No, I am not considering leaving my studies behind (as the title may suggest), but I am considering going in a little bit of a different direction.
On my last placement I had two mentor teachers, and therefore two teaching areas- one with a Grade 3 class and one in the library. My mentor teacher in the library was great and I really enjoyed the new experience. She also mentioned that a lot of the new teachers coming into schools after graduating are not going into librarianship and that most school librarians are getting closer to their retirement age.
That gave me a lot to consider. I really did enjoy being able to work with students across the whole school (I worked in a small school, so by the end of the three weeks I knew about half of the students by name), and I’ve always loved the library, so I’ve started looking into courses that I could take after graduating.
One I found was a Diploma of Library and Information Services that only takes a year to complete.
So many options….
To be honest, I class myself as a geek/nerd. I become very involved (obsessed) with certain fandoms (books, movies, television shows). It was because of this “personality quirk” that I became involved in video making. I have made probably about 100 videos of my favourite fandoms in the last five or so years. I first started with Windows Movie Maker, as I had used that in high school. I saw online though, that Sony Vegas was a much better program, as it had so many more options. About three years ago I finally bought Sony Vegas 9 (I think). Oh my god…. that was very new!!!! I got frustrated so many times. Instead of just cutting and arranging clips to music, I also had the opportunity to add effects, change audio and the whole aspect of rendering was frustrating. I now have Sony Vegas Pro 11, and have started making my own colourings too, and I still get annoyed when the entire program shuts down (too many clips from different sources at one time) or the rendering takes hours….. However, I must say I’m proud of (most of) my videos, I get excited when it gets one view!
My results from the Mindset Test says “you agreed with 0 of Fixed Mindset statements and 8 of Growth Mindset Statements.You have mostly a Growth Mindset.” I’d like to think that was true! I do think that nearly everything is adaptable, that you change your learning and understanding of certain things. I’d also like to think that I have a growth mindset when it comes to ICTs. I often tell my Mum that I just play around with new technologies (phone, computer etc.) and can pick it up quickly through exploration when she asks me for help in learning something new. Exploration is key!