Growing up, there were two things I never wanted to be: a doctor, because I’m very squeamish, and a teacher, because I didn’t like going to school. It didn’t matter that I was a good student, a hard worker, or that I was fortunate to attend excellent public schools. School was boring. It wasn’t until high school that subjects started having relevance for me –either as a career field or a hobby that would continue throughout my life. AP History and a Youth and Government class got me fired up about going to law school. Chorus and drama classes became my favorite parts of the day.
While in high school I started directing the children’s choir at my church. I had a small group of girls, age 4 through first grade. I enjoyed working with them, sharing my
passion for music and singing. Even at that point, I recognized how influential the director had been when I was in the children’s choir. I hoped that these girls would grow up loving music and continue to practice, like me, after I graduated and moved to college. When I left, I did not count on missing children’s choir as much as I did.
I learned two important things about myself in my first year in college. First, law school was not for me. More importantly, I started to love learning. I enjoyed all my classes, not just history, much more now. The professors had a way of teaching that sparked a new curiosity in me. I took an introductory psychology course to fulfill a distribution requirement. As part of the Developmental Psychology unit we observed a class at the campus preschool. I was excited to be back in an environment with kids, and kept thinking back to the girls I directed in church. Walking out of the school, the feeling of missing those kids hit me hard. The next morning, as I opened my eyes, the proverbial light bulb went on. I wanted to teach. I enjoyed teaching the children’s choir and I was good at it. I knew that if I could find a job sharing my passions with children, I would be happy. Teaching gives me a chance to share them all.
Eight years into my teaching career, I still love sharing good books. I love seeing the light bulbs go off in my students’ heads. Yet I know that the world is changing rapidly, and in order to prepare my students for a successful life, I need to teach them the skills to adapt, think, and create in a faster, digital economy. To be an effective teacher over the long haul, I need to stay abreast of the technological and pedagogical advances that will benefit my students.
That is why I chose the M.Ed. program at Post. The online format is new to me, and I needed the challenge of a new style of learning – one that I could use in the classroom. As I am writing this, the second week of the very first course is wrapping up, and I have a much stronger theoretical foundation concerning the importance of technology in education. My hope is that, as the courses progress, I will gain more practical knowledge and skills to apply in my teaching. Creating this blog is a huge leap forward for me, and while I’m slowly trudging my way through the novice phase, I trust that I will become more fluent.