I made a meaningful contribution to my workplace is first observed the students see who needs my help. My mentor pointed out some students that I could work with. As I was observing the students I noticed some. One of the students needed guidance in order to complete his work. I grabbed one of the small blue chairs and sat next to him. Together we read the “Clifford the Firehouse Dog” and answered the response to literature. When I am not there to help him he gets off task and space off. Not only did I help the student to complete their work, but one of the students was having some problem with bullying. He came to me talking about how people would make fun of his name. “People make fun of my name because the way it sounds,” said the little boy with teary eyes. I told him how I could relate because that had happened to me when I was in elementary. Another contribution that I made was helping with Ms. Adamos. Towards the end, the school has an event called “Chalk Walk” where each class gets a square and students get to color it. The volunteers and Ms. Adamos had made a mistake with the squares, they were a too small. So the interns and I remade them. It was a cloudy Wednesday there was volunteers and interns working to get students in and out of classes to color their squares. After we were done the whole school went outside to look at all of the artwork.
There have been so many funny moments during internship. One of them is it was a cold windy morning. The students were coming back from recess to the class. They were walking in a straight line as I was walking near them. I was just walking normally until I feel something pulling my hair. So I turned and I see a blonde little boy student. “Shoot I got my fidget spinner stuck in your hair!” He says while laughing. I didn't get mad, I actually found it funny. That morning I curled my hair and had thought since the fidget spinner spins maybe that my hair would curl from it. He did apologize. Haha. Another funny moment is it was a windy morning and Mrs. Nuvia came to visit me. We walked into the class having a conversation about how I was doing. The bell started ringing and soon the noises of the kids were getting loud. As the students went inside the classroom they all ran up to Mrs. Nuvia and I asked if Mrs. Nuvia was my mom. It was funny. Then towards the end, we took a selfie and did realize we do look similar. Besides having funny moments with the kids, I had a really good conversation with my mentor, Mrs. Jackson on my third day. I decided it would be best to start my interview early so I can get to know her a little better. I have learned different things about her.
Qualities that I see in the people around me that I want to develop in myself is dedication enthusiastic and nurturing. Dedication is one of the qualities I want to develope because my mentor came in class without a voice and a bad cold. Mrs. Jackson only came to class not feeling good for the kids. I think she is real dedication not just to her work, but for her students. Another reason why I want to be dedicated because I feel like it good for your future and for personal life. Enthusiastic is another quality that I want to develope. The reason why is because it is always good to be enthusiastic no matter what in the situation is. I have noticed that the kids are really enthusiastic. For example one of the students is really interested in softball and always talks about it with me. Another example is he always draws and talks about this eraser cat. They’re enthusiastic in what they learn. The students also love going on Dreambox. I heard that program on my first day since one of them mentioned it to me. Nurturing is a quality that I want to develope. I have noticed that my mentor does this. Not only does she help them learn, but she does get connected with the parents and life. Once you're in the educational community you’ll nurture the children. I want to develops this because I do care about kids and it would build a good relationship with them.
My workplace is the classroom with 2nd graders at Wolf Canyon Elementary. The outside of the school has beautiful green plants with white walls. As you enter the room you will notice that the inside, has different colored objects everywhere. Which that make it more of a comfy place to learn. Each table has name tags and one black cubby. Inside the cubbies are pencils/markers, crayons, rulers, erasers and cloths for whiteboards. A lot strikes me about this classroom. One of the things that strike me is how the environment is very friendly and supportive. When a student gets an answer wrong they know not to make fun of their peers. Instead, they support each other. That strikes me because usually in other schools they would not have that. The beginning of the day the kids sit in their seats and one of the students leads the class with their classroom song, “I am Special”. One of the student says “Stand up. Thumbs ups. Smile.” Then they start to sing. If you want to know the lyrics, they’ll be below this. That is another part that strikes me because they start their day with motivation. Not just the classroom that strikes me. Going inside the office you see a welcoming smile from the ladies at the front desk. On my first day, it was a Monday before school starts they do the pledge of allegiance and they sing together. I think that makes them all start a connection in the morning and makes it fun for the kids.
Before I head to bed tonight, I will get my attire ready. Which is our Transgender shirt and black pants. Tomorrow morning, I am going to shower and do my hair. After that I’m going to leave my house by 6 am. When we arrive at the place I will communicate with my group members, meet up with them and help set up. For what we have plan at our booth is we have a table with black cloth. In that table will have the water bottles that we created and the transgender true and false activity with chairs. When we see people walking near by our booth, we will invite them to come over. Something that I would say is “Hello, welcome to our booth. This is the Transgender brain, would you like a free water bottle.” After that I will ask them if they would want to play our transgender true or false game. The game we created is start an informational conversation about the facts and misconceptions. When the audience get it wrong we will explain why and when they get it right we will explain in depth. An example is I’ll say “People are transgender because they want attention. True or false?” The answer is false.
