East Georgia State College Assistant Professor of English and Reading Amelia J. Simmons recently presented at the Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy, held at the Georgia Coastal Center in Savannah.
Her article, “A Snake Charmer Without Music: Motivating the Students of Today,” describes intrinsic motivation and explains how the application of intrinsic motivation through meaningful, personable assignments in such forms as research, social media and critical thinking helped eradicate the lack of student motivation within a classroom. The identification of the differences between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation created an environment in which the students became more active in their education and enhanced communication between the teacher and the students.
Simmons has been employed at East Georgia State College since 2011. During that time, she has served as co-advisor to the Student Professional Association of Georgia Educators (SPAGE) and to the Criminal Justice Club. She has been an educator for sixteen years, instructing students on the secondary and post-secondary level. She also teaches eCore English courses for University of West Georgia. Her research interests include issues related to teaching through the use of instructional strategies; linguistic variations in the rural South; African American Literature and its role within the classroom; the survival of Greek Mythology in our youth; and the symbolism embedded in American Literature classics. When not devoting her time to teaching, she is busy raising her six-year-old son, Bryce, and being active in her community with Statesboro Southern Cruisers Car Club where she shows her car for local charity benefits to assist young children in need.
“This conference afforded me the opportunity to share my integration of modern social media in a way that is adaptable to today's youth,” said Simmons of the experience. “I enjoyed the various active learning presentations, and I was happy to represent EGSC and the Humanities Department in this capacity - to share my love of teaching that makes learning relevant to today's students.”