A Lesson from Dora the Explorer

I found this blog post, A Lesson from Dora the Explorer, a while ago but haven’t had the time to really read and reflect on it until now. It is a fairly short post, yet it has a lot to say that I think is really relevant to the point I am at in my life right now. Basically, the article discusses the use of questioning in the classroom, pointing out that our questioning style is often similar to that of Dora on her show. This post is definitely a must read as it gives educators something to think about.

Published in: on April 8, 2011 at 6:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

A Very Intriguing Article

So I was checking my email and noticed one from Diiigo showing updates in Group Ecmp355. I decided to check it out and found an article bookmarked by Alec called “How To Steal Like An Artist (And 9 Other Things Nobody Told Me) – Austin Kleon“. This title interested me and I decided to check it out. Boy was I glad I did. It has a lot of really interesting ideas in it from writer and artist Austin Kleon. Here is a list of 10 things he wished he had heard in college (keep in mind these are “art” related but I feel still relevant to life in general). Also, I used orange text to highlight the points that stood out the most for me.

  1. Steal like an artist.
  2. Don’t wait until you know who you are to start making things.
  3. Write the book you want to read.
  4. Use your hands.
  5. Side projects and  hobbies are important.
  6. The secret: do good work and put it were people can see it.
  7. Geography is no longer our master.
  8. Be nice. The world is a small town.
  9. Be boring. It’s the only way to get work done.
  10. Creativity is subtraction.

I feel that everyone should definitely check this article out. It was a great read and gave me lots to think about and reflect on.

One idea to reflect on follows (taken from point 1 in the article). It gave me something to think about:

Every new idea is just a mashup or a remix of previous ideas.

1 + 1 = 3

Here’s a trick they teach you in art school. Draw two parallel lines on a piece of paper:

parallel lines

How many lines are there? There’s the first line, the second line, but then there’s a line of negative space that runs between them. See it?

1 + 1 = 3.

Published in: on April 8, 2011 at 6:26 pm  Leave a Comment  

Final Project for ECMP 355

For my final project for ECMP 355 I made an Arts Education resource package, called Teaching the Arts, using wikispaces.com. This was a really time consuming project as I chose to do K-5 and all four of the Arts Ed. strands. This means a lot of lesson plans and ideas to go through. There is a lot out there, not all of it great. I made sure I went through each of the lesson plans, trying to chose those that were good, quality lessons I would consider using in my own classroom.

Overall, I feel like I could definitely add more, and will probably continue to do so in the future. However, I also feel like I did a good job of finding the “good stuff” out there for educators to use. Feel free to explore my wiki, keeping in mind that this wiki is essentially a “work in progress” and will continually be added to so visit back often if you like what you see.

Published in: on April 7, 2011 at 5:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

Summary of Personal Learning video for ECMP 355

This is my Summary of Personal Learning video I made for ECMP 355. I used a video camera to record it, and then edited it using Windows Live Movie Maker. It definitely did not turn out as good as I had hoped but overall I guess I am happy with the results.

I feel like I learned a lot from this course, but also know that I still have a lot to learn. I will definitely continue to explore technology in the future. I also plan to incorporate lots of technology into my future classrooms. Technology is such a part of our current world that it would be irresponsible of me as an educator not to do so.

Published in: on April 7, 2011 at 12:38 pm  Leave a Comment