932Laurelwood CourtCanton, GA 30115Date: 19 April 2012Judges, Senior ProjectCreekview High School1550 Owens Store RoadCanton, GA 30115Dear Judges:Hello, my name is Stephanie B. Smith. Since the eighth grade I have had an interest in a career inthe field of education. I have learned that teaching is a career that involves both passion and hardwork. In addition to this, teaching is a job that allows you to touch the lives of others and make adifference in the world; both of which I hope to do someday. That is why I used my SeniorProject as an opportunity to further explore the teaching field by acting as an assistant teacher tomy project facilitator, Mrs. Brenda Guyer.My product is a lesson plan that closely follows Georgia’s standards for a high school levelHonors World History class. My lesson plan presented only the most important informationabout the French Revolution to the students who were involved in my project. This relates to myresearch paper because I had to address one of the central problems in education. That is, whatexactly should education be focused on in order to help students reach their full potential? Myproduct forced me to consider which information I should and should not teach to my students. Ihad to find a focal point that would not only allow me to catch their interest, but also help themto learn a few things. Upon completing my product, my main obstacle was figuring out how tokeep the students interested in the various topics. I was able to overcome this issue by usingvideos in my lectures and asking the students questions about the subjects every so often.
My topic on education and the teaching field as well as my research tie into a teaching career. Ilearned that to be a successful teacher, you have to be willing to put lots of time and effort intothe job. My senior project also taught me many things about myself. I found that if I want to be ateacher in the future, I have to be thick skinned and a lot more confident in myself and what I do.After completing my project, I have realized that teaching may not be in my postsecondaryendeavors.All in all, I feel as if the Senior Project was a great learning experience. It gave me a chance tosee if teaching is the right career for me. I advise those who are to complete the Senior Projectnext year to choose something they truly enjoy doing. That way the Senior Project will definitelybe an exciting experience. If you have any questions, feel free to ask me. I hope you enjoyed thisletter and I thank you for your time.Sincerely,Stephanie Smith