Peach Days


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A couple of weekends ago, I was able to join in a fun shoot with some Cache Valley photographers at the local Peach Days in Brigham city. They traded their photography skills, while we traded our modeling, and it ended up being a great night! Most of the models there are actually models, meaning they do it for work. I felt a little out of my comfort zone at first thinking I truly have no experience. Then, I realized that whatever I am feeling will be conveyed through the pictures, so I just thought "you're confident, you do this all the time" and ignored all the stares we got from passer-bys. Hopefully the photographers will want me back, because I had so much fun! Huge thank you to them, as well as Brenda who did my hair and makeup for the night (she was an absolute doll)!
Now onto a completely different topic... SCHOOL. Lately while reading my textbooks on education, I have been noting some huge take-away topics that have made me reflect on the way I was taught. I feel that teaching has developed and changed so much in the past ten years, and it is definitely for the better. When I was younger, I was never exposed to a wide range of cultures, SES backgrounds, or ethnicities. I grew up in a predominantly white, middle class neighborhood, and those who were not Caucasian were pretty well off as well. It never really occurred to me, in my naivety, that people around me could be struggling financially. I say financially, because truly, that is the key factor in whether a child receives a good education. The economic norms theory that the rich get richer, and the poor get poorer is a system that affects our society daily. In a world where connection and networking is the key to success, we may have created a division of the riches. Many children that come from poor homes have parents that work more than one job, more hours, for less pay. This has an affect on that child’s entire education and their viewpoint on it as they enter schooling. Due to the fact that their parents are often working, they are exposed to a lot less books and interaction at a younger age. They then enter kindergarten with a significantly lower understanding of literature, and language, which can then create problems in every other subject. Many less informed may think this equates to their families being less loving, or less involved in their child’s education. However, it is in fact because their parents are so concerned with their children succeeding that they work hard, spending less time with their children. The cycle continues, as that child falls further behind in the educational system, sometimes even dropping out to help take care of the family. Most do not go on to higher education, maybe for lack of money, maybe for lack of GPA. It pains me to think that other students, those who have high paid parents, are regarded as more educated, are given more of a chance, because they have the resources. These students should have every opportunity to learn, but so should those students from the other side of the street. I hope to take my knowledge of this divide and use it to motivate in the classroom. I don’t ever want to judge a parent for being less involved; I don’t know their story, and they could be tirelessly working for their child. I don’t ever want to think of a student as less intelligent; they may be struggling with an inner issue of self-worth, or balancing language barriers. I want all of my students to leave my classroom thinking they have an equal chance at becoming whatever they dream to be, after all, if I received the chance, so should they.

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8 comments:

  1. Beautiful photos! And I love what you wrote about education, it's very sad but it's true

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    1. Thanks for reading al that. It is sad, but the best thing we can do is educate everyone. Thanks for inspiring me to be a teacher.

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  2. Great post! Not only are the photos and fashion beautiful, but so are you ;o) I love your observations about education, and am encouraged to know that young people like you are going to be teachers for the next generation. Keep up the good work! Stopping by from the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop at Katherine's Corner, hope to catch up with you again this week! Nina @ Vintage Mama's Cottage

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    1. Thank you for such a sweet compliment! It was interesting to actually "model" rather than just take fashion photos for the blog. Also, thank you for the encouragement!

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  3. You look stunning in these photos. Love the shots! I also love your take on your courses. Very admirable and I know you will be an excellent teacher!

    ~Whitney
    www.whitneynicjames.com

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    1. Aww, thank you so much! That means a lot coming from you. Thanks for the encouragement on my career choice!

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