Wednesday, August 11, 2010

I'm Finished!

I am 100% completely finished with my graduate course - and only a few short meetings away from having my teaching certificate renewed! I can't tell you how happy and stress free this makes me.

I signed up to take Intel 2 this summer as an online course. We met three days, for four hours each day, at the beginning of the summer to walk through some things. The rest of the course was to be completed online, with certain check in times for blogging, wikis and sharing. I've come to the conclusion that online courses are NOT for me. I just let time slip me by, and worked like crazy the last few days to finish everything. We basically had to create an entire unit of teaching, with many student samples, PowerPoints, blogs, documents, rubrics, facilitation and time management documents, works cited and much more. Now, most of the grad classes I've taken in the past I've thoroughly enjoyed because I've learned something that could help me in my content area. I felt like this class was just jumping through a lot of silly hoops. But, I killed two birds with one stone (updated my technology certificate and teaching certificate), plus it was 1/2 the price of a normal graduate class through Furman University.

Eventually I would like to get my Masters in History. No local schools offer it, so I would have to travel 45 minutes to Clemson to get it - or hope that they offered distance learning classes. But right now I can't justify the cost or time I'd spend away from my girls.

Work is going well. The girls were actually up this morning before I left. I had the front door open, and when Audrey saw my mom's car pull in, she gave me a big hug around my neck and said "Goodbye Mommy". Broke my heart!

3 comments:

  1. Awww! My son just started walking, so whenever I start to get ready to leave in the morning he runs over with his arms out for a hug. It breaks my heart!

    Congrats on finishing your class. At the end of each of my classes I'm so drained and ready for it to be over. Then after a few weeks I start to miss it. I don't think online classes would be for me either. I like the face-to-face interaction.

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  2. Congratulations! I'm sure it is heart-breaking, but I bet its also reassuring to know they are in great hands during the day with a very special family member. Your girls are very lucky!

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  3. Hey, you're in Greensboro, right? I just saw this on yahoo news!
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_upshot/20100811/od_yblog_upshot/behold-americas-educational-system-captured-in-a-single-photograph

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