Friday, May 29, 2009

Baby Think It Over

There are many parts to making a new pilot work. It takes a great deal of research, time, commitment, dedication and buy in.

First, there was the alarm - recent articles noting a spike in teen pregnancy.

Second, taking a close, uncompromising look at the rate of teen pregnancy within a high school - our high school.

Third, brainstorming meetings with social workers and nurse about effective strategies to address the issue.

Fourth, writing a proposal to get the funding.

Fifth, presenting an overview of the ideals for the pilot to prospective philanthropists.

Sixth, meetings with the teachers and co-teachers to select material, standards, activities, to create unit.

Seventh, implementation of the new pilot program would be exposed to students in Health class deal with an infant simulator manufactured by Reality Works.

The key facilitator in putting the nuts and bolts together of making the pilot study of using 10 infant simulators a reality is Noreen Mullen.

Click on the title or right here to see the overview of the Baby Think It Over Curriculum piloted at Ralph McKee High School

Friday, May 22, 2009

National Honor Society Induction at McKee

After a 56 year absence, Ralph R. McKee CTE High School has re-established their chapter of the National Honor Society. There was a ceremony on Thursday, May 21, 2009 in the Black Box Theater.

The children looked lovely. The parents beamed. At the end of the ceremony was an opportunity to break bread and reflect. One parent indicated that to see his son saying the oath to officially be inducted into the National Honor Society was particularly touching because the parent never graduated high school.

By the way, the redesign of a classroom into a Black Box Theater was due to the efforts of Mr. Pane's Drafting class and Mr. O'Connell's Construction class. I am always grateful and proud to be part of a career and technical high school. The opportunities for experiential learning are gratifying.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

The readouts from the "Infant Simiulators"

How did 10 teenagers do with the infant simulators based upon the computer report? Each simulator captures data on how well the students dispensed Proper Care (rocking, diapering, buring, and feeding) and logs incidents of Mishandling (shaken baby, head support, wrong position, rough handling). Only 1 out of 10 students received a passing score. The highest performance overview was 77% with 30 minutes of crying and the lowest was 0% with 74 minutes of crying. The ongoing debriefing sessions have proven to be enlightening for students, teachers, and the SAPIS workers.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Results from the "Baby Think It Over" Program

Congratulations to the first group of students who completed their exercise in the “Baby Think It Over” program. Ten students were assigned a simulated baby and were engaged in parenting for a 3-day period. Here are some of their comments about their experience:

Ronald Wilson writes: “I am tired and I feel exhausted. The baby woke me up at 2:00 a.m. and then it started to cry hysterically at 4:00 a.m. I am stressed right now. I even tried to give the baby back.”

Tiresha Dykes writes: “This has been an unexpected experience. It was difficult attending to a baby and myself. While I was sick in the hospital, my baby was crying a lot. The best part is that I get a chance to give her back. I did learn from this experience.”

Joe Augustine writes: “I was up from 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. Wednesday morning trying to get it to stop. I HATED IT!!”

Jennifer Melendez writes: “My experience with the baby was very tiring. You need to have all your attention on the baby. I think all young adults should not have babies at a young age. This was a lesson learned.”

Kayla Coston writes: “I liked this experience because it showed me that having a baby and being in school is not easy. But I know how to cater to the baby when he/she needs to be taken care of. To me it wasn’t hard because I’ve taken care of real babies but as of right now, no babies for me until I’m older and out of school.”

Keith Reeves writes: “I think having that baby was a wonderful experience because being in that position let me know how hard it is to take care of a child.”

Naja Wiggins writes: “No teenager is ready for a baby. I wanted to cry.”

Nicole Rivers writes: “I thought the baby was frustrating and I wouldn’t want to have one now. I’ll just wait until I’m in my 30’s. It was fun when the baby wasn’t crying.”

Alsayed Elslawy writes: “I forgot the diapers at home. Then the baby was crying and crying. Everyone on the bus was staring. Then I said, ‘Sorry, I forgot the diapers at home.’”

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