Thursday, September 29, 2016

Unlearning the Myths That Bind Us

Hayley Dias
Unlearning the Myths That Bind Us
Quoting and Hyperlink

I began to admire Linda Christensen while reading this piece of text, herself as a writer she begin telling her readers about how she "Was nourished on the milk of American Culture.", meaning she was raised with two white american parents in a clean cleansed home where her parents believed on day she was going to live a happy life with her husband an children.  Our Society has different views and we all don't live the same lifestyle. But growing up as a child in different surroundings can change a person. Perfect isn't everything.

Children are blinded by the myths, each myth tell stories to children that not only don't come true but tell life lessons for each of them. Christensen states, "Many students don't want to believe that they have been manipulated by children's media or advertising." A prime example is when she discusses though out the reading of how cartoon characters expose lots of stereotypes, they are just so vague and "blatant." 

Referring to the characterizing of how cartoons stereotypes re formed, looking at these days society on what is playing on television there are newer cartoons each an everyday that change the look of older cartoons. Such as looking at the princess like Mulan, Aladdin, and Pocahontas, they are however the only princess based on there culture and look. However, looking at the older cartoons such as Daffy Duck, a students refers to him as,"This is just a dumb little cartoon with some ducks running around in clothes."

"A Black Cinderella?" 
Children in todays society begin to realize how similar cartoon characters and other characters begin to look like. Any little girl who loves princess can realize, however every little girl refers back to Cinderella. Kenya a young girl refers to beginning to talk about having princess of color for young non white children to feel good about what they look like. Kenya wrote a paper about having "A Black Cinderella? Give me a Break." She states, "Have you ever seen a black person, an Asian, a 
Hispanic in a cartoon?"

Clicking on this link this proves how much disney movies and there characters are viewed upon others children and viewers. The princess characteristics themselves are what reflect on others the most especially there storylines that they tell such as Cinderella, on how she is poor women who works so hard and lives with her evil step mother and sisters and gets swept away on her feet by prince charming. Every young girl loves her and thinks this will happen one day to them but Linda Christensen in her text is trying to bring out our society myths to children. "Women who aren't white begin to fell left out and ugly because they never get to play princess."

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Teaching Multilingual Children-Collier

Hayley Dias
Teaching Multilingual Children - Virginia Collier

Reflection: While I began reading this piece of text, it really made me think about how children who are bilingual are educated. Also, with my service learning project starting this week what I will experience with the children. I am in a Kindergarten classroom environment where most of the children speak and understand english as there second language. I can relate to these children in a small way coming from a Portuguese Heritage and back round, the only difference is that my second language is Portuguese. I was taught by my grandparents.

Being bilingual has gave me a bigger opportunity and is a great thing to have. While in my in service learning project I want to make these children feel confident for who they are and to never be ashamed of having a second language because of there culture. Collier supports this very well in her thoughts on how educators teach multilingual children.

One Guideline, Collier says "Be aware that children use first language acquisition strategies for learning acquiring a second language." (127) Children use phases to understand what they are learning it is what gets them through the acquisitions of being bilingual. Most of the techniques are used from patterns they use to simplify the word they are trying to use. Children who are younger are much different because teachers try an help them focus on one thing an then help them identify there own learning style. Collier also states, "Children acquiring a second language will self correct their own utterances over time as they progress though the various stages of life." (128)
Another point that Collier discusses about how children and there parents have a certain kind of speech an talk to each other using there kind of phrases. Collier begins with telling us how teachers an educators try using the "Caregivers Speech" while teaching the child in his or her classroom. They follow the six features of this. Learning this all the whole conversation of this all is the connection between conversation and communications. But also, Collier refers to how social and emotional affects take on children feelings while trying to learn with the struggle of learning english as a second language in school, while at home the are speaking there language with family and there relatives.
I have attached this video that really summarizes how Teaching Multilingual Children in classrooms. It helped me understand more about the learning process for these children.

The next guideline I enjoyed reading about Collier states, " Teach the standard form of english and students home language with an application of dialect differences to create an environment of language recognition in the classroom." I feel as this begin one of the strongest guidelines because the child can feel comfortable and be he or she while learning. It helps them progress in there education. Applying this helps the classrooms standards reach awareness for learning and encouragement for the children.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Amazing Grace-Kozol

Hayley Dias
Amazing Grace- Kozol

Kozol, adresses a point in his piece of writing that one who reads it unveils his or her true feelings an affects on children who live in communities like New York. I was never aware of how truly bad this part of New York truly was. I have been to New York but always as a tourist.

