As mentioned earlier, I have never had an interest in science so when I saw the opportunity for biology online, I decided to sign up. Although this is an unconventional way to take a science class, I thoroughly enjoyed it. We got to create lessons for future students while taking notes from our professor. We learned about the animal kingdom and all the parts of cells. I got to do lab experiments at home which was super fun. My favorite lab from the course either the seed growing lab or the owl pellet examination. I loved this part because all the fun parts of biology are in the lab, so incorporating that hands-on approach with an online class was amazing. Each week we were given a module to complete and the course was lined out nicely. I was able to easily follow along with the course all while maintaining my job at home. I learned a lot from this course and hope to take some of the skills learned into my own classroom.
I have attached my report from the owl pellet lab and all my findings from it. I decided to include this lab because it was one of my favorites from the class. I learned how to dissect something and understand what comes out of it. I was able to discover what the owl was eating and how it affected the bird. This will be very useful to me in the future and will allow be to understand the world from a different perspective.
As you heard earlier, French is not one of my strong suits. I have always loved the idea of the French language, but was never good at it. After coming to Longwood, I learned how to really immense myself in the culture and learn from it. My FREN 211 course focused more on French culture and how to speak the language as if we were there. I found this course very usefully as I learned words I would attempt to use if I ever visited France. This class required us to speak a lot and practice the language which was usefully. Even though I wasn’t very good at pronunciation, I tried to answer every question I could to better my speaking ability. We did a lot of speaking projects and in class practice activities to work on our speaking. This really benefited me and allowed me to learn more from my peers. Dr. Amoss was very helpful and loved to see us to try. He allowed me to see the language in a different perspective and actually allowed me to enjoy the course. Overall, I learned some useful things in this class and hope I get to use these skills in France someday.
I have attached one of our papers that we wrote through the semester. In this paper we talked about some problems we have noticed at Longwood and offered some solutions. I thought this was a great piece to include because it really demonstrates my ability to write in French. It shows I am capable of writing in French, but also problem-solving in French. This piece was really hard for me to write but I am so proud of the way it ended up!
My ENSC class was one I was very nervous about but ultimately ended up loving. I have never really enjoyed science, but I heard great things about Dr. Straker and decided to sign up for his class. Dr. Straker was one of the best professors I have had thus fur and allowed to really enjoy the topics we were studying. This class was presentation based and really had me step out of my comfort zone. We studied the coastal environment and even were assigned a speech where we were talked about environmental issues in our own communities. Each class we were presented a PowerPoint but Dr. Straker always made them interesting by including videos or pictures. This helped keep all of us engaged and allow us to see a visual. Dr. Straker was great with the transition to online classes and helped keep all of us on track. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this class and learned a lot.
I have attached a coastal research article where we researched a coastal issue from a certain area that was current news. This relates to our class as I as required to research and write about issues we were studying in class. I hope from this knowledge gained I can be a more environmentally friendly human on earth.
For my enhancement project I decided to partner with a fellow honors member, Bailey Nixon, and write an article about how to adapt classroom lessons. After discussing participles in our grammar course, we began to wonder how grammar lessons could be applied to students with autism. Both of us are passionate about learning and are studying to become teachers. After graduation, we plan on having inclusive classrooms where learning is not limited to just general education students. In order to do this and gain the best skills possible, we wanted to delve into research about students with autism and how to provide them with an effective education. Since grammar is such an important topic in every grade, we decided to research and enhance a grammar lesson that teachers could easily adapt and use with their students–whatever their learning abilities.
Our article specifically focused on a participial phrase lesson from Benjamin and Berger and focused on how to adapt it for a student with Autism. We worked closely with Dr. Smith, our ENGL 382 professor, and she helped guide us throughout the whole project. Together we came up with new lesson ideas, new goals for the students, and discovered how they could be implemented in the classroom. We also created some handouts that could be used in the classroom as well. Due to the circumstances, we had to present our project virtually but regardless it was still a great experience. This enhancement project taught me a lot about myself and I could not have done it without Bailey or Dr. Smith.
I have attached our article regarding our research that we submitted for publication.
Dr. Blincoe’s love, sex, friendship class was unlike any class I have ever taken. The course focused on relationships between humans and the interactions they have. He presented the information in unique ways and allowed the students to be more than just someone sitting in a desk. Each week we were given a different reading assignment related to the topic we were studying and we were expected to analysis it. We could ask as many questions as we wanted and then the rest of class would be discussion based. I learned how to analysis literature and apply it to my life in this class. The class discussions were easily my favorite part of this course as it allowed us to not only vocalize our own opinions, but also hear from our peers. The discussions we had opened my eyes to ideas I had never thought of before and allowed me to think outside the norm. The way he presented class made sitting for fifty minutes enjoyable, and kept me thoroughly engaged. This random class selection ultimately became my favorite class of the semester.
I have attached our final research assignment where we were expected to write a paper about how to form, maintain, and conduct a friendship and include sources discussed in class. Beyond those sources, we were expected to find other reliable sources that could be applied to our paper. This research assignment was very enjoyable as it allowed us to put our own spin on the topic.
