To show that student‘s are learning the required material provided by the administrators the teachers are asked to post grades. Yes posting grades can be used to show improvement and understanding of the given material but it does not account for many other factors. Letter grades can show that the student can regurgitate the material but how can we show that they are truly learning it. The type of learning that lasts a lifetime. Fact of the matter is we can not. We can not guarantee that the students will retain the material that they learned even a semester ago. This can pose a problem when students pass one class to get into another but when push comes to shove they have forgotten the basics and now struggle to maintain a grade for the higher level class.
Another problem is that the teacher can give the student material and tell them how to do it and they are lost by how the material is shown to them. If a teacher uses a technique that is more of a show me what you learned rather than a tell me what you learned then the given scale can start to become flawed.
How can we give the student a letter grade? This is not an easy task to do if the teacher was originally given strict guidelines of how the assignment should be done but the student responds to a different proof of learning.
When I was looking back at my past assignments I noticed all the mistakes and I was surprised. I was not surprised at the mistakes I had made, I was surprised by thelack of mistakes in my current assignments. This was proof of improvement. I realized how much I have learned and started to think about grades even more. If I gave myself a grade from the first week of class it would have been completely different than the grade I believe I deserve now.
In one of my past classes we discussed how grades can be seen as unfair if one student is a good test taker but doesn’t do the work in class and another does the work but doesn’t shine through on tests.
I believe a lot of times grading scales can have many flaws that are never given attention. During my COMP 250 Section 3 class when we discussed what grades would be appropriate to be included on CANVAS I was caught off guard. Yes we could be graded on attendance, participation and time on task assignments but it would seem that those would be a yes or no, 100 or 0 point assignment. Could those really be graded to show that the students are learning? I believe that our blogs are proof that we are learning! Although, what administrator is going to take time to read the hundreds of students blogs to see that we are truly learning? Because of this I believe that the attendance, participation and time on task is a good way to grade but it does still seem very flawed.
For the questions and responses I would like to note that I have written them up in my own words.
Question: Is a life sentence with no parole more humane than the death penalty?
Answer: No, it is not humane in any way. Life in prison is a hard hard life. Yes we have to do what we have to do to stay safe. But it is not humane.
Question: Was Gender a barrier for you in your fight for Sonnier? Answer: Not so much a gender thing more so that it wasn’t seen as appropriate. A feeling of walking on another persons turf with the men in the ministry.
Question: What has been your lowest point since the murder trials? Answer: Not reaching out to LeBlancs family. (Since then Sister Helen Prejean has reached out to the families.)
After being present in the trials and getting to know Elmo Patrick Sonnier better, Sister Helen Prejean said she felt bad for the parents and families of Bourque and LeBlanc. She empathized with Sonnier and that meant she couldn’t face the parents of the deceased because she was afraid that they would be infuriated with her. She thought this mainly because she was Sonniers adviser.
Unplanned Sister Helen Prejean ran into Bouroques parents and were furious at her, just like she had assumed. But when she ran into LeBlanc’s parents they said that they were surprised that she didn’t visit them. They told her that they felt under pressure since the Sonnier was on death row. That was when it hit her. Forgiveness. LeBlanc’s family taught her that Forgiveness means the saving of your own life. The love in us and integrity inside us can win over the disgust and hatred inside us.
As Sister Helen Prejean talked to LeBlanc’s family she learned that they need to talk. She brought up the question, why do people stay away when bad things happen? It’s because they don’t know how to comfort those effected, how to talk to them without making it difficult.
When discussing the making of the film Dead Man Walking I found it interesting that during the movie they were going through the protocol of death row with detail.
To make it clear how Sister Helen Prejean saw Sonnier she said that when she talked to Pat he was healthy, remorseful, and he was coherent. She did not see why they must kill him. Take his life away. Who has the right to do that? She said Pat was not like people who are dying in the hospital. The people who you could see them slipping away.
When Sister Helen Prejean used this comparison I was holding my breath. I took a few minutes to view things through her eyes.
The hour of execution.
Sonnier said he didn’t want Sister Helen Prejean to watch him be electrocuted. She said to Sonnier that he had to look her in the eyes before he was killed. She said this so that he could feel like he still had dignity.
Something I found very interesting was when I heard that the Guard said that some of these people on death row are little boys in grown men’s bodies.
On April 5, 1984 Sister Helen Prejeans mission began. She spends her time educating citizens about the death penalty and also by advising more death row prisoners.
