I have grown throughout this year long process by learning rather than being taught. Open source learning has taught me to utilize the internet as a resource and also to put passion into learning. It has also taught me to take risks and to step out of my comfort. An example would be my masterpiece. I have never shared my findings and ideas to anybody yet I managed to do it that day. It also managed to teach the English requirements as directed by the state. My writing skills have improved a little since I began in the fall. I feel a bit more confident as I write and started to organize my ideas more. My reading has improved a bit with all the new vocabulary terms I learn and as for my thinking. It has improved so much. It feels like a door has been open and I can see a light with many imaginative ideas.
The class was given a high sense of trust from our instructor. We deserved that high level of trust because without it how else could you approach open source learning? We have earned that trust by just saying that we wanted to give open source learning a chance. Not everybody has honored that trust. The majority of the class didn’t because they are still stuck in the traditional school mind set. Not only that but they didn’t do the work, keep up with the blog or the journal. I say since the past month May I have begun to honor that trust by doing my masterpiece. The rest of the time I spent in the class I was like everybody else doing nothing trustful.
While have experienced this course I have strengthen a passion I have. The best way I can describe my passion is being a human textbook. I have looked up a wide variety of ideas, concepts and facts ranging from the traditional math and science to video games and philosophy. Throughout the year Preston talked about utilizing our greatest resource we had, the internet. At first it flew right past me but as he kept saying it to us it finally got inside my head unconsciously. I began to look up more information as the year progressed and before I knew I used that passion as my masterpiece.
The course wasn’t all work there were a couple of laughs in there. One would be my friend presented his masterpiece and they used inappropriate music. It was so funny because the song wasn’t made for a presentation and Preston called them out on it. Another funny memory was when I presented my masterpiece and I got flipped off by my teacher. I was glad because it felt like a friend flipping me off so I laughed. Those were my favorable moments that I remember from the class.
Passion was a reoccurring theme in our masterpiece project. Our masterpiece project was our grand senior project where we presented on what we were passion about to everybody in the class. I saw passion over and over again but actual passion and not just passion that was made up at the last minute. Eddie who reported on why he wanted to be a paramedic gave us a personal story on what drove him to choose that. He said that a paramedic once saved his life so now he wants to do the same. Another college wanted to better him so he took up boxing as a means to get a shape and now has deep appreciation for the sport. He is making progress and has told me that he would to get with boxing. Another college named Daniel baked the class food as means to show what he has learned. He loves to cook and has even gotten a job in a restaurant where he has a mentor to guide him. He will pursue his goal into becoming a chef. Two more colleagues decided to put their projects together into one. Xavier and Robert came together to form a better idea. They will provide clothing made from street artists. Their passions drove them to create their first shirt and are planning on making a website for the public.
I have not completed this journey. The journey on my life has just begun and I plan on taking on this adventure head on. This is my hero’s journey and I will complete it. From now on I will be living life how I want it and experience all that this world has to offer and more. I could not find a mentor because I did not know exactly what I want to do so it made it tough. At least now I know what I am interested in. It was a challenge trying to break out of that traditional school mentality because I have spent all my school life being taught and not learned.