Time flies! Our course for this semester is already over. Recall the first time we met online, first time I had online course, first time I established my own blog, first time I wrote in my blog, first time I tweeted…..Many many first time, I gave them to this class. It seems that I begin to know what is connected learning and how it works, the class is over. I really really don’t want it be over, I feel comfortable with our class environment, I like our teacher Christina and classmates, I enjoy class discussions and activities, I appreciate dedication and sharing of all the people. I have to the fact that I didn’t participate a lot in our online discussions. I always stayed quietly and muted my voice in the class. Those moments I was listened carefully and trying to understand word by word, those moments I was thinking that I really needed to share something but there were nothing in my mind, even though sometimes I already organized words and ideas in my mind, when I spoke, I was hesitated and tongue-tied. Many tImes I saw people speaking fluently in English, I blamed myself that I couldn’t. When all the classmates were actively and initiatively sharing their experiences in teaching, I asked myself: “Did you have experiences in teaching? You never been to teach in school, what can you share?” Even though these difficulties were always hurting my feelings, I still survived many times from people’s supports, patience and encouragement. So, I appreciate everybody’s help in this class, you are my gifts that supporting me to go forward. I initially wanted to say these in yesterday’s class, but I was too shy and nervous that I missed the chance to say thank you. So I am writing this letter to say “Thank You” to all of you. Thanks for accompany, thanks for helps, thanks for teaching, thanks for sharing…I like the words that Christina said yesterday: “Our class ends, but connected learning doesn’t end.” Connected learning is still going on. Look forward to seeing your movements in connected learning, and I will continue to share and search in our community.
At last, hope everyone does very well in finals and have a fantastic summer! Fighting!
Best wishes! Sincerely, Jingru Chen