Friday, February 28, 2014

EdCafe Reflection

1. The EdCafe I participated in was definitely a new experience. It was a very different method of learning that I have never experienced before. I enjoyed this new experience as it made the idea of public speaking a group discussion a lot less scary and a lot more manageable. I think to enhance the EdCafe next time, maybe groups that are located near the SmartBoard and whiteboard can utilize it better. I was never an attendee at these areas, but what I saw was that some groups were not using them. However, another think I liked about the EdCafe was the small groups of discussion. With a larger group, I definitely feel like its harder to get your voice heard and it is also a little more nerve wracking. I found it easier to talk and discuss with people in smaller groups rather than the larger groups we are all accustomed to. Finally, one other thing that could be improved is to equal out the number of people in each group. I know the entire point of the EdCafe is to choose where you want to go, but I felt bad for the groups that only had one attendee. Maybe the students could be divided a little more evenly the next time we do this.

2. During the EdCafe, I was surprised to find out that I enjoyed leading as much as I did. It was very fun to lead a discussion and ask all the questions that you specifically want answered. As a leader, I found I could easily direct the conversation into productive and thought provoking directions. Also, working with a partner to lead took the stress off and made it more relaxed and enjoyable. Even though there is only supposed to be one leader, I feel that we should stick with the partner leaders to reduce stress and keep the conversations flowing. The only thing I regret as being a leader is that I didn't get through all of my questions. Unfortunately, time was tight so we had to move along quickly. I wish I could have had more time to get through the rest of my questions and continue the lively discussions that were going on.

3. As a attendee, I felt as though my voice was finally getting heard. In the Socrative Seminar bigger groups, it's much harder to find a right time to speak that truly gets your opinion on the table. I felt as though I was able to contribute a lot more as a speaker unlike my silent performances in Socrative Seminars. I feel as though notes being taken were easy to take and everybody paused at once to take some notes. This made me feel less nervous that I would miss something important like in a Socrative Seminar. Another thing that made attending worthwhile was thinking of a takeaway. I personally was able to reflect on the discussions we had and pick out the most important things to truly appreciate the discussion. Even though I enjoyed leading more, I feel as though I was able to learn a lot more through attending this EdCafe rather than a Socrative Seminar.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Northern Attitude Blog Post

If I were a Historian, then people would need to know this important information as soon as possible. Contrary to some people's beliefs, the people in the North were not as opposed to slavery on moral and economic ground as people thought.
For example,  the Lowell Mills were extremely dependent on slavery because they needed it so they could get cotton to make clothing. It's actually funny because the clothing that the Lowell Mills made were actually used by slave owners used it to cloth their slaves.  The cotton made a complete circle through the economy of America. The Lowell Mills wanted slaves because they were their main source of business and gave them the most amount of money.  The Industrial economy in the North heavily relied on the slave economy in the South.
Also, people in the North held anti-abolitionist meetings in which they opposed the abolition of slavery.  These people were not against slavery at all and on a moral standard they wanted slavery to keep going. Also, they didn't truly understand the daily violence that was involved in slavery.  They didn't understand that slavery itself was violent and immoral.   
Also, according to a documentary clip we watched, over 10,000 slaves were brought into the country through the North.  This fact is even more shocking when you realize that Thomas Jefferson knew this was going on but did nothing about it due to the fact that the family that was doing this supported his political campaign. This shows that the North was definitely not against slavery because even the president would allow this to happen.
This information is important to understand so that people don't think the North was completely innocent in this ordeal. The North was clearly not against slavery on moral and definitely not on economic grounds.