Lab #6

Step One: Description of your program

The Child Studies program consists of studying the role of children in today’s society and understanding the importance that environmental factors have on their development, within a specific educational setting.

Step Two: Broader themes

I believe that my topic can appeal to a broad audience because it can be linked to the topic of human intelligence and the many factors that can influence it. Intelligence is a theme that most individuals comprehend and I believe that my topic will be interesting to many people because it addresses the impact that television has on a child’s intelligence. I want to observe how environmental factors, such as the exposure to television, can impact one’s cognitive ability and due to the fact that every human being has a brain, this subject is relatable to everyone.

Step Three: More publications

  1. psychcentral.com
  2. childdevelopmentinfo.com
  3. forbes.com

Step Four: Writing a scene

 I remember hearing constant noise in my house during my childhood. The melodies on the radio, the voices on the television and the loud alarms from my father’s firefighter pager were few of the daily sounds that made my house a home. My mother was a stay at home mom, and I spent most of my childhood with her before starting school in the fall of 2001. While she cleaned and cooked during the day, I discovered the beauty of imagination. The brilliant place where my mind would travel to when I played alone in my purple room filled with collectible Barbies that I was never allowed to open. From the end of the hall, I could hear the knocking of my mother’s knife hitting the wooden cutting board while she was humming the Shania Twain song that was playing in the background. I always enjoyed hearing the comforting sounds in my house.

I believe that was why I enjoyed being around anything that had to do with music and television. As soon as I would hear the Barney theme song, I would precipitate to the living room with my favorite blanket and pillow. My mother used to be very controlling when it came to managing the amount of time that I could spend in front of the television. She encouraged me to read books and play outside with the neighbors, but the auditory aspect of my play was never as satisfied as when I would be watching my favorite television show or listening to my favorite song on the radio. Shows such as Barney, The Big Comfy Couch, Blues Clues and Bear in The Big Blue House were few of the many shows that my parents told me I was allowed to watch. The clicking of the buttons of the remote control caught my attention when I was in my bedroom and I knew that when I heard the whispering coming from downstairs, that my parents were going to let me watch one last show before going to bed…

Step Six: Using Similes

Intelligence is like a river because even it flows in one direction, but there will always be people who will try to go against it.

Childhood is like a photo album because even though we all went through it, some memories are not worth remembering.

Probably the worst similes ever! lol

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Lab #5

Part 1:

The author of “4 Ways to Use Psychology to Win Your Competition’s Customers” uses his research to explain how the habits that we acquired as a daily customer are strongly influenced by one’s impulsiveness. His research adds to his article by including interesting statistics and also by giving the four main ways that Psychology is used to manipulate us in order to get our attention. Due to the fact that the participants of the study are mostly my age, I found it interesting how it was a topic that was linked directly to myself. He uses Snapchat, Netflix, Facebook and other types of media as example to support his four main arguments. I like how the author uses concrete examples that most people know because it allows a better understanding on the content of his article. Also, his sources that he included for each argument actually really added to his topic because it was he added another form of information to make his article more relevant, reliable, valid and interesting.

Part 2:

1. The use of television to entertain children has become more and more popular in today’s modern society. Not only can they watch it at home, they can also watch it on the go as well with the use of tablets and smartphones. However one may argue that not all TV shows are detrimental to a child’s development. There are a few children television series that are actually considered educational and beneficial to a child’s learning process. However, too much exposure to any type of media can harm a child as well. There are also shows that are known as being harmful to a child’s intelligence such as Spongebob Squarepants . Concerned Psychologists have actually conducted many studies concerning the well-known TV show to prove the negative effects that it can have on a child’s cognitive development. Recent studies proved that Spongebob Squarepants might actually make your children stupid. Parents are the one’s to blame for the existence of these types of TV shows due to the fact that they use them regularly to entertain their children, instead of doing it themselves as every parent should do. I’m not saying that TV is necessarily bad for a child, however if it used as a parenting tool it is inevitable that negative affects will occur.

4. Many people have already developed an opinion concerning the use of television. According to the 2011 Active Healthy Kids Report Card on Physical Activity for Children an YouthCanadian youth ages 6-19 average about six hours of screen time per day, with TV program accounting for much of this time. Why are children watching so much TV a day? That is the equivalent to 1/4 of their day. They sit in front of the TV the same amount of time that they are sitting in a classroom. No wonder parents complain that their children have learning disabilities, they are not receiving any type of cognitive stimulation once they get home from school. I do not believe that TV is bad for a child. However I do understand how it could be affect them negatively if they are constantly exposed to it. Too much of anything is never good, especially if it something that does not require any mental concentration. If you spend 1/4 of your day totally paralyzed in front of a television, you will definitely not gain any knowledge or learning advantages while doing so.

