My first name is Matthew. I go by either Matt or Matthew it makes no difference to me! I am from Strongsville, Ohio. I am a soccer fanatic. I am the GA here at JCU for the Men’s soccer team, I played soccer for JCU, and I coach youth soccer currently as well. I believe coaching and teaching have a lot in common. I often feel a team is very similar to a class. As an educator/coach we have lessons we need to teach but above all there are life lessons that are weaved into our relationships with our students/players. I think being a coach is a unique aspect about me that will help me as a teacher. This semester my goal outside of soccer and school is to log more miles on my road bike and begin prep for a triathlon in the summer of 2022.
In order for me to be comfortable taking risks in the classroom discussions and presentations are key. I find I learn and focus best with hands on material and presentation.
What matters most to me about education is the ability to mold the students outlook on life. I will be a history teacher but I plan on being far more than that. It is ok to me if a student forgets a learning point in my class a few years down the road as long as they remember the life lessons learned in my class. Whether it be presentation, organization, teamwork, or any other type of life skill that they are able to take with them. As far as my favorite essay I would say a quote from Leo Buscaglia’s book Living, Loving, and Learning: “Love is always bestowed as a gift – freely, willingly and without expectation. We don’t love to be loved; we love to love. Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” This quote shows the power a teacher holds in molding the mind of a young adult. As an educator we are able to make a connection with the student that will last far beyond the classroom.
A question I have for Dr. Shutkin would be How have you seen technology positively and negatively impact education? Kids can operate an Ipad now before they are able to talk. Should education be started before they can talk as well?