Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Reflections on lifelong learning

I've read the book by Stephen Covey The Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People and enjoyed the book. So, it's no surprise I also enjoyed the 7 1/2 Habits of Highly Successful Lifelong Learners.
The habit which will be most challenging for me will be the fourth habit which is to have confidence in yourself as a competent, effective learner. I feel a little bit behind in the technology world. My confidence level is certainly not one of competent. However, once I put my mind to accomplish something, it will be accomplished. Therefore, I will have to use positive self talk and catch myself if I hear myself using negative, non-affirming words throughout this learning process and change them into positive, confident, affirming words.
The habit which I believe will be the easiest will be the sixth habit which is to use technology to your advantage. In the past few years since having internet access, I have used Google, Bing, Yahoo, and E-How to research almost anything I wanted to learn about such as recipes, how to repair a garbage disposal, or things to do in the metroplex. So, I certainly will use the tutorials and technology for any thing I need to learn about throughout this course.
The most important habit for me will be to view problems as challenges instead of complaining, feeling negative, or giving up. If we are open and willing, we can always learn and mature in life when we accept obstacles as an opportunities to learn and grow. My children were going through some tough times recently and at first, I was very stressed out about what we were all going through. However, I had to remind myself to ask what it was I was supposed to be learning throughout the circumstances I was faced with and to remember to take things one moment at a time and eventually overcome each obstacle. Patience is indeed a virtue, but one well worth obtaining.
I'm looking forward to playing with the web 2.0 tools and sharing them with others.
Mrs. Vickie

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like you have a better handle on technology than you are giving yourself credit for. Just remember to have fun with the 23 Things. That's really what it is all about!