Friday, August 22, 2014

Practice Blog Post

I. Background information on myself
a. Personal History
b. Previous sports/interests
c. My major
II. Why Educate?
a. To help the next generations
b. To continue learning myself
c. Interest in teacher benefits
III. Skills to be an Educator
a. Knowledge of the subject
b. Energy and patience
c. Time and commitment
IV. My passions
a. Daily physical activities
b. The environment
c. include media

About Me
My name is Shelby Lynn, I am 20 years young, and I was born and raised here in Mobile, Alabama. I have a fairly small family that all live nearby so we are all pretty close, except for my cousins who are at school in CA and NY. My family and I enjoy the outdoors probably more than anything else. My dad has been sailing boats since he was a kid and because of that we've had the opportunity to go on awesome private cruises in the Caribbean. My parents, my brother and I are also SCUBA certified and enjoy boating in the Gulf of Mexico and spear fishing. Those are our summer activities; during the fall and winter we are at our hunting camp in NW Alabama preparing for White Tail deer season. I also really love to travel. I have been to almost all 50 states and out of the coutry a handful of times as well, to the Bahammas, Belize, the British and Spanish Virgin Islands, and most recently Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.

I am majoring in Physical Education, and I was influenced to this major because I have many years of experience with sports and fitness. Not only am I interested in playing the game but also all of the meaning and purpose that I have put into sport, as well as what I have gained from it. Through the years I have participated in gymnastics, cheerleading, swimming, tennis, dance, basketball, and volleyball; although practicing yoga is probably my favorite activity. I believe that my physical fitness has allowed me to better myself, and that is what I hope to accomplish with others when I receive my degree.

Why I Want to Educate
The most important reason I want to teach physical education is to help influence the upcomming generations in our society. Our nation's concern with obesity and diet related illnesses worries me, as I believe it should worry every one. If we do not teach the children what it means to be physically active and healthy nobody will, because the parents are already the ones who are unhealthy and exhibiting bad habits. We all play a role in how our society develops, and it's not fair to be dissapointed in it when we haven't tried to do anything to change it. By teaching the children in our nation I will also have the ability to continue learning myslef; I believe that teachers are life long learners in their field. Like most people, I look foraward to having a summer season during the year. So, becoming a teacher who gets the summers and weekends off was very appealing to me. During that time I hope to pursue another area of teaching-becoming a yoga instructor.

What is an Educator?
To me an educator is a friend, a parent, a family member, or they could even be a stranger. No matter the relation that person has to you, if they have shared something that positively influences your life or holds deep meaning to you, they have educated you. An educator also helps to develop ideas and morals and helps steer the path of right and wrong. I have always heard people say that those who want to teach do not do it for the sallary, they do it because they have a passion for teaching; and beacuase of that reason teachers carry a lot on their plates. Obviously a teacher must have knowledge and understanding of the subject to be able to share the lesson. But that is not all a teacher should have; they need to have energy, patience, time, and a sense of commitment. Even though they are young, children can notice when a teacher doesn't care and that definitely influences how and what they learn from them.

My Passions
My passions include my daily physical activities. Every weekday morning I take my new puppy on a walk around our neighborhood, when we get home I usually start my yoga practice, and then in the evenings when my boyfriend gets off work we go to the gym together. These activities are very important to me to do daily because they keep me on track and feeling good. When I am unable to do them my whole day feels off, and I can almost feel the laziness in my body. I really love being active and having something to do that'll make me sweat (and with that said you can guess I am not like most girls my age). On almost any day, except maybe the past few days of August, I would rather be outside doing something active than sitting inside. Another one of my passions is helping the environment. After my recent trip to the Galapagos Islands (for those who do not know, is a very strictly preserved national park) I have a much better understanding on how the population influences it's environment, which is something that is taken for granted. If we want a clean and safe place to live then we need to make it that way. The following picture was taken of me doing a yoga pose on the top of Santa Cruz island in the Galapagos.
Image of myself practicing the yoga pose known as dancer in the Galapagos Islands

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