About Me...

Hello! My name is Jahmarkus Rabb. I am a senior at the University of South Alabama. I am an Elementary Education major, one of very few males who choose this major. I am a 21-year-old native of Mobile, Alabama, the baby boy of a blended family. I am a member of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated and I currently serve as President of our chapter. I'm also involved in the African American Student Association and the Gathering, which is a Christian club for students at this school. I also am very active in ministry at my home church. My hobbies are reading, singing, fishing, bowling, and horror movies. My future goals are to one day get married, have children, establish schools and Christian academies all over the world, and to travel globally doing missionary work and evangelism. View my complete profile

Teachers: "Life-Long Learners"

Teachers do not know everything! It should never be a teacher's priority to make their students think that they do. I can recall many teachers who made me feel "small", with all their vast knowledge of the subject matter. Teachers are to always be striving to know more and do better in their profession as well as in their personal growth. Knowledge is something that is never completely attained, but always striving to grow more.

The Importance of Being A Technologically Literate Teacher

Technology is a huge aspect of the world today. Some would argue that technology is the world today. In order to teach the next generation of doctors, lawyers, entertainers, and teachers; one has to keep up with new advances. Technological advances are made everyday. Teachers cannot just rely on methods that work back then when teaching children of the new millenium. With that same token, we should never be afraid to ask our kids what is going on with the world today. We can also learn from them.

Podcasting Students

Podcasts are a great and effective tool for teachers, students and parents. Podcasts allow for communication and transmission of information from miles and miles away. Its a great way to help absent students keep up with their work. It also allows for students from around around the world see your work and you see theirs. Podcasts are also useful in allowing parents to have a visual representation of their child's accomplishments.

Why I Desire to Teach

Personally, teaching is not a career that I would choose. There are many countless reasons why! Teachers are underpaid as well underappreciated. They are frowned upon by other professionals, such as doctors and lawyers. They make statements like "why did you want to teach?" Even present educators make discouraging statements such as "are you sure you want to teach?" Elementary teachers are often forgotten about by their students years later, unlike high school teachers who get all the glory. So why, you may ask, do I want to be an elementary school teacher?

Teaching is what I've been called to do. I have a passion for teaching and every professional placement test that I take tells me that is what I should be doing. I love children. I think that you have greater effects helping them in those formative, developmental years; which is why i chose the elementary field. Teaching is something that you really have to be passionate about and that I am.

Homework Today

This generation, I feel, is given entirely way too much homework. I do agree that homework is a useful tool to help students remember and retain the information learned previously in class. This method isn't always reliable because kids use others to do their homework assignments. I know I used too! Also, too much homework can overload and stress a young person.

I believe that teachers should work on more creative methods to help their students retain information. I also believe that homework should be simplified. One hundred problems in one night is entirely too much for a child who is still in elementary school. That's even too much for me!

My Professional Teaching Philosophy

Every student has the ability to learn. It is the teacher's responsibility to motivate and inspire those students to do so. Many of our youth don't see an importance of an education, especially those youth who come from poor areas. Teaching is not something that you just chose to do. It's a calling. One should not teach for money or any other reasons other than to educate the next generation of doctors, lawyers, teachers, etc.