Developmental Science and Social Sciences
While in school I had a friend who made me start seeing things in a different manner. Just like most kids I did not think much about why things happen the way they do. I did not think why I was able to talk with people, think about what is wrong or right and even solve problems. However, this friend of mine usually brought up such arguments trying to understand why as kids we could not reason the same way as adults. This friend made me also start thinking about such issues and I developed a big craving to get the answers.
My craving for answers made me like social sciences a lot because they seemed to explain about things which many people usually did not think about. While I went to college I got to study about developmental science amongst other things. I was particularly got interested in this particular developmental science mainly because it seemed to have answers to my questions.
This particular topic answered question to why people are able to solve different kinds of problems in certain ways. It also explained how different factors influence the growth and developmental of people especially children. As luck would have it, after completing college I got a job as a teacher where I teach in different areas which are related to social sciences.
In my line of work I get to interact with different kinds of students.
There are those students who perform well in certain subjects and do not perform well in others. There are also students who are able to perform well in all subjects even without working too hard. Furthermore, I get to interact with students who are weak in almost all subjects. From my understanding of developmental studies I know how to handle the different kinds of students.
One particular case that I remember well was a student who was weak in almost all subjects. I remember that particular student because from his history he was performing well in the past. But with time his performance deteriorated significantly and he moved from almost the top of the class to the bottom of the class. I took interest on the particular student because it is not normal for a person to change that much within a short time. I befriended the student with an intention of wanting to know about what might have caused the drastic change in performance.
The first thing I noted was that the particular student always wanted to do his things alone. He did not want to befriend the other students and wanted to be alone most of the time. When the other students were engaging in different fun activities the student did not participate. After school he would go straight home without waiting on anyone. In fact, befriending him was hard work because he did not seem interested in becoming friends with me. But as a teacher I instead and was persistent until we became close enough to talk like friends instead of talking like a teacher and student.
In social sciences especially developmental science
You have to understand the cause of a problem before trying to solve it. I cam to learn that the student had a lot of friends in the past and he was one of the most popular students. I also came to learn that his parent had gone through a rough financial phase where the family was actually evicted from their house after the father who was the bread winner lost his job. The student felt as if he was the one responsible and this affected him a lot. He lost interest in almost everything and therefore became cold against everyone else. From talking I understood that this was the main cause of the performance of the student changing drastically.
I decided to help the students and I started giving him reasons to trust me. As we talked I showed him that his parents issue are not the need of the world and he should not let them affect his personal life. He opened up to me and we discussed a lot of things. After a week or so the student started to accept the changes and he went back to having friends. He also started showing interest in class where he was more attentive and even asked questions in class.
In a few months the students had gone back to being amongst the top students in class. My application of developmental science and the urge to help are the primary things that I a can attribute to the students getting better and accepting the facts of life.