When we began our journey at the beginning of the summer, I continually asked myself: “What have you got yourself into. I feel overwhelmed! Can I pull this off? Should I drop this class? Is it worth it? How could I ever build an entire online class over the course of a summer? Is she nuts? ….Oh yes, she’s definitely nuts!”. Boy was I wrong on every account! This course has not challenged me as a student, as an educator, but as a person. This course has been the most intense course that I have ever taken. Each week, we have worked towards creating an online course that I am most certainly proud of. With the superb guidance by Professor Pickett, I have a course that is ready to go live. A course that will challenge and engage my students. The process to get to this point was challenging, but each step along the way has made me a better educator, and my future students have you to thank for it!
If I get to chose who I would want to draw/write a treasure map to lead me to that pot of gold, Professor Pickett, I would want it to be you. From day one it is evident that you k now what you are talking about. In your course documents, information, and manual, you have given us a road map that one can’t mess up. If one fails this course, it’s truly not because of the instructor. It’s because one chose not to use every single item that you have given us to our advantage. In my future endeavors as an educator, I know which educational model I will follow: The Professor Pickett School of Success is the one and only choice!
In life, as taught in this course, we must: Reflect, Connect, Organize, Build, Refine, Implement, and Evolve. These are not only the titles of our modules this semester, but a guide to success. If we fail to use these seven principals, we will never be the best educators possible and will have mediocre learning environments, and non engaged students. Stay one step (or several for that matter) ahead of your students. The best quote from this class that I will use until the day I die, “Assume Nothing, Anticipate Everything”.
Remember to breathe! You can do this! -Professor Pickett