Thursday, October 19, 2017

Infant Physical Development

Today, we will read and take notes.  In google docs, set up a shared doc for your table.  Read pages 214-224.  Take notes on each section (hint: use the colored titles as your section names).

When taking notes, include section titles and three bullet points for each section.  You may break the work into equal parts for each person in your group to share the work.  Share this with me in Google Docs.  make sure everyone's name is on it.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Infant Growth and Development

As we begin to look at the growth and development of an infant, there will be many new and unfamiliar terms.  For today's early work, please define the following:

  1. developmental milestones
  2. stimulating environment
  3. growth chart
  4. proportion
  5. depth perception
  6. reflexes
  7. gross motor skills
  8. fine motor skills
  9. hand-eye coordination

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Six essential nutrients

For your early work today, name the six essential nutrients.  Hint:Can FannyPlayViolinMuchWorse?

We will have a quiz on Friday.  Also, I am collecting early work for the first 9 weeks.

Monday, October 9, 2017

The Postnatal Period

Today's early work is to define the following terms:
  1. Bonding
  2. colostrum
  3. neonatal period
  4. jaundice
  5. lactation consultant
  6. rooming-in
  7. postnatal period
  8. postpartum depression
We will be reading aloud today in section 6-3.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Carbohydrates Jigsaw

Today you will work with your group on a jigsaw activity.  Your goal is to create an informative and visually creative poster over one of the following topics.  You may use your book and/or the internet for information.


  1. What are carbohydrate?  How are they Made?
  2. Simple and complex carbohydrates
  3. Dietary fiber
  4. Carbohydrates and Starches in Food
  5. The Need for Carbohydrates
  6. Added sugar and Sugar substitutes
  7. Starch and Fiber in the Diet
Each group will be assigned a topic.  The group will create one poster.  Include the following:
  • Large easy to read title
  • Top ten important facts to know about the topic (use internet or book)
  • Pictures of foods that pertain to your topic (artwork)
  • the RDA for your topic
  • a list of food sources for your topic
Make sure your poster is colorful and creative.  You will present these tomorrow in class and they will be hung in the hall.

Monday, October 2, 2017


For today's early work;

Copy and define the following terms into your early work.

carbohydrates, dietary fiber, simple carbohydrates, starches,  and sugars

The Newborn

The Newborn Baby
    Today's assignment is to create an informational brochure or mini poster (your choice) about the newborn's physical appearance after birth.  You will also include information about the physical changes that prepare the newborn to live outside the uterus.  The intended audience of this assignment is expectant mothers.

Include the following information.

  1. The physical changes that take place:
    • How the lungs change during the birth process.
    • What happens to the umbilical cord after birth.
      2.  How the newborn looks:
    • Describe how baby's head may look and the purpose of fontanels.
    • Describe how baby's face will look.
    • Describe what lanugo is and its purpose..
    • Describe what vernix is and its purpose.
     3.  How babies are examined:
    • Describe the Apgar scale and how it works:
        • Name the five areas that are examined
        • Tell about the point system
        • Tell what happens if baby gets a low score.
    4.  Finally, add colorful and creative pictures to make your brochure or mini poster visually appealing.

This assignment is worth 25 points.  You will have all hour to work on it. 

Friday, September 29, 2017

Volunteer Op

We have a new volunteer opportunity.  The event is called "Locked in the Library". It takes place at the Wheatfield Public Library from 6:30-7:30 pm on October 24th.  Volunteers can arrive at 6:00 pm to help finish setting up, and get a brief rundown on what they will be asked to do. Volunteers will primarily be helping  kids navigate the library to various locations on a fun scavenger hunt. This event is only for  2nd grade students. The event wraps up pretty quickly, so volunteers should be leaving by or shortly after 7:30 pm.

If you are interested, get permission from home.  You will need your own transportation.  See Mrs. Holcomb to get your name on the list.  Only six volunteers are needed.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Labor and Birth

Your assignment for today:

Read chapter six, section 1 starting on page 179.  Copy and define the section vocab words and then answer the end of section questions, 1-9 only.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Pregnancy signs and symptoms

The following are signs, discomforts, and complications of pregnancy.  For your early work today, sort the following into a double T chart with the labels Early Signs, Discomforts, and Possible Complications.

