This week for my independent learning project I did several art activities. The first one I did was the color wheels, I realized I probably should have started the color wheel the first week but I was still trying to get myself organized on what and how I wanted to do my project. I figured the color wheel would be a good start so if I were to do it in my classroom that is probably where I would start. I found an outline from when I took art for the elementary school teacher and used that to do the primary color wheel, which I would teach first, then I did the secondary color wheel as well.
Along with the color wheel I also did a hand drawing using warm colors and cool colors. I would teach the lesson to the kids about what the warm colors are and what the cool colors are. I would then let them draw their hand and pick their colors. The point of the activity is to get the kids to see the difference between warm and cool, and also 3D.
For my last activity I worked with the second grade teacher and we had our second graders make fall wreaths. These were so much fun to make and the kids loved it, and it was so simple to make. All we did was got a paper plate and cut out the center to have just the outside. I also pre-cut the leaves for them using green, yellow, red, orange, and brown construction paper. We then handed out all the leaves and plates to the kids and they just glued the leaves around the plate. I liked that we did this in class and I hope that it counts as part of my project because I learned so much from it. I learned that you can never have enough leaves haha and that you have to give kids really good instructions on what they are doing because they can get easily confused.
I also decided this week how I was planning on doing my art projects from now on. I plan on doing my project by seasons and holidays so that when the time comes, I am not scrambling through Pinterest trying to find art projects. I also plan on neatly putting my projects in those clear sleeves labeled and sectioned off by holiday and season, and store them away in Sterlite storage drawers until I need to use them. Overall, I think that I have this well-organized now and I am really enjoying this so far.
When I first learned about this assignment I had no idea what a Personal Learning Network was. After doing some research, watching a video on it, I realized that this is a good thing to have as future educators. In a way this is such an easy way to keep yourself updated with what is going on in the educational world. As educators, we always have to be updated with the newest trends in education and what better way to do so than by doing it online and connecting with other people who share the same interests and ideas. I am so glad I was able to learn about this now. I recently created a twitter specifically for this class; so I think that instead of deleting it like I had originally planned I will actually keep it. Since it’s a new account I didn’t have any followers and it was nice to have to follow 100 education accounts on twitter, I think this was a good start for my plan.
A Personal learning plan is network of people all working together and collaborating to stem knowledge in a more personal environment. With that being said a Personal Learning Network allows the user to have a lot of control. As the learner, we can choose who we have in our learning group. Who we follow, and this is where the 100 twitter accounts come in play. I chose to follow a lot of elementary education and preschool users; in hopes that I can gain so more knowledge about the different tools, resources and tips for my future. Some of those accounts even followed me back! I will continue to follow more educators and sites that I can hopefully use as a guide someday.
Sharing resources is also a great idea to connect with other people who might follow me. The biggest problem I see is that I am not much of a social media kind of person. I don’t necessarily like to publish or share a lot of things on Facebook. Remembering to tweet something or share something interesting has always been kind of a tough one for me; but I’m sure I can grow out of that. Especially if I plan on making my twitter account strictly professional. I am actually pretty excited to see how great this will turn out and how many resources I can find
The Ted Talks I decided to watch for the third week was titled “How to Speak So That People want to Listen”. I chose this video because as teachers we will always be speaking, we will spend our days talking in front of students. As teachers I think we all want our students to listen to what we are saying. I figured that by watching this video it would teach us a thing or two about speaking to others and making our kids are listening.
In the video with Julian Treasure, he brought up valid points on what we do in our daily lives. He called them the seven deadly sins of speaking. He said that we need to learn to step away from those seven deadly sins. The deadly sins include, gossiping, judging, negativity, complaining, making excuses, blaming others, exaggeration, and confusion of facts with opinions.
The first “sin” was gossiping, he said that it is hard to want to listen to someone who is always gossiping of people who are not present. It is also hard to listen or talk to, to someone who is always judging others. A person who is negative about everything makes listening hard. In my opinion, there is already enough negativity in this world, we don’t need more. Complaining is the other “sin’ that he mentioned. I think that complaining and negativity go hand in hand. I had a coworker always complain about everything and you eventually get tired of hearing that person speak, especially if you don’t have anything to complain about. A person who is always making excuses and can’t take responsibility for their own actions is hard to listen to as well. I think that if they can’t take responsibility then it is kind of hard to listen and make them a credible person if they are always blaming others. Exaggeration is the sixth sin mentioned, and the last one is confusing facts with opinions. I think that all of these are things we should keep in mind if we want people to listen to when we speak.
Not only did Julian Treasure bring up good tips and what to stay away from when we are speaking but he also mentioned four foundations that can be used as a platform to make a speech powerful. He said to keep in mind the word HAIL. The acronym HAIL stands for, Honesty, Authenticity, Integrity, and Love. People are more than likely to listen to someone who is honest, and can be trusted because their actions reflect their words, and they aren’t trying to be someone you’re not. Love is the last term and I think this one speaks out to kids more than the others. We want to make sure that those kids feel loved because some of those kids don’t have that at home.
