I do things the way I do them because it is out of habit. I have some bad and good habits. One of my bad habits is procrastination. Especially with this course, I find that I tend to leave assignments to the end. I find that it takes me a long time to do the discussion posts and written assignments. So after an hour or so of gathering articles it then takes me sometime to put my thoughts together and I get tired. One of my good habits is that I am a hard worker. I want to do my best and in order to get there it takes a lot of work. I really love teaching and find it so interesting. It really motivates me to want to do well and try my best.
In taking this course I have learned a lot about online learning and websites to share information and communicate with students. I really do like the reflection blogs and discussion posts because it is interactive and provides you with an outlet to expressing and sharing thoughts and ideas. As teachers, I feel that we need these places where we can express our thoughts and share ideas on teaching. We rarely have these types of conversations in the schools. It is through these interactions that I learn more about teaching than if the information was given to me. In my online course I will be utilizing the reflection blogs and discussion boards for teacher to share their findings, thoughts, and ideas so they can learn from one another.
In this course I interact by scanning through all the posts then, I find a topic that I make a connection with. I search to find articles related to the topic. In my interactions I don’t want to make it my opinion but, a gathering of artifacts that conveys my thoughts. This system organizes my thoughts and makes the posts more meaningful to the other person and myself.
Before the summer vacation began, I was having a very, very hard time keeping up with the assignments and discussions. Too much was going on all at once. This course was not like any course I have ever taken. It is very demanding and intense. I really had to dig deep within myself to become the critical thinker that was expected of me. I still have difficulty with keeping up with the written assignments because my focus has been on the discussion posts. I still need to work on dividing assignments more evenly throughout the two weeks. I find myself having difficulty learning how to utilize Twitter in this course and checking Twitter. This is something that I will work on for the next module.
I find that keeping a binder of all module documents and written assignments is helping me get more organized in this course. I needed something where I could go to look back on what I need to do for the module. In order to make this experience better for me I would like to make a calendar of tasks to do each day so I am not overwhelmed at the end of the module.