In today’s society where we are under a constant barrage from the mainstream media regarding how and what our lives should look like, it is often helpful to sit back and reflect with the words of those long gone. Robert Frost at the end of the poem “The Road Not Taken” reminds us that to find fulfillment and enjoyment in life one must strive to search for and continue on the road less traveled.
ICT can often feel like this type of journey as it it always changing, can be a difficult path to negotiate and the speed of the changes can leave you spinning with no end in sight – but on taking the path one will learn new ways to overcome and grow.
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
My name is Vicki and so far I have struggled with learning all these new ICT components. What I have enjoyed though is building an understanding of how students feel when they are required to embark on a new learning journey and the difficulties that they themselves face. I do hope to learn so that I can impart my new found knowledge and empower my students to become life long learners.
Frost, R. (1920). Mountain interval. (The Road Not Taken). New York: Henry Holt and Company.