Influences of the Places of My Life

Influences of the Places of My Life

Kathryn E. Pedings-Behling (Independent Researcher, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-5879-8.ch007

Abstract

The author is a math educator who has taken on several roles in education, primarily including classroom teacher and curriculum writing. This chapter is an exploration of the pivotal places in her life that shaped the gifted and talented educator she has become. The chapter starts with a look at the rural South Carolina county where she grew up and attended public school. Next, she describes a very significant life shift when she enters a specialized public boarding school called the South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics for her junior and senior years of high school. She then describes the importance of her time as a student at the College of Charleston and all of the opportunities that were opened to her there. This chapter wraps up with her career experiences, and how they continued to shape her as a teacher.
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Introduction

I am about to step back into a classroom after being out of one for almost five years. I have done teaching in that time, but it has been all online. Even with a distance learning model where I see my students by video, there is still a disconnectedness. It is not the same as being in the classroom with them, and it is much harder across a computer screen to create the student relationships that make me a more effective teacher. I am excited to be re-entering the classroom on a whole new adventure in post-secondary education, as I have spent my career thus far in high schools. How will this be different? How will this help me grow even more as a teacher? I am excited to reflect on where my journey as an educator is headed.

It’s an odd thing to seriously reflect on your life at thirty-one. How did I get where I am today? What do the puzzle pieces of my life look like? When I allow myself to fall into the memories of my past, it is the places that I can vividly see and the people that filled them. There are four main places through my life that have shaped me into the person and teacher that I am today. This article will explore those places and influences on my life.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Calhoun County: A rural county of approximately 15,000 people in South Carolina.

South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics: A public boarding high school for grades 11 and 12 in South Carolina. The school concentrates on mathematics and science, but offers a broad range of advanced level courses.

College of Charleston: A public, liberal arts college in Charleston, SC. It was founded in 1770 and is the oldest college in South Carolina.

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