Course No. ED465b, ED565b
The great wisdom traditions of the world as well as our own life stories point to the virtue in adversity. The obstacles and difficulties in our lives can test and bring forth our greatest potential, leading to self-knowledge, courage and great achievement. Educators in this course will view two movies, several TED Talks, and read two books about overcoming adversity from an Amazon and Goodreads list or list selected by your instructor. You’ll use the reading/film/Ted Talks list to reflect on the trials and successes of your own life, and will explore how the themes discussed in the course might be brought into your professional situation. You will be inspired, motivated, and find healing in the journey. This course is appropriate for all K-12 educators.
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- Understood and explored how your personal experiences have empowered and changed you.
- Defined and allowed you to take an honest look at the challenges, the vulnerabilities you experienced and the strength you have developed.
- Read and experienced stories of transformation that allowed you to rethink your own stories or life lessons you might have missed.
- Discovered rich resources and a plan to draw upon that exemplified for you what is needed for your own personal journey to overcome adversity.
- Maximized and focused on how to build cognitive capacity and emotional stability in balancing and honoring your own unique experience and journey.
- Realize that the need to take this journey of discovery is innate in all of us and seeking a collective transformation is a part of change.
- Explored how to bring very specific everyday positive experiences that allowed your brain to change and create new neural networks.
- Woven positive brain changes into your own habits and thinking embracing the belief that every minute counts.
- Discovered ways to assess your own abilities in the areas of coping, finding inner success, and creating a wellness package for yourself.
Dependent on personal choice.
I am so grateful that I stumbled upon this course, actually I feel more strongly that I was led to this course. Without me knowing it going into the class it was just what I needed personally for this juncture in my life. Working through the assignments with the feedback of the instructor was so meaningful. I was literally on a personal/professional journey! I have completed the course but I am not finished with the spirit of the course. Within the coming weeks I will be continuing to explore what was brought up for me to see where it leads. I am excited!
When I signed up for this course it was just another course for salary advancement. However, this course took me by surprise pushing me to open boxes of memories I haven't opened in years. Forcing me to dig within myself to relate to the material. From the Ted Talks and the novel for the class I learned so much and took so much more away then I had ever imagined. Thank you!
This instructor is so interactive, individualized, and personal with her response to every assignment. I can also see her passion reflected in her comments to all of her students in the forum responses. I truly enjoyed this class.
The world needs more people like Brenda McKinney. I feel beyond fortunate to have crossed paths with her. The Adversity class required vulnerability and she gave me the space to explore personal experiences with grace, support and kindness. Thank you, Brenda.
Brenda was a wonderful, inspiring teacher who offered valuable insight and feedback. I will take a class again and refer your school to others. Excellent teacher, fabulous class and easy online learning environment. Thank you!
I enjoyed this class so much. It is applicable to students, the classroom and to my own life journey. As an educator, I appreciate Brenda McKinney's skill and effort to always give me a heart felt response to my work. I feel like she is really listening to what I am saying and engaged in the learning process. She always responds with insight and then gives me something more to ponder. During this philosophical journey through adversity, she also is always bringing the conversation back to students and the classroom. Thank You!
Thank you for all that you have done with me during this course. I'm so thankful to have had Brenda McKinney as my instructor. Brenda has helped me work through so much frustration, anger, and some depression. Brenda has changed my outlook on life. I'm so thankful I have the tools to combat life situations. I will always remember this time with Brenda as she helps me lift a dark cloud that has been hovering over me for years. I'm re-energized and ready to take on the next challenges of life and excited to share my new education with my students.
I enjoy taking classes of Brenda McKinney. She always has thoughtful, useful, encouraging comments.
Brenda is an amazing teacher! Her feedback, comments, and suggestions were super helpful. I am looking forward to taking more courses from her. She's a definite keeper!!!!
I will be back for more of Brenda's excellent, encouraging, joyful, inspiring and gracious teaching.
Brenda McKinney is an exceptional teacher. Her feedback was meaningful and made me think. I really appreciated her efforts with my course.
Brenda is such a wonderful teacher I look for her classes above all others. The learning is always extremely relevant and she creates an environment that's encouraging, inspiring, and just what's needed. I couldn't be more pleased with all the classes I've taken with her, but this one seemed it fell from the sky to perfectly fulfill my needs!
I am so grateful to have taken this course. I can honestly say it has stirred my soul and reminded me of why I teach. I learned so much about myself and received so many tools to use in the classroom. Ms. McKinney does an excellent job of responding to assignments, giving praise and moving her students to the next level. I thoroughly enjoyed this course.
When I signed up for this course, it was just another course for salary advancement. However, this course took me by surprise, pushing me to open boxes of memories I haven't opened in years. It forced me to dig within myself to relate to the material. I learned so much and took so much more away then I had ever imagined. Thank you!
Brenda's feedback was timely, wise, and helpful. I truly appreciate having the opportunity to work with her throughout the 'Overcoming Adversity' course. The coursework made sense, had a good flow and sequence to it and really helped me process some tough stuff more efficiently and thoroughly than I otherwise would have.
The feedback I received in the course, Overcoming Adversity, was phenomenal. I thoroughly enjoyed the class and look forward to taking more classes at Heritage Institute.