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School

Posted: 10/27/2010 in accomplishments, Individual, learning, Me, School

Below is one of the papers I have written for my Human Development class along with the grade and comment from my professor. I would have never dreamed of getting comments like this. School has been great for me. I am really enjoying it. I am looking forward to many years of learning ahead.

Here is what the question was:

Television: Imagine you are presently teaching. A parent of a student in your class wants your advice about his or her child watching too much television. The parent wants to know if you think that watching three hours of television a day is going to harm the child in some way. How do you respond?

Carly Blasco

FHS 2570 The Child Six to Twelve

Section 4:Television:

  

                My first thought would be to simply say yes and be done with the conversation. That is only because I can’t fathom allowing a child to sit in front of what I consider an electronic babysitter for 3 hours a day.

                I would ask the parent if I could have some time to think about their question and get back with them in a couple of days. If my offer was accepted, this is where I would go home and collect my thoughts on how to approach the situation. Not that it would impact how I feel on the subject; however I would definitely take into consideration how the child is doing in school, if the parents are actively involved in the child’s education, etc.

                It is a sensitive position to be in when a parent asks a question of this nature, in return you are basically critiquing their parenting skills. I would then collect all of the facts to keep it as impersonal as possible; I feel that by simply sharing the facts from various studies, it would prevent the parent(s) from getting as defensive. Think of a time when someone has shared their opinion about the way you do something?

                Like I stated at the beginning, yes I think that 3 hours of television a day is too much. In my personal opinion, it doesn’t allow a child to learn what reality is; they are watching these people act on a screen all day; when they go into the real world how shocked they will be when those they interact with don’t behave the way the individuals do on the television? Along those same lines, it becomes an addiction to escape from reality; instead of learning to cope or problem solve one who watches television that much will simply escape their problems. In turn this is ultra damaging as problems can build up inside and after time an individual can explode over something insignificant. Watching excessive television can also teach ineffective behaviors; think about a road and how it gets worn down, car after car after car. Your brain is the same way; watching violent acts over and over again can wear on one’s brain to the point that it seems natural to act in such a manner. Why wouldn’t it be, the people on the television are acting that way and they are getting away with it, why wouldn’t I be able to? There is so much to offer in the world; why waste each day away by sitting in front of something that doesn’t stimulate your mind? The biggest issue I have with excessive television is, here is a young mind, thirsting for knowledge, love and attention from their parents; that’s what we all thrive off of, yet you stick them in front of, again, what I call an electronic baby sitter to raise them. So much is being missed out on; seeing the world through a child’s eyes is absolutely breathtaking! To be brought back to reality, to be stopped in your daily tracks and to see what most people miss.

                On a factual note I would share with the parent information from various sites; I like what this site says under Mind Deterioration, “Along the lines of that, have you ever tried to do get things done after watching TV? It’s as if you’ve become “mind paralyzed” and you have to wait for your brain to slowly get back in gear. I call that time period the “dead zone” and even after that, you’re still not working at peak efficiency.” The irony that you can feel so tired after not having used one ounce of energy.  Another site puts it so perfectly, “TV also decreases one’s attention span and weakens one’s imagination. It weakens our attention span because we grow used to quick, short bursts of information. As a result, we grow impatient if it takes a while to make a point. TV weakens our imagination because everything is portrayed for us. All we have to do is sit back and observe someone else’s imagination.”

                Our bodies are incredibly designed, they are powerful beyond our wildest imagination; why not get out there and see what we are capable of instead of living life not knowing or wondering what if. How challenging it is to share your thoughts and opinions with another parent, yet with love and facts, I have the thought that it would be a productive conversation. If a parent has enough courage to ask the question, be sensitive in your response; that shows they are somewhat aware that there is potentially a problem.

Comment from my professor:

Section IV-C: 15  (out of 15) Great job, Carly -one of the best papers I’ve read on this subject. I like that in spite of your strong opinion, you are sensitive about just expressing it to the parents. What a great idea to get some unbiased, factual information for them. Those were thought-provoking quotes in your paper also. I appreciate all the work you did on this
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Q & A

Posted: 08/30/2010 in accomplishments, learning, Me, School, Thoughts

So far I am LOVING school. A big portion of my participation is based on discussion boards and what I have read.

This week in my Human Development Class for 6-12 yr olds the question was:

Researchers have a responsibility to their participants in all studies. How do those responsibilities differ when a study involves children?

I believe that when researchers are studying children there are so many facets that cause it to be different than if you were looking into the life of even an adolescent.
Children are like wet paint; very impressionable. When trying to pull information from a young mind, it is important to ask in a way that allows them to share their own feelings without their answers being influenced to mirror what you may be possibly looking for.
Because children go through so many developmental stages, it would be important to understand and or be aware of the stage of the child(ren) you are researching, so that you may be able to anticipate certain responses or prepare yourself as to what approach would be the most effective for that child.
There are also legal requirements that must be taken into consideration when researching children as they are not of age to consent to participating in any questionnaires or programs.

By: Carly Blasco

In my Marriage and Family relations class the question was:

What is a family?

I find the definition of a family to be something personal especially in today’s society.
For me it is a social unit of people created by an unbroken bond through marriage, adoption, love, natural birth, and or divorces.
A family consists of those whom you confide in with everything and know that you are unconditionally accepted. Your family unit is where you develop a majority of your characteristics, traits, and are heavily influenced as to who you will be throughout your life.

By: Carly Blasco

I’m looking forward to learning. My goal is to take a path of courses that will allow me to get my associates in psychology which means when I transfer to a University I would be a Junior in my Degree. I also want to take some business classes to help me with my current job; next semester I will be able to hopefully join a program that will allow to get credits for working while going to school.

