While I did get my teaching license a year and a half ago, I left with two classes to go to my MAT (Masters of Arts in Teaching). I'd really like to get that done at some point. This fall, I decided there was no time like the present!
I also coached the volleyball team in September and October, so I had a really busy start to the school year. My life is slowly settling down now that volleyball is done, but this grad class keeps me on my toes.My work is interesting, but it takes a lot of time. Thankfully, I can manage it, but some weeks get quite busy.
This class is studying research design. I thought I knew a lot about this, given my background in science and research. Little did I know! There is so much variability possible in educational research. You can go quantitative (numbers based) or qualitative (by doing interviews). You can do correlation studies, experimental studies with control and experiment groups, or even just observation studies. So many possibilities!
I really wish I had a class like this in my ecology MS. It would have been nice to step through various experimental designs, how they've been used, and how to plan your own. This seemed like something my professor just expected me to know, and I realize now that I was lacking.
On the bright side, I know more than many students in my class. I value being able to be a resource and hone my own knowledge through explaining to others. There are a few social scientists in the class, so they help me understand the non-experimental, more qualitative work.
One thing is for sure: I really value getting to continue my learning. I always mean to do work on my own, but I am much more focused with a class. My subjects may change, but I will always love being a student.