Math 135 was like no other class I’ve taken. In this class, we studied finances which is something I had no real experience with. We began working with functions and interest which was quite interesting. I liked the way Dr. Stanton set up the class because it followed a schedule, and I knew what we were doing each class. She started the class by telling us daily reminders and then going over the daily PowerPoint. This class is very calculator based and easy to follow with a formula sheet. Each week we also had homework on WebAssign. This was the first time I used WebAssign, I cannot say I am a fan of the website. I like the idea of it, but when I got the question wrong it would tell me the answer, but not how to get the answer. In this class we only had two test and three written papers, so good grades on these assignments were important to be able to pass the class. Overall, this was a different math experience than I’m used to but I enjoyed it.
Attached I have included one of the written paper projects I completed for the class. One thing I really liked about this class was that we were able to work with partners. Working with others allows for ideas to flow more easily and for people to bounce ideas off of each other. Luckily for me, I found a group early on where we all pushed each other and made sure we did our fair share. This class taught me how to really work in groups in college and the artifact I have attached really highlights that.
When I first got my schedule in the fall, I was pretty surprised to see I was enrolled in a theatre class. I had never done theatre, and had never planned on doing any type of theatre because I hate being on stage. Lucky for me, when I finally went to my first theatre class, I learned it was more about the history of theater versus actual theatre. We learned all abut the different types of theatre, and the history of theatre. It ended up being a very interesting class that I enjoyed attending. We had a lot of presentations and speaking in front of groups which I thought was super helpful to prepare for my career path of being a teacher.We learned about different theatre techniques and how they used them in the classroom. We were required to attend the Longwood theatre acts that were put on by the school and evaluate them. One thing I really enjoyed about this class was that we got to go behind the scenes and see the stage before production. Overall, Dr. Campbell made this class into one of my favorites, and I hope to take a class with him again soon.
Attached I have included our first project which was to research a famous artist from the theatre business, and I chose to research Paul Gallo. Gallo is a famous lighting designer and he has a had a huge impact on the theatre world. This project taught me how to research about famous theatre icons some wouldn’t think of, and see how they impacted the theatre community.
Growing up I always thought the language of French always sounded so beautiful. So, when I finally entered middle school, I decided to take French. Although the language is still so beautiful, I didn’t realize how hard it would actually be to learn a new language, especially one that is loved by so many. I survived these classes through high and middle school and thought I would never have to speak it again, but then I came to college. I tested into French 111, and I was so nervous because I hadn’t spoken French in almost three years. Madame Bowman was very helpful in easily entering us back in the French world and was willing to help students. I worked really hard in this class and attended weekly office hours to try and maintain my grade. I still struggled with fluently speaking the language, but Dr. Bowman saw my dedication and effort to succeed. I ended the class with an A- and I couldn’t be prouder of myself because I worked so hard for that mark.
Attached I have included one of my writing prompts from the class. Over the course of the class, we wrote four writing pieces all with different topics as a way to work on our French writing skills. Each time we had a writing assignment, I went to Dr. Bowman’s office hours and she helped me through the whole thing. These papers allowed me to get comfortable visiting teacher’s office hours and how to ask for help when needed. That’s what this paper I have attached represents and why I chose to include it. I am glad I learned this early on as it has benefited me greatly as a college student.
After enjoying my CITZN 110 class so much with Dr. Dudley-Shotwell in the fall, I decided to take my history 222 class with her for my second honors class of the spring semester. This class resembled my CITZN class, but with a twist. We were required to annotate the sources we were given but we also got to do other things. We got to watch movies, listen to podcast, and shows all while taking notes. This class we didn’t have the in-class discussions once a week on our articles because every class was a discussion. Although we didn’t get in the typical classroom discussion set up, we were allowed to chime in whenever, make comments when we felt necessary, and address our classmates. Again, I really like this because it allows for students to speak freely and hear opinions from their peers without judgment. One difference with my history class from my CITZN class was that we had quizzes. Although we had quizzes, they were only on our assigned Crash Course episodes and were open-note.
For our final example we were required to create a Buzzfeed Article, using seven of the topics from our class and reflecting on them. I really like how Dr. Dudley-Shotwell assigns projects instead of test because it allows to use everything we’ve learned throughout the semester and really demonstrate our knowledge of the material. I decided to attach my final project as my artifact for this class because I loved the way it turned out and everything I learned from the class. I will definitely be signing up for another class with Dr. Dudley-Shotwell in the future if it aligns with my schedule!
After enjoying my first honors class so much, I decided to challenge myself and sign up for two honors classes for the spring semester. One of the honors classes I decided to sign up for was Education 245. I was really excited for this class as it related to my major and something I am very interested in. Similar to my CITZN class, on the first day Dr. Cosby presented us with our syllabus and explained to us what she expected from us throughout this semester. I really liked this because it allowed me to plan my semester out to be the most successful student I could be.
For each class, Dr. Cosby included an interactive activity which I really enjoyed. It allowed for the students to learn beyond the textbook, and apply what we learned. She also had us do many presentations which I liked because many of us are planning on becoming teachers, so we need to get used to speaking in front of the class. Along with the interactive activities, she had very organized presentations for us to follow along and allowed us to chime in whenever. I really liked the way she ran our class because it wasn’t the typical classroom routine, something I hope to carry into my own classroom. I decided to attach my Three Age’s Project Presentation, our biggest project of the semester as my artifact. For this project we were required to interview three different people from different stages of childhood and write a ten page paper incorporating theories into the interviewees answers. With our presentation, we were suppose to share some of our findings with the class and explains our connections. It was a very difficult project, but one that I found interesting and enjoyed doing.