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Monday, June 10, 2013

Not Growing is Dying

I don't know who coined it, perhaps in the sports realm, it seems true in today's competitive 150 applicants per job market. (no that is not a researched number).  Schools tout for change (especially when listening to them in the interview), but ironically you are measured how well you make the status quo look good while trying to implement change.  I have temporarily dropped off the regular blog trail, so let me share why.

These two concepts are in-congruent with each other, as I am certain Dr. Scott McCloud has indicated in his prior blogs.  As it stands, however, I forged ahead and went "back to school."  I took two concentrated classes over the Internet (since twin cities parking, traffic, and hotel stay were additional costs I could not arrange in my budget).  I took two classes, CompTIA(R)'s A+ training, and CompTIA(R)'s Network+.  The  difference between the two seems to be logic.

Media Center, C. Sheldahl  (C) 2013
I expected to pass the certification exams to the A+ with flying colors, because the class did not seem so hard.  There was a notable shift in the way I understood learning...this did not seem like learning, eight hours a day for five days.  I studied, but I should have practiced more, because I set a date for the exam before completely mastering the practice exams (1st mistake).  Then I set the time for the second test before waiting for the results of the first test (2nd mistake).  I have learned a lot from failing, and in this case, the learning not going to underestimate the value of studying and practicing before I schedule the exam for it.  I even went on the recommendation of a colleague, and bought extra books which included CD's so I install practice tests on my computer.
was enormous.  Again, I went through (sitting) eight hours a day for five days, but I expect the Network+ test to make more sense (because a lot of it is terms and mind-mapping).  But I am going to practice for 95% before I schedule the exam.  (It helps to follow sound advice).

Why am I sharing this?  I believe if I do not try to improve (like the "playing" I did when I was in school to figure out computers) or try learning to create more, or be more resourceful, I will go into atrophy.  The only reason why I am willing to go through a nightmare of studying is the hope that the outcome will benefit the students with whom I come into contact (if not my children first).  I am not "dying" if I pick myself up, dust myself off, and refuse to give up until I have attained those certifications.  It goes back to the saying I tell my own children, "If you have done something once, you can do it again."

Til I chalk again,

Mr. Shel