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.