Through discussing things on skype as a group, reading blogs and reflecting upon my own personal and professional journey so far while completing this MAPP DTP a theme of voices has arisen.
Originally going back into education ,pulling upon previous experiences, I was expecting everything to have an answer and to be essentially told how and what to do.
I can't believe how wrong I was!
Before I started studying again I felt my 'voice' had been stripped away from me so I chose not to speak up and use it. It was a very strange feeling to be asked what I have done and what have I learned, how have I achieved things? Although there is always references to others who have done the same thing it was to almost back up my own voice.
Now entering module 2 and looking at research I'm being asked what am I interested in? And this is where I feel the MAPP is helping me to fine my own 'voice'. My research and all my studies are now relevant to myself, to what I think!
I look at the students in my classes and I see that even at a young age some of their 'voices' are already slipping away from them. Within my professional practice I focus on enhancing creativity with my students and hopefully give them the confidence to be comfortable enough to use their own 'voice'. As there is no right or wrong and what they have to say matters.
I think this is something for us to remember as we journey further into our modules and inevitably come across hurdles and bumps in the road. I think if we keep it relevant to us as individuals this course offers a great platform to express our own voices and be heard by others who are open and willing to listen!
Don't forget you have a voice and don't forget to use it!