There is nothing worse than attending a workshop, class, or professional development opportunity and leaving disappointed. That feeling when you’ve paid your money and haven’t learned anything. On the contrary, perhaps the session/class was boring and uninteresting, therefore you lost interest and didn’t absorb the information properly.
As someone who is planning on teaching in the college system, I am sensitive to the fact that I will be educating students who are paying to be there. I cannot tell you how many times I have heard from students that they “didn’t learn anything” from their college professor or that their “class was a joke.” I had my ups and downs with my own educational experiences and classes, and therefore I strive to be an innovative educator that motivates my students to learn.
The question is…how?
How do we keep our teaching innovative and creative? How do stay relevant and create programming that follows curriculum, teaches students the necessary skills and engages them with the material? This is what I hope to explore during the PME 811 course. I want to engage with fellow classmates and find out how they have stayed innovative and creative, and what innovation means to them too.
I am lucky to be surrounded by educators from all over the world, who have a wealth of knowledge and experience. I hope that by collaborating and sharing our experiences, personal and professional, that I can begin to formulate my instructing future.