I made it through graduate school this week. I now have a well deserved M.Ed. from Marymount University!!
I must say coming back to University as a mum with three kids was not easy. My husband and my dad badgered me so much that I came back because I was sick of listening to them telling me that I should go back to school. I was very nervous, my Kindergartener had just started school, and I was just going back to school. On top being a wife, and a mum, I had to go through Professor Knight’s ED554 Technology class the last semester of grad school. I was panicking when he was going through the curriculum. I had to learn how to blog, make digital movies, make flip lessons, and learn all the technology .com’s. All this and look after three kids, I didn’t have the time to sit at my computer and learn. I struggled through the class and the last three weeks of class, I had the aha moment and I ended up absolutely loving the class towards the end, because I told myself , “ok, I’m not getting this the first or second time but I will get it. When the kids went to sleep, I sat on the computer and practiced. Today, I am teaching my daughter to make powerpoints and make powtoon presentation of book reports. Tomorrow we will learn how to blog. We are both learning together. I thought my presentations were not great, however believe it or not, I was really proud of myself. I did it myself!!
Again, What’s my point? What was great was my professor’s feedback and encouragement. He would tell me “this is great”, or he would never get fed up with the 20 emails I sent him daily the last week of classes. I am serious I emailed him at least 20 times when I was learning powtoon and prezi. He looked at my very first powtoon presentation and said, “It’s great!.” As a result of his responsiveness, I am still practicing how to flip lessons and make powtoon presentations. My class has ended, my coursework is in, but I still have the desire to learn and be tech savvy. Isn’t that the kind of educator that we all want to be?
Ed554 has taught me a very important lesson. It’s the process and the journey of learning that counts. As an educator, we need to understand that we have to teach our kids that the process matters. Let’s teach our kids,”It’s ok to fail, through failure we learn.”
I strongly believe the teacher is the “make or break” of the kid!!