Saturday, August 23, 2014
Practice Blog Post
Outline A. My life in general 1. My family 2. Where I've lived 3. High school experiences B. My interests 1. Tabletop Gaming 2. Reading 3. Writing C. My goal of teaching 1. Why I chose South Alabama 2. My swap to English and Education 3. Theories on Education I come from a traditional southern family that has had ties to the profession of education since the 1940s. As such, I've live in the rural town of Hurley, Mississippi for my entire life. Being from a small, rural town, my experience at East Central High school was the standard affair consisting of making a few timeless friends and learning some life lessons along the way. I suppose this status quo high school experience may have been the subtle nudge that pushed me into the field of education. I remember wanting to make classes more memorable and interactive. Since I come from a small town such as Hurley I spent most of my time hanging out with close friends playing some form of tabletop game such as Risk, Talisman, or Dungeons & Dragons. We would stay up into the wee hours of the morning laughing and just enjoying the game and each other's company. I believe that these memories that I have of board gaming are what led to my love for the theories of gamifying education. However, when not among friends I usually spent my time reading the fantasy greats such as Stephen King, J.R.R. Tolkien, or George MacDonald. I would spend hours pouring over their works and experiencing adventures and realms that are only possible through the pages of books and one's imagination. This proclivity for devouring literature inevitably led to my desire to be a published writer one day. Thus, I usually spend my spare time writing and editing my work. Currently, I am working on a fantasy novel titled The Shepherd and the Succubus that advocates the importance of free thought and acceptance. In reference to my choice of schools, I chose South Alabama because they had an excellent Biomedical Sciences program. I know that its an odd qualifier for an education major, but I was originally a Biomedical Sciences Major. My swap to English and Education was spurred on by a moment of catharsis that I experienced during last semester. I realized that even though I was skilled in the scientific fields I was not happy with the idea of my future career. I also believed that I could make a difference in the field of education by implementing theories such as gamifying education and encouraging free thinking within the classroom. On a separate note I believe that the job of the modern educator is to prepare their students to both think freely for themselves and be proficient with the ever field of technology.