Monday, January 23, 2012

Blog Assignment 1

About a Bonner
My name is Jessica Bonner. I am 25 years old and grew up in a small town north of Birmingham, AL called Mt. Olive. I graduated from UAB in 2008 with a BA in Political Science and plans of attending law school. However, my first job after graduation was teaching 6th grade at a small private elementary school. After a year of teaching, I knew that law school wasn't for me. I also knew that to be an effective teacher I would have to go back to school. My husband's company decided to transfer him from Birmingham to Mobile in February of last year. We both took the opportunity to go back to school and chose the University of South Alabama. We are planning on moving back home to Mt. Olive when we complete school in 2013. I am majoring in Secondary Education/History and would love to teach middle school somewhere in the Birmingham area.
I am a hopeless bookworm. My favorite books include (but are not limited to) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Pride and Prejudice, and The Moonstone. I actually met Harper Lee when I was a senior in high school, which was a great honor for me personally. When I am not reading, I enjoy following politics, watching movies,
Jessica with Harper Lee signing a book

and spending quality time with my husband. Family and Faith are very important to us. We spend a lot of time making trips back to Birmingham to see our parents and friends. When we stay here in Mobile, we spend time with our church family.

PART II Response to Randy Pausch Video

As someone who has struggled with time management in the past, I realize the wisdom in Dr. Pausch's words immediately. When he equated time and money, the concept more real and accessible to me. I think hard about letting a $20 bill go out of my hand but often think nothing of letting 20 minutes go by wasted or unused.  Realizing the value of my time really hit me hard.  When he said that it was more important "to do the right things than to do things right," I had a tendency to disagree.  However, after some reflection, I decided that prioritizing is a HUGE part of proper time management. Overall, it was an informative video, and a great reminder of how important it is to properly allocate my time.



  1. And the worst first!

    Welcome to EDM310.

  2. I live very close to Harper Lee's hometown of Monroeville, so we know everything about To Kill a Mockingbird! You were very lucky to meet her, she is very solitary.

    Welcome to EDM 310! I hope that you will find the class interesting and engaging. Don't forget to contact the help line of you need help.

    Stephen Akins

  3. Hello
    It is nice to know what you want to do. I think it is great that you have found that teaching is the career for you. Taking advantage of school at a young age is also important. My mother is in graduate school now and she is having a difficult time. One of my favorite books is also To Kill a Mockingbird. Meeting Harper Lee must have been exciting.
    When I watched Randy Pausch’s video I noticed things that I need to change. I have to equate my time with value. I have to make a list in the morning and do what is on the list. I also noticed that when I do the hardest work first the rest of my day is better. I hope that the video helps remind you to allocate your time effectively.