Johari Window Thoughts

--Original published at Makayla Hockenbrock

The process of choosing my Johari window was more difficult than I expected. I didn’t know which traits to pick for myself. I was either between a couple, knew ones were definitely not me, and then others I wasn’t sure if they described me or not. For example, I knew I was definitely an extrovert, so that eliminated the introvert trait. Other traits given, like ‘able’ was confusing to me because I really didn’t know what that was referring to. I was anxious to see the results once I finally picked my traits. Some traits that I didn’t think described me, my friends picked. All the traits I picked for myself, at least one of the people I emailed the link to agreed and selected one out of the six traits. I learned more traits about myself that I didn’t know I had than I expected I would have from this assignment. In terms of validity, I think it is a valid test if only people you know participate. I had some people who I didn’t know and didn’t know me participate in my Johari Window. So, my results were skewed because of that. I guess it is not hard for people to obtain the link you shared with your friends. I don’t know if it accurately measures one’s personality because there is only a limited number of traits. There are many traits that can describe someone’s personality. Overall, I liked this assignment cause I was interested in seeing how I was perceived from my friends point of view.

The DARE Program

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The Drug Abuse Resistance Education program, more commonly known as the DARE program, is a program that provides information to elementary, middle, and high school children about saying no to drugs and the dangers of using drugs. The vison of DARE is “A world in which students everywhere are empowered to respect others and choose to lead lives free from violence, substance abuse, and other dangerous behaviors.” (Teaching Students Decision-Making for Safe & Healthy Living, n.d). It becomes a controversial topic as to if it really is an effective program on lowering the drug use in grade school students. Just like everything else in this world, there are pros and cons to this program.

            First, let’s look at the pros of this drug program. So, did the program in fact deter students from making these bad decisions? Forty percent of participants who said they used alcohol before the dare program, said that after they went through the curriculum, they reduced their use of alcohol. Thirty-two percent stated they stopped using the substance overall (D.A.R.E., n.d). Students who participated in DARE were said to have 6 percent higher decision-making skills, then students who did not participate in the program (Patterson, 2015). A survey was taken by 5,376 students and 3,059 parents. Ninety-five percent of the students said that they felt DARE had a substantial influence on their decision-making process in the future. Ninety-nine percent of the parents, thought their children benefitted from being involved in the program (Patterson, 2015). In my perspective, these statistics seem convincing that the DARE program was effective. However, let’s look at the cons.

            Contrary to what the creators of the DARE program anticipated, there has been backlash regarding what the program has to offer to students. Critics of the program have stated that the program is highly flawed and has not produced noteworthy evidence to it being an effective curriculum. A study conducted on the program found that the students who were involved in DARE had a three to five percent higher rate of using drugs, than the students who did not participate in the program (Patterson, 2015). When looking at the statistics for marijuana use in 8th, 10th, and 12th graders, 5.8 percent of 8th graders, 13.8 percent of 10th graders, and 19.4 percent of 12th graders were using marijuana in 2008. Five years later those percentages increased to 7, 18, 22.7 percent (Does The DARE Program Work, n.d.). Those students were also involved in the DARE program during this increase use of marijuana.

            When taking all of this into consideration, I would say the DARE program is not as effective as the average person may think. When taking this information and thinking about other similar programs, like a sexual education class, I think they shouldn’t be set in place. DARE did not produce enough positive data for me to think otherwise. I think those topics, i.e. sex, drugs, and alcohol, should be discussed between the parents and the child. The information and consequences will have a stronger effect on the child than a teacher or instructor who they must listen to and then disregard what they have to say as soon as they leave. I do understand that some parents are not involved in their children’s lives as much as they should be, however, parents do not see the need to have this discussion because they rely on the school system. This is giving the parents a false sense of security (Patterson, 2015). Overall, if a school system insists on having these programs as part of their curriculum, then I think then the parents should reinforce the information at home, so the child is getting it from multiple people. Maybe then, the information will click in their minds and they will think differently when presented with the choice of alcohol or drugs, or unwanted sex.

