Sunday, August 28, 2011

A little bit about me
My name is Brittany Grogan, I am 22 years old and I am going to be a High School, World History teacher. My family has many generations of teachers and administrators, a few of which graduated from South. I am originally from Atlanta, Georgia but my family moved down here when I was a year old. I grew up in Robertsdale, Alabama and just bought a house down the road in Summerdale, Alabama. The most important thing in the world to me is my family. I have a wonderful family we are all so close. I cannot remember an experience without. But most importantly I have an amazing niece and nephew, Logan and Adelyn; they are my entire heart, well them and my four dogs. They drive me crazy but keep me very entertained. Their names are Twix, Hal-ee, Reese and Jinx. Logan started Kindergarten this year (Oh how it has changed since I was in it). Adelyn is four and still in Pre-School but do not let this fool you. This four year old dominates our entire family and her Pre-School, she is a typical princess.
 I have wanted to become a teacher since I was in 6th Grade when I had the most amazing History teacher in the world. I remember she never looked at her book, she taught with passion each and every day.  I do not have a lot of free time, I am a full time photographer for Eastern Shore Toyota and Eastern Shore Hyundai, my job is my life; not because it is my passion but because I dedicate myself 100%. I want to be a teacher because I feel that if we try, we can change the world. We know we need to change the world, stop racism, end violence, do away with drugs and so much more. Everything we learn comes from somewhere and starts when we are children. If we don’t teach racism, violence and drugs if we show they need to be in the past they will cease to exist. That is why I want to be a teacher to change people. I want to be a history teacher to change our country. If we know where we have been then we know where we are going. We learn who we can trust, what we should and should not do. Basically from history we learn from our mistakes. If we do not learn from our past than history will continue to be the greatest horror story ever told and repeat itself over and over again.

After watching the video of Dr. Pausch, I learned the biggest key to time management is planning. Make a To-Do list, first for your day, then week, then semester if you are a student. The best thing about a to-do list is that it can always be changed. You may be given a new opportunity and something on your to-do list may not be as important. Dr. Pausch made a very interesting point by saying do the "ugliest thing first" this is so true. Its as if you are moving furniture you move the heaviest items first. With a to-do list you don't want to wait until the end of your week when you are worn out and do your most extensive chore or assignment. I learned to use this with EDM310 I do not want to wait until the day an assignment is due to complete all of my assignments. I need to start with the task that is going to take the most time, then gradually step down throughout the week. Unfortunately this video is the first I have seen by Dr. Pausch, but I do remember seeing everything in 2008 about his death. He was a very inspirational man and I know his lectures will live on in colleges for years to come.


  1. Glad to have you in EDM310 and to find out a bit about you. You will encounter Dr. Pausch again later in this course, so you might want to figure out who he is and why he is so important to what we learn in EDM 310. Also, remember to ask one of the lab assistants about wordle. We need to help you figure out how to properly do screenshots! Thanks!

  2. Hey Brittany! I love how enthusiastic you are about becoming a future educator. I believe that is a very important quality for all teachers to possess. I also think its awesome that you're a professional photographer! I love art and I really admire photographers as picture taking is one thing that I'm terrible at. It's also refreshing to see how connected you are with your family. Too many families these days are disconnected, so its nice to see that that is a priority for you. I wish you the best of luck in this class and in your future endeavors!