“I’m positive that if you do the hard work and never quit—and pick yourself up when things go sideways—good things will be waiting on the other side.” – Chip Gaines, Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff
I promised myself recently that I would celebrate once I surpassed 1,000 views on my professional blog and portfolio. I just checked and today’s the day.
Thanks to everyone who has viewed, commented, followed or shared my posts and encouraged me to keep writing. This online professional blog and portfolio has been one of the best professional learning experiences of my career. If you are thinking about building an online portfolio or blog, I suggest you read my post Work | Create | Share.
I’m so HAPPY! Sing along with Pharrell and me. LOL! YAY! HAPPY day! 🙂
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The past couple of days I have been questioning my ability to be an instructional coach and this morning I found encouragement from a few of my own blog posts as well as some words of wisdom from Captain Jean-Luc Picard. I share them here, lest I forget…
“The only person you’re truly competing against is yourself.”
“It is possible to commit no mistakes and still lose.”
I am taking a moment to give thanks for all the great people I work with and who are helping me become a better instructional coach. On the days that are a little more challenging, I can look at this and remember to give thanks in all things and that the dark times are only temporary.
I can count on the dark to give way to the light and sooner than later if I will focus on the positives and be grateful for the blessings. Even the struggle has a purpose and will make me stronger and wiser if I choose my attitude.
So, if any of my WC colleagues read this post, THANK YOU! I’m so glad to be working and learning with you. 🙂
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Photo Credit: Ann Davis 773, flikr
I’ve had a super time the past couple of days scouring the internet for free online classes or courses and have been pleasantly surprised. I’ve found everything from professional to personal offerings as well as mini courses, more in-depth courses, and even pathways to certification. Of course you pay for some of the more popular and in-depth offerings but many of the fees are reasonable.
I discovered that there are many self-paced options as well as facilitator- or instructor-led courses which take place at specific times throughout the year. I spent time this morning engaging in a few of the short, introductory, self-paced materials and not only have I learned about some things of interest, but the experience has sparked some ideas and creativity to put toward other projects.
For years, I’ve used YouTube as a resource for learning about new things or how to do things I’m interested in or need help with so I can finish a household chore or task at work. Needless to say, I’ve been on board with anytime, anywhere, any pace learning for my professional (and personal) learning needs for a while so this search for more free learning opportunities is a natural progression for me.
These days, my search goes beyond YouTube because I’m trying to determine whether or not to pursue formal learning by working on another degree. And, I need to make sure it’s the right field to pursue not only for the short term but also for any long-term plans after retirement. I have a BS, Master’s certificate and Master’s degree so, to be honest, I keep wondering whether or not I want to spend time and money for another formal education experience. I hope that by utilizing all of the free resources available through the web I can determine which route to take — formal education with a degree or informal learning with certification and badging options.
Based on this new information, I’m leaning toward developing my own learning plan and acquiring or developing skills that will help me to do work that I love and give me more options professionally. The trick is to have not only the motivation but the commitment to complete the learning plan and demonstrate proficiency. This leads me to wonder whether or not I could create a plan using the professional growth format I’ve used in this portfolio. Of course, it would need to be expanded, but the great thing about doing this would be the connection to and improvement of my portfolio pieces and blog. All of these components could work toward showcasing my learning and abilities. Hmmm…. something to keep pondering. 🙂
I am anxious to participate in some of the live courses too so I can build relationships with instructors and fellow participants, but I plan to use the self-paced resources first. I’ll return to this subject in a future post(s) to update you on my decisions about which learning route I will take to expand my skills as well as my thoughts on my online learning experiences with these new resources I’ve found. I’ll also expand the list of course providers as I discover more options.
If you are looking for informal ways to learn and like self-paced and on-demand learning opportunities, take a look at the following sites.*
*I’m also looking at possible courses and learning paths on Lynda.com which is a fee-based service, but you can gain free access through some public libraries. Check with your local public library, or surrounding county libraries that collaborate with your library, to see if they have a subscription that you can access.
Please leave your comments and tell me what you think about online learning, self-paced modules, free internet courses or designing your own learning plan. Thanks!