What is your name? Jacqueline Marie
Where are you from? Vermont, currently resides in Chicago, IL
What organization do you represent? Tweaked Style
What is your job title? Business Strategist & Life Stylist
How long has the organization been in existence? 5 years
What is your name? Kelli Haywood
Where are you from? Kansas City, Missouri; currently resides in Chicago, Illinois
What organization do you represent? Dream On Education
What is your job title? Founder and Executive Director
How long has the organization been in existence? 3 years
As a first year teacher, I was assigned to teach World History. Since I was a “brand new out-of-the box” teacher, I never had any experience teaching this subject (or any subject as a matter of fact). Of course, I went to my department chairperson to solicit some suggestions on how I should teach this particular course. I was hoping that he would give me some past syllabi or steer me to a cool resource that would outline a fully engaging, relevant and meaningful world history curriculum. Well, this did not happen.
I was working late one night at the school that I taught at making a test that I needed to administer to my students the next day (yes, it is true, teachers are not always able to plan ahead). I was tired, in a hurry and anxious to get out of the school building as it was getting rather late. At the most inopportune time, one of my students walks in my classroom (I had to work really hard to disguise my disgust on her extremely poor timing). She spent about ten minutes chatting about, you know, whatever fifteen year-olds find to be breaking news. I was halfway listening and trying to focus on writing the test. Then, suddenly, my computer screen went blank. Yes, BLANK! Right at the time that I was near completion!
I stumbled into education. At 13 years old, during a heated discussion with my mom (you know the kind of discussion that mothers tend to have with their newly teenage daughters), I declared that I would NEVER do what she does (my mom was/is a teacher). Her reaction to my resistant stance was quite shocking to me. She calmly and simply said, “Good, I don’t want you to be a teacher. You should be a lawyer and make some money.” Later in life, I will discover that I should never say ‘never.’
True learning is a transformative and liberating experience. Like any experience, you want to document it so that it becomes a tangible record. A piece of evidence, in detail, that represents the journey by means of symbolic marks. Learning Dimensions’ suggested tip to capture your learning experience is to create a learning journal. Many of us may have kept a journal where all of our secret desires and thoughts may have been housed. But, have you ever considered keeping a journal that documents your learning and your reflections on the learning process?