The provincial instructor diploma program opened my mind and has given me a new vision in the academic world. Since starting the course in September 2015 I gained a vast amount of knowledge which helped me and my students succeed. This diploma program has given me many valuable tools to use in the classroom and has helped me grow as an individual.
Before starting this program I did many things in the classroom that I wasn’t aware of. I would show up to class and teach with a particular style and not understand the logistics of my approach. After reading about the different learning theories and philosopher’s takes on education, I gained a new vision which helped clarify my uncertainties.
Prior to taking this course I struggled with writing and reflecting on my own thoughts. Over the last few months I have completed several journals, blog posts, discussion forms, and self-assessments. These assignments forced me to internally dig deep and search for my own beliefs and opinions. Having this connection with myself allowed me to write with ease and clarity.
Now that I have these “tools” in my back pocket, I believe I’m prepared to take on whatever dilemmas arise. Although we only touched base of many of these topics, the course has given me the confidence to search for my own answers, conduct my own investigations, and produce my own style of teaching.
All in all the program has helped me create a new chapter in my life. A chapter that I didn’t believe was possible to have. A chapter that I’m proud to say will affect how my future chapters will be written. I conclude education and continuous learning is the key to success. “The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the wiliness to learn is a choice.”- Brian Herbert