Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Session 1

It seems as though I may have inadvertently saved the best for last. This will be the final course that I have to take before I student teach and then I will earn a Master's in Special Education. I am excited about this class for various reasons. The reason first is because it has bought a key aspect about the individuals who I will be educating in the future to the forefront for me. It is something which I have not overlooked, but have not considered in depth recently, and this course has me immediately reexamining "the 21st century learner." Technology plays a massive role in the lives of most young people today. As an educator, I have to be very cognizant of the role and influence that this plays in the lives of the individuals who I will be teaching.

This brings me to my second reason that I'm excited about this course and that is because I am looking forward to learning about how to use computers and technology to enhance my everyday practices in my current position as a teacher in a therapeutic classroom. I like that that our instructor is encouraging us to formulate and tailor our projects and assignments to be applied in our chosen educational settings. I have learned so much in the graduate program about authentic tasks and real world connections, and it is wonderful to be able to have the opportunity as a student to have this experience in this course.

Finally, I'm excited because I feel like I will be learning a lot in this class because the instructor seems to be very knowledgeable, organized and will be pushing me to achieve a lot throughout the next several weeks of this condensed term. I also feel like I will be learning a lot from the students in the class as well. We seem to have a diverse group of intelligent students who bring a variety of experiences to the classroom. I love the nature of using blogs and the interaction; something I have not had in any other courses. After reading several posts, I am very impressed with what I have read and it has further inspired me.  

I guess I would be remiss if I did not say I was excited about this course, because it is the last one I have to take. However, although it has only been one session, if I were to do it again, I would want this to be my last course. Then again, this also could have very well been a great course to have as a first class in the special education program. I guess I will have to reflect after I have several sessions under my belt.

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations on being so close to achieving your goal of earning the Master's in Special Education. It's wonderful to work with students like you, who are excited about the topic. I agree that the group of students seems like a good mix, and I do encourage you to learn as much as possible from their experiences.
    Throughout the course, you will hopefully learn many various ways to incorporate technology into lessons. This can be an excellent way for students to become engaged, actively participating in the learning process. I'm looking forward to working with you.