Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Getting Ready to Teach

As I am starting my new teaching block for the teacher education program, nerves and butterflies are starting to happen all at once. Not to mention all the work and time that is about to be put in, that in the end will be all worth it. Getting into the teaching program is not easy. You have to be the one that is always on top of your work and also organized. Assignments are always being added every day; it’s something that can be overwhelming at first, but you get the hang of it.

One thing that I had to do to be able to enter in the program is take the GACE entrance exam. That was the main obstacle I had to overcome. The next thing was that I had to have a certain grade point average, like I said I had to be on top of my assignments and test. In the end it has been such a rewarding experience to be able to get in the program.
Another thing that I have enjoyed about the teaching program is all my involvement I get in the community and classroom. One of my first classes I had to come up with a family fun day at the library. It was really neat getting to see all the different ages and see how they work with each other. Also, I got to be in the classroom twice already. The first time I got to just observe how pre-k children learn, and that in itself was an interesting and amusing experience. The second thing that I got to do was mentor a little girl. This was defiantly a memorable experience for me. I got to get to know her personally over a 10 week span, and also help her in anything that she needed to improve on. Over the 10 week span, I could tell that I made a difference in her life. She was always excited to see me, and was always ready to learn. I tried my best to make it as fun as I could.

As I go into this coming year of my program I am getting more nervous as I get closer to my time to actually teach. I am being prepared by such an awesome group of professors who push me to strive to the best of my abilities. I am ready to make a difference in a child’s life as well as invest in them all the knowledge I can. This year is going to be a big step for me. As I go into this year I pray that I can be a light to these children and do what God has called me to do.    

Down below are a few pictures from the family day I helped put together. Our topic was Helen Keller. As you can see in the pictures, the children blindfolded are trying to feel what objects they had. We also did smell and taste!

-Haley Whitley

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

This Changes Everything

Here at Point University, most of our students do some pretty cool things over the summer. Some of us work, and some of us travel on mission trips or go on vacation. Some of us work at different camps, YMCA’s or babysitting jobs. I got to do something a little different. I, along with Layna Winn 15’, Curtis Zehner 15’, and Shaun Horne 14’, got to represent Point University while working with an organization called Christ in Youth (CIY).
CIY is an organization whose mission is to amplify the call on students’ lives to become kingdom workers through trips, events and resources. CIY coordinates, develops and produces programs, events and trips for students in grades four through college throughout the U.S. and the world. They also develop resources that benefit student ministry in the local church. This is the second summer in a row that I worked with their high school event which is called MOVE. MOVE is a little different than your average high school camp. It has more of a conference type of feel. There are hundreds of students that show up with their churches to these different events. My role there was what they call a Bible College Representative (BC Rep for short.)They have multiple weeks all across the country, but my team and I worked five of the weeks in Tennessee.
When I was in high school, my youth minister took us to MOVE every year. It has been a huge part of my walk with Christ. MOVE changed my life and I got the opportunity to watch it change thousands of teenagers’ lives for five weeks straight.
As BC Reps we did a wide variety of things. We did anything from being referees at the different tournaments held each week, to running cameras or lyrics during the main session and everything in between. While doing all these things we had one main goal: to build relationships with students. Through those relationships, we would share the love we have for Point University. My team and I hoped and prayed that the students would see how much we loved and cared for them through the way that we served them and represented Point while ultimately representing Christ.
This summer I worshipped, learned, laughed and cried with high school students. I got the chance to show them Christ’s love while telling them about the university that show’s me and teaches me about Christ’s love every single day. The theme for MOVE this summer was “This Changes Everything.” The students learned how the resurrection really does change everything so it was no surprise that I got to watch thousands of students’ lives change. I met incredible people and made awesome connections while working alongside my amazing team. I’m so thankful and honored that I got to represent Point this summer. It really was a great summer and it was an experience that I will never forget. 

-Herani  16’