ED 386 Blog Post #1- Introductions

  1. My name is Julia Skubik. I prefer to be called Julia and my pronouns are she/her.
  2. I am from Livonia, Michigan, which is a suburb of Detroit. I live approximately 3 hours away from John Carroll. Michigan is an amazing place to grow up because there is so much to do since we have so many lakes all around the state.
  3. In high school, I didn’t play sports but was involved in things like Student Council and National Honor Society. Here at John Carroll, I am involved in some things with Campus Ministry, such as Carroll Faith Communities. My faith is very important to me, so this has been a great way to connect it with others. I also work for the Department of Recreation here at JCU and absolutely love it. It has been such a great way to meet so many people and get more involved on campus. As far as hobbies, I absolutely love to read and always have since I was little. It’s my favorite thing to do in my free time to relax. I also love working out and being active, whether that’s through going to the gym, taking a walk, or riding my bike. Family and friends are also very important to me, so spending quality time with them is always special to me.
  4. In order to be comfortable in class and take creative risks, I need to feel connected with the professor and know that they are truly passionate about what they are teaching. I feel that a love for learning can be contagious and if students see that from their professor, then they are much more likely to feel engaged with the class. Effort in the classroom is definitely a two-way street and I plan to take this mindset into my future classroom so that my students can get the most out of their learning and feel encouraged to be creative.
  5. When I think about being a future teacher, the most important thing to me is building genuine connections with my students and having them know that they can always come to me and trust me. Studies in education have proven the importance and relevance of building student-teacher connections, as a blog post from Becky Hunsberger with Teach Beyond on September 23, 2020 describes, “When students believe their teachers know and care for them as individuals, they are more willing to take risks and make mistakes and to see these mistakes not as failures but as opportunities to learn” (Hunsberger). She also goes into detail about how it is important to recognized students’ individual needs and work to get everyone’s voices heard in class. Ultimately, students try their best and think most creatively when it is clear to them that their teacher truly cares about them and wants to see them succeed. My most memorable times from elementary, middle, and high school come from having a teacher that believed in me and pushed me to be my best. This is the type of teacher that I will strive to be for my future students. (Website link: https://www2.teachbeyond.org/article/onpractice-the-importance-of-healthy-teacher-student-relationships?gclid=Cj0KCQjwjbyYBhCdARIsAArC6LJIRHzhijsQ3oC5yZs6iJ-naNdpdH6SHcAaMS6hrlIDqtQXDXrcZKUaAsnQEALw_wcB)
  6. What made you decide that you wanted to be an educator? How have you seen technology impact and change education throughout the years that it has become more and more relevant?

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