We are supposed to write about our attitude we need for a successful mooc so here goes. I warn you that I debated in my brain if I should write what I thought people wanted to hear. I could not do it, because it would be a lie. The following is my truth.
The two words that keep going through my mind are “resignation” and “hope”. These are the only two attitude words that I can think of right now for someone who feels the way that I do.
I think of resignation and hope because:
I am resigned to the fact that this class is just going to be very frustrating for me. I hope that I can make it through without always feeling like I want to scream every time I turn the computer on to do class work. I am resigned to the fact that this class is designed for one type of learner (someone who thrives/learns from being on a computer for hours) and, unfortunately, it is not mine. I hope that I can still balance my free time so that I am not working all day at school and then come home to sit in front of a computer. I hope that this class does not drain my energy so much that I cannot be the best teacher possible for the 29 sponges in my first grade classroom. I hope that I still have time to walk, play the violin, read “stale” (as one person described them) books, socialize with friends, sew, and just be outside instead of worrying about if I have posted, blogged, twittered, pinterested, googled, bookmarked, etc. enough and in all the correct places to get at least a B in the class. I am resigned to the fact that I am just going to have 50 to 100 new emails in my inbox every day. I hope that I have the time to read and delete them all. I am resigned to the fact that this class is going to be confusing. I hope that the muddy, murky, debri-filled waters clear up soon so that instead of feeling like I am drowning a horrible online death all the time, I can start swimming, exploring interesting looking channels and coves, and fishing in promising looking holes.
I have attempted to contribute to the learning of others by: talking with a co-worker, who has this class as well, and trying to collaborate on what we are doing, copying and pasting links for other people, and sharing what very little info I know or someone gave me when I twittered the other night.