Kozol, tells us about a young boy who lives in the bronx in a society where Kozol meets him and the young boy gives him a tour of the bronx. The young boy lives in the South Bronx one of the poorest parts of New York. Children in this area of the bronx live around drugs, disease and deaths. Most leading deaths is led from drugs with overdose. Cliffe the boy who gives Kozol the tour of the bronx experiences a city that he had never grew up in an lived through. " Crack Cocaine addiction and intravenous use of heroin which children I have met here call. "the needle drug" nearly 4,000 heroine injectors many of who are the ones HIV-infected." 

This displays a prime example of how drugs and diseases are affecting our society today, an particular shown in one part of the U.S in the Bronx, New York. Children suffering each an everyday because they are being brought up in a community and society like this. New York is visually seen as one of the dirtiest places especially in the bronx and Cliffe describes this to Kozol who is not familiar with it at all until he realizes the life that these children go through with having parents involved in drugs and alcohol which lead them to death.

In this video I found it shows how unfit the community of living in the Bronx. It displays for viewers to see how there community is, there are graffiti and arts painted all over the corners of there side of the city. Each corner store with big fences and abandoned buildings. Shacks of buildings and stores that are mostly all closed. The views of living in such a dark community where there is no urban side. Children who grow up in a community like this are not at fault but should get the necessary help and there families to be in a better community so they are raised and treated like each and every child. They are no different! If I could help change our society and help there community, I would but our nation needs to see this effect on other families who are different and don't have that luxury life... and are struggling to live.

Poverty takes on a huge role in this article based on how families live day by day. Reading this article it began to break my heart on how low the poverty level was. Children do not deserve to go through a life that way and deserve the help they need. Every child deserves a good education no matter where they live and who they are.

Sunday, September 11, 2016


Kristof states “We have never been a nation of haves and have-nots,“We are a nation of haves and soon-to-haves, of people who have made it and of people who will make it.” He begins with this for all readers to really begin thinking of this. We live in a society that we make our self's known and visible with either accomplishments or not. Whether were you come from if it out of the country and now you presently live in the United States there is no excuse for failure. Kristof makes a great impression of this discussing about Rubio's Father. He also makes such a great view point about children who are born into our society today who basically need NO effort. They are brought into this world with the economics of there parents those peoples children will be in the same economic system.. they call it the "10 percent area". 

A prime example of this would be looking at a child in a group home who has grown up living with he same people and being around the same people. This child ends up going to a great college and is an excellent athlete... but came from nothing with no family an was poor. People may look at him differently and not treat him like the other students that attended that school. But however, this is how our society is seen now a days its all about where people come from and what they get and receive from. Whether you have it or not.

Kristof in this article is arguing how he believes it doesn't matter where people are from especially children who are born into this word. There is no doubt that they are different, everyone is but also special in there own ways. The country that we live in has come to all about your social an economic status and how you are seen. And Kristof believes that we should change this.

Throughout this reading piece, it simply is about how we need to change our society. Myself as a reader sees the point he is trying to write especially with discussing about his friend Rick. On how poorly he lived his life of his father being an alcoholic. He was the type of kid who just ignored what his fathers bad deeds were and followed all of his dreams on getting a great education. No matter where he came from an what his life was like at home being raised by a father who was an alcoholic who couldn't manage to purse in his education. Parents are a big part of a Child's life and good support systems help.

Kristof names the title of his article, " U.S.A Land of Limitations" because our society that we live in is all about limitations and economics that run every ones lives. We need to know " how we can change the U.S.A and make it better?

Friday, September 9, 2016

All about me

Hey guys my name is Hayley! 
Im a sophomore hear at Rhode Island College who is majoring in Elementary Education. I come from a small town Bristol RI, and am the oldest of 3 sisters.
My pasion for becoming a teacher one day has reflected on me in so many ways, children brighten up my day they are truly inspirational. Working with children everyday influences me more and more becoming a teacher I love children and one day educating them will continue to show my passion for them.
Summer is my happy place, I spend all my days by the beach. It is where I am everyday! Warm weather and tanning is the best part!! Summer days and night with friends and family are what make my summer. The 4th of July is my favorite part of the summer I live in bristol so of course we host the famous 4th of July Parade. 

I work at a local daycare in town I am teacher assistant. I love my job because I am around children everyday. Some of my hobbies I love to do is mostly shopping, listening and going to country concerts, spending time with my sisters and watching my sisters play premier soccer. Im always there for them, me and my sisters have a strong bond. 
"you me us, Three Sisters, three journeys, one place to call home."

Me and Cloey at her soccer game this past weekend in Lancaster, MA she scored 2 Goals and won her game! #GoBayside
Me and Kelsey my middle sister at the Luke Bryan Concert at Foxboro in July. We we're Huntin for some Luke!

They call us " The Dias girls. "