First of all, may I start with the fact that it is Sunday night and I am filled with a plethora of emotions! My boyfriend was SUPPOSED to be home tonight, he travels for work. He had a plane scheduled and then had to cancel it for what looks like AT LEAST 2 more weeks of work, he is guessing a MONTH!
Second, pre-planning starts tomorrow and even thought I have been in and out of my new classroom, tomorrow is going to hit me hard. Jacqui and I have SO much planned for this year, I just want it to go well!
Third, it is the last day of my first semester of my masters! This time last year I would have laughed in your face if you told me I would be taking masters classes and co teaching while being an ELA cadre member for my school. So much has changed and it all seems to be hitting me on this Sunday evening.
- You as a learner in this course: I really was surprised at how much I learned in this course. I surprised myself at how much I opened my mind to and how much I WANTED to explore. I felt the readings that were given to us helped guide us, rather than TELL us what to think. L&K gave us a focus on what types of things SHOULD be in digital stories, this allowed me to focus on the story itself. This course greatly opened up my learning experiences. I have been introduced to many different platforms to access both personally and for my technological advances in the classroom. I felt the connections made through the course further solidified my learning. Whether it was through hypothesis and hold discussions about readings with my peers. Or through twitter where different websites and fandoms were exchanged. I do believe that everyone is a connected learner, in my every day life I depend on others, on of my favorite teacher quotes “don’t reinvent the wheel,” teachers are FAMOUS for using others work to piggyback off of. There is nothing wrong with using others to help you better understand a concept. That is what makes this course so great, your PEERS are part of your learning experience. Learning to depend on them just as you are learning about the content itself!
- Your co-design of this course: This course was VASTLY different from other courses I have taken. This course thrived on INVOLVEMENT. Just trying your hand at something and sharing your fails and successes with peers pushed the class forward. I feel that I contributed to the development of this course and our learning community. I didn’t feel like Remi was going through the motions. I felt that he had truly thought about the course and was invested in our learning. He wanted to give us assignments that were WORTH our time and were MEANINGFUL! I felt that I could drive my learning in the direction of my focus, but I could use EACH lesson for person growth as well. The course was so versatile and REAL, I truly enjoyed it.
- We recently attended a Summer Institute and listened to a writer who wanted to encourage more positivism. One of his messages was encouraging us to choose a word to focus on for a year, let that word GUIDE us on a better path. I chose the word “meaningful.” I believe this course inspired me to start thinking that way. I want everything that I do to have meaning; meaning to me, meaning to my peers, meaning to anyone it is affecting. If I am holding a meeting, I want it to be meaningful, if it is a waste of your time then I will not hold it. If I’m going to eat, I want it to be meaningful, eating junk for lunch will not contribute positively to my goal to lose more weight, so I will make my meals meaningful. This work truly applies to me and where I am in my life.
- Your understanding of pedagogy: I felt that Remi and List did an outstanding job setting up the course. As the readings unfolded I felt them build upon each other and I started to weave all the pieces together. Although, I was EXTREMELY overwhelmed and confused at first, I felt the course load was appropriate. As an educator I saw so many ways that I could improve on my way of teaching, learning to let go more, let my students explore. I also was inspired to use some of the tools I discovered with my students this coming year! My understanding of “instructor” has changed, it is no longer a one way street. I truly believe that Remi allowed me to teach WITH him, it wasn’t him speaking at me, rather, us having a conversation.
If it wasn’t apparent, I ADORED this course. I can’t give enough praise to the progressive nature of the blogging and twitter connections. I am actually getting my entire class on blogs for school this year in an effort to EXPLORE more into the technology that is right at our finger tips!
Again, thank you so much! It was a pleasure!