This class has given me experiences unlike any other, and truthfully I can say that there are many resources, ideas, and teachings I will transfer over into my own professional life. I think like any other full-time college student and worker, I can say that I put things I enjoyed on the back burner and homework and school first. What I loved about having the ILP integrated into a class, is that I was “forced” to integrate time in my life for the things that I enjoyed.
I loved the fact that I had a class that I got to integrate activities which I enjoyed! I don’t think that I can stress that fact enough. I found this class enjoyable, and adding an ILP into the mix made it that much better. I found the fact that we had set times that we had to dedicate to our ILP to be the easiest of all. I would set aside that specific time for that week and just work away on whatever it was until my time was up. On the same note, I also found fitting those hour time slots into a jam packed schedule to sometimes be challenging. Some days I was so overwhelmed with work and school and fitting something in like my ILP stressed me out even more, because I felt like I didn’t have enough time. It always ended up working out.
The best part of the project for me has been stepping outside of my comfort zone and being able to give back to the community and the people I love. I had never reached out to an organization to work with before, so making those community relationships for me has been great. These skills will come in handy while teaching if I need to make relationships with community organizations. I also loved dedicating my time to crafting, which I love, but also being able to gift those to doggies/kitties in need and the people that I loved. I think that serving others fills my heart more than making things for myself.
I think that independent learning is something that is important as a learner. I’ve realized that I learn about myself personally as well as a student when I have worked on my ILP. You learn how you work best, you make ways to get the job done, and you learn about your own work ethic. I think that even an hour a week to two hours a week for an ILP in my classroom would be beneficial to my students. As I’ve said previously, this class has given me a plethora of resources and learning experiences that I hope to incorporate in the class.