I have been cocooning. My personal life has been in transition along with my professional life. Today, I decided it was time to write a post. The topic – Learner Support.
Just prior to putting finger tips to keyboard, I pulled up my blog and realized that it has been one year and 2 days since my last post! Am I a butterfly emerging from the chrysalis? If I was beautiful before, I am a new creature today! I have a new position at Vancouver Island University (VIU) – Student Success Coach. I have completed my Foundations Course at the Institute for Life Coach Training (ILCT), an accredited coach training program through the International Coach Federation (ICF) and am part way through course work that will make me a certified Life Coach through ILCT. I hope to be a certified Life Coach by March 2016. I applied for and have been awarded a six month PD leave to pursue my Professional Certified Coach designation through the ICF, which I will commence in January 2017. And if you know me at all, I love a challenge and it is a rather ambitious goal. So, I am working hard to gain that level of competence as we speak. Learner support! It applies to practicing professionals as well as students, not yet employed in their future fields! The learner support I receive from my employer is substantial and much appreciated!
Since my last post I re-entered the classroom and had such fun in my Inclusive Recreation and Sport class with some truly lovely people. Next month I will take an intensive 2-day workshop in Team Based Learning (TBL) through CIEL – the Center for Innovation and Excellence in Learning. I LOVE to learn with the good folks in that department. I will redesign my curriculum for that particular course in the workshop. This is another example of learner support!
In the spring of 2015 I traveled to Belize on a field school with a mix of students ranging from Recreation, Tourism, Baking, Culinary students to Instructors in Business and Culinary Arts. As each of the student’s goals and reasons for participating in the field school were so different we took an individualized approach and borrowed from Future Mapping as a way for each student to set their individual learning goals for their experience in Belize. I learned Future Mapping as a technique from Michele Brookhaus from Beyond Well and applied this method to my own goals and taught the method to students going on this Field School. We did, however, all learn about the cacao bean and how it is processed into chocolate. Mmmmm… it was a delicious experience.
My own future map concerned setting up coaching for students at VIU on behalf of Student Affairs. My title is now Success Coach and Success Coaching is part of Student Success Services at Vancouver Island University along with Peer Coaching, which I oversee. We have just completed the revamp of the new website: Student Success Services. Notice that students can access a learning strategist, a peer coach or a success coach through this new learner support service at VIU.
Much has changed since I last posted. I have been rather circumspect in some aspects of my life, but I love to learn and grow and be challenged in many spheres of my life and for that I am really grateful! I am also grateful for the learner support that VIU extends to not only its students, but also its employees. I continue to be challenged and grow in my practice – as a paid employee and as a human being. Moreover, my strong belief that education is a trans-formative experience continues to stand. My new vocation as a life coach is a wonderful, new extension of all my previous experiences and education. I am really looking forward to this year drawing to a close and entering the new year! I hope and pray I will persist in my live, love, and laugh attitude and my love of life long learning!