FC: The Road Less Traveled By 1995-April 29, 2010 Miranda Haslam
1: Ever since I was a little girl I have always known that I wanted to become a teacher. My mom's full time job before I started school was being a Mom; however, she started substituting since she did not have to be home with me all the time anymore. I guess you can say that the examples of my mom and teachers really inspired me to be a part of this profession. | My Mom And I
2: What I wanted to teach changed a few times. | First, Math Second, Special Edu. Third, Agriculture Fourth, History | Math!? What was I Thinking? | An officer for 3 years. | Family on my g-pa side
3: When I was a junior in high school, I was part of the teacher's cadet program. A part of that program was going to a local elementary school to help out in a classroom. | I mainly tutored the students who were behind. I learned that I never want to teach young kids. Some of their situations were just way too sad, and they were so helpless. | I want to help older students who have more control over their situations, and who I can really relate to. | Me and The Kinder-garten class I helped
4: I studied some family history then went to Georgia with my mom and grandparents. Dad had to work, but I learned a lot and I grew to love history even more. | Grandpa and I on Stanley Mountain in Georgia where my ancestors are buried | Grandpa and I in front of a house he played in as a child and his family built by hand.
6: I received my Young Women in Excellence Award. | I worked on this from age twelve until I completed it at age 16. | This is an award given through my church: The Church of Jesus Chris of the Latter Day Saints | I had to complete many service and spiritual growth projects. | It's similar to the girls scouts, but it's more focused on spirituality. | One project I got some people together and we sang for the kids in the hospital.
7: Right: Canterbury Tales lunch for my Senior English Class | Below: Prom With my best friend of 16 years. | Senior year came! I graduated a semester early and worked which really taught me discipline. | Above: My last pep rally! | Left: My Chamber Choir teacher always cooked dinner for the seniors at the end of the year | Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher -Japanese Proverb
9: Graduation finally arrives. It's crazy how time flies. For so long you can't wait for it to get there but looking back, you wish you would've listened to your parents and enjoyed the time. However, we all wish it away. I have to say that those memories are some of the best ones I have made with the greatest people I have met. One thing I have learned from High School is that you must be there for one another. High school can be a family if you allow it. We stuck it out through losing friends in car accidents (R.I.P Lindsay Hemby, Jacob Cook, and all those I wasn't really close to but made an impact on someone else's life), some lost family members (Forrest Rorie's mom in a car accident that also killed another student, Kane Rowell's mom to cancer, Brittany Hornback's dad to heart attack), some lost friends from other schools to car accidents and cancer, some friends dropped out to live lives full of drugs, sex, and guns. Despite all these set backs, we pulled together as a class and school. It would've been hard to do it alone. Hopefully, I can pass this outlook to my students.
10: At NC State University where I currently am studying History education. My classes are helping me learn more about teaching and the content.
11: My Philosophy of teaching If I had to pick out just one philosophy of mine it would be adventurous. I do not feel like the teacher has to stand up at the front of the classroom everyday and yap for the class time. Of course this may work for some students, and not for others. Which is why I called it being adventurous. I want to try something new and see if my students are receptive. If the majority of my students have a hard time with a certain lesson then I'll make sure not to do it again. But hey, it was worth a shot right? I also believe in discipline in the classroom; however, I do not believe in yelling every 3 minutes. I want to try developing a respectful, two way relationship with my students. That way I show them respect and they will mirror that. At least, some will. I'm not saying I won't have rules, but I'm hoping my ability to relate to them outweighs their desire to freak out in class.
12: Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth. Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear; Though as for that the passing there Had worn them really about the same. And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back. I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-- I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. -Robert Frost
13: Paradigm and my final answer. Before I can answer this question, I need to explain why I included that poem by Robert Frost. About two weeks ago, I almost changed my major to either to digital design or photography. Photography is my passion and I absolutely love it. However, I really prayed about it, and I chose what I consider the road less traveled by. This may seem weird since so many students, especially at NC State University, are some type of education major, but I just consider teachers to be different than the rest of the world. This will cover my paradigm. As a student, I have always looked toward the majority of my teachers as road signs, it seems weird but I promise it'll make sense. They have been placed along my broken road in order to guide, caution, and direct me as I make my way towards my goals. I'm starting to see fewer signs as I continue down this road and begin to be pushed to make my own decisions. Sooner or later, someone will look to me for help. Hopefully, I'll fulfill that position. I'm not quite there yet, but this class as gotten me a lot closer.