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“And to learn, you have to be willing to push yourself.”

(Quote by Brandi Chastain)

One of my biggest fears is always that I might fail at something that I try.  I don’t like to fail.  I don’t like if there’s a remote possibility that I will fail.  I wish I could take all the quotes about failure and live them, but it’s hard for me.   Signing up to take the ECMP355 class at the University of Regina was a GIANT step out of my comfort zone.  Having been out of the profession for a number of years and having not been a student for much, much longer, I was terrified that I would not be able to understand, keep up, or relate.  When the Learning Project was introduced to us at the beginning of this term I will admit that I panicked a little bit.  I was afraid that I would not succeed at something that I tried and worse, that since my learning was to be transparent and publicly documented, I would be publicly humiliated.

I have learned some very important things since the beginning of this term.

* I can do whatever I set my mind to.  I am relevant, motivated and intelligent enough to do this.

* Stepping outside my comfort zone is something I need to do more often.

* People are mostly good and supportive.

I substitute taught in a Core French classroom last week.  Grades One to 8, during the day.  I’m not bilingual.  In fact,  I haven’t taken French since Grade Nine but do have basic classroom instructional abilities, verbally and to read.  I amazed myself (and my own children, who I had the pleasure of teaching during the day!) with my abilities and I think that now, thanks to that experience and the confidence that taking this class and doing my learning project has reignited for me, I am going to try to take a French class next year.

This post will serve, also, as a  public thank you to my friends and family who encouraged me, pushed me, and insisted that I take these steps. You know who you are, and I will send you a link to this post to make sure you read it.   Sometimes, I need the push.  Your push helped me more than you know.

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Video Fun!

This week’s Tech Task was to create a short video based on one of three different themes.  I worked with Colby K. and we chose to do a short video about her journey to becoming a teacher.  Taking the video was a bit challenging for us:  nervousness played into it, the locations that we chose were fairly noisy (and being unfamiliar with the Education building for me, didn’t help!) and on short notice, without time to plan, Colby was a bit hesitant to just “wing-it” in her speaking. 🙂  She did great!  I was a bit shaky with the camera, even though I did try to brace myself.

We took about 9 short video clips and we discarded 2 of them.  We put together a quick video using Windows Live Movie Maker and after sharing that with Colby for her to edit or change, I took a try at using some different tools like trimming and adding text.  I find it easier to poke around and learn things when I have time to just ‘play’ with them, so working on the additions was something I took time to do at home, in my own head-space.  Because of this, my video will be different than the one that Colby posts on her blog.

The transitions in our video are choppy because of our changes of locations and is something that I will definitely need to work at.  The volume isn’t great; Colby is a soft-spoken person and apparently my microphone on my digital camera wasn’t great, and the locations we chose were noisy.  Noted.  We also didn’t manage to stay within 60 seconds.  Whooops, also noted.

Without further ado, here is the video that I put together based on the first draft that we put together in class.

Becoming a Teacher.  Colby’s Story.