Upon beginning my first class at Walden University, it has been difficult to see myself getting through this 8-week course. Furthering my education has been something I have struggled to accomplish for the last 4 years. I almost decided to give up and continue being just a high school teacher. However, being a senior teacher that motivates my students to go above an beyond to reach their goal has pushed me to work hard and start a new journey. Though it is only the beginning of my journey, I can see graduation. In learning about Walden University this week, I have gained insight on what it will take to experience graduation. In this paper I will discuss what I hope to have learned and mastered while being a student at Walden University. As I stated earlier, the journey to gain a Masters degree has been a tough one. I completed 8 classes out of a 10 class program only for …show more content…
Walden University’s College of Education has a similar vision. In the vision, Walden is “commited to the pursuit of positive social change through education.” The reason I am pursuing this degree is so that my students can do the same thing that Walden is teaching it’s students to do. All of the social activists, presidents and CEO’s in this world learned what they know from a teacher. They are able to impact the world, because they were given the tools to do so. My goal as a teacher is to equip all of my students with the tools to make a difference. Just like Walden, I realize that technology plays an integral role in creating a positive change. Attending Walden is equipping me with the skills to not only use technology, but also to learn how to create a curriculum that reaches students through technology. When I am successful, I hope to not only create social change but to inspire my students to do the
1. What supports do you feel are needed at Eagle Summit to improve the experiences of the students? The supports that we need at Eagle Summit include a full time clinical therapist, resource officer, campus monitor, high/middle school teacher, and facilities that are equipped with the necessary tools to effectively teach the career pathways. This would include a weight room, construction shop, automotive shop, and health care lab.
The College Fear Factor was written by author Rebecca D. Cox, which describes the struggles that students face entering their first year in college. Many students all share similar feelings and experiences about their first day. Others share their fears about current courses, such as math and writing. Throughout the chapter, Cox interviews students and documents their reactions to challenging situations. Many students right out of high school express that their high school courses prepared them for the course work ahead.
Peter Smagorinsky’s article, Size Matters (2011), argues that class size does matter. He supports his argument by comparing the difference in the amount of time each student gets to spend with their teacher when class sizes are increased. Smagorinsky shows this by providing statistics on increasing class sizes in order to educate readers of the time that is required outside of the classroom to help students become better writers. The intended audience for this article is everyone in an effort to explain that increased class sizes not only affect students but also teachers.
An eager Freshman takes their first steps into the Commons on Link Day. They look around at the green and silver painted walls, swallowing the lump that formed in their throats from the uncertainty of what their first day of high school will be like. Among the unfamiliar faces around them, the new Freshman looks frantically for the familiar faces of their friends; for some sort of reassurance that they’re not alone in this new environment. Every year, floods of Freshmen and new teachers join Conifer High School.
Though I have had many achievements and disappointments, one thing that I have always been proud of is my ardor for everything that I do. The Governor’s School for Science and Math offers a rigorous path to pursue, but it is the one that I have dedicated myself to for many years. GSSM opens up a myriad of new doors for me; it will provide me with opportunities some people would never even dream of. My lively personality will fit in perfectly with GSSM’s positive environment and, in spite of the necessary sacrifices, the reward far outweighs the cost. My dynamic personality will contribute to the society of The Governor’s School in various ways.
The overall goal is for all students to be taken care of while in the classroom and to gain the knowledge that they need in order to be successful in life. My goal is to become a teacher and I will continue to work for the goal that my ancestors created many years ago. Every student deserves to be able to walk out of the classroom having learned how to become a responsible citizen that can change the world. In early Arkansas education, teachers taught in small one-room schoolhouses, instructed many age groups of kids, worked in unideal conditions, and taught all of the basics in the “Three R’s”. All of these challenges were to make sure that their students had an education.
Congratulations to the class of 2016, we have been on a long journey to get here today! We each came to Walden for different reasons yet we find ourselves with a common goal to make the world a better place one child at a time. We do this through our vision, mission and expectations created within ourselves and our University. We have achieved so much and will continue to do so after graduation because of the passion and drive we carry within each of us to make education better for every child.
The transition from high school to college for many can be quite terrifying, however, as a result of the Craft Academy this transition was dampened. Although the switch happens just as quick, there is a support system in place which helped me through it in a way unmatched by the university for incoming freshmen. Looking beyond the transition, the academy provided experience in taking courses tailored for students who are normally about two years older than I am. At many high schools today courses are designed to be easy enough for all students to succeed and to provide only basic information regarding standard academic topics. Courses at a university provide in depth comprehensive information on these topics, they required me to think for myself and develop as an informed individual rather than another cookie cut by the same cutter.
While good grades and the promise of a successful career are still my priority, I am much more passionate about the journey I am on in order to reach this goal. In his class, he challenged us to think critically, and inspired us to discover a passion
“The University of Chicago teaches not what to think, but how. In an atmosphere of free and open inquiry, students and professors debate, collaborate, and investigate, challenging assumptions—and one another—with field-advancing insights backed by rigorous study. This unique UChicago education transforms individuals, preparing and empowering them to make a positive impact on the world”. When I read that quote on UChicago’s website, it was clear to me that I had found my “college soulmate”. Prior to my epiphany, I had lacked enthusiasm about college as no school really seemed to understand me completely.
Once you learn how to do something, you become so used to it that you forget the challenges you had to overcome in order to master it. I became aware of this as a counselor at Camp Casey one day in kites class. I was seated next to a fifth grader named Brandon, as we worked on decorating and constructing our kites. When it came time to tie the string to both sides, he was obviously struggling, so I offered to help him. I explained to him how to do it as I showed him an example of what to do with my kite.
Lindsey Pollak provides suggestions to ease the transition from student to career for the recent, or soon to be college graduate. The lucid writing style she uses in her book provides a sense of comfort to an inevitably stressful period in our lives. Pollak start’s off the chapter encouraging the reader to not worry about the things we have not done, or should have done. It would be easy for me to get caught up on the would’ve, could’ve, should’ve.
I’ve sensed something in this world, those who taught us, those who i’ve helped, those i’ve caused trouble for. Those we fight as rivals only to better our survival. All of these connections we encounter in this world serve as teachers who nurture us. Being a teacher would not help others but me as well. This college will personify and reveal the potential i agape.
I want students to push themselves harder than they though possible, which has been modeled by my professors pushing me to do the same. Teachers are role models to show students that it is okay to not be perfect, but it is about trying to improve and persevere. George Fox has teachers that modeled and let me practice my own pedagogy, which will allow me to be a confident and effective educator. By finishing my education at George Fox I can show my students what it is like to set goals and finish them. I am a proud first generation college student
One of the greatest transition periods in our lives is the transformation from being a high school student to a university student. It is the phase where students have to face difficulties from both academic and personal aspects. This essay is going to inform about the process of the transition and illustrates how can a person become a successful first year undergraduate. Many issues involve in the process and also the solutions to those problems will be explored below. Exchanging to another environment can be very challenging.