My First Thoughts for a “Different” Education

I guess I’d like to start at the beginning and explain what prompted me to take the path of individualized education. Well, the begining was a very very long time ago! 🙂 I can clearly remember sitting in the first grade listening to my teacher go on about things that I already had learned. I was very bored… so I daydreamed. Sound familiar? Anyway – one of my favorite daydreams was how we could fix this problem by making little individual cubicles where “kids” could learn on their own. I thought about this alot! I¬†had even¬†planned out what the cubicles would look like… and on and on. That was a seriously bored first grader!
As I got older I determined that I was going to have a part making a difference in education. I would make sure that little first graders didn’t have to DREAM of learning! I have been involved in elementary education for about 14 years. Though I didn’t make little individualized cubicles for my students, I tried my best to make learning interesting and fun, and to reach EACH child in my class!
After I graduated with my Master’s Degree, I became involved with distance learning at the college level. I enjoyed developing courses that would keep the interest of a student, even if they were learing at home – again no cubicles involved.;)
Now, our own children have come along, and each day is dedicated to making sure that education is interesting, fun, challenging, and ongoing! I enjoy teaching them myself, but I also enjoy how excited they get when they use online programs such as Time4Learning. Each lesson seems to coincide with my overriding goal of keeping it interesting yet challenging. They look forward to finishing their written work each day so that they can “have fun” on Time4Learning (that is pretty sneaky… they think they are having fun – but really they are learning…. how cool is that????)
I am so thankful each day for the adventure of exploring education with my children…what a journey!!!

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2 thoughts on “My First Thoughts for a “Different” Education

  1. John October 9, 2009 at 10:18 am

    I love this story. It speaks to me. I spend most of the time, when other people are talking to a group that I’m in, thinking about how to improve the situation.

    My classroom daydreams were about instructing teachers about how to say things in the least words possible, rather than the most. I also dreamed about instructing teachers how to use a black board. Over and over, I watched them start in the middle, then write under it, then write under that (now they are so low that nobody can read it), and then look at the board with a look of bafflement that with just three things on the board, they had run out of space!

    Why couldn’t they ever think to start on the top left, work down, then go to the next column?

    From elementary school on through college and grad school, I watched teacher after teacher repeat the same pattern.

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