Imagine sitting in math class, and just not being able to pay attention. The teacher is talking about something that will be very important, yet focusing still seems utterly impossible. You feel hungry and longing for something interesting, but you aren’t allowed to have the one thing that can help your situation; a piece of gum. Unfortunately, many schools don’t allow chewing gum on school property. Focus decreases and grades become lower as a result of gum’s absence, and many students lack gum’s dental benefits.
Boo frequently highlights this issue in her book providing numerous examples. Firstly, free municipal education hardly ever is efficient. According to the author, almost 60% of the public school teachers do not have even an undergraduate degree (Boo 85). Mirchi and other similar schoolchildren are not likely to acquire necessary education that could have potentially helped them and their families to escape poverty. Moreover, they risk learning nothing at all since at public school they mostly “play, take recess, play again, then have lunch” (Boo 85).
He is in the third grade, his favorite color is black, and he loves pizza. Since he was a bit older I began by asking about the things that he found to be funny. He said that he was not a jokester and that most of them were at school. I proceeded to ask him to tell me a joke, he said, “ Knock-knock,” so I followed with, “who is there?” He quickly blurted, “Johnny Appleseed!” He thought it was funny and fell back on his seat and even began to roll a little, since he did not complete the joke correctly, I asked him for another. His other jokes were very similar, he either did not properly execute them or did not finish, but the end result was the same, he would find them to be funny and would throw himself around.
Throughout the semester, we are required to help one day with Math Club for ECE 321 between 3:00-4:30 after school hours to review and practice different math games and resource with students. I attend 4/5 times for Math Club this semester rotating to different stations. The first station involves using computers to play mathematical games. Some of the games include; abcya.com and mathplayground.com. These games work on multiplication, addition and subtraction, geometry, fractions, and decimal problems.
“Why is that boy asking so many weird questions during class? Is he crazy?” “Why is he doing those questions that the teacher never mentioned? It is not going to be on the exam, right?” “Why is he doing math!! !” Yes, that boy doing math, is me, who has been called “math freak”’ since primary school. Everything changed rapidly for me when I was nine, my family and I moved from Taiwan to Chengdu because of my father’s job.
I have had a wonderful experience observing at Buffalo Creek Middle School so far. The teacher is excellent with her students and uses various activities to get the kids involved. One activity that was used multiple times over the two days that I was there was: Think, Pair, Share. The teacher would write a math question up on the board that went along with whatever topic they were going over that day and then she would ask the students to try to solve the equation. After everyone seemed to be finished solving the equation, it was time to pair up.
It adds on to those seven hours students spend confined in school. Teachers often spend hours grading papers and projects. The question is, why then do they give homework? Doesn’t it limit their time with family too? Don’t they have other responsibilities outside of school?
Sam has no clue how to raise a child which is quite evident by how he struggles to change Lucy’s diapers and how he is not feeding her ever two hours, until his neighbor, Annie, explains it to him. He asks for help from Annie to babysit Lucy while he works, similar to any single parent needing a helping hand. Sam’s disability does not interfere greatly with his parenting until Lucy starts surpassing him intellectually. As shown in a scene where Lucy and Sam are reading a book and Sam has difficulties reading a long word so Lucy reads the word for him. Seeing that her father is having difficulties reading the advanced book she takes it away and they start reading Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss.
I had the opportunity to observe Ms. Nicole’s preschool classroom located at Sault Tribe Child Care Center in Sault Ste. Marie, MI on Wednesday from nine to ten in the morning. The children were involved in free choice time, exploring the different interest areas the classroom had to offer. I focused my attention on ten random children who had been engaged in exploratory play and observed each of them for ten minutes, documenting what activities they participated in. I found a pattern among the children during my observation.
When they get to school, they see that there are fourty students, while the classroom designed for twenty. Many of them have no books and notebooks. In some cases parents think that education is not the real key to exit from working-class into upper. So as following, impoverished people do not value education Other thing is psychological part for working-class children. Lack of cultural experience, like attending restaurants, theatres etc.