Defining the role of the teacher: Tiffany Fritts, Lisa Morgan, Danielle, Katelyn
Defining the role of the teacher is interesting to discover. I feel as though I was expecting something else when I was doing my research. I expected to see a plethora of articles about gun control, arming the teachers, and strategies on how the teacher could physically keep their kids safe in the classroom. However, I was struck to see that the majority of articles deal with the mental health of students instead. The teachers claim that they are acting as emotional support for the kids right now instead of drilling them on what to do if a shooter comes in. The teacher’s serve as an outlet for the students to express themselves emotionally. I feel as though this is a good step in the right direction for dealing with the mental health issue.
Teacher Interview re: bullying etc.
Interview With Brandie Wunderlin
Where and what do you teach?- I teach at Huntsville Elementary School in Scott County, TN. I teach Special Education and PreK & K.
What are your credentials?- General Ed. K-6th Special Ed. PreK-3rd. Interventionist K-8th, Interventionist 6th-12th.
What Conflict Resolution Training have you received as a teaching professional? – The Jason Foundation anti-bullying and suicide awareness and professional development days spent on each.
What Assertive Training have you received as a teaching professional? – Some professional developments seminars during in the summer. Not much thought to the teachers about this subject.
Do you believe that the training that you have done is enough for you to properly help students in situations of bullying?- Yes, The Jason Foundation gave scenarios and examples on how to mentor students on the proper way to handle bullying also giving us a great resources for warning signs for students being bullied.
What warning signs were you thought, and how often do you see students showing at least one of these signs?- For bullying: Grades drop, a personality change, they exclude themselves for activities they enjoy, becoming quiet, less participation in class, and try to hide from bullies by not standing out. Through the school in my ten years I’ve see it a couple times a year and was more apparent from seventh to twelfth grade.
Do you believe that you have received enough training involving active shooter scenarios? – We do intruder training with our students and we are told to hide under desks while keeping classroom doors locked. Our school has a crisis plan in place with a resource offer that is in the school while school in going on. He is a local police officer that has also received training.
Media Committee: Grace Erwin, Emily Brantley, and Janae Howes
March 23, 2018
Today we had some fascinating discussions in class. We brought up the topic of the video, and our class voiced many opinions about the repercussions of publishing the video. No one in the class is very sure of how the assignment is supposed to work since there are no detailed instructions, but our group got to share some of our vision for the project in our discussion. Our classmates have some concerns about how our video will portray the individual members of the class. Many students do not want to feel as though they are being portrayed as the “bad guy,” or that their opinions are being portrayed negatively. This was the first time we have been able to really discuss this project as a class, and despite it being difficult, it was a productive and well needed experience.