Sunday, January 22, 2012

Blog Post 1

I was born and raised here in Mobile, Al.  I am the oldest of three girls.  I have two children, a seventeen year old daughter who is a junior at Leflore High School, and a seven year old son that is a second grader at Dickson Elementary School.  Besides being a student at South Alabama I am also employed fulltime at ST. Aerospace Mobile (an aircraft repair station) where I have been for the past 11 years.  For the last 3 years I have been a purchasing agent procuring aircraft parts.  I love spending time with my family.  I like taking and planning our vacations together. 

I love being around children, it has always been my passion to teach them.  It saddens me when I see children that want to learn but don’t have the teacher with proper training to teach.  Children are always asking questions and I want to be able to give those answers to them the correct way.  I have been working on this journey of getting my Bachelor of Science degree since 2005.  There have been a few obstacles that have slowed me down but I am still pushing to the end.  I must admit that I have signed up for this class at least three times and I every time I receive the message from Dr. Strange I said, “I am not taking that class.”  Well I’m here now and ready to take this challenge. 

Randy Pausch
I have never heard of Randy Pausch until I watched this video.  However I did see other videos about him that I will try and watch later.  Randy has given me a few pointers that I need to adhere to fast in order to past this class.  Number one I will be getting a planner just for this class that I can pull out for quick viewing. Secondly, I will start creating To Do Lists of what is priority for that day instead of the whole week or weeks at a time maybe this will be a little less confusing.   Dr. Strange should add Randy’s, Goals, Priorities, and Planning steps to his Rules of Success for EDM310.

Time Management
I did look at the time management exercises; I did see few areas I will need help with.  I do have a problem with time when I am working on something that takes longer than I thought it should have.  I will be viewing the exercises and lessons in depth to correct all the problem areas.



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  2. You will watch Randy Pausch's Last Lecture later this semester. It is a powerful and moving video!

    I like your suggestion!

  3. Greetings Lateria,
    I enjoyed reading your blog post #1. I also have a seven year old son who is a second grader at St. Elmo Elementary School. Like you I have always had a passion to teach and History has always been my favorite subject. I spent 23 years in the military and after retiring I decided to go back to school to follow my dreams of becoming a teacher. I first started in 2006 towards my education degree by taking one class at a time while I was still on Active Duty and then in the Fall of 2010 I became a full time student. I can understand where you are coming from when you said that you signed up three times for the EDM 310 class and then decided not to take the class after receiving the the challenge from Dr. Strange. I must admit that I was a little scared after receiving his welcome message, but I knew that I must rise to the challenge and put forth my best effort to accomplish my goals. I hope that I can apply the skills that I learn from EDM 310 to my other classes.

    Like you also, I had never heard of Randy Pausch until I watched his video. I agree with you, he did have some good ideas about time management that will help me with not only the EDM 310 class, but also all the other classes that am taking as well. Such as the To-Do list. I think that the checklist that Dr. Strange has provided to us is a very good example of a To-Do list. I also like what Randy Pausch said about breaking tasks into smaller steps and accomplishing them one at a time. I also like what he said about doing the ugliest things first. He used the example of eating the big frog first. It is better to try to get the hardest tasks out of the way and then everything else will be downhill from there. I have not had a chance to look at the time management exercises, however I plan on viewing them in the very near future. I would like to learn how to manage my time more effectively.

    1. Thanks for commenting James. I did like Dr. Pausch's video on time management, I will be looking into the rest of the information provided. Maybe the other task will help me add more time to my day, which is my biggest problem. Dr. Strange did mention that we will watch Dr.Pausch's last lecture later this semester.