from the life of a teacher

wk 8 October 25, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — amaliskas1234 @ 1:42 am

 Time Well Spent

Throughout my journey at Walden I have learned many things about myself both personally and professionally.  I realized the key of collaboration and communication in my EDUC 6165 course. Before this time I was unaware of just how significant communication skills are in all areas of life. Through this course I realized how much it takes to be an effective communicator. One must be open to others ideas and opinions. It is also important to be an active and reflective listener. Being an effective communicator can truly make a difference in whether one encounters or avoids issues of conflict. I know that as a result of this course I became a better and more effective through communicator.  Through my EDUC 6357  course I realized the importance of being a open minded about family units and other forms of diversity. After taking some surveys in the course to review different types of biases I realized just how much society had influenced my thoughts on certain issues. Even when I did not believe I had been influenced on issues I realized quickly I was. With this knowledge in my mind I am much more aware of my biases and how  I need to face them head on.  I also learned how important it was to set aside these biases in order for me to be a more effective educator with young children and their families. Overall, throughout my journey here at Walden I was reminded of how important the family unit is. This something I did not give enough significance to before beginning my learning at Walden.  Our work as educators in the Early Childhood Field is greatly connected to the families of the young children we work with. This insight is one I will never forget and  look forward to carrying it along with me in the future.

One long term goal I have is to begin working much more closely with the families of the young children I work with. I would like to work on forming a greater partnership with families. I understand that this is an area I could experience much growth in. I look forward to forming a stronger partnership with families and connecting them to resources that would be beneficial to them.

Another long term goal I have is to keep in touch with my colleagues through the Walden Facebook group. I have enjoyed learning alongside each of you. I look forward to celebrating each of your accomplishments in the future. I also look forward to gaining more wisdom from you in your endeavors.

I would like to thank each of you for your encouragement and inspiration throughout this journey. Your wisdom and encouragement has meant more to me than I could ever hope to express. In times of difficulty you have inspired me with your own hardships and experiences. I never felt like I was going through this alone. I also have enjoyed learning along side you. Through your own experiences I have gained significant insights that I will carry with me. Thank you for your patience with me as I have made my way through this journey of earning my Masters. I hope that I have been helpful to you as you have been to me. I wish each of you the best of luck in the future. I am honored to have learned aside you. This has been a unforgettable experience. If you ever need anything I hope you would consider allowing me to meet your needs in any way I can! I am proud to call each of you friends! Thank you for encouraging me to continue learning when life gets busy! I am forever grateful for it.

‘I would love to keep up with! Please feel free to email me at or find me on the Walden facebook group!

I do not know about you but this is how I feel right now! Feeling very accomplished and free as though I am swinging above the world! What a breath of fresh air!


5 Responses to “wk 8”

  1. Amanda Martin Says:


    You and I have had a few struggles this semester. Your comments and kind words really helped me continue the fight. I think your goal of working with families is so important. The only way to truly reach a child is to reach their family. I wish you the best of luck in all of your future endeavors. Thank you so much for your support.

    -Amanda Martin

  2. Dear Amy,
    Your final blog filled me with nostalgia over the last semester. Looking over everyone’s blogs it is evident that we all had trials to overcome whether in school or our personal lives, but we were persistent and motivated. Keep looking to your dreams and never let the passion in your heart die.

  3. louann8791 Says:


    I have enjoyed getting to know you better and I enjoy seeing your love in being a new parent. Your goals for strengthening your relationships with families is admirable. I am sure it resonates with you on a much deeper level now that you are a parent yourself.

    Thank you for all of your support and encouragement throughout this program and especially in this course. I know there are some times we all needed ‘talked off the ledge’ when the stress got to us. I know you definitely helped me when I needed those words of support.

    Good luck with your future goals and continue to enjoy that beautiful boy of yours. They grow up so fast!
    LouAnn Rhodes

  4. Amy~I am so glad that we have been able to take this journey together! It is such a joy to have connected beyond this world of Walden and see you and your family grow! I love your passion for children and their families and I look forward to keeping in touch. Thanks for all of the support and encouragement that you have provided for me both here in school and personally as well! Couldn’t have done it without you! Hugs!

  5. Teri Peasley Says:


    As our journey at Walden comes to a close, I am reminded of the power of relationships. Throughout this course, we have all supported each other through many trials and tribulations. I have been calmed by your interaction on our facebook page and inspired by your feedback on blogs and discussion boards since the beginning of this program.

    As we move to our next chapter, I look forward to staying in touch and watching your “little guy” grow!


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