When assigned this Independent Study I was panicky because I was unsure of something I wanted to learn. I haven’t had to think about what I wanted to learn in a long time. I have always been given information and done further research on it. But with this freedom that I have just been given to choose my own topic of learning I have decided that I would like to learn about the Lakota language.
Being able to learn about the Lakota language is important to me because there is a possibility that my future students will be from the Lakota tribe. This summer when I get married I will be living in South Dakota and I am hoping to land a job in the school near our house. By being able to learn about the Lakota language I will be able to show my students that I truly respect their culture and I am wanting to learn more about them. I feel as though having this trait will help my students to feel safe with me and know that I care about them.
When I become a teacher and happen to get placed in the school where my fiance’ lives I think it would benefit me to have an understanding of my neighbors I will be meeting, my coworkers I will be interacting with, and just for my personal understanding. When a person has the desire to learn about their surroundings and the different culture they will be living in, it says something about their character as a person. It shows others that the person really cares about their surroundings and that they are trying to understand the new culture.
I am excited about starting this journey of learning about the Lakota language. I feel as if I will benefit greatly from this independent learning project. Being able to pick a topic that I am interested in will help me be able to enjoy researching and will give me the opportunity to enhance my future. As a future teacher I will be letting my students choose the topics they research so that when they come across an assignment like this they won’t be panicky like me and have to sit a ponder for awhile about what they would like to research. Giving students the freedom to choose what they learn helps the learning rise because students are actually interested in what they are learning since they chose the topic.