What is something you learned on your own recently? After doing the readings, what elements of your own learning experience would you connect to the readings? Provide at least two points of connection to the readings.
For the past two weeks I have been intensely getting our school ready to take the state standardized test. This has required clear communication, well laid out documents that have all of the necessary information that each person will need, and countless spreadsheets that cross-references accommodations, opt out data, and homeroom placement. Creating spreadsheets is not something new to my work, but making complex ones that have multiple embedded formulas is. For the past two weeks I have watched a lot of YouTube videos and consulted with the people in my professional learning network at school for help troubleshooting formulas that weren’t working. Although it has been a tedious job, it has been interesting and motivating to see my new skills fruitfully put to use.
How do you interact with other professionals? How do you find inspiration to continue your own growth?
For this task that I outlined above I interacted with professionals through Internet searches and emails and phone calls to other people that I work with. The inspiration came from the fact that the task had to get done and without learning these new skills with spreadsheets that task was too large to complete by hand.
What is a specific idea you hope to take forward from the readings into your work with other adults?
From Aguilar (2016) the point that resonated with me the most about adult learners was that they come to the learning experience with history. One of the challenges that I find when developing a learning experience for adults versus school-aged students is that they all have a different about of knowledge and background that they bring to the learning experience they are having with me. It is critical to develop ways for a variety of entry points into the learning so that is it engaging for everyone there, as well as offer a variety of ways for people to deepen their own learning.