Wow... it is the last class already- hard to believe. While this class was less stressful than the last, I am anxious to get back to learning the tools of design now that I have learned some of the theory behind designing for instruction. I am excited because I think what I have planned to develop will continue to be a great project to work on in upcoming classes.
I have really liked the discussion aspect of this class. I enjoyed getting to know people better than I did when I was sitting behind a computer for most of the class. I hope that we continue to take classes together because it is nice to have a mixture of differing backgrounds to gain perspectives from.
Last class, I enjoyed hearing more about the Polar Husky, Go North program and the tutorials for teachers. I have gotten the science teacher on my team excited about it as well (she heard about it already during a CIC-curriculum planning- meeting). We are thinking of using it with students involved in looping (if we get that to go) in a couple of years for sure, but possibly with our students next year as well.
I am looking forward to next week- presenting and hearing what others have been working on for the semester and where they hope to go with their projects. After last week's class, my sister and I were talking about our future in teaching and one thing we concluded was that we really enjoy learning. We love coming to the U once a week and continuing to take classes. We like grad courses in that we feel like we are using what we learn on a daily basis and can immediately relate what we learn to the classroom, and that makes us excited to learn. I hope that this program continues to do that for me because I know it makes me a better teacher.