Hey, y'all! EDUC 638 Intro

Thursday, May 14, 2015
Hey, y’all! My name is Ashley Fort, and I live in a rural town in the Midlands of South Carolina. I am a true Southerner! I love living in the country, my favorite beverage is sweet tea, my mustard-based barbeque is to die for, and I'm always blessing someone's heart. 



really love spending time with my family. I come from a family of teachers: my mother, an aunt, and a great-aunt were all teachers. My husband Andrew is self-employed, and we've been married for 17 years. We have 3 precious children: Liam (14), Caroline (11), and Aidan (9). I love being their first teacher and a golf mom, dance mom, and baseball mom to those wonderfully energetic little humans. I enjoy couponing, refinishing furniture, crafting, and decorating my home. I also thoroughly enjoy reading, especially studying God's word.  

I am pursuing a Masters in Educational Technology and Online Learning. I’ve got my plus 18, and only have 4 classes left in the program. Currently, I’m in my 4th year of 2nd grade and am thoroughly enjoying teaching an inclusion program for English language learners this year. I believe The Message beautifully puts words to my belief about my role as a teacher:
It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ, . . . he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone. (Ephesians 1:11)
In Teaching Redemptively: Bringing Grace and Truth into Your Classroom, Graham (2009) suggests that the purpose of education is “to develop a response to our calling in life” (p. 49). I am just one person in the line of many who is trying to do that for my students. If I am living in a way that glorifies God, I pray that this comes across to my students. Further, I pray that what I am teaching them helps them eventually realize that their calling is to be a servant of Christ.

I enjoy implementing technology in my classroom, from interactive lessons on the SmartBoard to using iPads to introduce students to the basics of using the internet and technology for research and presentations. I recently volunteered to be a part of a newly-formed technology advisory committee that will help get teachers, students, and parents more involved with beneficial technology and teach them digital citizenship, as well. As I aim to be an instructional technology specialist one day, I hope to gain from this class the confidence and knowledge that I need in the role as a leader in this area, as well as in my profession.

References
Graham, D. L.  (2009). Teaching redemptively: Bringing grace and truth into your classroom.
Colorado Springs, CO:  Purposeful Design Publications.





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