Sunday, May 12, 2013

Where Has Time Gone

Last week I realized I finished my 1st year of this master's program. It has been a tremendous year of learning and meeting new friends. I have to say that realizing that I can still learn has been a true blessing to me. A bigger blessing has been meeting some great people who I now call friends.

I have juggled family life and all that comes with being a wife and mom. I continued exercising to take care of myself. I adapted to my new job as a computer teacher to all K to 6 students where I found out that I also love to help with the technology needs of the school I am at (only because I have a true love for solving problems).

I have to say that I'm glad this semester is over. This one was particularly difficult for me. I had three classes running at the same time. I had to stay organized and set priorities to make sure I got everything done. I was busy all the way up to the last days...this was a true test of perseverance for me. 

I found it is good to talk with the people you are close to when you feel overwhelmed or lost. I have to thank my friend, Sharon, for that. She takes a genuine interest in what I am doing in this program. She allows me to talk and she is an active listener. By allowing me to talk and listening to her responses, clarity has come when I was totally lost. Sharon is not only my exercise partner, she is what I would call a wonderful friend.

The time has gone but it was not wasted. I learned a whole lot about myself, and I must say I am impressed with what I am capable of doing. And, let's not forget why I'm on this journey...I also learned a whole lot about educational technology too.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

A New Semester

I no longer have to do this blog for an assignment, but I'm choosing to continue this blog to dialogue my journey through this Master's program. With that said, I wanted to share what the beginning of a new semester brings.

It's difficult to start back up again after having three weeks off. As a teacher, I am not used to this. When I took classes to advance my pay, the class would last for a few weeks (like a semester) with assignments to complete, but when it was done, it ended. When I ended this first semester for this program, I felt the relief of it being over, but I knew it was only the beginning. I still have many more classes to take. However, I took the break off enjoying all the free time I now had.

Free time is not necessarily good for me as I found out. I sat around watching many tv shows and getting hooked on a Facebook game called, Candy Crush. I watched shows that I never knew existed. I played Candy Crush on every device that I laptop, my iPad, and my iPhone. All are different accounts so each one is different. When one game told me I ran out of "lives", I'd go to the next device and keep playing. I started to feel headaches behind my eyes and achey in my neck and shoulders. Well, the new semester officially started yesterday, and our first synchronous class was tonight. What does this mean for me now?

Well, I no longer have all the free time I had on my break. I haven't watched any tv and playing Candy Crush, well...I cannot lie. Yes, I am addicted to this game! I did play it after my class tonight but only on my Facebook account...only one device. Oh, and I don't feel the headaches or the aches and pains. It could be because I'm back to exercising too. For me, it's about getting my blood pumping.

As the semester gets into full swing, I'll have less time to do anything else. I'm taking three classes this semester all at the same time meaning I'll have assignments for all three of those classes. Organization is key and there's no room for procrastination. Luckily that describes me so I know I can to this. It will be a challenge but I think I will take a break once in awhile to play that addicting game that I so love. I may as well take breaks to crush candy instead of eating candy on my breaks. What do you think?

Welcome new semester...I look forward to new learning, new relationships, and all the new stress.