I thought the symposium was interesting. The topics varied all around. A specific one that caught my eye was a children's storybook type of poster. It was done by a group and was basically about climate change and how it ultimately will affect everyone. In the story, it showed how climate change impacted the different countries and the message of it was to do something, even if it's a small something. I thought it was really cute and appropriate for children. For some reason, I didn't picture the symposium to be just students standing around with their posters. I thought that it was going to be extremely formal. Ultimately, going to the symposium made me want to be in it next year as well.
I listened to one of the presentations about Child Mistreatment and I learned lot. In 2015 they have been 700,000 victims, with 7% being of neglect, 17% of physical abuse, 8% of sexual abuse,and 1,670 children deceased. These numbers really shocked me because I didn't know children throughout the United States were being mistreated. Then they went on explain the strengths and weakness of services including social services, to the Mass committee. How we should have more solid services to protect the children on the street. I agree, I think families who are in need should be getting all the help they need to support their children if they can't do it alone.
When I went to the symposium one of the most interesting projects I saw was one about the self-determination theory with children and adolescents with special needs in an outdoor or recreation setting. This was very interesting for me due to the fact that I am going to become a special education teacher. They talked about how behavior can be made better by using the self-determination theory. They also discussed how intrinsic and extrinsic motivation is important to the cognitive development, children who do more physical activity are often developing at a higher, or more advanced pace than other children who don’t. For the part about adolescents with special needs in an outdoor setting they talked about the impacts of having a disability. Giving a child with a disability an outdoor space can give them a place to develop. Being outdoors can give the children a learning environment that is very stimulating and can be beneficial to the child's overall health. They may gain coordination, flexibility and muscle strengths as well as develop more motor skills. They may also increase their attention span and learn how to solve problems they need to face to do a certain obstacle. I found it very interesting. I think it is important for more children to be able to work on physical health. Many children don't get this opportunity but there are clear benefits. All children should be able to experience this.
The presentation I saw was the group made videos on the harm of littering and the importance of growing your own food in gardens in two different scenarios. One video was people walking around class and explained why people should not be littering around campus.
The presentation I saw was regarding the food we have here on campus. I have heard a variety of crazy stories about the food we have on campus, and how some people have gotten food poising by it. The food is provided by a company known as Sodexo, they provide food to schools all over America. In an interview with an employee at Tilly he stated "At the end of the day we actually waste a lot of food. We throw away all extra entrees.. in my first shift alone I saw enough food wasted to feed over 200 people." Also they have had several controversies. There are over 11,000 cases of food poising with students who ate their food. Also, they were caught using British Horse meat in their meats