Another thing that I learned from my book is “A son born to a woman who undergoes stress early in her pregnancy is more likely to grow up being gay than a son born to a non stressed mother.” When a stress pregnant mom releases a hormone called androstenedione. That hormone messes up the timing and amount of release of testosterone into the fetal brain which interferes with development of the part of the brain linked into sexual orientation.
The interest I have in the future is to follow my kid dream job. The dream job that I always wanted is to be a Pediatrician Dentist or Orthodontics. I want to be a Dentist/Orthodontist is because in elementary one Dentist came in showed us how to brush our teeth and gave us facts about teeth. That is when I started being interested in teeth. An area that I would like to work on is procrastinating. Procrastination isn’t something you can change for good because you'll always still procrastinate, but something that I can prevent less procrastination is changing my habits. An example would be switching up daily routines and setting up end of the day goals. Another area that I would like to work on is becoming more of a leader and confident with myself. Usually I'm the one who just gives out ideas, but doesn't be the leader. Being confident is what I would like to work on as well. Being confident in life will make me success because I will learn to take risk in anything and embracing the unknowns that will come in my life. Right now I am feeling nervous for internships because I'm walking into a place that I'm unfamiliar with. But at the same time I'm excited to develop new relationships with people and having to work with kids. Growing up, I had a lot of experience with kids. I used to babysit my younger cousins and take care of my siblings.
During my free time for festival del soul I looked around the campus and first went to Dr. P’s classroom. In his classroom I saw a bunch of students dressed in fancy clothes and the tables had some fancy cloths. Their exhibition was a cafe shop. This tall guy with thick eyebrows introduced what it is and told me the directions. I was told to get a article of my choice and look if it was fake or not. The layout of the article seem pretty legit, but after reading it, it was not because I caught a few spelling errors. The bottom of the article had like a the website layout. Something that I learned is that even if the website does not look sketchy you should always double check. After that exhibition I went to Nuvia’s. I looked around to see which group had no people in. I saw that the split people do not have people so I went. Rodrigo and Dario was there. Rodrigo introduced what his group is and asked if I wanted to do their activity and I said yes. He handed me the black marker and told me to close my eyes. I opened the black marker and closed my eyes. Rodrigo grabbed my hand and was drawing something, but I did not have control. He said “When you have your eyes closed how that’s what happens when you have split personality”. I experienced to have a split personality.
During the two weeks of break I decided to read at least one to two chapters a day, but not on the weekends. In the book Wyatt was becoming Nicole. I was curious and looked up videos on sex reassignment works on from male to female and female to male. In the video it was a 3D video. The first one I looked up was male to female. In the video it showed how they would have cut the skin of the testicles and remove the testicles, the skin of the penis is cut as well while the skin is pushed down then they cut the penis, tuck it down, pull the skin back up and use a laser to make a two holes. There is more to it. In the female and to male video they showed how they would grab a piece from the arm.
After spring break we were going to have professionals coming in to critique us. It was a Thursday morning, I walked in seeing five new faces. It was the professionals. My group and I set the our tables up and the professionals introduced themselves. Anita was the one we picked. “You guys should change the fonts to something more modern and the font color should be simple” Something that I learned is I did not know that fonts actually matter. I thought people wouldn't noticed as much. Anita always mentioned that she liked our shirts. She added how the shirt is more personalized and has that handwritten effect.
The most important aspect of our topic that people need to know is that transgenders are humans too and that they should not be treated differently. With the articles I have read the suicide rate for transgenders are pretty high. My slogan that I have is “We are all EQUAL with different brains.” My group and I were discussing on which slogan we can used and with the ideas we put in. The words that are promoting our topic is the “with different brains” because when people hear it they will know that not all brains are the same. Each day we had to refine our slogans the first and second they I kept it the same. The third day I decided to changed it to “It’s not about being a new person, but becoming the person you were meant to be.” For the slogans we were given a frame to put outside and when putting it outside I asked people from other classes to see if they understood what it meant, they did not. It was not direct. So I decided to change it to “Transgender isn’t about being a new person, but becoming the person you were meant to be.” I asked other people who does not know my topic and they guessed it right.
We arrived at University of California San Diego and walked inside this building that looks not too new. We were split into two big groups and with those two groups we split into smaller ones. My group first went with Kevin. Kevin took us to this small room and that couldn’t even fit all six of us. He provided us a video about EGGN and how it works. Something that I learned is when we got to do the actual experience. Axcel volunteered to do it. Kevin then asked the group what do we need to do first when we put the cords on Axcel. And I said “alcohol wipes to remove his oil”. Kevin put the cords behind his ears and on his under eyes. In the computer there was like a graph of Axcel. When Axcel blinks really hard on the computer and can see the lines changing. There are 64 total cords that you would usually put on a person and it takes 5 min just to put two. Another learning moment is when Susan (double check before posting) was talking about mental health. She mentioned how her family has heart problems and diabetes. I could relate because my family has that problem as well. One of her cousin said that he wasn’t going to be watching what he is eating because he said he was going to get those problems in the future anyways. That made me think because I thought about that too, but instead of doing that I should just prevent that from happening. Also when she showed us the video about a girl who was 12 years old and had mental issues. She hear voices in her head.