  1. vaginal bleeding
  2. swollen leg veins
  3. Feeling tired
  4. lower back pain
  5. severe abdominal pain
  6. fever
  7. heartburn
  8. shortness of breath
  9. missed period
  10. excessive thirst
  11. persistent headaches
  12. nausea/vomiting
  13. swollen breasts
  14. prolonged backache

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Managing Classroom Behavior

Today we will be discussing more aspects of classroom management.

First, behaviorism and operant conditioning

  • Operant Conditioning

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Communication and Classroom Management

Today we will continue discussing classroom management strategies.  One strategy is using effective communication.

For early work, complete the communication style self assessment to see what style you currently use.  Hold for discussion.

Links for today...

Vocab quiz on Friday

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Nutrition Basics

Copy and complete the following outline as your early work.

Nutrients in Foods

I. Functions of nutrients
       A. Carbohydrates - main source of energy for the body
       B.  Fats - 
       C.  Proteins - 
       F.   Water - transports materials to and from cells

(hint: see page 78)

Links for Today

Bloom's Taxonomy - Introduction

Bloom's Chart

Monday, September 11, 2017

The Developing Baby

EW - Conception

Explain the process of conception using all of the following terms:

Uterus     Fallopian Tube     Sperm     Ovaries     Conception     Month     Ovum    Zygote

Thursday, September 7, 2017

What's important?

In a couple of weeks, we will begin our Cadet Teaching classroom observations.  Typically, to observe means to look at something with an intended purpose.  In other words, what are you looking for?  When we observe, we need to have a purpose in mind.  We need to know what we are looking for.  Consider your purpose for going out into someone's classroom.  What do expect to learn or gain from doing so?

EW - Create a list of ten things to look for when observing a classroom.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The perfect meal

So, we have been talking about the idea that food should offer maximum nutrition and that we should limit or exclude foods that don't provide any nutrition.  For example, we should eat fruit over candy because fruit offers vitamins, minerals, and energy where the candy bar offers sugar, high fat, and little to no vitamins and minerals.

Based on what you already know, create the perfect meal for your early work today.  You can draw a picture or write a menu (list).  Tell about portion sizes and any details that add to the health value of the meal.  For example, 1/2 cup low fat yogurt.  Make sure your meal includes as many food groups as possible to maximize nutritional value.  Remember, there are 45 separate nutrients.  How will you get them all?

Learning Styles

Yesterday, we heard the following facts:

  • All students learn differently.
  • Teachers should accommodate this.
  • Teachers should use different strategies to reach different types of learners.
  • Regardless of style or strategy, students need sustained focus.
Your turn:  Using information from yesterday's class, make a list of the three types of learning styles.  Next, list three strategies to accommodate each style.  Turn in/share.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The perfect learning environment...

EW - If you could choose your ideal learning environment, what would it be like? Describe the setting, materials, and activities. Discuss in class.

Today's early work...

Complete vocab definitions for the key terms on page 105 of your book.  Turn in for points.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Who's who??

Last week, we studied 11 child development theorists.  Each of them studied a different aspect of growth and development.  Their individual study reflects an aspect of one of the four areas of development ~ physical, intellectual, emotional, or social.  Each study has application in the classroom, and therefore has value in our studies as future teachers.  One theorist in particular would say that we learn from repeated exposure.  Repeated exposure for the purpose of learning is what today's EW is about.

So who's who?  The worksheet will be handed out in class.

Monday, August 28, 2017



4 cups of Love 
2 cups of Loyalty 
3 cups of Forgiveness
1 cup of Friendship 
5 spoons of Hope 
2 spoons of Tenderness 
4 quarts of Faith 
1 barrel of Laughter 
Unlimited amount of Spirit and Understanding 
Take Love and Loyalty, mix them thoroughly with Faith. 
Blend it with Tenderness, Forgiveness and Understanding. 
Add Hope and Friendship, sprinkle abundantly with Laughter and Spirit. 
Bake it with Sunshine.
Serve daily with generous helpings. 

