Carrie’s Intro

A little about me:

My name is Carrie Smith. I run a local nonprofit for students 5th-12th called Edwardsville Robotics. I am a trainer for the 5th-8th grade coaches and the head coach for the 9th-12th high school aged team. My background is in museums and nonprofits and I have my MPA from here at SIUE.

My plans for the summer:

Busy doesn’t begin to describe it. My summer always rotates around being the mom taxi. I have multiple weeks of drop off / picks ups for my teenage son for multiple scout events. Besides YA Lit I am also taking an online grant writing course that runs the same time throughout June. The grant writing course will give me a chance to work on some STEM grant projects I have been researching. The family will be sneaking in a Destin trip sometime in July and then back to scout events and then helping the high school band at the end of the summer. I’m also on the board of my local library and I’ll be working on strategic planning throughout the summer.

What I like to read:

I love to read just about anything. I love discussing books with others and feel people connect through shared reading. This summer my son will have a lot of travel time in between places so he will be listening to the audio of my favorite series The Codex Alera by Jim Butcher. I’ve already enjoyed reading the same books as my kids so we can talk about them together. I like fantasy, paranormal, and classic mythology the most. I am just as likely to read a YA series as an adult novel. I find it fascinating an author’s take on the juvenile mind.

Past Literature courses experiences:

My past literature courses consist of mostly theory, classical lit, and post 1700 lit. I have a minor in Classic Lit in my undergrad work and always told myself I would finish my MA in Lit for myself after my MPA was complete.

Past online experience:

I have quite a bit of online learning experience. I have also taught an all Blackboard based political science course online for a community college. I have a certification in Teaching with Technology and definitely feel that online teaching has its place. Depending on the course and/ or the setup of the course some formats work great online, while others are better in person. Online courses can be stressful for some, but once you get into a routine and set a schedule for posting its pretty easy. My biggest suggestion is for you to do all your work in a Word doc and copy/paste into the online platform for your own piece of mind.

Ideal Student for this course:

An ideal student for this course should be able to fulfill all of their tasks provided they read the material in a timely manner and actively contribute to the conversation. I will admit Blackboard is a much easier platform for me to use. I have some experience with WordPress, but this might be a little bit of a challenge for me to take a course primarily through it as a posting site.

6 thoughts on “Carrie’s Intro

  1. Hi, Carrie, nice to meet you! It sounds like you have a busy summer!
    I’m always filled with awe at how people manage to squeeze so much activities out of a mere 24 hours, it is an amazing talent that I jealously want to have.

    Isn’t fantasy simply awesome?? The sheer imagination that these authors have to create such intricate worlds and characters still baffles me.

  2. Carrie,
    I enjoyed getting to know you a little bit by reading your introduction post. I am also more familiar with Blackboard. Thank you for the tip of typing things out in a word doc before posting it on here! I have done that for discussion boards on Blackboard and it is very helpful. I hope you enjoy your summer and I look forward to hearing more from you!

  3. You guys are going to Destin in July? We are too–or actually Fort Walton Beach, so we’ll probably be on the island more than Destin. I don’t attempt Destin traffic unless we’re staying out there.

    • We’ll be there the first week of July and we are staying a few blocks from Henderson Beach. Hopefully, we can find some type of fireworks display since we’ll be there for the 4th. I made sure to book in Destin since we want to go to the Big Kahuna Waterpark.

      • The big hotel at the bridge has fireworks once a week—I’m sure they’ll have some on the 4th! Big Kahuna’s is awesome:)

  4. Carrie, if you wanted to, you could design a final project where you write a grant that integrates YA Lit with STEM. You have room to innovate, and if you are interested in practicing grant writing skills, this would be a good place to do it!

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