A Week In My Learning : August 26 – September 1

Hello! I’m Ruthie Tucker and I will be sharing with you what I have learned this week in my Education Psychology class! I have been loving college thus far and cannot wait to see where it will lead me!


1.  Gratefulness

After watching the videos on gratefulness and children in poverty it made me realize my privilege. I would never say that my family is rich, however I always have what I need. The very idea that some children are struggling  to find food, greatly weighs on my heart. I could not imagine living in a house were basic needs were hardly met. This makes me realize how much more I need to appreciate the basics in life. By taking a moment and giving thanks to God for all have will result in gratitude. It’s crazy how much we overlook the gifts that we have been given! For those of us who have been lucky enough to live comfortably, we need to realize our privilege. 

2. The Importance of Service Learning

I had never thought that one could learn from volunteer work. In highschool, I strived to do as much volunteering as I could. I volunteered for an after-school elementary program for three years. When I signed up to volunteer, I only had in mind how good it would look on college applications. However, through this program is how I found my love for teaching. Through this volunteering, I learned how to teach and how to talk to kids. This did so much more for me than any education class could have done. One can read all the books on education they want, but they will never truly learn until they go out and practice.

3. Drum Major Instinct

I found this speech by Dr. Martin Luther King very interesting. It talked about how everyone has a driving force of selfishness in their lives. And how this can lead to exclusivity. My favorite line from his speech is “You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve.” I like how he related the drum major instinct to church. And how sometimes, sadly, that those in church can severely judge. And he spoke on how in church especially, one should know that we are all children of God. And that is what I really loved about his speech. It reminded me that we are all human. No matter how big one’s bank account is or what clothes one wears, we are all human! Our earthly wants will not make us more valuable to God. This speech reminded me to live the best life I can and not get caught up in materialism. 

4. The Opportunity Gap

I feel that this is one of the most important things I learned this week. I learned about this topic before, however it was called the “achievement gap”. I liked how this defined that it was not about academics, and that rather it was about what cards were dealt at birth. I feel that this is one that I can relate to. I am Native American and I spent my whole life attending predominantly white schools. Needless to say, I have never felt like I was a part of the crowd. Even though I kept up academically with the other kids, I often felt like I wasn’t “smart” as them. I have never been directly discriminated against, however I never felt welcome. It was this weird contradicting feeling of acceptance and outcasting. 

5. Poverty Changes the Brain

I had no idea that poverty can have this huge of an affect on the brain. I learned that poverty can cause emotional and social challenges, acute and chronic stresses, cognitive lags, and health and safety issues. I did not know that poverty could cause this many issues, and that makes me incredibly heartbroken. I can’t believe how many children are living in poverty. One statistic that stood out to me from the Children’s Defense Fund was that “1 in 3 Black / Native American children are poor.” Growing up on the Menominee Reservation, I can sadly say that I have seen this first hand. Just on my street, I see houses with collapsed roofs, unkempt lawns, and boarded up houses. Seeing this everyday has been difficult and disheartening. 

Thank you for reading!