Procrastination Complete

Greetings fellow COETAILers! If you are anything like me you are feeling excited about this course and can’t wait to connect with members of our cohort from around the globe. With that excitement comes anxiety, fear, and worry. Will I really have time to take this on? Will I find success? Will I crash a burn? So I made sure to read through all of the class documents and thought, not only can I do this, but I’m going to get a jump on it. That was on Saturday. On Sunday I thought about blogging, but I didn’t. Same again Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Today is Thursday, and I am finally getting up the courage to create my first blog post.

Here it goes….Wish me luck!

I signed up for the COETAIL for many reasons. Friends and colleagues from around the world have told me that this was the best PD they had ever completed. That it revolutionized the way they teach. That is pushed their thinking to new levels. After hearing all of this wonderful feedback, I had to check things out. So I got on the COETAIL site to find out more. What I found there sealed the deal for me.

I stumbled up the Wayfairingpath, just another COETAIL blog, and found this post about Self-Directed Learning. Something I have been wanting to implement in my classroom for a long time but I haven’t been able to find the time. So I read on to find out more. In this video, students share their SDL journey. I learned so much from watching this 8 minute and 50-second video and thought, if that is what one post, from one COETAILer has to share, imagine what I could learn from the course!

So… here I am, and I am excited to be here. I cannot wait to connect with the people in our cohort and beyond.

Let’s get ready to rumble!

Jennifer Byrnes

My name is Jen and this is my 10th year as an educator. I am a fourth-grade teacher at the American School of the Hague. I have lived and worked in the US, Uk, Italy, China and the Netherlands. I have taught grades K-4.

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7 Responses

  1. Hi Jennifer!

    I was so glad to read your blog and see I am not the only who procrastinated! I’ve also been interested in Self-Directed Learning, and loved the video you put up. It inspires me as to what might happen as progress through COETAIL, and the myriad of ways our students will benefit. If you have any breakthroughs in SDL, I’d love to see them!

  2. Suzy Ramsden says:

    Hi Jennifer,

    I enjoyed your post and it reaffirmed for me exactly why I am doing Coetail. I am about to start Course 5, I can’t begin to tell you how much learning I have done and how many teachers I am now in touch with globally who have helped me, pushed my thinking and changed my practice in different ways. And the best bit is, I can see that, because of those connections, my learning will continue far beyond finishing Coetail. Enjoy. The video you posted was so powerful…out of the babes. I think every teacher/educator should watch this. I am about to embark on joint passion projects with our Grade 4 buddies and this has given me some really helpful ideas. We could pass on ideas etc. through blogs, Twitter, email. I’m a Grade 1 teacher at the International School of Luxembourg. Thank you for posting the video, it was inspiring.

  3. Sarah Browne says:

    Hi Jen
    I enjoyed watching the video about SDL. I haven’t heard of this before but it looks a lot like what we have been trying to do with the Grade 5 PYP Exhibition. We moved away from working in groups a while ago and have been getting the students to identify a passion and to connect it to a local issue. They then work on finding out more, developing their ideas and presenting them.I would be interested in finding out more about SDL as it would clearly help us as we try to develop the Exhibition in the direction we have chosen and could also be something to look at throughout the year.

  4. Brandon says:

    Welcome to our cohort, Jennifer! I sincerely hope that our cohort over the next 15 months will indeed prove to be a genuinely inspiring and invigorating experience. I’ll make it clear that Coetail is very much about getting out what you put in. I know that’s quite a cliche statement but it’s absolutely true. Engaging, reading, reflecting, commenting and connecting aren’t easy and at times may test your ability to endure. But please do know that you CAN get through all of it and it will impact your professional knowledge, expand your toolkit and enhance your strengths in the classroom. Welcome!

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