             

References:   

Patterson, L. (2015). THE D.A.R.E. PROGRAM – HELPING OR HURTING OUR STUDENTS? Retrieved from http://textcontex.web.unc.edu/2015/11/20/the-d-a-r-e-program-helping-or-hurting-our-students/

Does the DARE Program Work? (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.dualdiagnosis.org/drug-addiction/dare-program-work/

D.A.R.E. – ProCon.org. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://dare.procon.org/

Teaching Students Decision-Making for Safe & Healthy Living. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://dare.org/?gclid=CjwKCAjw39reBRBJEiwAO1m0ORxeYHhJfKayeEvAGlJbLHd-gLmjPQcUOMcvzqiTJCA-rAcYN6475hoCkPEQAvD_BwE#

Relationships with Teachers

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Throughout high school I tried to have good relationships with the teachers I encountered. Some teachers I never had for a class, but I was on good terms with them, as well as, had a trusting, joking, relationship when passing in the hallways or when I needed someone to talk to. I tried to receive good relationships with the teachers that taught me by asking questions, paying attention in class, and participating when I was able to. For me, that worked rather well, and I did not get complaints from any teachers on how my performance was coming off to them or others. However, there were some teachers that I didn’t even want to see in the hallways, or every day when I had to go to their class I dreaded it. They were either teachers that caused unnecessary problems or teachers that were not good at their job, or there was one teacher that caused problems for me outside of the classroom, where she also ruined the joy of a sport.

When focusing on the fact that some teachers are also sports coaches, I think that school systems should not allow that. If a child wants to play a sport but that coach is also their teacher, if they are on bad terms in the classroom, they may be on bad terms on the playing field, which in my opinion is unfair. With regards to strictly the classroom, I feel as if teachers who see a shy kid, can talk to them more during class. In general, I think schools can make sure that they are hiring teachers that are there for the kids to learn and not just a paycheck. I understand, though, that is easier said than done.

Reading Emotions

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Before taking the emotional expressions test I would say that I am pretty good at reading people’s faces to determine their emotions. Being exposed to this a lot in my life and being around people who don’t like to say something is wrong, but clearly show it on their face, has helped me with this. I myself am one of those people, so I also understand the faces that would be made in those situations. I took the test and received the score of 17 out of 20. After it presented my score it told me that I seem “naturally well-attuned to others’ emotions.” According to the test, I am above average for reading people’s emotions based off of their facial expressions.

 I believe this score does reflect my prediction on how well I would do when presented a face and have to determine how they are feeling. Some of the easier emotions were happiness, sadness, anger, and surprise. Some of the harder ones were contempt, love, and passionate. When fear and anger were presented together it was sometimes difficult to determine between the two. I could use this information to be more aware what is going on with the people I surround myself with, even if they aren’t talking.

 I don’t know where I stand on the credibility of this test because all it does is present a face and then give you multiple choice answers to choose from. There is just something about that, that does not seem very credible to me, however, I cannot pin point what that something is at the moment.

Coping with Stress in College

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I feel as if my life is filled with stress and that I really do not do much to help my stress level or calm it down. However, I still try and do some things that help me lower my stress level as much as I can. If I just took an exam and am stressed about my grade, instead of getting right into my homework, I try and take an hour for myself to destress and just get it out of my head. I typically will just go lay in bed and watch some tv or take a slight nap. Other things I might do is hang out with some friends in blue bean or somewhere else and just talk to them. Either way I do not do any work directly after a stressful exam. I would say, for me, they are helpful and work rather well, however it does not always get rid of my stress, I just put it in the back of my mind for that moment in time.  Lying in bed and watching tv, talking with friends, or taking a nap tends to be my general go to when trying to deal with stress. I feel there is probably a better way to do so, or at least more ways instead of those three.

There are other activities, however, that I could incorporate into my destressing routine. One of which would be meditation. I could take 10 to 30 minutes of out my day, or right after an exam and just meditate and focus on controlling my breathing to help calm my stress. Another could be go to the gym. When I was in high school, exercising was part of my daily routine. If I would get back into that routine, that may also relieve some of my stress by focusing on my health and getting back in shape. Running used to be my “me time”, so I do not think getting back into that habit would harm my stress, if anything I think it would help it.

First Impression — Sleep

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There is no way my sleeping habits are where or what they should be. My current sleep habits consist of doing homework, studying, and socializing with friends until about 10:30. Then I will come back to my room, where I will then go shower and get everything ready for the next day. By that time, it is around 11, 11:15. I will then lay in bed on my phone till 12. Once I finally put my phone down it then takes me another 30-ish minutes to relax enough to get myself to fall asleep, just to wake up for 8 am classes the next day. Do I think my habits are healthy? No. Do I think that they have some healthy elements? Yes. I think my major problem is the time portions. I am told that studying, getting work done, and taking time for friends is healthy and should be taken accounted for. However, I feel there is not enough time in a day to make all that happen in a timely manner.

