonemic awareness ever again. Ugh.
Nicole



Thursday, April 8, 2010

Prom Night in Mississippi: Part 2

Caleb and I went to see "Prom Night in Mississippi" last night here on Delta State's campus. If you don't know what the movie is about, here's a short synopsis:

Until 2008 (the year I graduated high school), Charlston High School in Charlston, Mississippi (where I have family) had two seperate proms...one for white students and one for black students. Somehow or another, Charlston resident Morgan Freeman got wind of this and thought it was "the stupidest thing [he] had ever heard of". He proposed to the senior class, if they had an itergrated prom, he would pay for it. The movie chonicles the students lives planning and attending thier firts intergrated prom.

The film was about what I expected. Having lived in Mississippi almost my entire life, the attitudes expressed by students, faculty and others are ones that I have heard my entire life. Parents and grandparents holding on to the past, faculty afraid of change, and students who as young adults, are just starting to formulate thier own ideas about race and equality. Most students in the film, along with most people my age I know in Mississippi, are moving past the racism, fear, and hate. With each passing generation, it seems that race is becoming less and less important and young people treat other equally.

BUT for some reason, after Mississippi's long and torrid past with civil rights and inequality, most people in Mississippi, young and old, feel it is ok to discriminate against people based on thier sexuality. A lesbian in Ittawamba, Mississippi wanted to bring her girlfriend to prom, and she was told she couldn't. The administration went on to cancel the school sponsored prom and allowed parents to hold a prom to which Constance was not invited.

I have to ask myself; Where was Morgan Freeman?

Why is no one in Mississippi supporting her rights? Why are her civil and equal rights not as important as black students? Why is a racially segregated prom throughly shunned but one segregated based on sexual orientation perfectly fine?

Well, it's not. I am ashamed that things like this happen all too often in my wonderful state. The young people need to face this challenge head on. Now that my generation has placed blacks and whites on the same playing field, it's time to do the same for the LGBT community.

Because whether you like it or not, gay rights=civil rights. The same civil rights we denied blacks for so long, we are denying to gays. And I think everyone is Mississippi should be ashamed that something like this could happen.

Here is a way you can help.

Hey,
You're never going to believe this story.

First this Mississippi school board canceled prom because a senior girl wanted to take her girlfriend. Then they organized a 'fake' prom (five students attended), while the rest of the students went to a secret prom organized by parents.

I just signed a petition to stand with Constance -- and condemn the school board's failure to treat its students with the respect and fairness everyone deserves.
http://www.hrcactioncenter.org/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&id=785

It's got to be pretty lonely to be in Constance's shoes. She didn't set out to start a fight in the courts or in the media. All she wanted to do was go to prom.

Join me in letting Constance know we're supporting her.
http://www.hrcactioncenter.org/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&id=785
Thanks!

Nicole

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Fall 2010

French 301 Advanced French TTh 12:15-1:30
French 442 Contemporary French Literary Theory MW 2-3:15
English 455 Young Adult Literature M 6-9pm
English 442 Jane Austen T 6-9pm
Curriculum 300 Education&Field Experience MWF 9-9:50
Philosophy 201 Intro to Philosophy TTh 9:25-10:40

Nicole

Friday, April 2, 2010

It was 80 degrees today...you have no idea how happy that makes me!



I love spring-time!!!!

Nicole

PS- I just saw this on the Human Rights Campaign's website. I want it SO much! It's a panda supporting such a worthy cause!

http://shop.hrc.org/clearance/panda-equality.html