I hope last month my Northern friends managed to enrol into some community learning classes.
This month I thought I would share my new experience of online learning.
As you will know I have various qualifications in teaching, counselling, mentoring and assessing. However, I always need to keep my own development and learning up-to-date and continuous.
So I decided to do something ready for my retirement from the UK! Yes I have a long term plan to live abroad by the time I reach 40 but, considering that’s seven short months away, that may well not happen!
I decided to enrol on a TEFEL course. I saw it on wowcher.com, a discount voucher online website, so I thought ‘great! Why not?’
I enrolled via my iPad whilst watching my fave soaps on TV. It was easy and straightforward, all set out in modules, all self-explanatory and quite user friendly.
I started off so keen and enthusiastic. First few nights I whizzed through the first module then….splat I hit a brick wall. I just lost my mojo. I couldn’t find motivation at night to raise my enthusiasm levels and tackle it. But then after a bad day I thought the only person that can do this and complete this is me. I gave myself a stern talking to and picked it up again.
Some of the topics take me back, really make me think about things and put my brain back into gear- like nouns, pronouns and verbs.
Online learning is a great method and, even though I do miss the contact with a real teacher, for someone who is busy, or a mum who wants to dip her toes back in water, I think it's great.
I am always the type of person who is open to new ideas and I am definitely enjoying the experience and my new-found knowledge so why don’t you hop aboard ladies and join me?