Improving my habits may be a bit difficult since I have become so used to them. However, if I were to change them, I would definitely come back to my room at an earlier time to get ready for bed and for the next day. I would also spend less time on my phone and spend more time becoming relaxed and trying to fall asleep.

I think a realistic goal for the amount of sleep a college student should get every night is 7 hours. Eight hours is what most people say you should be getting regularly, so subtract and hour or two and I think a college student can function efficiently.

Learning Styles– Are they a myth?

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There are many opinions out there about learning styles and whether one is better than the other. Many studies have been conducted to show if this truly is a myth or a fact. Teachers try and alter their ways of teaching to try and make the learning environment for the students better. There are many types of learning styles including kinesthetic, auditory, and visual. When children are younger, sometimes they are asked to take this test to determine what kind of learner they are. I remember having to take this test in the fifth grade. Not every child in the class got the same results because everyone learns differently. With that being said, a teacher could not simply teach with the focus of one learning style. This did not come to my attention until later in life when I realized how much pressure is on a teacher to be able to accommodate all the different ways children learn. So, if a child does not grasp a concept, is it the child’s fault, or is it because the teacher did not present the information in the context of that child’s learning style? Or are learning styles in deed just a myth?

 According to an article written by Bettina Brown, teachers teach the way they themselves learn information. Teachers obviously have been through a sufficient amount of schooling to get where they are. They also have been through the process of how to study efficiently and effectively. Since they have had that much experience, it is not shocking to me that they would teach with that same style. So, if teachers teach the way they learn, the question arises what the outcome may be if the learning style of a child matches the teaching style of the teacher. A study looking at this in high school students, found that the same two styles was more beneficial to vocational students and the mismatching of styles was more beneficial to field-dependent students. David Kolb, the one who is credited for starting the movement of learning styles, has said that “it is more effective to design curriculum so that there is some way for learners of every learning style to engage with the topic, so that every type of learner has an initial way to connect with the material.” Once that is met, a teacher can then work on stretching that learning style, so the child’s learning capability can expand. Children need to learn to be adjust their learning styles so that when they change teachers, they can still learn the information presented well.

 A study that was done on eleventh grade science students, using the inductive guided inquiry learning model, showed that the model influenced the students’ learning activities and achievement in the scientific field. The results showed that the convergers and assimilators presented steady performance improvement on observing, questioning, and design experiment, compared to the students who were considered divergers and accommodators. The model influenced the cognitive learning achievements, however, only convergers showed higher post test scores. This study showed that the learning model did showed sufficient improvement in the performances of the children, from all learning styles, in the scientific setting. This study shows that learning styles can be supported as helpful when it comes to a child grasping information in the field of science. In reference to that finding, it is then important to pay attention to the students learning styles so that they are able to get the best outcome of their education.

 In contrast, an article from Yale University states that there is an overwhelming agreement among scholars that there is no scientific proof that backs up the statement of learning styles matching teaching styles is what’s best. Also mentioned in the article, it says studies reject that students learn better through a self-reported learning style. It is then recommended that teachers take a wider approach to teaching which calls students to reflect on their learning and not focus on a specific learning style, which has shown to improve the learning outcome. For example, teachers can help a student differentiate studying styles and learning processes. That then will allow the students to choose their own preferences.

 In the International Journal of Instruction, Ivana Cimermanova presents findings on a study of the effect of learning styles on academic achievement in different forms of teaching. The researched examined the potential relation between learning styles and the form of teaching, as well as, the academic achievement of students. The study mentioned how now-a-days, technology has become a big part of education to enhance the learning experience of the children. The study conducted consisted of a group of online students and in-class students. To collect data, the Grasha-Riechmann Student Learning Style Scales was applied. At the end, once the data was collected, a Pearson correlation analysis was performed, and significant correlation only showed between competitive learning style and academic achievement in the online group. The findings from this study were as follow: “learning styles have no significant effect on academic achievement, form of teaching has no significant effect on academic achievement”, and lastly, “students with different learning styles do not statistically significantly differ in their academic performance based on the form of their study.”

