Moral Problems

This fall I took a philosophy class with my LAS cohort.  This class challenged me and the way I looked at different issues. I don’t tend to think in a philosophical way which made the material a little hard for me to grasp.

I enjoyed that the class was mainly discussion because it allowed for me to learn from my peers and get a different perspective of things. In class, we had a lot of disPHL piccussion where we could voice our onions and get different views.   This was an extremely interesting concept.  Going into the class I had some pretty firm beliefs on different issues.  However after hearing some of my peers reasoning, I found myself questioning my beliefs.

 

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Social Problems

Social Problems has been by far the most interesting class I have taken here at CMU.  In this class, there were no exams or tests, only written outlines and other projects that we would work on. During the class period, discussion was open to any topic about social issues in our world today. My class would share their opinions and discuss ways to prevent these issues or to make them better.

Sociology bookshelfThis class provided me with the necessary information to be informed about issues and topics in today’s world. Most topics, I knew very little if not anything about it. Sitting in class and listening to everyone’s opinions on things made me realize how many different opinions there can be on a topic, yet we can still have a civilized conversation with one another.   I would highly recommend this class to my peers.

Disney College Program

The Disney College Program is a semester long collegiate internship where you work for a Disney Park and Resort while also taking classes through Disney University.  There are two seperate programs, one at Walt Disney World in Florida, and one at The Disneyland Resort in California.  Each semester, roughly 30,000 people apply.  Walt Disney World accepts 4,000 and The Disneyland Resort accepts 300.

I was fortunate enough to be accepted into the program at The Disneyland Resort in California!  Here I am working at Disney California Adventure while also taking a leadership class through Disney University.  For the class, a different Disney executive comes and presents on a different leadership topic that they have learned throughout their role at The Walt Disney Company.

Along with the education aspect, there are ample opportunities for networking throughout the program.  I have had the opportunity to meet with and shadow with a manager from Adventures by Disney, D23, Disney University, and guest relations.  Thes opportunities have given me a greater look into my future with The Walt Disney Company.IMG_8281

Hello Mentee Here I Am

The responsibility of “mentoring” another individual is a scary thought.  I often find it difficult to take care of myself and answer my own questions, how am I going to “mentor” someone else? Yet here I am, supposed to be the go-to-guy for this college freshman. The LAS program does not have any specific guidelines, just that you mentor a freshman in the freshmen cohort. When it came time to choose, I knew Kyle Jennings was going to be my lucky mentee!

Kyle is from Ortonville, Michigan, a small town in the metro Detroit area; but don’t let that fool you!  Kyle is no small town guy.  He is way cooler than I’ll ever be and try to ride along on his coattails.  He has his own YouTube channel, (make sure you go subscribe) dances, and almost made it on the voice!

I am also lucky enough to not only have Kyle as a mentee, but as one of my brothers in Sigma Alpha Epsilon!  When Kyle told me he was interested in rushing I was ecstatic!  I knew he would be a perfect fit in SAE but I made sure he explored all of his options and always told him to go where he felt like he would fit in the best!  Watching Kyle grow as a brother and a leader in our chapter has been amazing.  After his first semester, he ran for countless positions and is our social media chair.  I could not be more proud of everything he has done throughout this year and look forward to mentoring him on being a mentor

The Power Of a Voice

Student voice is one of the most underused forms of communication.  Students have more power than they know and educating them on the proper way to use their power is a skill that not a lot of students get.  Many people don’t learn that their voice and ideas have power until early adulthood.  Getting students to realize the influence they have early on can be extremely beneficial in the long run for society.IMG_7844.JPG

With that said, I decided to facilitate a workshop for high school students from across the state on the power of their voice.  On November 18, 2016 I facilitated a Leadership Training institute (LTI) through the Michigan Association for Student Councils and Honor Societies.  At this LTI there was eight different high schools, around 300 students, from the Metro Detroit area.  They were all mixed together and separated into four different sessions; giving each session roughly 70 students.

From there, I split each session into groups of five and had them come up with the biggest problem facing their schools.  From there, they sorted through their strengths and weaknesses and came up with an action plan they could present to the faculty to work towards their problem.  They then presented to the rest of the groups, so everyone could see a variety of ways to use their voices to fix multiple different problems at their schools.

