I have recently been diving deep and pushing myself to learn about things that are out of my comfort zone. I have always considered myself a lifelong learner, but this year is a little different. As I come down to the last portion of my educational doctorate, the dissertation, I have realized I am not sure what I will do with it. I have never really wanted to go into academia, yet at the same time I love teaching. So what should I do? Alternative education.
What to Look For?
I have taken some online courses before, and I look to continue to do that. I also look forward to teaching some online courses in the near future. I have partaken in some mentorship groups, and I look forward to continuing to be a mentor and a mentee. I am a co-host for two podcasts, which not only helps me learn, but helps me educate as well. The newest development is to become a speaker at some of these conferences. My first ever opportunity to present at a conference is approaching at the end of this year.
Moral of The Story (see what I did there?)
Bottom line, if you can tell a good story, and you can relate to your audience, you will do well in education. The medium doesn’t matter as much as the content and the knowledge transfer. At the end of the day, going above and beyond to find ways to make those connections will go a long ways with your pupils, whether they be students, patients, or colleagues.
ONE THING I LEARNED TODAY
There are plenty of ways to educate and be educated. I have a list of approximately fifty books I am looking forward to reading once my dissertation is done. I hope to be able to share the knowledge I gain from these books in neat and concise packages that make sense to my future learners.