I can overcome these fears as the weeks/semesters/years roll on. I know that interacting with different types of personalities, be they warm or cold will help me with coping with my fears. I really would like to be an educator one day, and I want to be a warm, inviting one. I know that once I go through a few sessions with students, I can feel more at ease. I know it won't be easy, but it can be if I believe in what I teach.
I can definitely use some of the TSD's that we have gone through to help with my lessons. It can make me feel more at ease knowing that I know this and can show it to some extent to students. I hope that I can help people overcome their fears. I hope that I can help take out of some peoples minds the notion that once you are over 25, you have no business learning anything. Just give up, make babies, have a family, and just wait for it all to end. I have come across people with that type of mindset, and I do not find it at all amusing. We have all taken different paths in our lives, as long as you are willing, and have patience and understanding, you learn anything. With a few helpful instructors along the way (which doesn't hurt...Dr Mac ;) ) it can really boost your confidence. Regardless if you are 25 or 65 or 85, you can and will succeed.
I for sure have to examine the way that I will teach. I have to keep it interesting, because now, in 2009 people have to be wowed to be motivated to learn. Teaching them how to upload videos to YouTube for the world/classmates to see. Teaching them how to make an interactive powerpoint will help them with a presentation. Teaching them sites like blogger, ning, google sites, delicious, they will se just how easy they can make their lives in advancing their knowledge about technology and the web. Imagine if you show someone how to go to their bank website, set up a payee address, and have their bank pay the bill via mail without you having to do anything. Wouldn't that help someone with time restrictions? Wouldn't that help someone who couldn't drive? I think so. Something so simple can change someone's life for ever.
I have to keep a mindset that nothing is too difficult. My continued research may uncover subjects and opinions that I do not agree with, and that is fine. Not every educator, especially in an Educational Technology field will agree with one another. You may have similar teaching styles, but your beliefs shall differ, and more often this is the case. Learning to co-exist with your co-workers will be another battle that will coincide with your teachings. You have to deal with it and see that it doesn't get in the way of your thinking about your lessons.