Wow. Just WOW!

How do I do this?  I do it all the time!  Once again, I signed up for more than my share of group work (in a different class–not the one that I started this blog for!).  I am trying to understand myself. Am I a high achiever?  Yes.  Do I care?  Yes.  Do I need to control group assignments?  Uhhhhh… I’m not sure.  I do consider myself a “recovering perfectionist” so maybe that’s the answer.

So far, I have worked with amazing people in my courses during grad school. But! I have been burned before, in other programs. Fellow team members dropping classes at the last possible moment just in case they didn’t get an A+ on a group assignment because their grades in other courses put them at risk of being kicked out of the program. Did I cause that?  No.  Team members realizing that the two members of the team who really cared would make up for their lack of productivity?  To that, I call laziness.  Is this what I am experiencing here at UMass – Boston? No.  Yet I still get concerned.

I am generally a positive person. I believe in people. I believe in their motivations.  But now, I am concerned, and I wonder why I always take on more than my share of responsibility.  I hope, with all my heart, that I am able to write in a later post that all that concern is for naught.

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Oh, The Places (I’ll) Go!

Recently I have been thinking about what I want to do with my M.Ed in Instructional Design.  Obviously, I want to work in the field, but what else? There are so many opportunities!

With my communications, writing, and editing background, perhaps I will expand this blog and submit articles to ID journals.  But I also enjoy people.  Maybe I will end up teaching at seminars or a university.  Also, I could become a mentor to someone just starting out in the field.  I have diverse interests, so perhaps I will do contract work that allows me to work on a variety of projects.  Or, I may possibly end up a Subject Matter Expert in the ID field itself.

While I do know I will do something with my graduate degree, I am just starting to consider the possibilities.  Who knows the places I’ll go, but wherever that ends up being, like the title of this blog, it is sure to be an adventure!

That Dreaded Phrase…

Growing up, I had a lot of negative associations with change.  My sister and I would groan every time we heard that dreaded phrase… “It’s a good experience!”  Back then, that phrase meant change was coming and it was going to be difficult.

Now, as an adult, I see things differently.  I welcome positive change and even seek it out.  I enjoy stability in certain areas such as happy, fulfilling relationships with friends and family, but enjoy new adventures, too.  In fact, each new thing you do, on some level, is change!  Going to a new restaurant is a change from going to your usual spots.  Meeting new people is a change from staying in your “safe zone” with long-time friends. Developing your mind by taking a course is a change from continuing to do the same activities day in and day out.

Changes can be big or small, but I am happy I now recognize that most change is positive.

Motivation

Motivation.  It’s a loaded word and means so many different things to different people. You can be motivated to work hard for a promotion.  You can be motivated to run a marathon. You can be motivated to eat a pint of ice cream–all by yourself. But what does motivation mean to me?

I have always been somewhat driven.  I have a variety of interests and continuously seek new learning opportunities.  I have been told that I work and work and work at something until I master it–and then I move on to the next thing.

So what is motivating me to commit the next two years of my life to the pursuit of a Master of Education in Instructional Design?  Multiple things.  I am extrinsically motivated by the potential career advancement holding such a degree offers. I am extrinsically motivated by the support that friends, family, and colleagues offer.

But I believe the most important motivations as I move along this journey are intrinsic.  I love to learn, I love to help people, and I am loving learning how to better help people by creating engaging and valuable training. I honestly believe that these intrinsic motivations will inspire me to complete this very exciting goal.

Adult Learning for the Elderly

When reviewing my classmates’ discussion posts about generations in the workplace, I saw a post about the elderly.  This post got me thinking: Would actively seeking new learning experiences for the elderly decrease the number and severity of memory-related degeneration?

My 87 year old step-father has taken courses in his twilight years.  My 77 year old father has retired from practicing medicine but continues to teach.  Both of my “fathers” continue to be sharp as tacks, and I wonder if a continued focus on lifelong learning–as a learner or a teacher–is part of the reason.

I consider myself a lifelong learner.  My interests are varied and my thirst for knowledge is… thirsty! As I learn more about andragogy, I intend to further investigate the benefits of adult education for the elderly.  And if my initial theory proves correct, I hope my findings benefit the elderly, my friends and family, and myself.