With the new year approaching, we usually start reflecting on the past year and writing resolutions for the year ahead. It’s been a special year for me, having learned many new things and gained new experiences. I hope it’s been the same for you.
It’s not long that I’ve started my blog, sharing my thoughts and reflections, but it has indeed been an invaluable experience for me. Writing and connecting with other experts in the world has been one of the best experiences of 2014 for me. I’d like to share a list of things I’ve learned this year, and hope you’ll find them useful too.
In 2014, I learned that:
- It’s more exciting to get out of my comfort zone and engage myself in new challenges.
- I should focus on the goal and don’t be attracted to the ‘number trend’ for building fame. The goal is to help the world become a better place with the least of my capabilities, through education, not making money. The intrinsic joy comes from helping others in a meaningful way, and the important source is our work.
- I must learn, commit, and do in order to keep progressing.
- My responsibility is to think beyond borders to be a successful educator.
- I need to be proactive not reactive towards the circumstances, such as poor management or organizational issues.
- My responsibility as a learning designer is to be a co-learner.
- Devouring too much of information without reflection is not effective in enhancing our knowledge and application of it.
- Intellectual debates can best help us improve and we should increase our tolerance with opposite ideas.
- I have to exercise my brain. (Here are some very useful information by John Medina:
- Do regular exercise
- Sleep early and well
- Reduce stress
- Use different techniques to maintain learners’ attention and make the lesson fun )
I’d like to end my post with a quote by George Bernard Shaw:
“ This is the true joy in life _ that being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one. That being a force of nature, instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die.”
Thanks for reading