After you read the recipe above, create a Tchart in your early work folder. Title it pros and cons. Next brainstorm and list the pros and cons of the recipe above.

For example, a pro might be that it tells how much of each ingredient (measurements).

More recipes (intended for humor only - do not try these at home)

Making Shrimp Popcorn

Making bread

Memory Check...

Your turn:  Answer the following questions regarding previous class discussions:

  1. Why do we study child development?
  2. What are the four types of growth patterns? (hint: pies)
  3. Pick one pattern and describe it.
  4. Describe the difference between growth and development.

Links for today...

Friday, August 25, 2017

The cost of baby...

Today, we will reference an infographic and various sites to research having a baby. Up first is the infographic. This will give us information on how much our obstetrician and hospital costs will be. The Sky-High Cost of Birth
Source: The Sky-High Cost of Birth

 Shocking huh? Next, let's look at diapers. Remember, your baby will need to be changed 10 - 12 times a day when they are a newborn. For the sake of our study, let's use 10 diapers a day. How many will you need per month? The next question is cloth or disposable. For pricing cloth diapers, use this link. For pricing disposable, use Target or Walmart.

Things are adding up very quickly. Make sure you calculate how much you want to save for college. Also, don't forget to Google what your rent will cost.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Developmental Theories

  Click for Google Slides

How much formula will I need?

Here is a value size can of powdered formula.  How can we figure out how much to buy so that we have enough for one month?  Here's what we know...

  1. Newborns drink a 4 ounce bottle on average.
  2. Newborns eat every 3-4 hours.
Here's what we need to know...
  1. How many bottles will our baby drink in a one month period?
  2. How many bottles will this can of formula make?
  3. Do we need more than one can?
  4. What will be our final cost of formula for the month?
The cost for one can can be found here.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Why Study Human Development?

Today's reading assignment is on "Why We Study Human Development".  To access the article, click the link below.

Name the 5 reasons we study human development and briefly explain each.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Are you ready for this?

The Mess Test...

The Toy Test...
The dressing test...

The feeding Test
The sleep test

Oh Where, Oh Where...

Have you considered where you'll go for college?  There are so many choices out there.  What will be the right choice for you?  It's not often an easy choice either since there are so many factors involved...

  • stay local or go away?
  • live on campus or off?
  • Part time or full-time?
  • Cost?
  • Scholarships?
  • etc..,  etc.., etc...
Your turn:  List colleges that you've been considering.  Next, list and prioritize what factors are most important to you.  Last, list any concerns you have. 

Parenting's Easy!?

It's harder than most realize.  Sure, bazillions (yes, I made that word up.) of people have done it throughout history, but think about it.  There are many challenges ahead for those who want to be parents.  There are sleepless nights, hundreds thousands of diaper changes, feedings throughout all hours of the night, and this only names a few challenges.

Your turn:  What challenges can you think of for those who want to become parents?  Create a list.

Friday, August 18, 2017


Please login to Precision Exams Indiana.  We will take the pretest today.  I will authorize the test when everyone is logged in.  

Sixth Hour Test Code all caps


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Name that Family

Can you name these popular TV Families?


Are they nuclear, blended, extended, or single?  Can they be more than one type?

Discuss in answers in class.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Teaching as a Profession

For your early work today, read about the teaching profession using the infograph found here.  Answer the questions on the worksheet .

***Remember to make a copy before answering.  Move your document to this week's assignment folder to turn it in.

What is Family?

If someone asked you about your family, what would you say?  Who are they?  What do they do?  Are they typical or anything but?

Meet the Jetson's.  They were once said to be a typical American family (futuristic of course).  Why do you think that is?

Your turn.  Write a one paragraph journal about your family.  Who are they?  What are their names?  What are their roles?  Add anything else you'd like us to know about them.

Bulletin Boards

Your turn:  Think about the best bulletin boards you remember from your elementary school days.  What made them special or cool?  Discuss and share ideas with your group.

This past week, we've been learning all we can about "Teaching as a Profession".  Today we will put our new knowledge to use and share the information with others in the form or a bulletin board.  These will be displayed around our school halls.  Consider how you will make yours unique, colorful, creative, and a decorative focus point.  For all of the specifics, click here.