About Me. . .

My name is Angel Jackson. I am a junior at the University of South Alabama, majoring in Elementary Education. I chose this field not only because I love kids but also because this is my calling. I love to have fun with children by playing games and teaching lessons. I enjoy incorporating a little fun into everything. My roommates always tell me "Your kids are going to love you because you're so fun." Currently I work at the Gulf Coast Exploreum, a science center, and for the University in the Communication Department. I have been working at the Exploreum for 3 years now. I enjoy working there because I teach the camps that it has open for kids during summer, spring, and winter breaks. While working in the Communication Department it helps me develop listening and communicating skills, which I will definitely need while teaching. I am so interested in how people learn so I'm planning to take up Psychology or Counseling after I finish my Education degree in 2010.

My Teaching Philosophy
My personal values are honesty, commitment, leadership, respect for others, and creativity. I am and will continue to carry out my responsibilities as a teacher by presenting my values to my students, student’s parents, and peers.

I express honesty to my peers and will do the same with my students and students’ parents by showing them that they can trust me in the simplest situations. My students’ parents will be able to trust me with their children in the school and outside of the school.

I have shown commitment by staying in school and working hard. I will continue to do so by showing my students and their parents that I am dedicated and committed to them and their education.

I show leadership by guiding others and being able to follow others as well. I express to my students that to be a leader, you have to be a follower. My students learn how to take charge from others and be in charge of others.

I show respect by giving respect. I teach my students the secret behind the old saying “treat others the way you want to be treated.” You have to respect yourself before you can respect anyone else. I teach my students to demand and expect respect from others.

I show creativity to my students by teaching them to be individuals. I teach my student to take value in which they are and to express who they are. Through art activities, I inform my students to not be “cookie-cutters”. I allow my students to use their imagination while doing projects and activities.

My priorities are my students and making sure they learn what they need to be productive individuals in today’s society. My students can expect to leave my classroom, with the help of my peers, being knowledgeable to live a productive life.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

iTunes University

I also plan to use iTunes University in my classroom as well. This will be useful to me, my students, and parents. I will be able to get great ideas from my peers about assignments. My students will benefit from iTunes by looking at some great podcast videos done by other students. The parents will benefit by visiting iTunes to look at their child's classroom video podcasts and/or listening to the podcasts.


Lastly, I may use facebook as a tool for the classroom. I’m not quite familiar with facebook at this time but I plan to study it more as an educational tool. At this moment it seems like more of a social site to me. I’m not sure if it will be appropriate for the classroom.


I look forward to doing podcasts of my own with my students. There were podcasts I listen to on iTunes that really impressed me. These were done by 6th grades, I believe. It sound like a radio station, it was done very professional and educational for students of that age group. I want to do something of this sort with my students also.

Google Documents

I will use Google Documents in the classroom as well. This will eliminate the hassle of my students and their parents buying and carrying around disks and usb storage drives. A Google document is free and no more what computer the students get on they will always be able to access Google documents. With Google documents, my students will be able to write word documents and do presentations among other things.

Blogging In The Classroom

I plan to create a classroom blog for my future class, which will allow any bloggers to visit and see what kinds of activities my students are doing in class. The classroom blog will inform people about the class and/or school, which I will have a link to the school’s website. I will also have my students to create blogs, which they may have to do one post a week about the activities of that week. These blogs will only be open to a much selected group of people because of my students’ safety. The individual blogs will be great to let parents, grandparents, and other relatives know what their student thinks of the assignments and what they need help on. I think the students will love to do blogging because it gives them a great deal of knowledge about the internet.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

What Am I Learning??

While in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class, I have learned a lot of different ways to use technology in the classroom and I plan to introduce them to my students. So far, in Dr. Strange’s class, I have worked with Google Documents, which is a free application through Google, create an iGoogle page, create two blogs including this one, used iTunes, and I am excited about doing the podcasts. All of these are very helpful tools for the classroom that will be at no cost to me or my students.