Please share final thoughts and sighs of relief on this last blog.
It is amazing that in less than a year I will have graduated from a master's program. More amazing is all the technological tools that I learned, which I've already been able to apply to teaching and personal life. In addition, I've learned pedagogical models, such as TPACK and SAMR, that I will use as a basis to launch the incorporation of tech tools into the classroom.
I am still not a tech expert, and I still have a lot to learn about how to best utilize the tech tools that I've learned from the program. However, I felt like this program not only got my feet wet using technology in the classroom, but it forced me to swim in the Web 2.0 ocean.
Prior to this program, I felt that as an educator I had gotten my feet wet using technology in the classroom. After graduating the program, I feel that prior I wasn't even at the ocean. I was complacently comfort in my teaching zone. This program brought me to the technology beach and now I am an avid swimmer.
I am thankful to have found a program that reinvigorated my passion for teaching and provided me confidence to pursue avenues of technology to utilize in the classroom. I appreciate the dedicated cohort who offered fresh ideas, opinions, and thoughts that helped me grow as a professional and as a person.
The professors of this program brought positive energy and insight to each class. They fostered a friendly and supportive environment. The assignments were rigorous and purposeful. I enjoyed the challenge of the assignments, and the connectedness of the assignments to the Capstone and to our teaching. I was thankful for support in completing the assignments from Cohort members and professors.
In the end, I am very satisfied with my enrollment and completion of this master's program. I now feel that I have transformed from a passionate teacher to a passionate and innovative teacher. I look forward to the upcoming year and beyond.
I also look forward to crossing paths with cohort members and professors. They are colleagues and friends of mine. We all share a commonality in that we all chose a career that values citizenship, global awareness, helping others, and the connection among people (students,staff,friends,family) that help to create our life stories. This master's program, this cohort, is now part of my life story.