6. When I was a young child, my parents controlled the amount of time that I spent watching TV and on [INCOMPLETE]

Lab #3

Part One:

The writer that I brought in today is John Green. I am going to focus on his novel “The Fault in Our Stars”.  John Green uses humor to approach the serious issue of cancer, which is the topic of the book. He also uses a familiar vocabulary and his writing flows nicely throughout the course of the novel. John Green is a very detailed writer, and it is written in the first person, as the main character of Hazel Grace. His style of writing allows the reader to know the characters thoughts and feelings, and how she deals with her illness.  He uses dialogue very frequently which allows the readers to imagine the situation for themselves. Finally, I enjoy his writing because it is written with the use of “teenager expressions” and how the main character is super pessimistic before she meets the love of her life, Augustus Waters. John Green is one of those talented writers that can make you cry and laugh within the length of one page…

Part Two:

People always told me that high school was going to be the best years of my life and how I should enjoy them while they lasted. You want to know the truth? They were right. But at the time, I thought that it was ridiculous and common for parents and old people to say stuff like that. They were nostalgic and old, no wonder they wanted those years back, their lives were boring now.   I was always an average student in high school. I went to class, did my work and went home. There was something about high school that I really hated though, but I can’t seem to put my finger on it… Oh, wait. Yes, I remember now. I hated school because of the people who thought that their lives were interesting enough to become a reality TV show. I wish that I would have liked high school, but in all fairness, I never really tried to enjoy it. The day I actually started to love school was on the day of my graduation. – Yeah, I know. You guys must be thinking “A little late for that buddy, better luck next time”. Well, I’ll have you know that graduation was one of the best days of my life because it was the first time that I’ve ever felt rewarded for being trapped in a concrete shoe box for 5 years.  Standing on a beat-up stage and receiving a fake diploma by a man who looked like Kermit the frog made me emotional.  Maybe it was because I knew that I would never step foot in that school again, or maybe it was the fact that I never ended up breaking in the new pair of high heels that I was wearing and they were giving me mad blisters…

Part Three:

That guy really did look like Kermit the frog. I remember standing in the back of the stage and waiting patiently for Kermit to say my name so I could receive my diploma. I remember staring at him and wondering if Miss Piggy was waiting for him backstage. I mean, there is nothing wrong with looking like a frog, they are relatively good looking amphibians, I guess. Maybe, he was in the process of becoming Prince Charming, or maybe he simply had his own little life on a nice lily pad, in the middle of a peaceful pond where his little frog children could swim and jump around in the comfort of their home.

Lab #2: Part Two.

That man was rude. After my English class on November 5th 2013, I took the metro and the 747 bus to the airport. I really hate public transportation, and I wasn’t the one leaving on vacation, so it sucked even more. There was so much traffic, and I hate traffic. It was a really cold and rainy day and obviously, I hate cold and rainy days. Once I got to the airport, I had no idea what gate I had to go to, so I was turning in circles like a lost puppy and I actually really hate looking like a lost puppy. I went to the airport to say goodbye to my boyfriend who was leaving to travel Europe for 3 months. As you might have realized by now, I was not excited, happy or even slightly in a good mood. I prepared my Kleenex box and my cookie dough in advance, because I was an emotional wreck. –When I think of it now it’s actually pretty humorous, I’m picturing myself in a low budget Nicholas Sparks movie, or something- So you must be wondering, who’s the mean man? Yeah, don’t worry, I’m getting to that part.- Obviously I was in tears and exaggerating the moment, I headed to the Lionel-Groulx.  I was standing on the sticker that indicates where the door will be when the metro arrives. This random old dude just comes up to me and starts yelling at me because I was crying. He said: We all have our problems, and you do not see anyone else in this metro crying, do you?  For real, who does that? –I’m laughing about in now, but seriously… that man was rude. Continue reading

Lab #1: Initial Research, Making Connections, Brainstorming

Part One:

  • Personal Experiences
  • Moving to Montreal with my best friend was a wonderful life experience because it allowed me to become independent and self-aware of the world we live in. I view life differently ever since moving out of my parent’s place. I have been here for two years and I believe that it changed me as a person.
  • I wrote a play in 11th grade which won many awards. I believe it was an educational experience because it allowed me to be creative and to express myself in front of an auditorium of 900 people.
  • I also took part in “Secondaire en Spectacle” in 9th grade with my brother and our friends. We got the opportunity to go to the regional competition and the provincial one as well. It was definitely a life changing experience, because I never took singing that seriously, but I realized that it was something that I could not live without.
  • Current Events
  • The Labeling Dilemma
  • Does home schooling affect a child`s social development?
  • Are children losing their sense of creativity and imagination because of the standardized curriculum that schools have to reinforce?

Part Two:

The nature of teaching in today’s education system is strongly based on delivering the curriculum that our society wants children to know. However, I believe that teachers should reinforce students to use their creativity and imagination in the classroom as well. We are encouraging children to act like little adults and we do not take the necessary amount of time to acknowledge the fact that children are kids, and not workers to be… Children have a strength that we, “older people” lost because of the educational institutions that we were enrolled it at a young and vulnerable age. They can play, pretend and explore which are a few of the many activities that the average adult does not include in their daily routine. We are so obsessed with today’s societal values that we drag our children down the same path. Integrating play in a classroom helps children acquire different abilities such as creative problem-solving strategies and social skills. Each child has their own needs and rhythm in a classroom, and teachers should take into consideration that a human being tends to learn at a faster pace if the person in question is interested by what they are being taught. Obviously, reading, writing and basic arithmetic are essential skills that every individual should possess, but schools should also make their schedule around their student’s interests as well.  Creativity slowly decreases with age, which can easily be avoided if schools would stop focusing on one right answer and allowing more discussion based interactions between students.

Links:

http://www.livescience.com/15535-children-creative.html

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/freedom-learn/201209/children-s-freedom-has-declined-so-has-their-creativity

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2012/05/are-we-wringing-the-creativity-out-of-kids/