 After researching this topic, I now have a new perspective to learning styles. I used to think that they were important and that I should think of how I learn best when it comes to preparation for exams and so forth. Now, I think it really doesn’t matter how I learn best, but how the information is presented to me from the teacher. Based on my findings, I believe learning styles could be a myth.

           

References:

Cimermanová, I. ivana. cimermanova@unipo. s. (2018). The Effect of Learning Styles on Academic Achievement in Different Forms of Teaching. International Journal of Instruction, 11(3), 219–232. https://doi.org/10.12973/iji.2018.11316a

Sudria, I. B. N. ibnsudria@gmail. co., Wayan Redhana, I. 2. redhana. undiksha@gmail. co., Made Kirna, I. 1. mdkirna@gmail. co., & Aini, D. ainiidiahh@gmail. co. (2018). Effect of Kolb’s Learning Styles under Inductive Guided-Inquiry Learning on Learning Outcomes. International Journal of Instruction, 11(1), 89–102. https://doi.org/10.12973/iji.2018.1117a

Learning Styles as a Myth | Center for Teaching and Learning. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://ctl.yale.edu/LearningStylesMyth

Brown, B. L. (2003). Teaching Style vs. Learning Style. Myths and Realities.

The Use of Marijuana

--Original published at Makayla Hockenbrock

 Whether or not the legalization of marijuana is a good or bad thing for society is a very controversial topic now-a-days. I have multiple opinions on the topic. I am in between on the decision. In one case, I am in full support of the use of medical marijuana. I am for it because there is scientific data behind the effects it has had on people with medical issues. If there is nothing else, meaning no other treatment for the patient, and marijuana helps the pain then I am all for it. Now for it being legalized for recreational use, I am more against than I am for it.  I am against it because I believe that it is a gateway drug, however, most people tend to think otherwise. This is my own opinion because I think that the more you use marijuana, or some people abuse, it could lead to the individual becoming a user of a stronger substance.

There are pros and cons to each side, as there are to everything. Pros for medical use would be stress relief and pain relief for sufferers. Some cons would be heavy reliance on the drug instead of other pain meds that could be used for the disease. Pros for legalizing the recreational use or marijuana would be less arrests due to someone having marijuana on them, or high from it, as well as prison overcrowding, and economy. Cons would be increased drug use, more instances of recklessness, and decrease productivity within society.

So that is my standpoint on the uses of marijuana.

Memory– Option 1

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When studying, there is definitely stuff I need to improve on and stuff that I think I do fairly well. Some things I believe I do well is using different methods to see the information. I make flash cards, use white boards, make diagrams, and also read the book. I definitely need to start studying ahead of time. I do not cram, I tend to start studying a couple days in advance, however I feel I need to start studying at least a week in advance and study the material every day of that week leading up to the exam.

For the first exam in Psychology, I started studying 3 days ahead of time. I made flash cards for the vocabulary, printed out the study guide and elaborated on all the topics, re-read the chapters, and highlighted in the chapters. I think I did pretty well studying, but there is always room for improvement.  For the next exam, I plan to allow 7 or more days of studying leading up the exam instead of 3 days in advance. Also, instead of highlighting I should start writing notes in the margins of the book or my notes. Maybe the more I repeat the material, the more I will retain. Whether or not repetition is the right way to study, it is how I study. I repeatedly write out notes on a white board, consistently go through my flash cards, and notes. I hope to learn more ways to effectively study as this class continues.

 

Video Games: Good or Bad — Learning

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Video games are a common extracurricular activity now-a-days. The most popular ones, however, involve violent gestures. This rises a huge discussion between individuals. The ones who play the video games avidly, are the ones who support the game and see no problem in them. Others, who don’t play them see a problem with the violence. I do not play them; therefore, I do see a problem with them. However, I also believe that video games are not the main source of the problem. People who commit shootings cannot be solely blamed on video games, because more than half of the time there is another cause behind it, such as a mental illness. Do I believe that video games are becoming too violent? Yes, I do. Do I believe we are introducing all this violence to kids to young? Yes, I do.

Even though I believe all this, I do not think banning the video games will solve any of the problems at hand. If a child wants to have violence in their lives, they will find a way to have that whether it’s with a video game or something else. So, the reason why people want to ban video games I find invalid.

Best,

Makayla