We never stop learning. This journey had its ups and downs. I had to exhibit a lot of stamina and flexibility to keep my head above water with the other “roles” I have in my life. I learned to say “no” when I usually say “yes” to take on extra things. I have used my “village” to help with my children and parenting duties, especially when they got sick – one would get sick and then the other and then my husband. Needless to say, I am looking forward to getting more sleep and spending more time reading stories and winding down with my children at night.
If I could mention three deeply felt learnings from this program I would begin with the interviewing and observation of adult educators with their students. It helped bring reality to the field and where I want to go and who I would like to learn more from. I learned more about my colleagues, too. Second, the subject of microaggression was very powerful. I have never heard that term before and that media segment with Dr. Derald Wing Sue brought to light that it is everywhere. Last, the instructional strategies course made my goal more real. I began to imagine myself in the front of a classroom trying to connect with adult learners and keep their attention and interest in the material.
My ultimate goal is to become an adjunct professor at the local community college teaching early childhood and child development courses. With a Master’s degree, I also hope to be able to be a trainer in my area for early childhood practitioners and different organizations that provide assistance to them.
Thank you to all that have given me advice and feedback throughout this course. I wish you all best in your future endeavors. I also hope to keep in touch with you all throughout your career and create a network with you. Here is my email address: JPBaylon@yahoo.com. Find me on Facebook: Joyce Baylon Oandasan. I hope you use it and I hope this isn’t that last time I hear from you!