It’s that time of year again. I can’t believe that the summer has happened and is over already. I swear Aly was just getting out of school the other day and now she is starting next week. It’s amazing how I want life to slow down with her and speed up in other situations.

She will be starting 4th grade this year!! Wow, how did that happen. I know I say that every year but it is really hitting me that she is growing up and will continue to grow up.

It’s going to be a busy semester; 4th quarter at work starts shortly and I also start school next week. I decided that a 13 year break after High School was long enough. My new position in work has assisted in giving me the confidence that I can actually do this. So now I say to myself, here goes nothing. I am more excited than anything. I will be taking a Personal Finance class, a class that helps gain study techniques, and a Human Development class for 6-12 year olds and how their environment affects them. I like the idea of being able to pick which subjects I will study for the most part; depending on what I am out to achieve.

It’s great that there is the option to take the classes online now; this will help me so that I don’t have to rearrange my work schedule, worry about daycare and whatever else comes with trying to go to school on campus. I am sure sooner or later I will have to take some classes on campus, but for now online will be nice.

So Cheers to a new journey! We shall see where this new road takes me.

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Personality

Posted: 03/25/2009 in Just Because, Me
I always have loved to learn about personalities and people. I find it all so fascinating. So here is mine:
Portrait of an ESFP – Extraverted Sensing Feeling Perceiving(Extraverted Sensing with Introverted Feeling)

( this is linked to all about me extended 😉 it’s totally me )

As an ESFP, your primary mode of living is focused externally, where you take things in via your five senses in a literal, concrete fashion. Your secondary mode is internal, where you deal with things according to how you feel about them, or how they fit with your personal value system.

ESFPs live in the world of people possibilties. They love people and new experiences. They are lively and fun, and enjoy being the center of attention. They live in the here-and-now, and relish excitement and drama ( i really don’t like drama) in their lives.

ESFPs have very strong inter-personal skills, and may find themselves in the role of the peacemaker frequently. Since they make decisions by using their personal values, they are usually very sympathetic and concerned for other people’s well-being. They’re usually quite generous and warm. They are very observant about other people, and seem to sense what is wrong with someone before others might, responding warmly with a solution to a practical need. They might not be the best advice-givers in the world, because they dislike theory and future-planning, but they are great for giving practical care.

ESFP is definitely a spontaneous, optimistic individual. They love to have fun. If the ESFP has not developed their Thinking side by giving consideration to rational thought processing, they tend to become over-indulgent, and place more importance on immediate sensation and gratification than on their duties and obligations. They may also avoid looking at long-term consequences of their actions.

For the ESFP, the entire world is a stage. They love to be the center of attention and perform for people. They’re constantly putting on a show for others to entertain them and make them happy. They enjoy stimulating other people’s senses, and are extremely good at it. They would love nothing more than for life to be a continual party, in which they play the role of the fun-loving host.
ESFPs love people, and everybody loves an ESFP. One of their greatest gifts is their general acceptance of everyone. They are upbeat and enthusiastic, and genuinely like almost everybody. An ESFP is unfailingly warm and generous with their friends, and they generally treat everyone as a friend. However, once crosesed, an ESFP is likely to make a very strong and stubborn judgment against the person who crossed them. They are capable of deep dislike in such a situation. ( OH HOW THIS IS ME! )

The ESFP under a great deal of stress gets overwhelmed with negatives thoughts and possibilities. As an optimistic individual who lives in the world of possibilities, negative possibilities do not sit well with them.( totally me!) In an effort to combat these thoughts, they’re likely to come up with simple, global statements to explain away the problem. These simplistic explanations may or may not truly get to the nature of the issue, but they serve the ESFP well by allowing them to get over it. ( I TOTALLY DO THIS)

ESFPs are likely to be very practical, although they hate structure and routine. They like to “go with the flow“, trusting in their ability to improvise in any situation presented to them. They learn best with “hands-on” experience, rather than by studying a book. They’re uncomfortable with theory. If an ESFP hasn’t developed their intuitive side, they may tend to avoid situations which involve a lot of theoretical thinking, or which are complex and ambiguous. For this reason, an ESFP may have difficulty in school. On the other hand, the ESFP does extremely well in situations where they’re allowed to learn by interacting with others, or in which they “learn by doing”.

ESFPs have a very well-developed appreciation for aesthetic beauty, and an excellent sense of space and function. If they have the means, they’re likely to have to have many beautiful possessions, and an artfully furnished home. ( i’m waiting for this) In general, they take great pleasure in objects of aesthetic beauty. They’re likely to have a strong appreciation for the finer things in life, such as good food and good wine.
The ESFP is a great team player. He or she is not likely to create any problems or fuss, and is likely to create the most fun environment possible for getting the task done. ESFPs will do best in careers in which they are able to use their excellent people skills, along with their abilities to meld ideas into structured formats. Since they are fast-paced individuals who like new experiences, they should choose careers which offer or require a lot of diversity, as well as people skills.

ESFPs usually like to feel strongly bonded with other people, and have a connection with animals and small children that is not found in most other types. They’re likely to have a strong appreciation for the beauties of nature as well.

The ESFP has a tremendous love for life, and knows how to have fun. They like to bring others along on their fun-rides, and are typically a lot of fun to be with. They’re flexible, adaptable, genuinely interested in people, and usually kind-hearted. They have a special ability to get a lot of fun out of life, but they need to watch out for the pitfalls associated with living entirely in the moment.

Jungian functional preference ordering:
Dominant: Extraverted SensingAuxiliary: Introverted FeelingTertiary: Extraverted ThinkingInferior: Introverted Intuition

Google -meyers-briggs personality test for your results 🙂

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