Sunday, November 13, 2011

Promising Practice

Going into the Promising Practice conference I was not expecting it to be a good time. I figured it was going to be a bunch of boring lectures one right after the other.  As I got handed my folder I quickly found out that I was in workshop K and all of my friends were in different workshops.  When I got to my classroom two young middle school teachers were standing up front getting ready to present.  Their presentation that they were going to talk about was on bullying and how we need to stand up to the bullies. As they started talking I started to get more and more interested as to what they were saying. they were telling us how they believe in order for students to learn more students need to feel more comfortable in the classroom. They then told us how they put kids from different "clicks" into groups and make them work and do activities together.  As the school year went on the teachers wanted to do more with the kids and decided to work on a anti-bullying little skit to show the kids in school that bullying needs to stop. They even brought in two students from the class that were involved in making the skits and they started telling us how great of an experience it was and how they learned that bullying is wrong and they will do what ever they can to help stop bullying.
The link above is the presentation they used and I strongly encourage everyone to go and check it out so they can get a better understanding of what happened and possibly cool ways for others to try and work with their students on bullying. Having done a previous blog on bullying I saw a lot of connections between things that I wrote and things they presented. For example they talked about how social medias like Facebook are so easily to bully people on now and if we want bullying to stop we need to stand up against it. All in all it was an amazing presentation and it was something I definitely didn't expect to happen.
The seconded presentation was done by a teacher that works at Rhode Island College. She was also presenting about bullying, but it had to do more with race.  The first thing she told us was how one of her relatives was in another country and saw someone being bullied because of their race. When she tried to help the person that was being bullied that person then slit her throat. She then talked about why someone would do something so mean and how we need the children to learn that bullying needs to end.  Her presentation was more dark then positive but still was very powerful. I saw a lot of brown and board of education that we talked about going on in this presentation,  showing that racism is unfortunately still alive and strong and if it was up to some people we would still be in separate schools. I also saw "Privilege, power, and difference" by johnson in her presentation explaining how everyone is different and how people are getting treated badly because of it.
The website above is a anti-bulling website for young kids called don't be a bully be a star.  It makes kids give a pledge saying they will not bully and will stick up for anyone that is being bullied.
The website above is another anti-buling site that is made to help kids, teens, adults, and educators deal with and stop bullying.
As for the Promising partnership expo I believed it was a very interesting, and unfortunately I saw not a lot of people actually looking at the stations. One that I enjoyed very much was City Year. while talking to the girl at the station it reminded me a lot of the service learning we do for class.  she started telling me how they go into school that are not the most advanced schools and help out kids in need.  She then started saying how a lot of the kids can't speak english and I had to tell her the stories about my service learning. To me they had the best station there and it is a great thing to get into if you can't get a job right out of school. I also have a friend in city year right now and he told me he is having a great experience and also changing his perspective on life.
The next presentation we had to deal with was teen empowerment. I was not a big fan of this presentation, i got very little from it and I believe the only point to this presentation was to show us how to use foolish ice breakers to get students feeling more comfortable.  I believe ice breaker games are a waste of time and from personal experience ways like putting the students desks in a circle and making them work in groups has a better affect on making the kids more open and feeling equal.
I also felt that the youth panel was a waste of time mainly because I already knew the answers to the questions. Maybe it is because I am still young and know how kids still act which is why I thought it was pointless, but as for older people attending they might have found this to be very helpful.


  1. I agree with all of this and I was in the same workshop as well. I also found this workshop very interesting too. Also the team empowerment and the panel were uninteresting to me too.


  2. at least you like your workshop mine was very pointless