Final Thoughts

This course has been a stimulating and rich learning experience. As I reflect on the past sixteen weeks, I am amazed at how comprehensive this course has been. We covered a lot of ground.

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The highlight of this course, for me, was the chance to focus on my Course Project in such an in-depth way. The completion of the annotated bibliographies was, in turn, exhausting and exhilarating. I enjoyed the challenge of searching for relevant literature and was thrilled by how each study offered a new perspective on my topic. This was a wholly satisfying experience. I can envision this as being applicable to my work as an early childhood professional in the fact that I believe that we should never stop learning. Knowing how to be a successful consumer of research is an important skill to have.

I will admit to some frustration with the technology required to post my final discussion presentation. It was hard to accept that after all the time and effort I spent on my presentation, I would not be able to present it the way it was intended. I hope to view this as a learning experience—if not a lesson in humility. Throughout my academic career, I have typically found that perseverance will eventually lead to the desired outcome, but not so in this case. It was a humbling experience.

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I thoroughly enjoyed the discussion forum and I found much insight and guidance there—from my classmates as well as from our professor. I looked forward to visiting the board and always came away a little richer for the experience.

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I want to thank all of my classmates and Dr. B. for all you have brought to this remarkable course. For me, it was definitely time well spent and I am grateful to you all.

I wish you a most joyous holiday season and time to reflect, to rest, and to enjoy. I look forward to our next leg of this doctoral journey. Good wishes to all and thank you.

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Julie