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  • Dear Crystal,:
    I am very passionate reading to your post about Ana, “Description of a Child,” because is deep and detailed, is like the work we were learning last week.
    One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “She relies more on visuals for literacy as she is an emergent bilingual. Also, when writing, she uses a personal word wall…Read More

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    Description of a Child

    Javonne is a 15 years old male, is African American and is at 10th grade. He is a little tall, with light skin. He is very respectful with the teachers in the classroom. He is always late for class,...

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    • Dear Alexis :
      I am concerned about Javonne in your post, “description of a child,” because he says he doesn’t care if he gets a 55. I think maybe he lacks confidence in himself because if he truly didn’t care he wouldn’t get sad when his mom is involved.
      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “he then responds with beautiful answers, with an awesome answer” I think this is great because you can see his potential when you have that one-on-one time. Maybe incorporating extra one-on-one time can be beneficial for Javonne’s confidence and academic potential.
       Another sentence that I liked was: “when we have fun physical activities or games, he is very active and participates so joyful.” This stood out for me because many students do very well when working with manipulatives.
       Have you seen this article? Manipulatives: The Missing Link in High School Math (mathgoodies.com). I thought you might be interested in this because of students like Javonne who have a different perspective and attitude towards learning when being able to be hands-on.
      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you have shared your perspective on a student who doesn’t strive for excellence but has the capacity to do so as you have seen during those one-on-one sessions. It’s important to get to know the potential of your students.

    • Dear Alexis,
       
      I enjoyed reading your post Description of a Child because it brings up issues black male
      students confront in public schools in the u.s. and the difficulties of child
      rearing for parents operating under a racist country. One sentence you wrote
      that stood out for me suggests Javonne becoming bored and disengaged in
      activities based on reading and writing: “he
      demonstrates that he don’t like reading or writing”. The black experience in the u.s.
      has traumatized the psyche of historically oppressed minorities in several
      ways. In the case of Javonne, as a 15-year-old black male in
      the u.s., his initiative is stifled, his black life made to be powerless in
      shaping his own destiny. I think this is a remarkable point to address because
      often teachers are not discussing what the black experience has done to black
      people in general, including black parents and the ways it transfers to their
      children. Working with parents, teachers with warm demanding praxis can allow students
      enough room to flex their physical and psychological muscles but at the same
      time restricts reckless, uncontrolled, destructive, behavior best supports the
      development of healthy initiative and assertive behavior. Though not a solution,
      parents are a strong ally teachers must look towards working with, provided we
      are a resource for parents to combat the existing black experience permeating
      in the u.s. education system.
       
      Another sentence that I stood out for me was ”Javonne gets inspired by his friends, but
      most of them they do their work in class, except Javonne and Carlos who is the
      closest to Javonne”. I think this serious because Javonnes relationship with
      Carlos and their attitudes and behavior in the classroom, expose the role of
      the peer group in relation to parents. For instance, thinking through the
      peoples and institutions the child/student interacts with in his ever-expanding
      environment greatly influence his cognitive, psychological, and social growth.
      Characteristics and aspects from a child/student’s behavior offer points of
      departure to begin establishing an understanding of parental and peer group
      influence on values and behaviors. The immiseration of capitalism and the legacy of
      white supremacy in the u.s., is a fatal mutigenerational traumatic phenomenon.
      Racism immobilizes blacks with feelings of indignity, shame, doubt, fear,
      disorientation, hopelessness, rejection, self-hatred, and inferiority. These
      and other widespread inadequacies, characterize the psychological vestiges of
      settler-colonialism that impact the psyche of historically oppressed minorities
      today.

      Have you seen this, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vAWg90i2C8&t=98s?
      I thought you might be interest in this because Dr. Kunjufu speaks on questions
      concerning the relationship between educating black children and the problems
      of the larger society.

      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next regarding Javonnes
      profile and other students. Because of it I was able to reflect and evaluate
      existing ideas and how they relate to your description with other problems
      similar to the black experience in the u.s. 

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