Wednesday, May 28, 2014

McDuffie, Russell Blog Post 1

     I had not really heard much about EDM 310 before enrolling into it this summer. As soon as I saw the syllabus I knew this was not going to be like any class I have ever been in before. I would not say that I "fear" anything in regards to this class, but I can tell that I will have to adjust my methods of class preparation. It is obvious that this is a class that you must stay on schedule and completing your work within the given deadlines. 
     Coming from a background primarily in History courses will pose an interesting contrast to this class. The most advanced technology that is used in those courses is Microsoft Word for writing papers. My previous History courses were more centered around hearing a professor's lecture, retaining it, and then being able to repeat the information back in a paper or test (BURP, BURP). In EDM 310, instead of being explained the information over and over through lecture, I will instead be following instructions and learning as I complete each assignment. Time management will be the most difficult aspect of EDM 310 that I must overcome. Sticking to a schedule of precise due dates has never been one of my strong suits. The best way to correct my time management difficulties will be through staying organized and ahead of the required dates. After our first meeting I walked out somewhat wide-eyed and worried but I know that if I just stay on top of the assignments this will be a class that I can learn a lot from. I am excited to experience a method of education contrary to anything I have ever experienced before. 
     I do not really have any other questions at the moment. I know that if I do have any that I have been given a large amount of methods in which I can get in touch with either Dr. Strange or an assistant from the department. 
     I am kind of a Podcast nerd and figured I would share another that I enjoy listening to that is Historically themed. Unlike the heavier Dan Carlin that I wrote about in my previous post, Stuff You Missed in History Class, is broken into 30 minute segments and talks about more broad topics that you may have learned about at some point, but cannot really remember. A great source for any history lover!
Time Management Cartoon

McDuffie, Russell Practice Blog Post

My Engagement Photo
My name is Russell McDuffie Jr and I am studying Secondary Education (Social Studies). I have always enjoyed learning about different historical cultures, but I gravitated most to political conflicts as well as wars between nations. This has led my focus to be mostly on that of the Civil War as well as WWI and WWII eras. I plan to teach high school and coach football as well. I grew up just a few miles down the road from the University of South Alabama in the small town of Semmes. I played football and tennis in high school at Mary G. Montgomery. I enjoy many outdoor activities such as hunting and fishing. Sports are also a major interest of mine. My wife always gets on to me because no matter what sport is on tv I will watch it. Alabama football and Braves baseball are definitely the two I am most invested in. I just recently celebrated my one year anniversary to my beautiful wife, Lindsay. She is my best friend and the best thing that has ever happened to me. We also just added our Golden Retriever named Sadie to the family this past Christmas! 

I began my career at South Alabama not really having a clue what I was going to do in my life. I leaned toward the medical field but after working in a hospital for a few years decided that it was not for me. History has always been a subject that I have enjoyed studying. It is important to understand what has happened in our past so that we may learn and show growth from it in our future. After finally coming to the conclusion that I want to be a teacher, I have found a new excitement with finishing my studies and starting my career. The role of a teacher is an extremely important one because of the lasting influence they can have on their students. I want to be able to be a teacher that students enjoy learning from as well as can look up to for guidance when needed. Not only do I hope to teach in the classroom, but also through sports. I learned first-hand that many of life’s biggest lessons can be learned on the football field.
I thought I would share a Podcast that I have been enjoying for some time. Dan Carlin's Hardcore History is an excellent show that gives great insight into many historical topics. I am currently on his WWI section and cannot stop listening!

Sadie, Our Golden Retriever