I'm still kind of confused. Yesterday, I was at the HU Honours Festival. I was nominated to be the Honours Student of the Year of Hogeschool Utrecht (University of Applied Sciences Utrecht).
To begin with, I had a great evening! Tons of people were interested in all the wonderful projects that my fellow students and I had created. Every time after pitching my own project, I tried to listen in on some other pitches. There were so many great ideas and I was truly impressed by the amazing people around me who managed to create something valuable by using their talents and chasing their dreams.
My project is Today's Teaching Tools, which I have been doing for a year now. I publish blogs, gather information, teach workshops, and answer many emails in order to make education a bit more ICT-proof. I do all this because I want every student to be seen and have fun in learning. Through ICT, lots of opinions, answers, and feedback can be generated, which oftentimes leads to happier students and teachers!
Now, I would be a hypocrite if I said my lessons are perfect, that I always manage to do what I just described. I don't always get to reach that student that needs it the most, or I don't get to help another one who is desperately asking for attention in the wrong way. Sometimes my lesson plans turn out to be rubbish, and sometimes we're just having too much fun, so that we forget to learn what's on the schedule. But I really hope that what I do helps other teachers, so that all of us can reach out to every student collectively. If I have been able to change only one life for the better, all the time, money, and effort invested, are worth it.
Back to yesterday... After an evening full of excitement, amazing offers, and lovely people around, the jury chose me to be the Honours Student of the Year. This isn't only a very honourable (Ha! You get it? Honours..?) title, but it also comes with a prize to invest in my project. Although I'm full of disbelief, I couldn't be happier!
I need to say special thanks to all the people who've helped me throughout this project. I won't mention any names, but I'm fully confident that you know I appreciate your support if you're reading this. I definitely couldn't have done this on my own!
For speakers of Dutch: See the link below!
Irene van der Spoel beste honoursstudent van de HU - An infographic by the team at Irene van der Spoel, vierdejaars lerarenopleiding Engels en Biologie, is verkozen tot Beste Honoursstudent van de HU. Dat gebeurde gisteren tijdens het eerste HU-brede Honoursfestival aan de Padualaan 101.