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Pathways Courses - Return and Report

Posted: 15 Sep 2017, 06:08
by AmyJ
I started the Pathways program officially this week. Last week we had an orientation/introductions.

NOTES:
It is set up with 2 internet classes and 1 "gathering" - support group. No one from your support group is in either of your internet classes. No one else is in both of your internet classes. The courses are structured to integrate pretty seamlessly with the "gathering" meeting - which is where you can catch up/ask questions about the classes (or be officially bored having completed the assignments and working on next week's assignments as well). At least for our first meeting, we were working at the least common denominator - making sure that everyone could login successfully.

PERSONAL EXPERIENCES: [I am a good student, and I am rumored to be a decent, but unconventional teacher for R.S. classes. They stuck me in Primary for years on end to teach, so I am probably not a half-bad teacher.)

There is a lot of "TBM" stuff floating around. As a hobby, I look around the class and try to see if anyone else might be a more "nuanced" member - I know they are out there. So far, I haven't seen anyone. In our gathering group of 30, there is a R.S. President, a R.S. 1st Counselor, a Primary President, and a R.S. Teacher. There are probably more callings I don't know about.
On the online classes, maybe 20% of them are either pre-missionary, or just returned from a mission. People are from all over the globe, with the majority being the UT/AZ area.
The majority of students are female, and probably over 40.
The first coursework for the online classes was your basic rules/getting to know the program/introduction stuff.

Re: Pathways Courses - Return and Report

Posted: 16 Sep 2017, 10:17
by SilentDawning
Please keep us up to date!

Re: Pathways Courses - Return and Report

Posted: 18 Sep 2017, 06:52
by AmyJ
Hello,
I plan to keep y'all up to date.

NOTE: I forgot to mention that my first impression of the Pathways course is that the General Studies class is focused on producing good teachers/improving teaching methods. I am beginning to wonder if one of the lesser (and unstated) goals of the program is to improve the teaching skills of the students so that the church gains better teachers on Sundays. My sister went through Pathways and then got married before transferring to BYU-I and dropping out of college and into the insurance industry. There are a few pre-mission (awaiting papers) students in both of my online classes, and there are some in the other class at my building. There are a smattering of moms with young kids in my classes, so they might become better teachers and have plenty of time serving in the auxiliaries still.

Re: Pathways Courses - Return and Report

Posted: 18 Sep 2017, 11:28
by SilentDawning
AmyJ wrote:
18 Sep 2017, 06:52
Hello,
I plan to keep y'all up to date.

NOTE: I forgot to mention that my first impression of the Pathways course is that the General Studies class is focused on producing good teachers/improving teaching methods. I am beginning to wonder if one of the lesser (and unstated) goals of the program is to improve the teaching skills of the students so that the church gains better teachers on Sundays. My sister went through Pathways and then got married before transferring to BYU-I and dropping out of college and into the insurance industry. There are a few pre-mission (awaiting papers) students in both of my online classes, and there are some in the other class at my building. There are a smattering of moms with young kids in my classes, so they might become better teachers and have plenty of time serving in the auxiliaries still.
It wouldn't surprise me if there was an underlying church motive. Also, trying to help people get an education so they can get better jobs and not be on assistance. This is one bit of church agenda-izing that I welcome, quite frankly.

I am still reminded or GBH comment that the church is big on education because it "increases members capacity to serve in the church".

Re: Pathways Courses - Return and Report

Posted: 18 Sep 2017, 12:49
by gospeltangents
"improve the teaching skills of the students so that the church gains better teachers on Sundays."

That's a goal I can get behind!

Re: Pathways Courses - Return and Report

Posted: 07 Feb 2018, 14:22
by AmyJ
Hi folks,
The first trimester finished up just before Christmas and I forgot to give ya'll the update.

We made it through!

I find myself applying what Silver Dawning taught me about gospel teaching and some of the things learned in the General Skills class when I teach.

Now we are doing the 2nd half of the BoM and Math. It's really cool that they have online math tutors assigned for each class and made it clear how to contact them. Also, the course is set up so that if you get less than 60% on a test (with multiple attempts allowed in some circumstances) the instructors make sure that you work with a tutor AND get a chance to improve your grade before the end of the trimester.

Being in the religious classes allows cognitive dissonance to grate at an individual's nerves, but I expected that - so was quasi-prepared for it. Being here is a HUGE HELP because it provides additional perspectives and a safe space to vent if I need it. I could not do this without you my friends here!

Re: Pathways Courses - Return and Report

Posted: 07 Feb 2018, 15:47
by Roy
Congratulations! Glad to be of help!

Re: Pathways Courses - Return and Report

Posted: 07 Feb 2018, 16:56
by LookingHard
Glad to hear it is going well.

Re: Pathways Courses - Return and Report

Posted: 07 Feb 2018, 23:25
by mom3
Miss Amy you add much to our conversations, too.