I am back everyone! Here to bewilder and amaze you in my journey through this Master of Education.
This summer I have 2 masters courses (as a student), in addition to developing and re-designing my own courses (as an educator). Besides this being a lofty goal, lets address the elephant in the room. Educators have no idea what their classes will look like in the fall due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This adds a whole new level to, well lets face it, EVERYTHING. Not only does my planning for fall, need to alter, and allow for the unknown. My view on every topic and discussion is coloured by our new reality as educators.
Okay now to the point of this post – here we go again.
It feels as if every time I THINK I’ve figured this “teachin” thing out, something changes. Yes, this keeps us on our toes, and provides ample opportunities to refine and evaluate educational pedagogies. And yes, if things didn’t change, our jobs as educators would get very boring. But I (naively) thought I would have one year without major adjustments. But here we go again, another opportunity to reflect on my own practices, courses, and pedagogies, to (hopefully) make meaningful changes.
So where do we start? Well from the end of course.
Once you know where you want to end (learning objective, goals, etc.) then it is far easier to plan HOW to get to WHAT you want to accomplish. Once educators set their end goals, then they will be able to plan accordingly. This provides some flexibility in the “how”, which is extremely important when there are multiple unknowns. I wish I could give you a better idea of what to do at this point, but I can’t. All I know is I need to determine my end point to clear a path. We may not know what that looks like yet, but we’ll get there eventually.
I leave you with the inspirational lyrics of Whitesnake:
“No, I don’t know where I’m goin’; But I sure know where I’ve been”
“Though I keep searchin’ for an answer; I never seem to find what I’m lookin’ for”
“And here I go again on my own; Goin’ down the only road I’ve ever known”
Good Luck Fellow Educators! Here’s to us once again finding a way in a new/unknown situation.
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