January 2013 I began the pursuit of a Masters of Education Administration degree. Ten classes later, I find myself reaching the completion of this goal. Many things have changed for me professionally and personally during these past number of years. I have learned a lot, gained a great deal of experience, and met numerous fellow educators and friends. I have spent countless hours lugging my computer and textbooks to hockey rinks, basketball courts, and baseball diamonds – in fact, I am composing this blog post in “Dog River” as my son plays the Rouleau Ramblers.
As this chapter of my life draws to a close I have allowed my mind to wander to the activities I have been missing and hope to once again enjoy now that my Masters is complete. When Alex told us we would be asked to complete a Summary of Learning which identifies the major take-aways we have gained through EC&I 830, I had mountain biking on my mind. As I began to look at the class syllabus, I started to see relationships between the course content and a mountain bike ride at Wascana Trails. This assignment proved to be the perfect opportunity to try out my newly acquired GoPro while fitting in some scarce riding time – what great homework!
At times tongue-in-cheek (with some really cheesy acting), the following 10 minute video summarizes my experience in EC&I 830. I apologizes for the slightly longer than suggested length, but I needed to include an introduction component to “set the stage” and identify some of the parallels between this class and a bike ride. The video also includes a thank you section to my family, for the support they have shown me in helping me achieve my goal.
Thanks to Katia and Alec for being excellent instructors and for moderating some great debates. To my classmates, thanks for all of the comments and feedback. It has been a great learning experience.