My individual learning project is by far one of my all time favorite things that I have ever done in school. I got to spend time doing what I love to do and learned so many things about myself in the process. One thing that I learned is that I am somewhat creative, even though I have to spend quite a bit of time to come up with original things. I also learned that I can persevere and complete a big task; it’s taken me so long to get to the point that I am at, but I haven’t given up and don’t plan to anytime soon. I know now I can do anything if I set my mind to it work hard. Finally, I learned I still have a lot to learn and do before I’m able to be published, but having the opportunity to write through my ILP has allowed me to get closer.
Motivating myself to work on my project was a little strange. Sometimes I would find it very hard to start working on it, but then towards the end of the two hours I would have to make myself stop. Other times, I would want to work on it all week long when I needed to work on other things first.
The best thing about the project for me was just getting to do something I love that also allowed me to learn. Furthermore, it was so much easier to be invested in this homework because it was meant to be on something we enjoyed. Thus, being invested in it made it so much more beneficial.
Independent learning is definitely going to be a part of my classroom someday, whether it be in the form of the school-wide passion projects my tablemates and I presented on earlier in the semester, or through allowing students to choose an assignment from ds106 to complete when they have time. Furthermore, I believe it is so important that as teachers we take the time to find out what our students’ passions are so that we can try to incorporate them into different lessons we create. Of course, not everyone’s passion is going to be involved in every lesson, but if we can incorporate them as much as we can I think it can make such a difference in a child’s learning.
I am so grateful that I got the opportunity to do an ILP, and the things I learned are kind of represented in the featured image on the blog. I hope everyone else had as much fun on their ILP as I did, and that we can all continue to pursue what we like to do!