Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Blog Post #1...If I built a School??

Krissy Vensodale is a very opinionated 3rd-6th grade teacher. Her aspiration to do away with a standard education makes since. Vensodale has a passion for making education innovative. Her take on education is that we as teachers should to not only make good test takers but make good people as well. As for Sugata Mitra, aside from being entertaining he was very enlightening. He proposes that the current way of education is obsolete. It was necessary when the world was operated mostly through a bureaucracy; they had to create more bureaucrats in order to keep things moving. Now technology has made this useless. He places emphasis on allowing children to teach themselves with guidance and encouragement from teachers.
My School I've actually daydreamed about creating a school of my very own. Since I have never been to a school with students who are equipped with current technology or have the desire to learn for that matter my thought process for this is kind of different. I would want to re-educate students about what their education should be. This would prove to be a challenge considering that I would want to teach on a secondary level. High school aged children aren't always fit for remolding. Still I believe my idea would work best in a boarding school setting. Subject That Matters More than anything I think students should know that learning isn't and shouldn't be a recital. I would put emphasis on subjects that pertain to more than the math and sciences. My focuses would include History, Literature, Visual and Media arts. How Am I going to Teach It's hard for me, even in my fantasy to imagine the perfect way to teach in my perfect school. However,I know for a fact that I would want the students to input on how they are taught. I want the students at my school to feel like they have a voice. Since my school is a high school I would wan't my student council and teachers to work together. I feel like that would make it easier for the students and teachers to connect. What I'm Working With Classrooms would be equipped with a smart board, a chalkboard, and all books would be online. The students who study visual and media arts would have a design center. Two whole classrooms designated for them. These rooms would have all that is needed to design. An art studio, a 3D virtual art studio, and a sound studio. The history classes would have a gigantic globe, a war strategy chart from every major war,life sized wax statues of prominent historical figures, and an interactive dome. The dome would put students in the scenarios that they would be studying. So they could better grasp what that time was about.
What My Students Mean to My School My students and teachers would form a community of learners. I'd want my students to have a major role in their own education. I'd allow them to voice their opinion and make it a requirement for my teachers to take their needs into consideration. Since my institution is one where they live most of the year I'd want to give them the ability to decide things for themselves. Teachers and administration would be there to keep them safe and on the right path, but not to control or restrict them.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

A Little About Myself

My name is Secoria Burks, but I go by Cori. I am from Jackson, Mississippi but I have lived in Montgomery, AL since I was six. I was born on July 31, 1993 to Aseelah Salaam and Oscar Burks.I have three siblings from my mother and in all I have fourteen siblings. I've only lived in Mississippi and Alabama but I have visited Europe, and ten states in the United States. My plans are to be in education for the rest of my life, I want to be a  history teacher in secondary education, then I want to be a principal, then I want to be superintendent, this has been my dream since the sixth grade.A few things I'm passionate about are my family, my dog, self preservation, roller derby and of course becoming a teacher.                                                                                                        
I come from a family of educators, all four of my great grandparents were teachers/professors. My granddad was a teacher, principal, and a superintendent,(my inspiration) and my grandmother was a early education specialist, my family is really weird in my opinion but I love it. My mother, grandmother, sisters, and I are very close we talk on a regular basis. The only thing that I am closer to is my dog King, he is my three yr. old black lab, and I love him SO much!!!! He is the light of my world and I'm probably going to spoil him to death. I am a proud member of the Mobile Derby Darlings, roller derby team. I'm not the star but I will get there. Some of my major interest are making money, pretty clothes (sparkly,flowy, gorgeous), and fun parties. I like chillin with my homies  when I'm not busy working or doing school work. I ended up at South unexpectedly to be honest. I applied and got excepted into five other institutions, I only filled out an application for South so I could go on a field trip for free. When we came for the campus visit (required part of the free field trip) I was already settled on the decision to go to Old Miss, but the Mobile weather tricked me. The fact that Mobile is so close to beaches, and this school was the cheapest with my scholarships so I decided to make the move to South. I don't regret it at all. I am a very good cook, and I enjoy being able to cook for my friends and family. I wish I was better with time management, I am horrible with scheduling and this often causes me to be late to stuff. All that you need to know about me is that I'm a very laid back person.
My photo collage includes portraits of my mother, my sister, and myself being very silly. A photo of my dog and I. Me at the beach, Waffle House, and the bowling alley with my friends.

My first post

Hi this is my first post...My link is working so that makes me a blogger!!!