Why You Should Choose A Social Science Teaching Major

Why You Should Choose A Social Science Teaching Major

This is why you should choose a social science major and teach it as a bonus.

For those of you that are going to start college in a few years, there are many majors and career paths to choose from. Many colleges offer dozens of choices so it can be very hard to pick just one. It can be daunting, but you still have some time to choose. Even when you get into college, you can be undeclared and take general education courses before you choose a major. Here are some reasons to choose the major I have chose.

I chose to be a Social Studies major with a concentration in Adolescent Education. This basically means that I want to eventually become a high school history teacher. I chose this mainly because of my love of everything historical. Teaching history, in my opinion, is the best subject to teach to any age student. History has the ability help you relate to the past, find interesting facts, and see some of the most amazing feats and and blunders by nations and people in them. It is also important to learn from the past so as to not make the same mistakes in the future. You can also learn valuable knowledge from the greatest minds in history, books written about the lives of war heroes and great politicians, and even the more ruthless kinds of people all have a story to tell that we can learn lessons from. Even in history there were many ordinary people who did great things in certain situations. I found that through studying history I have learned many interesting facts about many people, events, and nations. For instance one of my favorite facts about history is we bluffed Russia into not attacking us and spending most of their money on space research by telling them we have space lasers that would shoot down any missile they tried firing at us. They believed us because we were the first even country to put a man on the moon, they didn't know what we were capable of. Many more interesting things can be found all throughout time whether it be something somewhat silly like that or something that had much more of an impact.

The reason I chose to concentrate in Adolescent Education is because it is very important to properly instruct and help the future generations of our country grow. Teaching them history is vital, many subjects, depending on the field you go into, will not be important past the basic understanding. History, however, needs to be understood more thoroughly; it encompasses government, laws, and how society can work. Being in high school most of the students are going to be in college and the real world in a year or two. They need to understand how the government works and the laws they'll be following on their own without their parents help to know what's right and wrong. It is also noble to be the teacher of the future generations. You're making sure they get a proper education. If you don't like some teachers that you have had you can always model your own teaching style on your favorite teacher. Even if you just don't like school in general you most likely had a favorite teacher. You can teach like them, I am modeling my different lesson plans and my teaching style off of my favorite teacher from high school. There's also many different places you can work, you can apply to every high school near you public or private.

There are a lot of reasons to choose any major you want to, but I feel that teaching history has the most personal rewards. You get to teach a very interesting topic, you can say you're helping the future generations of America, and you can have many work places to go when you want a job. Teaching history has been a great experience for me and I believe it can be a great experience for you as well.

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I Learned Forensic Science In One Day For HOSA SLC 2019 And Still Placed Top Ten

We all have those days where we have to cram for an exam you know nothing about the night before, but have you tried to study for it the day of the exam? I never knew I would find myself in this situation until I went to HOSA SLC. With minimal study time, my partner, Kasey Park, and I were still able to place in the Top Ten in Georgia.

Joel Lee
Joel Lee

As a member of my school's chapter of HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America), I went to SLC (State Leadership Conference), where members all over the state of Georgia come to Atlanta to compete in a variety of competitions in the field of Science and Healthcare. All members can pick only one competition to participate in, and the guidelines and rules for each event are posted on the HOSA website.

The event I chose was Forensic Medicine, which requires a team of two people to take a written exam about Forensic Science (Round 1) and write a death report for a case study (Round 2). You must pass Round 1 to move on to Round 2. I worked with a good friend of mine, Kasey Park, for this event. HOSA recommended two textbooks to study for the event: Forensic Science: Fundamentals & Investigations 2nd Edition and Forensic Science: An Introduction to Scientific and Investigative Techniques, Fourth Edition.

Kasey and I both had the books, since Winter Break of our sophomore year (2018-2019), and we both agreed to start studying during winter break. Instead, we both completely forgot about it and when we returned to school after the break, we knew we still had time to study, since SLC was in March. We made a game plan of what chapters to read and when to read them, and we agreed to meet for reviewing the chapters we read. But, it didn't happen.

This procrastination continued about a day before we needed to leave for SLC, and we both realized we needed to study two thick textbooks in about 24 hours. We both knew at this point we just needed to cram as much information we could possibly fit into our brains.

The way we crammed was we both read the textbook as fast as possible and absorbing information as we go. Even though will not understand everything, we can still get a lot of information that can help us do well.

We studied on the way to SLC and before the Round 1 exam, so we can have the best chance possible when taking the test. My partner and I took the Round 1 exam during the afternoon, and we both we did alright, but not good, so we were worried about whether or not we made the second round. We got a notification in the evening that we made to Round 2. Kasey and I started to study all night and during the morning to cram as much information as we could. A little before noon, we took the Round 2 Case Study Test, and we thought it was a breeze.

Since we finished our event, we could finally hang out with friends from our school, as well as students from other schools. I meant so many new people at HOSA SLC. The next day, we went to the award ceremony, and my partner and I did not get in the Top 5, so we were not recognized. But later we were informed that we got 9th place, which we were happy with since we did not study very much for this exam.

From my experiences ar HOSA SLC, I have learned many things and met many new people. I would recommend that if you have a testing event, you should start to study prior to SLC to give yourself the most amount of time to study before the test. I feel that cramming last minute at SLC is ineffective and very stressful. I also think that you should try to meet new people since the conference is for members all over the state of Georgia.

If you are a middle or high schooler, I would recommend attending HOSA SLC, as it will be a memory you will never forget.

Joel Lee
Joel Lee

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