Sunday, April 8, 2012

Blog Post #10

Today I am going to write about my decision of being an education major. Several ideas come into mind when I think about it. I suppose the drive for this ambition comes from my desire to positively influence peoples lives in the most effective way possible. People in the education profession spend more time with people's kids than parents often do. When I "take a step back" and look at the world and society as I know it today, I see an image that's been created out of continuous failures of the parents of the kids in the world today. How hard is it for kids to grow up this day and age? Honestly, I don't know, and I probably will never fully understand what it's like. I believe that I can help teach the kids how to be successful and what meaning their life has. Why they shouldn't quite and why they should get an education. Why they should want to be the best that they can be. Teaching to me, is all about coaching. I grew up playing sports my entire life, no matter what I am doing, I have always had a more experienced "coach" educating me on what to do, how to do it, and why to do it. I can't say that I grew up in a dysfunctional family, but this is what I can say: I was born and raised in Ocoee, Florida. Spring of my 8th grade year I moved to Alabama because the crime was so bad. Helicopters flying over the house EVERY SINGLE NIGHT looking for somebody else. People getting robbed, murdered, shot, stabbed, you name it, it was being done on a daily basis. Drugs were prevalent in my neighborhood and got to the point where my parents didn't want me outside after the sun went down unless I was with a group of friends or my family. We got out of there just in time, I remember going back and visiting to watch all of my friends graduate. The place has gotten much worse. All of that being said brings me to my main point: I think I can say that I know what it's like to live in a rough area, but I've never gone through the bad things many others had to go through.
I intend to be the person that kids can look up to and know that they can come to talk to about anything and everything without any hesitation and also know that are conversation would be completely confidential and that we would work together to overcome anything that would a problem for the kid(s).
I've said it before and I'll say it again: my goal in life is to be the greatest football coach possible. measured not by wins and losses on the field, but by the victories achieved off the field as well. I know very well that it's not going to be easy, but if it were easy, everybody would do it. Now, I don't plan on doing this all by myself, which is where a very well created network of professionals would come into play. I still have a ton to learn and even more connections to make. I am looking forward to the day I can look back and say yes, the world is a better place. It's great to win some football game's but there is no feeling like being the first to graduate from high school, the first to go to college, the first to pay for there own car from there hard earned money, the first to graduate from college, nothing in the world can provide more inspiration than knowing you have the ability to do anything you want to do, all you have to do is work for it.

2.) I'm going to be an educator of Physical Education, not Physical Activities, which is what most schools seem to think is alright. They just let them run around for about an hour for "recess" if they choose to dress out. My goal it to get the students to understand the importance of going outside and getting active in there community daily in a positive manner. Weather it be exercising, or helping. To educate them on the importance of an education and making the most for themselves and setting themselves up for success. Those are a few goals of mine. In the classroom, things sometime have to be kept simple to be effective. Assigning projects that keep them interested will definitely be a beneficial practice of mine and there will be homework to keep them busy. Hopefully I will be put in the position to make them better people and more aware of how important there life can be. That's what I'm all about. Thank you.

1 comment:

  1. Travis,
    I definitely admire your drive, motivation, and the goals you have set for yourself. You have a lot to be proud of! This post is very inspirational, however, the assignment was to watch the video "Do You Teach or Do You Educate?" and to read John Spencer's blog post "Don't Let Them Take the Pencils Home". I can tell a lot of thought, time, work, and self-reflection went into this post though!
    You did have a few small errors, too. Like using "there" instead of "their" and also repetitions like this: "I see an image that's been created out of continuous failures of the parents of the kids in the world today". That's a lot of prepositions in one sentence. Also, you said "I've grew up" when it should be "I grew up" or "I've grown up". Be sure to use the correct verb tense.
    Keep up the hard work,