Perhaps the most important thing I have learned is that I know more than I thought I did, I just didn't know before taking these courses how to connect all the dots in a meaningful way to create a much larger picture! Ideas that I thought were my own, are actually shared by many, such as how to best manage students within a classroom. Other ideas I had previously thought were common knowledge, were actually only culturally relevant and that therefore I had been rather spoiled over the years by having smart, diligent, and eager to please students always sitting in-front of me, rarely questioning my "expertise". Other things...I knew nothing about... but thankfully there are courses like Media Enhanced Learning!!
Questions and points of confusion that I thought were my own downfall, are actually shared by many - and studying with my peers at VCC has helped me understand and answer a lot of these unknowns therefore making me a stronger instructor, and person.
One thing that I will definitely take with me after leaving this program is the understanding that I will never know it all, and that each day brings with it my own learning and further understanding of my students, of my course information, and the weird and wonderful workings of this world we live in. Another thing that I realized is that I love to learn, which is why I love to teach! It isn't just my job, I truly want to help people improve their lives through knowledge, and the best way for me to do that is by continuously striving to improve my own knowledge as well.
Having said that, I know I can always improve, as to think that I by any means know it all is a laughable notion, as each student teaches me something new each and every single day. It is a beautifully reciprocating process and one of my goals will remain instilling the desire in them to ask "why".
Learning is a never ending journey, and I am proof that even old dogs can learn new tricks!
Quote: John Cotton Dana (1856-1929)