This post is in response to the #OExtend bank activity titled WIIFM, or What’s in it for me? Being a student who has almost always worked from the perspective of “Learning for the sake of learning” I need to remember that not everybody thinks like I do. Heck, very few people think like I do. Some students want concrete reasons for attending class and practical resources that they can take into their future careers.
Having students perform an activity such as “What’s in it for me?” can be motivational in nature. It can be a reminder of why they are in the program they are in, or it might be a good check point for them to rethink their program. Are they in it for the right reasons.
I recently read a blog post by Kasey Bell over at Shake Up Learning titled “10 Reasons to Become a Google Certified Educator”. It was essentially a WIIFM for anybody who is considering going that route, which I have been planning to do for a little over a year now.
Why haven’t I done it? I guess you could say I’ve been busy. I completed my M.Ed. last April and have started teaching in a new position teaching courses I have never taught before. I’ve tried to get invovled as much as I can in my new position, and am trying to get involved in the academic and digital communities whenever possible. (Hello #OExtend peeps!)
So, if I want to complete this goal (getting Google Educator certification) then I need to get my act together and do it. So I need the motivation which is what led me to this blog post. The infographic to the left lists the 10 reasons, however which one stands out for me? That would be #8 – Engage in professional growth and leadership.
I feel that becoming a Google Certified Educator allows me to join a community of like minded individuals who are interested in similar things that I am. Does this sound familiar to anybody involved in the #OExtend community? I feel that is one of the reasons I am procrastinating currently in completing my Google Certification. I have found a community that is accomplishing similar things. I would even argue that the above infographic and blog post could easily be rewritten as “10 Reasons to join Ontario Extend” and you would not have to change too many of the original reasons.
So if anybody asks me what reasons I would say you should join the upcoming #ExtendWest cohort, I would say the community. What is yours?