Thursday, August 26, 2010

Week 10: Dear Passengers, Please Fasten Your Seatbelts

We Are About To …….

I can’t believe that this wonderful journey is about to finish. As Arbi said “All beautiful things have an end.” Unlike all my colleagues, I’m not sad as the course is about to end. Please, don’t think that I’m a little bit tough or without emotions. No, I’m so sensitive. But, the reason behind my happiness is that I have a strong belief and hope of another beginning with another course involving the same smart colleagues. Another reason for my happiness is that we will not stop communicating with each other, sharing our experiences and writing on our blogs, wiki and Nicenet class site. Everything is open. There is no an end. I will not say “Good Bye”, but I will say “Let’s go on”. I think that by the end of such precious course, I will start doing many things that I’ve learned during these precious 10 weeks. Of course, I can’t count all the skills that I’ve developed and the experiences that I’ve acquired. All what I feel about this course is that it makes me open for everything new even if it seems impossible or a little bit imaginary. 

Dear MY Colleagues,

Thank you for every moment I spent with you!
Thank you for every idea I discussed with you!
Thank you for every experience you shared with me!
Thank you for every piece of information I gained from you!
Thank You ….... Thank You ..….. Thank You .….. All of You!

I’m so happy to have all these wonderful and smart colleagues in this short time. I will remember all of you. But, don’t forget me and promise me when I need you, please don’t ignore me. Your support and encouragement throughout this course provided me with a light inside me that can enlighten my new way. Your ideas, thoughts and experiences opened new windows that were closed in front of me. At last, I want to say that you mean a lot for me. 

Dear My Instructor Deborah,

My fingers stop writing as they don’t find words that can describe you. Really, you exceeded all of my expectations. Whenever I needed a hand day or night, I found you beside me. Your way of guiding and orchestrating the symphony of this course surprised me and this makes me hope to be like you. Can you help me to be another Deborah Healey” or it will be just a hope within me?

Dear Staff of Oregon University AEI,

Thanks so much for letting me a part of this course. I want to say that I have benefitted a lot . I have developed many skills that I don’t even expect. My writing skills, higher order thinking skills, communication skills, learning and innovation skills are among what I have touched at the end of this wonderful chance. 

Many topics were discussed and I felt I need them a lot to be a ware of this age needs. Technology that I like was the prominent feature throughout our discussion and tasks. I admired its uses and benefits for me and my students. But, I feel afraid of being tech and forget about myself as a mankind. I promise I will not be like that. I will use it involving my touches as well. 


  1. A very sentimental and poetic ending. The journey has come to an end but I believe, as one door closes, another one opens. The webskills course has availed new openings for each and every one of us. The vast knowledge we acquired will make us better teachers by taking us to the next higher level of professional growth. The friendship door also stays open.

    Thanks to Deborah, the staff of Oregon University AEI and of-course, our classmates.

    When you shout, you will be heard. Please keep in touch! And best wishes.

  2. Salam ya Azhar,

    I really liked the equivocal title and picture with which you embellished your blog post. We may be about to take off and depart from our old and ineffective teaching practices. We may also be about to land in unknown and new enriching learning experiences. No one knows.But, in both cases, I certainly won't fasten my belt. Fastening is meant to limit one's freedom of movement. While learning, I prefer to be free to move and stretch physically and most importantly intellectually;-)

    So happy to have known you and we sure will keep in touch.

    و السلام ختام


  3. Hi Azhar,

    I am also a very sensitive person and I couldn't read your post without tears. Thank you for being so helpful and supportive to everybody throughout the course. I am sure, the relationships we have established among one another will be enhanced further. Maybe, we will even manage to meet 'Face to face' one day!

    All the best


  4. Dear Azhar,

    I think you have been our most prolific blogger. I enjoyed reading your wonderful blog posts immensely and I found the links that you shared with us both here on your blog and in our Nicenet discussions very useful for my teaching. Thank you for being helpful and encouraging. Thank you for your positive attitude.

    I wish you all the luck in the world!

  5. Dear, Azhar! Yes, after one journey, usually we want to take a new one. I share the opinions of the courcemates. Your blog was always interesting to read and get something new from. Thos who wish to develop will always be on the right track!
    Good luck in your new adventures!


  6. Dear Azhar,

    I also want to thank you for being with us, for your tremendous contribution to our course. I have always visited your blog with pleasure. Being of similar design with mine, it was also very dear to me for its informative, well-organized and simply attractive from all the sides content. I rememer you suggested to keep our blogs and hope we will communicate and collaborate.

    Best wishes!

  7. Dear Azhar,

    I too feel happy, not sad, that we have successfully completed the course, made new friends, and will continue to use what we have learned here. I hope your next journey is a successful and happy one as well.

    All the best,


  8. We are indeed passengers! Life is a journey... enjoy your trips!


  9. Dear Azhar:

    Yes, it has been quite a journey and I'd like to add "Till we meet again".

    You have been very supportive and dedicated during this course. Your posts always added something to the discussion.

    My personal special thanks and appreciation

    I hope we stay in contact and I wish you the very best in your life and future study.

    Very Warm Regards


  10. Dear Juliet, Arbi, Bella, Arjana, Liliya, Victoria, Janet, Khuloud, & Hanan,

    Thank you very much for your decent words. Again and again, you mean a lot for me. I have learned a lot from and with you. Actually, this is the first time I work with all these expert teachers from all over the world. To be honest, I can't believe that this happened and it is about to end. But, all what I wish to keep in touch.

    So, how can we do this?

    Through e-mails! Yes, it is good. But I want to keep discussing ideas and sharing experiences. I think of creating an online discussion board through which we can regularly communicate and expand our knowledge that gained from this course. Moreover, this board will not be for us only, but we can invite other teachers form our countries to discuss and convey what we have learned here.

    What do you think?


  11. Dear Colleagues,

    In my post's title, I have left it incomplete. Even the plane that I have inserted seems to take off or land. It is you who can determine whether you are going to start another journey or land from a journey.

    Either you choose to take off or land, please don't stop travelling. You can consider this journey as a starting point or an expanding point.

    I wish you all the best of luck in your coming journeys!


  12. Dear Azhar,
    You became my trouble shooter. I am very thankful for all the pieces of advice you gave. They really worked.

  13. Dear Roxana,

    Thanks so much for your decent words. I hope to keep in touch!

    I wish you the best of Luck!