I found this facilitation extremely impactful for not only the students, but for me as well.  Seeing hundreds of students from a variety of different backgrounds be so passionate about a cause and working together to have their voices heard really hit home for me.  Especially with the current state of our country, seeing that students from all walks of life can come together to make a concrete action plan to better their schools was extremely inspiring.  I cannot wait to facilitate this curriculum again and continuing to help students use the power of their voice for good.

Special Education

In the United States, 5,693,441 students between the ages of 6 to 21 qualify for special education, yet many do not have the resources needed to help them succeed.  Many school systems have cut back on their special education programs due to lack of funding and resources.

Due to a lack of funding, many schools have cut the amount out students they let into the special education programs. A recent investigation in Texas has revealed that they had set a percentage on the number of students that should receive special education.  The state set a limit to 8.5% of students in a school were allowed to receive special education, which is far less than the national average of 13.8%. If Texas provided services at the same rate as the rest of the United States, 250,000 more kids would be getting critical services such as therapy, counseling and one-on-one tutoring.  This cutback was put into place to save the Texas government $1.1 million.

Another way school systems are reacting to lack of funding in mainstreaming students with special needs. However, doing so without providing the correct resources hinders the student.  In general, studies conducted indicate better academic outcomes for students with learning disabilities who are served in special education settings. When these same students are served in general education settings without any additional help, they have poorer self- concepts. If schools want to help their students with special needs by mainstreaming them, they need to take the specific measures in order to promote success.  According to the Journal for Inclusive Education, there are three ways for mainstreaming students with disabilities: co-teaching, differentiated instruction, and peer- mediated instruction and interventions

One of the easiest and cheapest ways to successful mainstreaming is through peer-mediated instruction.When I was in high school, I created a peer learning group that partnered a special education student with a student without disabilities. What I would do is find a student willing to participate, who understood the subject well and would partner them up with a special education student. They would sit next to one another in class and help one another during class.They were also required once a week to meet in the library to help the special education student with the assignments for that week. 

If you have any questions about starting your own mainstream program don’t hesitate to contact me!

hahn1re@cmich.edu

DISC Personal Profile Test: An Influencing, Inspirational Leader

Within my EDL 360 class, I was given the opportunity to take the DISC Classic Profile test.  The DISC is a personality, leadership trait test designed to help you increase your self-knowledge, and to provide information for understanding others.  You are able to learn more about your own leadership style, the strengths and weaknesses associated with the style, and how you like to work in groups.  The four main styles are Dominance, Influence, Steadiness, and Conscientiousness. One style isn’t better than the other, they all have strengths and weaknesses that compliment one another.

To start off, I thought about myself as a member of CVFC. Once I established this response focus, I began answering the questions.  For the first part of the DISC, I found words that stood out the most about my character, but I had a hard time finding words that were the least like me.  I felt like I was a combination of all of the words, yet I didn’t know which one I was least like.

INFLUENCE: After finishing the questions, I scored the highest in influencing.  Here are some traits and descriptions that coincide with the influence category.

This persons tendencies include: Contacting people, Making a favorable impression, creating a motivated environment, generating enthusiasm, entertaining people, viewing situations with optimism

This person desires and environment that includes: freedom of expression, freedom from control and detail, coaching and counseling, favorable working conditions

This person needs others to: Speak directly, respect others, demonstrate individual follow-through

To be more effective, this person needs to: Use hands-on management, be more realistic when appraising others

These characteristics really stood out to me and described me as a person.  Seeing these really opened my eyes and made me aware of my strengths and weaknesses and ways that I need to improve when working with others.

After reflecting on my I behavioral traits, I was able to analyze my DISC results a bit further and learn more about my personal Classical Profile Pattern. This is a combination 0f all four of my DISC scores; Dominance, Influence, Steadiness, and Conscientiousness.  Here are some characteristics for my Inspirational leadership style.

Goal: Control of the environment or audience

Value toward the organization: acts as a people mover; initiates, demands, compliments, disciplines

Would increase effectiveness through: Willingness to help others succeed in their own personal development

After reading all of my results, I was shocked to see how well all of these descriptions described me in my role as a CVFC member.  I will use these results to incorporate my strengths, but also improve on my weaknesses, in my education and extracurricular involvements.