Mini Me

by Sarah Ingrim

A Glimpse Into My Life

I have been married for almost 20 years, and we have three amazing kids. We are always busy with some type of sport activity. My husband teaches middle school health and coaches high school football and track, while I am a para at an elementary and coach middle school cheer leading. All three kids are also busy with their own activities so we have sports year round at our house.

I began my college career late in life after being a stay at home mom for many years. People laugh when I say that my goal is to finish college before my oldest starts...but I am quite serious. He will be a freshman in high school next year so I have to keep working hard! When I finally complete school I will be looking for a job as an elementary teacher. I don't have a specific grade I want to teach, but know I do not want kindergarten or 5th. I'd be happy with anything 1st through 4th.

At this point in my life my biggest passion is my family. I love getting to spend time with each child individually and watching them do the sports they love. When we have the chance to do something as a whole family we try to truly enjoy each other and have fun together.

My life is incredibly busy with sports, work, and school, but I wouldn't want it any other way!

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My Personal Learning Style

I have taken several personality and learning through work and school. Here's what I've learned about myself.

According to the Keirsey Temperament test, my personality type is a Guardian. Guardians play an important role is society because they excel at keeping things running smoothly, at home, work, school, and within the community. As a Guardian I take great pride in being dependable; if a job needs to be done I will work diligently until it is finished.

My learning style is very strong on the visual style (60%). In order for me to learn efficiently I need to sit up front in class, write down key points, color code things, and avoid distractions while studying.

The top three intelligences for me were: self, social, and body movement. Self means that I enjoy being by myself and like to have time to think through new ideas. The social part means that I like to learn from other people and have good social skills. Body movement means that I like to be active and will learn better if I have a chance to move while learning something new .

Strengths and Weaknesses

I think that the fact that I am a Guardian is my biggest strength, and has the potential to be my biggest weakness too. I will work hard to make sure that my lessons reach all of my students, but if my students have a wide range of abilities (low to high), this could be a challenge. Being a Guardian, I can see myself feeling that it is my responsibility to make sure every student masters each task, and this is not always possible. I will have to be careful to not place too much of a burden on myself and accept that I can not "fix" every student.

Future Goals

The goals I have for my future career in education are probably very similar to every teacher's goal. I want to make a difference in the lives of my students. Not every student will come to my classroom from a happy home. I want my room to be a place they look forward to coming to because they know they will be valued and welcomed in my room. I want to teach my students things that will help prepare them for the next grade, and much farther down the road, life in the real world. I hope to instill in my students a love of learning and show them that school is an awesome place to be.
Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud [Official Video]

Favorite Music

I have a very eclectic taste in music. I will listen to just about anything, but I really enjoy listening to jazz, blues, and good old fashioned rock-n-roll. Right now Ed Sheeran is one of my favorite artists. I love the wide range of songs he has made; from slow love ballads to more upbeat dance type songs. I got to see him perform when he opened for Taylor Swift and hope to some day see him on his own tour.