I was watching Project Runway last night and Tim Gunn told a contestant to “Stop thinking and start feeling.” Wow, that statement hit me like a ton of bricks. What would I do if I spent my days feeling more than I had to think? Would I be a better Christian, spouse, mom, friend or student?
I know that if I would “stop thinking and start feeling” when it came to my personal relationships it would probably be true as much as it would as it came to my role of being a student.
I recently took a midterm in a class that I have this semester. Before hand I took and re-wrote my notes, wrote out how to mathematically find out different assessments. On top of that I re-read the powerpoints the professor had given and then read through any papers I had submitted. All this took more time than was allotted for the online test but I wanted to make sure that I was properly prepared. When it came to taking the test all that mattered were the things that I already knew and could answer (thankfully a good portion of the test). But there were two questions that I held back on and kept thinking about because what I initially thought or felt just couldn’t be right. So, by the end of the test I had second guessed those initial feelings about what answer was correct and selected a different one. Well, one of the neat things about online quizzes and tests is that you can click OK and see what you scored with most of the test. By now you probably have guessed that if I had just went with my feeling about the questions, I would have answered correctly, but because I thought about them they were incorrect.
I think so many times we overthink and analyze things in school or our lives and become stressed. I know that I always seem to “make it work,” another Tim Gunn saying. I need to learn to “feel” the gratitude for the gift that God gave me for my continued education in the Pathways program, the brain that I have that retains knowledge from the classes, and the ability to organize my notes and thoughts .
Blessings on Your Week- Sherry
Hi! I’m a city girl that lives in a small town near Kansas City. I am blessed to be married to my hubby for 17 years and have two awesome kiddos. I went to Northwest Missouri State until my early twenties and have always regretted not finishing my degree in education. I have prayed that God would give me the capability and courage to go back to finish my degree and the Pathways program was my key. The Pathways program allows me to work, have my family and complete my classes online. Some of my best support has come from my eleven year old son who will sit and read powerpoints with me and ask me questions. He also enjoys the videos that have been posted. I love that he is learning the things that I am at the same time. My daughter is my tech support here and helped me when my powerpoint pictures wouldn’t load. She currently went through explain mean, mode, and median to me and told me, “Mom, I know you learned this at one time so you can do it now.” The support of the professors and the individuals within the Pathways staff have given me strength to guide my path and are a wonderful blessing to myself and my family.
There are two things that I’m doing differently this semester as opposed to previous ones. The first is that I wake up in the morning and pray for my teenage daughter who is now driving herself to school daily. I pray that she makes it there safely, to her internship at our church after school, and back home. If any of you think of it keep Em in your prayers in the morning too.
The second thing pertains to time management with school. I had a challenging class over the summer and this fall is no exception. The key for me is to take time and differentiate what I need to do for my classes during the week. I’ve found by keeping a spiral and writing down all the assignments for the week helps me. I know that I read for my classes on Mondays and Tuesdays. I also take notes from the textbooks and any powerpoints that might be up on those days. For the rest of the week I keep my check list of what is due when and complete it when I have a chance. I am blessed to have about an hour or two block of time before and after my kids get home that they are working on homework and so I can too. I know that I’ve told them if they have no homework they are to read so it is quiet and this had led to their benefit. They both have a certain amount of reading points they need per quarter at school and they were able to complete them way ahead of time.
An example of a typical checklist schedule for me looks like this :
Mon-Tues : Read, powerpoints and notes
Wednesday: Discussion Boards, start assignments, pull articles for article reviews, do observations
Thursday: Do article reviews, write papers, take quizzes
Friday: finish any last minute work and submit
It is my goal with myself and my family that if I’m able to get things done during the week we get rewarded. The reward amounts to maybe watching a movie together or going to get pizza over the weekend . It makes the time that I dedicate to classwork and my hogging the computer worth it.
This semester flew by me so quickly that I find I’m asking What Do I Do Now? My semester was jam-packed with two very intense courses. This semester I took Virtual Worlds in education and Online Course Design and Teaching. So basically I had a huge project every single week. These courses were very challenging but also very rewarding. I am a Master’s student taking solely online courses. I never have to look good for classes, our semester ended on Dec. 6, and I didn’t have any midterms (per se). This may all seem great and fantastic, and it is, but it is also a very challenging, disciplined life. I have to make sure that I get my work completed by the due dates, without any face-to-face discussions. I have to make sure I read the assigned chapters. I am on the computer all of the time. With all of this constant upkeep, I find myself wondering what’s next. Well I know that my next two (and final two) courses start in January. So that means I have about a month to play with my kids, actually read a book for pleasure, clean my house, and visit with my friends. There we have it! I found what I am going to do…. anything but schoolwork
I’m preparing to graduate this fall. I can’t believe the end has come so quickly. I’m wondering where the road will lead me. I’m obtaining Masters of Science in Computer Education. This degree opens up a new opportunity for me. I have knowledge and abilities to facilitate a course online. What it has really done is provided me with the tools to incorporate technology with teaching. I should be able to build a curriculum that encompasses technology. I really think that I am ready to put this to use.