Sunday, August 26, 2012

Blog Post 1

Hello again!

Since it is plainly obvious on my blog, I'm just going to go ahead and point out that this is my second time around in EDM 310. Not because I didn't pass or dropped the course or any of the above. I'm taking this class again to improve my grade, because the grade I received is not me and I can do better; I know I can do better. So here we are once again and I'm ready to learn the new things this course has to offer.

About me

I was born in Houston, Texas on June 16, 1990. My dad is a building supervisor for UPS and in January following Hurricane Katrina, he was transferred first to Gulfport and then to Pascagoula, Mississippi. When the school year ended, our lives were packed up and shipped 500 miles to the east. For the first two years, it was just me and my parents so this led to a very strong bond between the three of us. After finishing high school in d'Iberville, I applied and was accepted to Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. Mississippi was not the place for me and even though I feel this still rings true today, I am back home. Being isolated away from my family, even for a semester, was not for me. So following the end of my first semester as a freshmen, I transferred to University of South Alabama. It could not have been a better fit.

I have two older brothers. Chris is the oldest and moved to Mississippi roughly a year after we did. In February of this past year, he was transferred up to Kansas City, Missouri for a job. Andrew is the middle child and moved a year or so after Chris. He is actually looking at moving back to Houston in October. It was recently announced that in January my parents will be moving back as well. That is going to prove interesting.

As for what I enjoy doing, well, at the top of that list is sleeping. I also love, believe it or not, working as I now work at a bowling alley. It is exciting to be learning new things within the bowling alley and really loving the environment you are in. I've always been really passionate about History and thoroughly enjoy sharing that passion with others. This is why I chose the field of education. If you truly love the subject and can present it in such a way, it can come alive and students can benefit immensely.

Randy Pausch on Time Management

What is interesting to me about this lecture is that the second time around watching it, being in a different mindset, has forced me to look at the entire video differently. When he begins talking about the to-do list, he tells you to ask why are you doing it. Why is this particular aspect on your to-do list? He also makes a very valid point within the same breath. No, someone is not going to take you for not completing a task on the list. However, are you going to fail in some other aspect for not fulfilling it? Just like in an economics class, what is going to be the opportunity cost if you don't do it? "Doing the right things adequately is better than doing the wrong things beautifully." This quote makes a lot of sense when you break it down, because it is almost like the quality v. quantity argument. You could have a hundred things on your to-do list and you could just check them off one by one and at the end of the day, you have a conglomeration of completed tasks that may or may not help you. However, if you do the right things in the right manner, it will make all the difference in the world. All in all, I really have enjoyed watching this lecture a second time around. Dr. Pausch is a brilliant speaker who unfortunately passed away in July 2008 from pancreatic cancer. He delivered his last lecture in September 2007.

1 comment:

  1. This is good stuff! It is very honest and straightforward. All requirements of the assignment are here, including the optional section. It is clear and well written. The white font color is is a bit hard to read up against the background (the really cool background). All and all, good job!