Participant Observer in Geology 107

I chose to observe my geology class because the class that I am taking this semester that does count toward my major was cancelled on Thursday. Geology 107 was the next class I had. This class is strongly focused on professor lectures and scholars note taking. I believe this causes students to be less engaged and pay attention less in class. I find that it becomes a mindless listening and note taking.

Geology is a whole new discipline to me. It is the first science course that I have taken while in college. My professor is nothing like any of my other professors this semester. She is very expressive of her feelings on certain issues in the geology community and very passionate about her teaching. Her name is Kim Hannula. She will lecture in the class time that we have but is also interactive with us when we have our lab once a week.

We are required to read out of this textbook and answer questions on Canvas before every class. This has become a routine for every scholar. I have noticed that Hannula will construct her lectures around these questions on canvas and if we have questions about the reading she will answer them.

In class I sit toward the front of the classroom, there are many other scholars that surround me. As the class carries on I notice that many scholars become disengaged and begin to take out their phones. Some scholars take vigorous notes but many just aren’t paying attention. I believe this is because our lectures are solely based off of the readings from the night before.

My lab partner Julia Fornan sits across the class from me. She sits against the wall and near the door. Usually about half way through the class I will notice that she will begin to dose off. Many other scholars will begin to do the same thing or just stop taking notes all together.

I do enjoy this class and I have heard many other scholars say that they find the material to be very interesting. I just believe that if the class was focused on being more student centered many more students would be involved in class room discussion. I find this to be the case in this classroom setting and many others that I have this semester.

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The Struggle within Education : Half The Sky

In education there are many children across the world that will never see a classroom. The amount of children that don’t go to school largely has to do with the fact that parents need children to perform household chores. They are sometimes forced to take on the responsibility as a parent to their siblings. Another large cause is that there is no way for children to travel to their nearest school. The last cause that is more common among females is prostitution.

Last semester I took my first class in the elementary education field. This class was called Global Perspectives. In this class I had a literary group that read a book called Half The Sky by Nicholas Kristof. This book addresses the issues that children and especially women face in third world countries with obtaining education. Half The Sky video clip 

This class was a mixture of studying global issues in education and studying different teaching methods that are used in the classroom. This was a beginning level education class just to get my feet wet with the education program.


We began reading this book when we were studying a unit on education inequality. Many females are not given the opportunity to have an education in many countries outside of the United States. This is because males are seen to be of a higher value in many countries and families will have to choose who they would like to send away to school, many times that is a male over a female in the family. Women are expected to maintain house hold chores in many countries even if males are present in the home.

One of the main reasons that women are kept illiterate is because men are afraid of what will happen if a woman is properly educated. They don’t want women to be able to fight back or to be able to develop an opinion.

There are many reasons that women and children are unable to have a decent education or an education at all. But the book Half the Sky is the starting point to realizing what education is like in other countries. It takes the blinders off of the American’s who have a perfect image of equal opportunity education throughout the world.

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