The TED Talk was probably not the best one out there but I think it mentioned very important key points to keep in mind when speaking in public and actually wanting people to listen to us. At the end of the TED talks he mentioned that we want understanding to be the norm, and as teachers we want that to be the norm as well, but it’s hard when we don’t always say things to get those kids to listen and actually understand what they are learning.
I am not sure if I am on the right track with the Independent Learning project but I think that for my project, I would like to focus a lot more on the creativity side of education. I want to do mine art related. I think that being creative is fun and engaging for students. I know that since I was little, art was the one class I always looked forward to because it gave me so much freedom to express myself more than any other classroom. Although I was never that good at art I still loved it, I wish that I would have learned more and at a younger age. I plan on being an elementary school teacher and I believe that it is important to maintain the creative minds active and allowing the students to express themselves through art, because some students may not know how to do it otherwise.
I know that at my old elementary school they took away the art class that the kids had as a “special” now they only have music and P.E. I just think that kids are always trying to find ways to put themselves out there and what better way than to allow them to put their thoughts on to beautiful art projects. I plan on making adjustments to my learning plan because I am a little unsure on what the exact requirement is but I plan on thinking of ways to incorporate art into my classroom. I am thinking of maybe having at least 20 minutes every other day working on an art project with the kids and putting them all into folders that they can display throughout the classroom during the school year and then again at the end of the school year.
I think this would be a good use of my learning time because it will allow me to actually go and do the projects and maybe do one project for month of the school year. And just have the students work on it until the last week of the month. I plan on incorporating different art terms and skills to each art project so that they have the educational background as well as the chance to be creative. I hope that I can go through with this Independent learning Project, and if any one has any suggestions or comments on my project to please let me know, thank you!
The article “Centering the Essential Lenses” was a pretty good article. I thought that some of the points that he made are essential to learners. Some of those points that I agreed with were “making, hacking, and playing”. We need to allow kids to make things, I think that as the years have gone by we have in a way taken that away from them. I see a lot of kids being spoon fed all the time and not allowing the students to put their minds to work and make something of their own. We are always playing by the rules that we forget they are still kids and they need to be able to make things and make things on their own. This also goes hand in hand with “hacking” like the article and ted talks talked about, hacking isn’t a bad thing. The word has just been modified to fit today’s society. It’s okay to allow kids to explore things on their own and try to “hack” the system to benefit themselves. Playing is the other term that the author used in the article. Play time is important especially for younger kids. In all of my classes they tell us that we need to allow kids to have a break but then you get to the actual school system and they will sit in their desks for hours and hours just working, kids lose interest so quickly by doing that. I wish the article would have gone in a little bit more detail than it did and maybe more examples of what could be done for each of the essentials. I was unsure about what he meant by the last point, which was “centering” did he mean like have goals set up in the classroom or what?
After reading the article and watching the ted talks I will try to keep in mind and do what I can to keep the creativity in my classroom. I have always thought that keeping the students engaged in what they are learning is a good way to help the students remember what they are learning for the future.
Overall the reading was good. The author brought up very important points that as educators we should always keep in mind. I do believe that there are more essentials to add to the list though, and maybe I can think of some later on during the school year to add on to this.
I thought that the Ted Talk “Hackingschooling Makes Me Happy” was a very inspirational video. It was for sure a big eye opener to a few things that I think need to be changed in how the school systems work. This young man brought up so many valid points that the regular school system lacks but yet we expect the students to have almost everything figured out by a certain age. Like he often said we spend so much time asking kids what they want to be when they grow up but we don’t give them opportunities to experience what they truly want to be when they grow up. We teach them the basics of English, Math, Science, etc. and expect students to build a lifelong career around that, yea that is a good start but there are so many job opportunities out there other than being a teacher, a doctor, a dentist, etc. but a lot of kids can’t experience what this boy is in the regular school system. I found it so interesting that at a young age he is already learning so much about what he wants to do when he grows up. It’s crazy that at his age he also gets to intern and work doing something he loves and getting the experience along with all the other experiences. Another create quote that I agree with 100% was that “education is oriented more towards making a living not a life”. I don’t think they could have said it any better. I think that there are a lot of things that could be taught about life but we focus too much on the what the school systems rules that they don’t get to learn and things they will need in life. I remember hearing a lot of classmates complain about taking a calculus class and thinking it was dumb to be in that class because they wouldn’t need to know any of that. They would also mention how they would much rather take a class that taught them more about life and prepare them for life, such as learning how to pay bills, how to take a loan out, or even simple information such as calling to make an appointment. At the same time though it’s hard to change the system when that’s what we’ve always had and those are things that are important to know; and its sad to see schools dropping other classes like art and music to spend more time reading and writing or doing math. We lose creativity in the schools every day; but I guess there’s just not enough hours of the day to be able to teach kids more than the basic.