In this paper, I will be reflecting on my first year as an Occupational therapy student at the University of The Witwatersrand. While reflecting, I have come to realise that my viewpoint and understanding of the profession of Occupational Therapy and the importance of occupation to Occupational Therapy have developed substantially throughout this year. In my opinion, my previous understanding of OT and occupations in OT was very basic and shallow compared to what I understand of this topic currently. This growth in understanding came about due to many learning events such as lectures, fieldwork and activities, however, two of the most significant learning events I have personally experienced this year have had a major impact on my learning experience. These two learning events, which are prominent events within my first year of studying OT, include the OT June exam and making a chair in APT (Appropriate Paper-based Technology) for a child with Cerebal Paulsy and Microcephaly.
Chapter four of They Say I Say, written by Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein, explain ways to offer your view in a conversation or in your academic writing. Chapter four provide details about the three basic ways to response to other people ideas, such as, agreeing, disagreeing or both. These techniques show his/her stand relative to other’s ideas. Mastering these basic ways can helps readers/writers understand more of where the author or their view stand. However, to move the conversation further, they must provide details to demonstrate their view is relevant to other’s ideas.Additional ways discussed in chapter four are the “duh” and “twisted” move.
While I do know some of the rules, due to my previous English teachers in school, there is still much that I do not know. But, through the course of this past semester I have learned a great deal about different and new rules. This class has taught me a great deal about writing and how to correctly write an essay. Writing is a system of many rules and is a way for people to express their creativity. This class has given me much room to express myself creatively and gain more knowledge.
I had time to reflect independently and I started to develop my own opinion. This reflective diary illustrates that I have begun to develop my reflections by critically analysing my beliefs and thinking about what is best for students in my class. I became aware that my beliefs were biased due to my previous experiences. This is a practice I sustained throughout the year as I continued examining my own
I began as a nursing major, but after spending a summer working with children, I changed my major to education. I got my undergraduate and graduate education degrees from University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. I have loved teaching so much that I’ve gone back to school to add new certifications and have taught everything from 1st grade to college! The influence of my parents and brothers, though always present, has been displaced by that of the family I have helped to create for myself. My husband and I have four children who bring us much joy and many challenges.
In this book they described that humans co created shared meaning in cultural settings. These meanings are learned over time in three categories of socialization. Primary, occurs during the early part of childhood. Secondary is during the adolescent stage and you have your own beliefs. Reality Maintenance happens everyday with the act of communication for the rest of your life.
Through this class I learned about Focus2. Focus2 is a self-paced, on-line career and educational planning tool that I can use to assist me in making important decisions like choosing an academic major or career. The VARK (Visual, Aural, Read/Write, and Kinesthetic) on-line questionnaire is designed to help me discover and explore career options and major areas of study that match my interests, personality, values and skills. There are four different learning styles Visual learners, Aural learners, Read/Write learners, and Kinesthetic leaners. After I took the VARK Questionnaire, I received my results for each section.
The concept of beliefs has been a common feature of research papers in education for the past decade. However, what are beliefs? Dewey (1933) described belief as the third meaning of thought, “something beyond itself by which its value is tested; it makes an assertion about some matter of fact or some principle or law”. Abelson (1979) defined beliefs in term of people manipulating knowledge for a particular purpose or under a necessary circumstance. Additionally, the concept of beliefs was introduced by Rokeach (1968) who provided a comprehensive model of individual beliefs or attitudes.
My ultimate career goal is being in the classroom, teaching elementary students (preferably either Kindergarten or first grade). However, I have been so interested in working with with special needs students. These past two semesters required me to complete observation hours, which I completed a majority within a special education classroom. I saw the way these students learned, and tried to gain an understanding of the material. What really touched my heart is the fact that though these students have disabilities, they still had a passion for life and an excitement to learn.
However, I did learn through my years of schooling that being able to read is key to success in any field of employment. I had a personal drive to be able to understand what I am reading, no matter what it may be such as an article in a magazine, a memo from supervisors or policy and procedures of a company. In my spare time, I would read as much as I could to learn new words. Since I come across words every day that are spoken to me that is not understood, I would research the words to better understand what was being discussed. Still to this day, it has become a habit of mine to read any random piece of writing to ensure my understanding continues to grow.