Welcome to ED 501!

Welcome to Educational Planning ED 501 at the University of West Alabama!

I am looking forward to our conversations about curriculum in the coming weeks.  I hope we will be able to create a vibrant online community with this blog.  I want this online space to be a place where we can discuss curriculum, voice our opinions, collaborate with one another, and reflect on what curriculum means.  Please respond to this post in a comment and include the following information:  Your name, where you live, any family information you want to share, where you teach,  what you teach (grade and subject), and anything else you would like to share with me and the class.

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11 responses to “Welcome to ED 501!

  1. lauriefowler

    My name is Laurie Fowler. I live in Tuscaloosa with my husband, Gus. This semester I am teaching ED 501 Educational Planning at UWA on campus. I love technology and hope to share some of that love with you!

  2. Kenric Minges

    Hello, class. My name is Kenric Minges and I live in Tuscaloosa with my wife of thirty-seven years. We have two children and two grandchildren. I am enrolled in a fifth year, non-traditional program and hope to be finished by next August.

  3. Vanessa Pratcher

    My name is Vanessa Pratcher and I live in Newbern, Alabama with my mother and my five year old daughter, Lauryn. I have a 24 year old daughter that graduated from UAB in Birmingham with a degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice in December 2006. I am enrolled in the Master Program in Elementary Education where I am expected to be finishing by December of 2009. I worked at Auburn University as an Administrative Assistant until I finish the Master Program. My favorite pastime is creating new program on the computer. I love technology.

  4. Derrick Hester

    My name is Derrick Hester. I live in Demopolis, Alabama. I grew up in a small town in Washington County, Alabama. My family still lives in the small town of Millry, Alabama. I teach at Demopolis Middle School. I have taught there for the past two years. I have also taught at Demopolis High School. However, I am so glad to be back at Demopolis Middle School. I teach 7th and 8th grade mathematics. I teach 7th Pre-Algebra, 8th Pre-Algebra, and 8th Algebra I. I hope to graduate with my MAT in mathematics at the end of this semester.

  5. Thanks Kenric, Vaness, and Derrick for your great responses! I look forward to hearing from the rest of the class.

  6. Angel Moore

    Hello, my name is Angel Moore. I live in Dixon Mills, Alabama. I graduated from the University of West Alabama with my Bachelors Degree in Special Education P-12 grade.I currently am employed at Francis Marion High School in Marion, Alabama. I am a Collaborative teacher for grades 9-12 at Francis Marion High School. I have two sons a five year old and a four year old. I look forward to this semester in ED 501.

  7. Hello, my name is Angel Moore. I live in Dixon Mills, Alabama. I graduated from the University of West Alabama with my Bachelors Degree in Special Education P-12. I am employed at Francis Marion High School in Marion, Alabama. I am a Collaborative teacher for grades 9-12 at Francis Marion High School. I have two sons; a five year old and a four year old. I look forward to this semester in ED 501.

  8. Hello, my name is Edoli Herrion. I am from Daphne, Alabama. I graduated from UWA with my Bachelor’s in Exercise Science. I played Volleyball here all 4 years and now I am working as a Graduate Assistant with them. I am also working on my Master’s in PE through the fifth year program. When finished, Fall 2009, I hope to acquire a certification in Health and teach back on the High School level while Coaching Volleyball. I am the youngest of six, of whom all have college degrees. I have a dog named Rage who stays with my boyfriend and I in Livingston. I really know nothing of curriculum but am eager to learn. I’m so glad to have an upbeat Professor that is eager to teach (it helps to keep me awake after a long day and volleyball practice).

  9. LaQuanda

    Hello, This is late but better late than never. My name is LaQuanda I currently live in Tuscaloosa but I am from Atmore, Al. I graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Early Childhood Ed. I have a three year old daughter. I teach Pre-K at Tuscaloosa Head Start.

  10. LaQuanda Peavy

    What is a topic discussed in the chapter that you had not considered as part of curriculum? How has this chapter changed your mind about the topic’s impact on curriculum?

    Before the discussion in class and after reading the chapter I did not realize how much a major part of our lives technology is. I guess from being around technology so much I have taken for granted the impact it has on me. For me technology in the classroom is researching topics and sending work via email and now I realize technology can be used across various disciplines which will in turn capture the interest of the students and keep them involved. Technology can be used to make the curriculum more flexible and more hands on.

  11. Matt Matthews

    Howdy – Coach William Matthews here, just call me Matt. I’m from Ozark, Alabama and I have a degree in history from The University of Alabama. I’m currently teaching hs history at Linden High School in Linden, Alabama and am the defensive coordinator for the footall program there. I’m currently taking masters classes and coaching hs school basketball.

    Technology is the big bopper for me – Until I got to Linden, I had no idea how instrumental technology was when designing an appropriate learning envioroment.

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