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Hello again everyone! This week I’m going to write about one of my favorite teachers during my time here at Fontbonne: Julie Portman.

To start us off, Julie Portman was the very first teacher that I had ever met at Fontbonne. She was my WING team’s Mission Core teacher, so she was at our orientation all weekend. Since I had her as my Mission Core teacher, she taught me to be more aware of all that can happen in the world around us. We learned about so many social issues in her Mission Core class that I now pay more attention to my surroundings. Making sure that I know an adequate amount about different things that happen everyday can be useful in that you will always be able to have a conversation with somebody. Whether or not that could be small talk or a heated debate over issues we feel so strongly about! She also always talked about getting involved on campus, and she was one of the voices I listened to when I went to the Fall Expo last year. I thank her for all that she has done for me because now I am more socially aware, and I am more involved on campus than I could have ever imagined.

Thank you all for reading every week! I appreciate it, and I’ll see you all next week!

Morgan

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At Fontbonne, there are 2 instructors that inspired me. I took public speaking with Kristen Norwood. Public speaking has not been one of my strengths and she really helped me improve. She pushed me to do things that I was not comfortable with and I am a better public speaker today. A few years after I took this class, I gave a presentation in another class and she said I was a lot more confident!

Peggy Ridlen was my instructor for the freshman class culture and the common good. She is also a librarian. I really enjoyed her class discussions. She helped me with another class I was taking, information navigation. I found it very hard to use Mobius to search for academic sources. She inspired me to be persistent in learning how to find sources online and in the library. I enjoy seeing her from time to time and admire her positivity! She always has a smile on her face and puts me in a good mood.

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I always remember sitting in my classes the first day of class, and observing the type of decorating and arrangement of the classroom my teachers had done, but especially thinking of all the different things I would have done if it were my classroom. The most vivid time I recall doing this is my first day of 8th grade, and I think that was when I was at an age were I finally realized “Hey, being a teacher seems like it would be a fun career choice!” Luckily, that thought was true, but it’s also a lot of work, but rewarding work. In high school I had many amazing teachers, but especially my math teachers. I remember geometry class my sophomore year as the year I decided I wanted to be a high school math teacher. I realized this because in our classes we could contract for different levels of classes, and each level had varying expectations of you, I always went for the middle level because I knew I was good at math, but I never saw my self as an exceptional student in any subject area. I was smart, but none of it came super easy to me, so I never wanted to stress myself out by contracting for the hardest levels. My geometry teacher quickly realized that I should have contracted for the higher level because I sat there in class bored because I would be flying through that night’s homework while she was still teaching that material. Because she actually took notice of this, and cared enough to encourage me to change my level and challenge myself more I discovered that having a good math teacher, who cares about your learning is really important.

Knowing my major prior to college certainly made choosing Fontbonne easy, because they have a great Education department. Fall semester of my sophomore year here at Fontbonne I had a class where we had to observe in a school for the first time. Because they generally lump middle school and secondary education majors together (There are not as many of us as there are elementary, early , or special education) I was placed in a middle school just because of space in the high school math classes. I am very grateful I was because I found out how fun middle school students can be, and they are still eager and willing to learn. This is the reason I switched from Secondary Education to Middle School Education, but I am still planning to be a math teacher and I am very happy with my choices to this day.

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When I was younger, I wanted to be an actor. A teacher named Mr. Facchin changed that. He inspired me to become an English teacher. What changed from wanting to be an actor to English teacher is that there is more demand for teachers and that I can pay it forward, by inspiring a future student to become a teacher.

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Observing in Education

by Alumni Posts September 26, 2012

My favorite class this semester is my Edu201 class. There is a lot to this class, and I am really getting a lot out of it. We meet for 2 hours and 45 minutes on Tuesdays and beginning next week, the last hour of the class will be spent mentoring a few of the middle […]

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