Yet another course of ADL in the books and this time I will be finishing with my masters!! I cannot express how proud I am of all my work through this course and the relief I feel to finally be done. As far as instructional design goes, I have to say this has been one of my favorite courses in the program.
Instructional design as been the course that is what I originally anticipated going into the program. Learning to design a useful course for my students is what I thought I would be doing from the start. My only wish is that I would have taken it sooner in the program but I also don’t think I would have gained as much from the course as I did if I had taken it sooner. It was an amazing experience to be able to implement all that I have learned throughout the program into one course that I can actually use with my students.
I am extremely proud of all my work in the program this semester. I had a little bit of senioritis in the Fall 1 courses and it gave me a bit of a rude awakening as I went into fall session two. It reignited my fire to give it all I got as I come to a close in the program. I had a moment of realization where I knew that all the hard work I had done so far would mean nothing if I didn’t finish out the program as strong as I started it. I wanted to feel like I truly deserved to call myself M. Ed. Given that new inspiration and excitement to finish out, I truly believe that I have done my best work yet in this course. I was stretched out of my comfort zone by being asked to record myself talking about my projects. It still feels so strange to put myself out there like that and be vulnerable with my work out in the open for the public to see.
For the last time, I was able to work closely with my peer group made up of the amazing Lindsey Wallace, Robin Ballard, Michelle Richey, Danielle Pyle, Lindsay Hoerig-Cavanagh, and Maria Rodman. Over the last year, the support of these women has gotten me through the hardest times as a first year teacher and graduate student. Their support has helped me just as much this course as it has the entirety of the program.
I hope that I have impacted my peer group as much as they have supported me. I have always responded when I can in our group me. Unfortunately due to time difference of Hawaii and Texas, I was not able to make the weekly Zoom meetings but I was always available when they needed me.
I feel confident that in the future I will be able to take all that I have learned in this course to continue to improve and grow my courses. I will contribute what I have learned to my courses to encourage and ensure student success. My goal is always to make sure that my students feel safe and feel that they are in an environment that supports their learning. I know that what I have learned in this course will help me accomplish that goal now and in the future.