Wednesday, 4 January 2017

2017 begins

Hey and a happy new year to you all.

The end of last year was crazy to say the least, there's a lot going on in my world right now, much more than I had bargained for but I think the best way to deal with having 'a lot on your plate' is to just take every day as it comes. So, with that in mind, I have continued my MA studies, I have now posted my submission and have emailed my Review of Learning. I felt I had put as much in as I possibly could have and therefore, I have done the best I can at this part of my learning journey. Life is a continuous learning journey, as is this course, as is my job. One step at a time...

The last Skype chat back in December left me feeling a little confused, I was on a time limit that morning and had been feeling particularly ill but I was struggling which way to gear the direction of my Review of Learning. I felt a little disappointed that I felt my question had been deemed almost irrelevant as though I had been patronised in my questioning, and fair enough, it's someone else's opinion or idea, however, I was asking my peers for their advice and the way in which they had geared their Review of Learning. In the end, I decided to go with my instinct and hope for the best. I was sorry I felt that way, and perhaps it wasn't meant the way. Onwards and upwards, as said previously, I have too much going on to worry about what other people think and say.

My learning journey has been insane. I am enjoying reflecting on my classes through using Gibbs Reflective Cycle and Kolb's Learning Cycle. They have been most useful for me and are allowing me opportunity to reflect on my classes. From this point, I can learn from my teaching and improve my classes for the next time. Additionally, I have learnt to use abstract conceptualisation as a highly useful tool to research and use other ideas that I find to help inspire my classes. This has been highly useful in helping me to teach learners with disabilities and I have been further encouraged and inspired to continue improving.

I have learnt a lot about myself in terms of my motivation and my passion. Sometimes, life can get the better of you and you need to reignite that passion that was once inside you, perhaps your passion is no longer your priority - and I think for me this has been the case. Especially now this term I am having to teach an area that is not my dance specialism. Having said that, my learning journey will continue to develop, I will add more strings to my bow and become more skilled and experienced in teaching another area. Additionally, I will perhaps learn and grow in areas where I didn't expect.

Thankfully, this part of my journey has been completed, fingers crossed for a better 2017!

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