Hello! My name is Ashley Showles, and I am nineteen years old. I am currently a sophomore at the University of South Alabama, and I am majoring in Secondary Education (Mathematics). My plan is to teach high school. I have always wanted to be a teacher, but my initial plan was to teach elementary school. After taking upper level math classes in high school, I realized my true passion was math. I love the challenge, and I hope to share my passion with my future students.
I live in Lucedale, Mississippi, which is about 35 minutes from South Alabama. I love my family. I have one brother who is a junior in high school. My dad is a CM controller for small capital projects for Mistras Asset Protection Solutions Service Division. My mom is a high school math teacher and part of my inspiration to become a math teacher myself. God has blessed me with a family who has always supported my career goals.
My Future Classroom
I would love for my classroom to be inspiring for my students. When they walk into my classroom, I want them to be ready to learn. I plan to make my classroom fun by decorating it with bulletin boards and posters that will encourage the students to do their very best.
I hope to incorporate technology into my classroom. I would love to have a Smart Board in my classroom because there are so many resources and activities available. This would make learning more hands-on. Students will hopefully enjoy learning if they get to be a part of the process, and activities on the Smart Board would help make that possible.
I realize when I have my future classroom that I need to be flexible. All students learn and progress at different rates. I want to be able to help my students learn at their level. I hope to incorporate projects along with the lesson so that a visual aid would be available and help my students grasp more difficult concepts.
I would love to teach high school students in upper level math courses. Two of my favorite math courses are trigonometry and calculus. I would love to teach these two courses. Students who typically take these courses are in the tenth, eleventh, or twelfth grade.
Randy Pausch on Time Management
Before watching his video, I had never heard of Randy Pausch. However, I found Randy Pausch's lecture on time management to be very interesting and helpful. Procrastination has always been a problem. I always complete my work, but I do not always do it in advance. His suggestion to make a "to-do" list seems practical because if I know how much I have to do, I will know how much time I need to set aside. He also made a good point about doing the ugliest thing first. If I do the hardest homework or project first, then I will probably be more motivated to quickly finish the remaining work.