This is a monumental point in my life and as I approach I am startled by the realization that I am worn out. I hope that I successfully complete this course and pass. With this final grade, I will have completed my Masters. So In this post, I am going to talk about what I have learned from this course and the Pathway to my Masters.
I have met some wonderful, fantastic teachers-mentors. I felt supported and encouraged and in some cases even earned a reference from a couple of my teachers. I think Albany has a marvelous program. I like the variety of courses I have taken. I can honestly say there was only one course I truly did not enjoy and one course I got very little out of. I know I have grown as a teacher and as a student.
In this course, I learned that I really need to practice more on my presentation prior to loading to a web shell. I think if I had taken a proven course from something I taught, I would have been so much better off. But I don’t teach a college or even high school courses. As Alex said in the beginning, I teach CBT. True enough. And because CDS owns the right to those courses, I could not use them. I used one that is out of circulation that a friend wrote.
I can see the application of taken those Breeze PowerPoint’s and adding better assessment and application and discussions. I can see putting, for instance, Incident and Abuse reporting into a module, having various videos that show abuse and ones that don’t and have the class discuss what constitutes abuse and what is not. And then have them break into groups and go through an investigation and compile a report or what we call a POCA…Plan of Corrective Action.
I can see giving scenarios on behaviors and it would escalate if the Direct Care Staff chooses the wrong choice for directing a maladaptive behavior. That would be fun.
I can see lots of ideas, but alas, there is no infrastructure or support for this currently so I keep on doing my simple boring Breeze PPTs. I have become very good at them. I just finished one that the advocacy group actually wrote, we put it into PowerPoints and then into Breeze. I recorded their voices, but since none of them can read, we had coworker, Kelly say the word and the individual would repeat it. I then went into the audio track, cut out Kelly, spaced their wording, added space and breaths so it sounded natural. I layered pictures that float and appear along with animating the words to appear and match exactly what they were saying. It took me months to do. What was amazing was watching the faces of people with CP who you can barely understand (if you don’t know them) speak like someone who does not have a speech problem. A couple of them cried, we cried with them in joy…..it was amazing. This is what I love to do. That and encourage new staff to hang in there. I do love to teach. It was very cool to have several of my students from other places come to work for CDS and say such nice things about me. I do like f2f, but I like on-line. It is funny to have NEO students say the voice-overs I do have such enthusiasm and it helps them to read and comprehend. So I guess I do something right.
I want to thank Alex for all her support. This was a great group of people to work with, very smart people. It is hard to imagine that many of you will be going back to school so soon.
What’s next for me? Two things. I will be taking on-line courses through my work (NISH/NYSID) and f2f classes on leadership and management. Hopefully my boss will retire sooner than later as she originally promised, as I have been selected as her successor. That’s if I can last that long J
The other thing is to work on my health. I sit too much. I have working on this Masters every night for three years. I sit at a computer for hours at work and then for hours at night. I am joining a swim group at work and going back to the treadmill. I hope it will also help with my stress.
So blessings on you all and thanks for so much support and good feedback.