Grade17's Blog

{July 29, 2009}   Just moving along

Okay.  Skyped in tonight too.  Nothing on the call tonight.  Still thinking about my project and getting through the readings.  Some of it is actually sinking in now.  I think this is about all I’m going to say today.  It was a very long and busy day.  I really got to sit down and devise a proper schedule.  Peace!


{July 28, 2009}   Good to go

I just spoke with some of my cadre members on Skype and it appears that we’re all on the same page.  I love confirmation on mass confusion.   We did get it together.  Everything is all summarized and handy.  I guess that another point for collaboration and communication.  It’s great working with people who can communicate.  Although, I feel I haven’t contributed much this week.  I think I’m a little behind but plan on catching up by the end of the week.  Still working on my AR idea.  I went to a teacher staff development class today which was a bit redundant.  I know a major problem is that our teachers are not as familiar with the computer as they should be.  I think computers and technology are suppose to enhance your life/job and lighten the load not complicate things.   My plans are to help implement something so that teachers have more time teaching and less time dealing with paperwork.

{July 27, 2009}   It’s official

So today is our first day of class and I already feel out of whack.  I tried getting through all the articles today but I find my self a little ADHD.  I think that I need to read over them a few more times before I am actually listening to myself.  I really can’t seem to focus but I know I just have to adjust.  Time is passing by and before you know, school we be in.  I hope that I am completing al the assignments for the week.  I’m reading all the post and I think I got it down but I’ll certainly find out by the end of the week.  I still don’t have a clue on what to base my action research project on.  Everything I’m thinking about seems like it will take longer than a year to even implement.  Anyway, back to the drawing board.

{July 18, 2009}   Last day of camp

I am sitting here at the airport, kind of sad, because we had to leave.  I made so many great connections.  It was like Aura said; we all seem to know each already from day 1.  We had so much in common and even how we came to this point in our lives.  I am a firm believer that God does order our steps and we were all meant to be there at the same time.  I’m very excited about this about this upcoming year.  I look forward to reuniting in January and working with each other online.  I am a little nervous because I have been racking my brain trying to think about what problem I can approach in my workplace.  I really don’t want to be safe because I’ve always been a dreamer and have always taken on challenges.   However, my principal and I have had a long year.  I am concerned that he is not going to be receptive or cooperative to anything that I have to offer.  That’s about the gist of what happened last year, since he refers to me as the new kid on the block but I really hope to make a difference; a difference at my school, in the community and looking at the picture, the world.  As for the things I can change, I welcome the challenges. Everything else I’ll just have to pray about.

{July 18, 2009}   Long night

Well.  Today was a really long day.  It was fun.  Challenging. I guess I kinda made the day longer for our group because I felt our group was the hold out.  Me mainly.  I didn’t want to let the cohort down but I guess that project taught us that whatever changes we make affect others and changes others make affect us.  Overall I had a great time and I am fairly certain our team is going to make it through the course.  Anyway, I thought this was not suppose to be like a diary and mostly about class but I just finished hanging out with Carly, Mel and Joy and seems like I’m not writing enough.  So, I had a lot of fun this week.  I guess that the point of this is to keep track of the ever changes we’re going to go through during this whole experience.  I like what I have experienced so far.  I have met some great people and made some friendships that I think will certainly be lasting.  I have realized some things about myself that I probably don’t wish to share at this time but I will be working on me as well.  I’m really tired right now as you can tell it’s pretty late.  I really excited about things to come.  I really enjoyed listening to Professor Stager today.  I can totally agree on his philosophy of not waiting, do it now.   I will be adopting it shortly and I believe this is part of it.  I try to make sure my son has everything he needs during his childhood but I want make sure I don’t miss anything either.  Well, time to hit the sheets.  I’m not really looking forward to tomorrow because it’s the last day and we have to say goodbye.  Oh well!

{July 16, 2009}   Promising

Today taught me a lot more about community.  It’s amazing how fast we all have bonded in this process.  I feel like I’ve known these people for years.  I’ve learned that we all bring different skills to the table but they are all worth while.  I don’t know if my patience has grown or if my cadremates and I are just that in sync.  I am confident that I can depend on them if I need assistance for class or assignments or just need a shoulder to cry on.

{July 15, 2009}   Community Breach

My concept of community has not been challenged but reinforced.  It was great to see the learning groups working together in the different assignments presented.  Although we were competing in Iron Chef, each group didn’t mind helping the other.  Oh!  I almost forgot.  The Tappedin discussion, you could say, helped to broaden my idea of community.  With so many technologies out there, such as this one, the whole world has become my community.

Well today eased up a lot of tensions that I had before entering camp.  I am a brand new teacher.  I still have the tag on you could say.  I have experience with teaching my child concepts sent home by the teacher but I’m just getting use to the language of education.  I had an idea of what this program was about but as time went on things seem to change so I became a little intimidated.   It took me a while to answer the learning opinion’s survey because I had to think of the right words to convey how I felt.  After today’s discussion about what we should take from this program and identity management, I do believe I am heading in the right direction.  I am now looking at this opportunity on a broader spectrum than what I entered with.  I see big things in the future.

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