Saturday, November 28, 2015

PLN #9

Summary:
The article “In Praise Of The F Word” by Mary Sherry she is talking about the effect of threatening students grades with consequences to get them to do better in school. There was an example in the article where a student who sat in the back of the classroom and was a senior. He was not paying attention and was talking to all his friends all the time. The teacher notified the parent and the parent simply just asked,”Why don’t you move him to the front?” But the teacher believed threatening him with the idea of if he doesn’t pay attention he would flunk the class. The result of this threat was he started to pay attention and ended up passing the class. Sherry believes they should start putting this idea to use at many more schools.

Response:
I think the idea of threatening a student into a good grade isn’t such a bad idea. For some kids, really seeing that if they don’t pull themselves together and stop being so lazy the consequence could highly impact them in the future. Personally, sometimes I need that wake up call. When I realize how severe the result could be I grasp the fact that this could change everything. If I totally flunk a class I might loose some good choices for colleges and even worse my parents would be so mad and disappointed with me. Also in some cases you need letters of recommendation from certain teachers and if they didn’t think highly of you that can also impact your chances of getting into certain colleges. Sometimes students just need that extra push or boost and their true colors of excellence show and that’s sometimes what I need and generally everyone just needs once and awhile.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

PLN #6 Revision

Summary
"Make Way For Generation Z" by Michael Hershon is about bringing in a new generation to the work force and all the new ideas they would bring to the table. He says that the millennial generation, also known as Generation Y, born after 1980, seemed that some of them didn’t want to grow up. Hirshson also says, “Many were not afraid to speak their minds and made it clear they wanted to change the status quo. And at 80 million strong, they had the numbers to do it.” (I deleted this sentence) It states that “Gen Zers” tend to be more independent and want to be “cut loose earlier.” They also are “curious and driven” and Gen Zers are more of a mix of ethnicities. Born starting in the mid-90s to the early ’00s, Generation Z is coming in hard as the new and improved.


Response

In "Make Way For Generation Z by Michael Hershon I think that bringing different generations into the workforce is a great idea. You can get different viewpoints from everyone and it could make your company that much better. (deleted these sentences) Also sometimes everyone doesn’t relate, and bringing in new people could bring in new ideas. When I come home from school and start my homework my mom always says,"Where's your paper and pencil?" But now everything is on the computer, and we even use Google Classroom for art. Arapahoe uses a lot of technology, even more than I'm used to, because at my old school we used some but not as much. Also, my parents always say how awesome it is that kids now can take Algebra 2 Honors as a freshman or even an 8th grader because when they were in school they would take that class as a senior. That just shows how much Gen Zers are making a change in everyday society and possibly even in the workforce in the near future.