Chasing the dream

It seems to matter very much what we set as our dreams and goals. I set mine to become a competent Web Designer and started into a program given through a local Vo-Tech Center to achieve that goal some 18+ months ago. Now that I am finished with that ‘goal’, which was no easy task, I find that I’m a junior Web Designer with just enough know how to know how much I don’t know!

Chasing the dream is an ongoing journey and learning this particular PHP application via the GUI has been a blast. Since I had a small taste of coding a simple blog setup in PHP, it gave me more confidence that I would be able to master this software with little or no problem. With the help of Lynda.com online training videos, I did indeed pick up on the ‘how tos’ more easily and can see why so many people choose WordPress over other blogging tools.

I’m still chasing the dream, though not as fast, but just as determinedly. It will take practice and trials and errors and falling flat on my face a couple of times, but I will become competent. I might even become innovative but haven’t come to that point just yet.

Next up is to start the linking game, the content building game and the completion of upgrading and updating my student marketing site to my personal Web Site. I’m even planning on sharing my Digital Portfolio with the world and adding to it or deleting from it as I go along this path.

I do hope to get much better at the programming part of it and the database part of it, too. But that’s down the road a ways and I’m happily plugging along with the updates, rewrites and redesigns for now.

Does anyone else have a story to tell about their experiences upon exiting the classroom and entering the ‘real world’? If so, share them. Till later, tada…

A Generic Blog with pics

This is one of the posts I had from Lynda.com training on this software. As such, it has nothing to do with me or my blog, but it does act as filler until I have some entries of my own.

I purchased a digital camera not long ago and will be using it to catch some photos of my world and interests to help make this blog a more inviting place to visit. Hope you like the results. From this point on, ignore the content!

Since the school first opened, all Kindergarten books were housed in the common area between the two Kindergarten classrooms. Because the Kindergarten is so close to the school library, Principal Sheeney and the Board of Education decided to create a special Kindergarten area within the library. Kindergarten classes will make weekly “field trips” down the hall to the library for story time and occasional puppet shows. The library will be closed to other students during this time.

The new Kindergarten section will be a great way to introduce our youngest students to what libraries are all about!

Kindergarten Reading Room

Kindergarten Reading Room

Sample post during training

Rupert takes a helicopter rideSpringfield Elementary is extremely pleased to host noted children’s book author, C.J. Sebastian. Ms. Sebastian will join us on Tuesday, May 20 for a special Story Time in the newly remodeled Library, where she will read her latest book, Rupert Takes a Helicopter Ride, to Kindergarten and First Grade Students in a number of sessions throughout the morning.

A Springfield resident, Ms. Sebastian is the author of ten children’s books that explore new experiences from a child’s point of view. Her books help children expand their horizons by exposing them to new and exciting things. Her descriptive yet simple phrasing expands vocabulary while keeping meaning clear to her young readers.

CJ Sebastian at the controls of her helicopter

CJ Sebastian at the controls of her helicopter

A helicopter pilot for the past eight years, Ms. Sebastian will also address the fifth and sixth grades at a future assembly, where she will narrate a slide show of photos taken from her helicopter in the Springfield area. She has already participated in a Career Day at Springfield High, where she landed her helicopter on the football field and spoke directly to students about careers in aviation.

Ms. Sebastian also provided some learning materials for our sixth grade class to study helicopters:

  • About Helicopters is an illustrated student handout about helicopter aerodynamics.
  • Flying helicopters is an audio file that explains how Ms. Sebastian got started as a pilot.
  • Sky Harbor Takeoff Video

Ms. Sebastian will be available to autograph books and answer student and parent questions during the lunch break after her final reading on Tuesday. Mark your calendars!

How I spent my summer vacation

What was supposed to be my ‘summer’ break after the finish of the Web Design classes turned into a frantic last minute rush to complete all the requisites of the program and to take all my final certification exams. It was grueling and somewhat tedious.

I was close to total burn out but held it together long enough to make it to the finish line. I will admit that my final work had lost its edge and I don’t think I have a chance at any further awards BUT I am now reaping a bit of a reward for having completed my work. The evenings are less intimidating and frustrating since I can now work on what I choose to rather than playing make-up or trudging through endless paperwork, reading and coding.

I hope next summer will be a bit different than this one. Later…

I’m pretty sure I’ve completed the coursework

It’s been a while since I posted anything. It’s Monday afternoon and I’ve made some changes to one of the Websites I’m responsible for. So it’s time to post to this blog again. I completed all my certification exams, turned in an eportfolio and published a showcase of my work on the student server BUT I received another message from my instructor today that I needed to submit a transcript just to make sure I have completed everything. So far, the transcript is still missing several classes that I’ve already finished so I’m still praying that I’m finished. I joined an online community on retirement and am becoming more active on Facebook. Little by little, I’m learning more about all of the Social Networking stuff. I look forward to being able to shout it out and say, “I’m outta that program ‘cuz I finished it”! Spent a warm weekend listening to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It was good to look forward to nothing but the book. Now I will get back to updating a few more sites and presenting the updates starting this week. I am looking forward to working on my personal site and the commercial sites I oversee. No longer a student, now I can do some experimenting and just have a little fun.

Originally posted on Blogger 8/10/09