Sister Helen Prejean moved to help at St. Thomas Housing Project in New Orleans. She worked at Hope House from 1984 – 1986. While in New Orleans she was the spiritual Adviser for an inmate named Elmo Patrick Sonnier. Sonnier, Pat as she calls him, was on death row.
Sister Prejean Discusses her journey.
Sister Prejean made note that people get less time for saying that the other person is guilty or responsible. From being told this how are we to determine who is the worse criminal? She brought up the question, can giving the death penalty heal the family’s hearts? Can it heal the torn family? Even if it is a legal justice is the death penalty right?
When first listening to the discussion I had no idea how Sister Helen Prejean was so connected to Patrick Sonnier. I also did not know what Sonniers crime was.
As Sister Helen Prejean talked more I learned that Sonnier and his brother, Eddie James Sonnier, ran into Loretta Ann Bourque and David LeBlanc at lovers’ lane. The brothers had guns with them when they approached Bourque and LeBlanc, they pretend to be Police Officers to obtain the twos identities. Patrick said that the two were trespassing and if Bourque had sex with Eddie then he would not tell on the two. Boruque refused and in the end the brothers killed both Bourque and LeBlanc.
At this time I started to feel so uncomfortable. My emotions were starting to get to me and to continue to listen to the discussion was very difficult.
OMG, ETC.by Robert Lane Greene. (P.118-126) discussed how acronyms have become very common in today’s society. I found it very interesting how many people think of text talk, such as ‘OMG’ only as a teenagers’ way of speaking. Greene talks about how in the work force acronyms are found in every profession. In Exercise Science Physiology we use acronyms for our own convince. Physical therapists might use acronyms like EKG, ACL and MMT. This can make it difficult for patients that do not know what the acronyms stand for unless they are carefully explained.
When I first read this article I thought of how many acronyms are used. I still believe that acronyms in the medical field need to be used and explained carefully. As well as the use of acronyms without explanation can cause communication failure and confusion to the patient. Improper use of abbreviations may cause a person to sound unprofessional. Although I do believe that the use of acronyms is very helpful in the medical field.
Doubts About Doublespeak. by William Lutz. (P.198-203) talks about four ways that doublespeak is used in today’s society.
Euphemism: A phrase that is used to avoid the reality that may be hard to deal with.
Jargon: A language created for specific professions that are used to communicate within that specific group quickly.
Gobbledygook or bureaucratese: The over use of multiple words to overwhelm the person being addressed.
Inflated Language: A way to make something seem more complex than it actually is (Stretching the truth).
Lutz states that Doublespeak alters our perception of reality(p.202). I believe that this is true, Doublespeak is just a way to sugarcoat a situation because we do not know how to handle it properly.
My first though about double speak in the medical field stays unchanged. When using doublespeak in the medical field patients may feel cheated of the input on their condition. Doublespeak should be avoided so that communication is very clear between patient and therapist.
The Church of Please and Thank You. by Julie Traves (P.281-288) talks about how English is being used worldwide. Traves used statistics to say that majority of the population of the world knows English as a foreign language. Traves also quotes that many French speakers say that they need to know how to speak English. A problem that has risen with English being taught everywhere is that it is changing the culture where it is being taught. Teachers say that they have to teach the language and use English culture to explain what the meaning is. This is where the student may decide to or unknowingly take up the culture that is being used as an example when only the words were supposed to be communicated.
After reading this article I found that my first impression on what the article was about was completely off. Now I am more informed about how the teaching of the English language is effecting other cultures even if it is unintentional. I would like to note that ‘Please and Thank You‘ is part of my English-speaking culture. In the field of Exercise Science Physiology when trying to explain what is happening to a patient I will need to take into account their culture and find a way to clearly communicate what is going on. This should be handled carefully so that they do not feel pressured to change but to be knowledgeable of every option they have before them.
During my COMP250 class we discussed what can be a hindrance to research when working on a project. After going around the room and conducting our own research about the topic we came up with nine hindrances to research.
Too much information that we want to include.
Questions that start to lead to further questions.
Not knowing where to start your research.
Having language barriers.
Using fear as avoidance of being responsible.
Not knowing how to narrow your research.
Willingness to adapt your research when it is needed.
Willingness to be wrong.
A sense of knowing that what you write about now can be accurate but later it may not be as relevant or even wrong.
I have found in many of my research papers I have ended them with questions that I still had. I would go back to a paper that I wrote years ago and found that my view-point has completely changed. I now know that if I want to excel in writing I need to focus of these hindrances. I am a stubborn person so it may not be easy but I believe that being aware of these hindrances will truly help me in my writing and research.
COMP 250/ Section 3/ Majoring in Exercise Science Physiology