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I can honestly say I thoroughly enjoyed every second of my Independent Learning Project. Just a review my project was over bible journalling, I would read a few verses a couple times a week and spend an hour or so creating a design to go along with the verse I wanted to journal about. It was very easy to get caught up in the journalling and it was hard to put down somedays. I found myself journalling most Sunday mornings while eating breakfast and listening to music. It was a nice way of getting away from all the hustle and bustle of school and homework and just relax for a couple hours each week.
Through my project I learned that it is A LOT easier to work on something if I actually like the project or find it meaningful. I found myself procrastinating my other homework and putting bible journalling first on my to do list each week. It never actually felt like work either, it just felt like a fun relaxing activity not something I had to turn in and hope for a good grade on. There was no pressure to make the absolute best or perfect, instead I just did what came to mind, it only matter what I thought about it not what others thought. The designs represent my feelings towards that specific verse and brought me closer to the words and God not closer to an A in the class.
I will admit somedays I felt like doing nothing, including bible journalling. It was overall easy to motivate myself to work on it but not every single week. I think everyone has those days where they just don’t feel like working on anything no matter what the task is well I had those days too. I’d manage to get myself up and start reading and thinking of an idea for a design and in the end I would enjoying my time working on it.
The best part of the project for me was finding new verses I never actually thought about twice but ended up becoming one of my new favorites. I loved the freedom that came with the project itself, getting to decide what to do, when to it, and how to do it was a nice change for once. I plan on continuing my bible journalling, there are so many different ideas that I can use and I can’t wait to see where it takes me not only in the actual work but with my religious relationships.
On a side note I have to share an app I found when looking through bible journalling sites. This app is called Sprinkle of Jesus, I’m sure some of you have already heard of it but I suggest you check it out, I absolutely love it. Here is the link to the website: Sprinkle of Jesus which tell you more about it but it is also in the app store (which I use) called “Sprinkle of Jesus.” It has sermons, articles, reminders, general information and so much more. My favorite part is the daily notifications. These notifications aren’t your normal ones, they give fantastic advice on relationships, reminders to stay focused on God, and just nice quotes. Here are a couple notifications I have received:
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In my future classroom I would like to incorporate independent learning in my classroom. I think it would be great for midterm projects, final projects, chapter projects or anything really. It is a great way to get the students excited and involved in their own work. Anything to get the students excited about school is worth it in my opinion.