Innovators Mindset IMMOOC Week 1 #EDCS480

Writing Prompt:

What do you see as the purpose of education?  Why might innovation be crucial in education?


After hearing the first broadcast I agree with what teachers are struggling to be and should be in a “structured educational facility” and how to improve it. The issue brought on my Dave Burgess as to “Teach like a Pirate” and his definition to what  a pirate means and his take on being that teacher that creates a buzz on our lesson plans. That is my goal every day, to create a buzz for my students, even if its a little one. I believe in a nutshell, that is the purpose of education. That our “buzz” will last a lifetime and have an application afterwards. I was really caught off guard when Couros stated that “Without innovation- organizations -including educational facilities (aka schools) – will cease to exist. The introduction has got me to think that students are able to access information without even the teacher telling me so. Students can access any information about anything and anyone and if the teacher is not on board, so to speak, she will be left behind or will cease to exist as Dan Brown brilliantly puts it.

I have to agree with Katie about being innovator, it doesn’t mean having the latest technology or high tech classroom. If we, educators, do not change ourselves with the on going way students are learning and what is out there for students to learn, we will be left behind and students will move on without us. There is change every day, its crucial because we have to present current information, methods, ideals, practices in various way. If we, as educators, stuck in the mentality of “I teach what I know or what’s in the book” students will be left curious as Couros states and our equipment in the classroom, will be a $1000 pencil. Meaning we got resources and yet we’re not capitalizing on our resources and sometimes we need to get out there and get our own. Just because we don’t have printers, we can be “innovative” and find ways to get students the message. So yes, being innovative is crucial in education


25 Hour Learning Challenge Weeks 2&3

Well if anyone has ever told you that working out on your own is hard, well Im here to testify that that statement is true. Now I am not trying to set our a sob story here or “woe is me” but I am going to put it out there because I feel this blog writing is very liberating for me, especially because I keep mostly to myself. Its why I hesitate to get so personal on here. Anyway with the past two weeks I was debating whether or not to share my experience. Well here I am, finally being able to do share what I have learned with “I can do it all on my own” mentality and not relying on anyone for help, especially when offered. So when I first started I shared that I was very busy and found that I was able to do at least half an hour per day. These past two weeks was very overwhelming and even broke down and just started to get depressed because I thought this was working out for me.

One of my good friend “Tony” has been telling me to get out there with them and work out where there is support, of course being stubborn and shy I just told her I got it, Im fine working out on my own time and my own location thinking I can bring out the fighter in me. Well that turned out to be the absolute opposite. Not have anyone to resound your goals to and push you beyond your limit feels like I am working our in silence. Though yes I read online about the great coaches out there online to help you push you to your goal, I always felt its better if that person is right here next to you to lift you up and go. I am a single mom to a very active 3 year old, I have vast leadership positions in a the only trades school on island, have two online courses, and on top of that have to teach (lol) just makes my daily schedule challenging and knowing it will push me to manage time (still working on that) and being there for my little one.

So week two, half way through, I actually gave up. I stopped working out and just sticked to my meal replacements shakes and called it day. That was the case from Wednesday through Sunday, and just to have to report on it made it worst for me. So come Monday I have to slowly pick up and again telling myself I can’t do this. Then my dearest love chimed in saying if I am writing about it what will I say?? Lie? I could’ve but what good will that do? So I started my journey again and this time, 30 minutes a day and then gradually working my way to an hour. It was an ideal workout time, but who knew that working out for an hour would be so dramatic? hahahahaha.

Then week three came along and slowly getting the hang of it. I would have to post Post-It notes on my desk, reminders in my calendars and phone stating “Just 30 minutes…that’s it!” to help me stop what I am doing, get to working out and get back on track with working out. So following several coaches on Twitter and subscribing to various newsletter and fitness videos on YouTube sure helps me meet my goal from staying on track and don’t lose sight.

Here’s to week 4… *cheers*


25 Hour Learning Challenge Week 1

Well this was not as easy as I hoped it to be. Working out one hour a day came to 30 minutes one day and 20 minutes here and then the next thing I learned I went one whole day without working out because I got caught up with work and other assignments. I’d like to factor in that being a single mom to a very very active 3 year old girl makes a whole lot of difference in my scheduling. I believe that out of the 7 days of the week I got one day in of actually working out for an hour. I have been pretty good with my diet, no, eating choices, and being able to move more.

Writing it out and having to follow through with it is not as easy as it sounds. Though I assumed I had everything planned and it would be simple but I suppose its easier said then done. My first week was challenging but like I keep telling myself, I got to keep doing it. I need to do this for myself, I need to do it for my little girl. Its crazy because I have to run around after her and play with her but sometimes I feel I am not physically fit to do so. She’s my motivation and doing it so I can feel more better inside about my “outside” so to speak. My progress however I lost three pounds and I know that’s due to eating healthy, drinking plenty of water and my meal replacement shakes help plenty. I have a long way to go but I am determined to see this through even when this class is over with.

Accountability motivates me to do what I am suppose to do. Being healthy and the choices I make with my body and intake everyday makes me more reliable for what is going on with me than anything or anyone else. Not to say that I was blaming anyone but it sure does help to know that I did this to myself so I got to push myself to work out more than just 30 minutes a day. Hopefully with this holiday I get time makeup with working out and start of the week on a good note.

Here’s to week 2 of healthy living.

Blog Post: PLN


I am a kinesthetic learner so I want most of what I am learning to be working with my hands and getting creative. I also mostly learn by seeing also. If I do not see what I am doing or an example I would be lost in translation. From this class I hope to get the most out of the resources and new tools so I can work with my students second semester on projects. First semester is me trying to master these skills and tools, so by the time I am done I should be able to share with my students and colleagues what I have learned from this class.

25 Hour Learning Challenge

I was contemplating to what exactly will be my skill or talent that I would like to expand within these five weeks. Given that I am not quite a sporty person and that I like to be inside and just enjoy my me time, I think I have found what I am going to do. Within these five weeks I would like to see myself improve on an already ongoing journey to a healthier lifestyle. I have already stopped drinking soft drinks and anything with artificial sweeteners and just sticked with my water and my meal replacement shakes for morning and lunch. I have lost 7lbs altogether since I’ve started three weeks ago and would like to go walking and be able to work out in my own time and at my own pace.

I have already started to make it a goal at by the end of this year I want to lose at least 15 more lbs and keep going. Ever since I had my daughter, time to myself is a pretty much overrated. So I am going to make it a goal to workout for one hour every day. Either 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes again in the evening or just kill the whole hour in the evening. So now that this 25 hour learning challenge is in place I shall document my progress and this would motivate me more to be able to see the positive results of this new goal of mine.

Here’s to a healthier living


Benefits of a healthier living

Benefits of working out 1  hour a day