M.Ed. in Digital Learning and Leading
First class start date: October 2016
Anticipated Graduation date: May 2018
Art Teacher/Apple Vanguard Coach - Kanawha County Schools, Charleston, WV
Hello! My name is Rebecca Recco, and I am an elementary art teacher in Charleston, West Virginia. I am also a mom of four kids and almost never home.
Ten years ago, I tried to go to grad school. It was an epic disaster. My children were young and the program I attempted was an online master’s program. The work wasn’t too difficult, but it also didn’t seem relevant to my practice as an art teacher. I felt it was difficult to stay motivated to do the work, because the program was expensive, but didn’t feel like work that I would bring back to my classroom. I eventually quit the program and decided that I would not seek my master’s degree.
In 2015, I became an Apple Distinguished Educator. I love technology and finding ways to improve my students’ workflow in the art classroom. At that year’s ADE Institute in Miami, I heard about the Master’s of Education in Digital Learning and Leading at Lamar University. I had some reservations about starting a program that was all online, especially one so far from my home that I couldn’t just drop in to speak to someone face-to-face if I needed to. But after a year of mulling it over, I decided to give it a shot. The more I read about the program, the more it sounded like a program designed just for me.
Not having been a college student since Kurt Cobain was still alive, I was very nervous about navigating the online enrollment process. It took me a little bit of time to learn where to find information on the portal, but once I learned where to look, I was able to figure out the rest of the process without too much difficulty. I was also assigned a fabulous Enrollment Specialist who checked in with me regularly to make sure I knew what to do next.
Once enrolled, I was given a Student Coordinator who would check in with me from time to time to make sure I was adjusting to the program well and to let me know about upcoming deadlines and opportunities (such as this blogging gig). My student coordinator has been tremendously helpful, because even if I think I understand what I need to do, it’s always good to have someone to check in with and make sure I don’t miss any details.
Now, two courses into this program, I am so happy to have made the choice to go for my master’s degree. So far, this experience has been ideal for me because I get to make choices about what I want to do with this program. The work is very open-ended so I can make it relevant to my practice as a teacher, and I have already put a lot of what I’ve learned into practice in my classroom. I meet virtually, through video chat, with my classmates and instructor, and I’ve already made friends who I feel comfortable talking to when I need advice. Though the work has been challenging, it has been meaningful,
and I think that’s the best part of this program. I feel more motivated as a teacher because of this program, not struggling to do the work. Each professor has given us a sneak peek of the work we will be doing further on in the program, and I’m excited about the adventure ahead.
You Can Always Count On Change
June 17, 2017
One thing you can always count on in life is change. In the past year, I’ve suffered the deaths of two people very close to me, and I also got a job offer that I couldn’t refuse that requires me to move cross-country.
Why Go To Grad School Online
June 6, 2017
The first time I started looking into grad school programs, there weren’t many completely-online programs available. I considered a brick-and-mortar grad program, but I knew that the closest program that offered anything even close to what I needed was two hours’ drive each way, and I had little kids to take care of.
Why I Chose the EDLD Program
April 25, 2017
I had attempted my master’s degree a few years before. The program I was in was a basic Master of Education program, and I really didn’t like it. It was geared toward classroom teachers in core-subjects, and as an art teacher, a lot of the coursework didn’t really apply to my work in my own classroom.
What to Do When Life Happens
March 27, 2017
March has been a rough month for me.
Online Program: Get the Most Out of It
February 22, 2017
Online school is convenient.
Wasted Time into a Master’s Degree
January 22, 2017
Being a full-time art teacher and a busy mom, I really don’t have much time for anything.
Back To School
December 16, 2016
Hello! My name is Rebecca Recco, and I am an elementary art teacher in Charleston, West Virginia.
This blogger is paid by Lamar University solely for submitting this blog and is in no way coerced to provide specific blog points or opinions.