You might not know this, but I am currently pursuing my Master's degree in Early Childhood Development and Elementary Education. Yeah, it's a mouthful. But, seeing as I'm homeschooling my kids and my undergrad word was in Business and Human Resources... yeah, I needed to go back to school.
Anyway, last semester was a total headache. I had two classes. One was statistics, which was interesting and useful for everyday life, but not really related to what I wanted to be talking about. The other was Home, School and Community Involvement.
First of all: In the course description, there was no comma. I thought it was about getting homeschooled students involved in the community. #PunctuationFAIL
Still, it was a required course, and I had to take it, no matter what the punctuation said and whether or not I found the content interesting. It turned out to be completely fascinating, but not in the way the professor intended, I am sure.
However, the main problem with the class was this: It was not a graduate-level course. Oh, it was labeled as such, but it just wasn't graduate-level rigor. We were expected to read the chapters and write "reflections" on said chapters every week.
I don't know about you, but every other college class I've been in has had the same definition of chapter reflections: Don't summarize, but tell me what you learned, how you felt, how this applies to your life, your work and other things you've read on the subject matter.
No, apparently this professor just wanted summaries.
That was the entire course load. Summarize the text book.
Don't get me wrong, I'm happy to get a good grade on my transcript and cross off a required course, but ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.
Sorry. I dozed off there. I mean, come on! This was basically high-school-level work, being given out in larger doses and called graduate work.
This semester is shaping up to be a whole lot better. I have three classes:
- The second half of that statistics class. Still not really "education" or "childhood" based, but she's letting us do our big research project (80% of our grade) on whatever we want, so that's good.
- Infant and Childhood Mental Health. We talk about babies. We watch videos of babies. And soon, we'll talk about toddlers. And watch videos of toddlers. My ovaries are raging. But I love it.
- Social Competency. We talk about helping children learn and develop social cognition and competency. Since my son has Asperger's, this topic is near and dear to my heart.
I think it's going to be a great semester.