Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Things are Winding Down...

Things are slowing down here. The semester ends in just a few weeks - and I think there's about a month before the summer term begins. Of course, this means that there's a ton of things to do between now and then. Papers to write. A student learning project to complete. Two video-taped lessons and their plans and my reflections to be written. An Individual Education Plan to tend to along with a case study that's a major part of my grade. Quizzes. Assignments. Finals.

You might be surprised to learn that Psychopharmacology has turned a corner...and I am almost glad that I did not drop the course. I have learned that it is possible to drink grapefruit juice and take medications that insist that you avoid grapefruit altogether. In fact, if you drink 8 oz of the 'juice, you only need to take 1/2 of the pill...saving yourself money. Did you know that Benadryl will help you with a 'going problem' as in urinary problems? It is true. And a good laugh gives you 30 minutes of endorphins and things that help you to relax and feel happy. And cumidin, the blood thinner, is actually D-Con. As in rat poisoning. And if more than 2% of it roams freely in your body...it's not a good thing. People who take too much viagra see the world with a bluish tint and the Salem Witch Trials was all a result of people eating Ergot...

I've learned a lot about dyslexia. Okay, a lot might be an understatement. A ton might be better. I'm learning all sorts of strategies to help students succeed in learning. In fact, I'm learning that a good teacher doesn't have to know everything about History or Science...he or she just needs to know how to teach the student to apply their background knowledge and brain power to grasp the material at hand. In other words, a good teacher will TEACH the student how to learn the material. It's been really interesting.

My favorite part is working with a group of fourth graders twice a week for language arts. This happens to also be the class that I seem to get my observations from my professor during. I love these kids and am going to really miss them after my field experience ends next week. They are just a group of great kids and their parents have done a great job of raising them to be respectful...something that we really don't see too much of these days.

For my downtime, I've been trying to tackle some things around here that I've been neglecting for way too long. Like the bonus room - which for all intents and purposes has been a storage room for several months. Hopefully that will change soon. And the front hall closet - which is filled with a bunch of stuff that we don't need or use...that'll be next on my list. Hopefully I'll get these 'eye sores' taken care of soon enough so that I can focus on what's important.

1 comment:

The Source said...

So ask your professor for me...why do some meds say that stuff about not exposing yourself to sunlight? What will happen? Because I'm curious to try it just to see if I'll turn green or something.

The whole entire way the brain works is mystifying to me. Not just dyslexia but Asperger's...or any disorder really. The fact that a pile of squishy stuff actually works properly to maintain all of the body's systems while taking in SOOOO much information and processing it all at the same time...too interesting! I wish someone could explain to me why an accident victim can sometimes recover full function after a serious brain trauma, but a newborn with a very minor injury to a tiny part of the brain may never walk.