My Major: Education

As an elementary education major, there are required methods courses that we typically take during junior year.  These courses explore methods, hence the name, that are most effective when teaching elementary students.  I am in my last methods courses now which cover literacy assessments, writing and language development, mathematics, and science.  Last semester, I took a reading methods class as well as social studies.

photo 1One of the main goals of the methods course is to prepare us before we go into our full semester of student teaching.  For the past two semesters I have spent at least four hours a week in an elementary classroom.  So far, I have observed in a third grade class, a collaborative first and second grade class, and now I am currently in a kindergarten class.

photo 5I have been very fortunate to have wonderful field experiences each semester with teachers ready to pour all of their knowledge into me.  Not only do I get to observe classrooms and teaching methods, but I also get to teach lessons myself.  This helps to prepare us before we go into a full semester of student teaching.  Getting to spend a day implementing what we learn in our classes, with real students, is not only beneficial to our learning, but it gives us all something to look forward to each week.

MercedesIn addition to going into classrooms, I also get the chance to tutor a student one-on-one each week for our Literacy Assessment class.  This gives us more opportunities to practice writing lesson plans and to assess a student’s reading level.  Even better, it gives us a chance to spend more time with incredibly cute kids.

 

Q&A With…Megan W.

Megan WhiteToday’s Tuesday with Tulsa comes to us from Megan W., a senior Speech Pathology major from Tulsa, Okla.

What are your plans following graduation?

I knew when I declared my major in speech-language pathology that I’d have to get a master’s degree to become a licensed therapist. I finished up all of my grad school applications at the end of January, so now I’m waiting to hear back from all those schools. Thankfully, I’ve already been accepted to my first choice school… TU! If everything falls into place, I’d love to rent a house near campus with some of my speech path friends also entering the master’s program here and start my next chapter at TU in the fall.  Fingers crossed!

In five words, describe your TU experience?

Verging on cheesy, but I’d have to say that TU has been “everything I wanted and more!” Before I came to TU, people kept telling me how great of a school it was. The truth of that has been proven over and over for me. It seems like I’ve just stumbled into so many great opportunities here, but I know that these didn’t just happen by chance. TU’s whole goal is to prepare its students for life after graduation. From forming great relationships with my professors, being encouraged to volunteer in the community, getting involved in Greek life, studying abroad, and even presenting a poster at the national speech-language pathology conference, I feel confident that TU’s training has given me the tools I need for success. I LOVE this school, and I tell everyone who asks me about it! Oops, that was a lot more than 5 words :)

What is your favorite TU tradition?

My favorite tradition is our Alma Mater. The best part of my day is hearing it play from Sharp Chapel’s bell tower every evening at 5 o’clock.  I also love that the student section sings it with our teams after every home sporting event. One of my favorite football memories was staying through all four rainy quarters of a big game this past fall. The rest of the stands had cleared out long before, but there was still a group of us students ready to sing along with the band, spirit squad, and football team. Now it makes me happy each time I hear that song!

What is your favorite student organization on campus?

I actually have two: the Baptist Collegiate Ministry and the TU Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The BCM is a great place for fellowship and to meet new people. And they also offer a free lunch every Monday afternoon for anyone on campus. The leader, Brandon Brister, is such an awesome guy. He can make anyone feel welcome! TUSSLHA is basically the speech pathology club on campus.Our organization puts on an annual conference here at TU called Route 66. Speech therapists from around the state are always really excited about it. Two of our officers, Erin Alexander and Lauren Stanley, have planned a great conference this year!

What drew you to being a Speech-Language Pathology major, and how has TU prepared you for life after college in these fields?

In high school, I knew that my future job would have to involve helping others, and my two favorite subjects were English and science. As I was looking at colleges and trying to figure out a potential major, I kept thinking of how to combine those interests. My mom suggested researching speech therapy, and as soon as I visited the department here, I was hooked. I love the flexibility of the field and the impact I’ll be able to have on my clients. Now I tell everyone to look into speech pathology as a major! I decided to minor in biology to keep me more involved in science. Because of that, I was also able to participate in a study abroad field course focusing on dolphin communication in the Bahamas. I added a Deaf Education minor after learning more about deaf culture through the ASL classes I took. That opened doors for me to study abroad again, this time learning Italian Sign Language in Siena, Italy.

Research in Antarctica

sam_0001Today’s Tuesday with Tulsa comes to us from Anne Gambrel, a TU graduate from Omaha, Neb.

Anne graduated from TU in 2011 with a degree in Engineering Physics and is currently pursuing her PhD in Physics from Princeton University. Anne was part of a research team that spent time in Antarctica preparing to launch a balloon-borne telescope to study the universe.

 

Click on her photo to read her personal blog of her experience in Antarctica.