CSLE Contributing to the Learning Community

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As I come to a close on yet another course in my journey of learning through the ADL program,I begin to reflect again on the semester. I think what have I learned, what I could have done better, what I expected at the beginning of the course vs what I actually left the course with. I will say that I found the CSLE course to be my most inspiring yet. I firmly believe that learning is so much more than what you teach your students academically, you also spend so much time teaching them life lessons without even being aware of it. This shared foundation is deeply engrained in the CSLE course, emphasizing that learning has so much to do with the environment that you create. I am also more proud of my work in this class than any other that I have taken. I feel as though I have finally found the sweet spot where my passion is not only showing through my work but I have found resources to make it aesthetically pleasing as well.

I once again am finding myself grateful for the incredible women who inspire me, help me, work with me, and are always there to lend a helping hand even with half a day’s time difference. Robin Ballard, Lindsay Hoerig-Cavanagh, Danielle Pyle, Michelle Richey, Lindsay Wallace, and Maria Rodman have been some of my biggest support through this time. I am so grateful to them for all their help and assistance through every challenge this program has brought me. These veteran educators have brought me so much wisdom during my first year of teaching. I could not be more proud of them or myself for all of our hard work.

Being able to define my learning philosophy was an amazing growth opportunity for me. I often struggle with academic rhetoric because it is still something that I am learning and I often do not know what it means when people use it. I am so grateful that I was able to grow in that nature and learn more about how to dictate what I am doing in an academic sense. I am trained in sciences so if you ask me to dictate things scientifically it is no problem but when asked about educational rhetoric I really struggle.

My biggest struggle this course was planning a professional learning. I have never been to a professional development (COVID) and I have never been formally trained on how to design a lesson plan. I felt like I was flying by the seat of my pants the whole time. I was happy to see positive feedback from Dr. H and Creighton.

Once again, I am amazed by how much I was actually able to take from the course. I am grateful for all the feedforward and positive feedback. I feel I have grown as an educator and a teacher. I look forward to more growth and more learning that makes me a better person for my students.

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