I haven’t decided yet whether Google calendar is my friend or my enemy ‘cause honestly, when I see those pop up reminders on my phone, no matter what it is, I cringe. I immediately hit the clear button, and that innocent little reminder just goes away. As if nothing has happened.
My tortured relationship with allocated times and routines are nothing new. But they become most apparent when I start losing focus of where I’m going with all of it. What is that end goal look like? Is there even such a thing as an end goal? Am I trying to be self employed? What is the ulterior purpose of this blog? Is it to be held accountable for hobby-esque projects? Do I want to turn my hobbies into full blown endeavors? Am I still super interested in design and art as when I first started college?
After the wedding, I start facing very grown up realizations. I am 26, yes. I am married. I am trying to find a place to somewhat settle (I don’t think I can ever settle). In a couple of years, I might even start having kids (eeeeek!). These realizations mean two very important thing: that my work and lifestyle have to be flexible and meaningful.
I’d hate the idea of being average at everything. It’s like when I decided that there was no possible way that I would be as amazingly awesome at first person shooter as Jon was. Or that I somehow couldn’t work through my ‘video games to play’ list fast enough and face it, I never will. And that’s okay.
Or that I don’t know all the technical know-how of high end cameras and how to be exceptionally good at photography. It’s not going to happen. And it’s not because I don’t care. It’s because it’s not ultimately what I love doing every moment of the day.
There are other things that I have been shedding along the way (origami, 3D modeling, animation, etc.) and each time, I have felt good about my choice. As if a weight has been lifted off my shoulders.
Cause honestly, these are the things that I absolutely love.
- Setting up and organizing systems
- Learning about education, and the intrinsic motivations behind learning
And every time I give up those “deviations” of mine, it allows me to work more and what truly matters to me. And as one of my absolute favorite authors Paulo Coehlo tweeted once, “Get as much as you can from any journey because the journey is all you have.”
As a teacher and tech junkie, I absolutely love the idea of having more technology in the classroom. I’m still working out problems with improper cell phone usage (i.e. students texting when they should be taking notes) but when I can, I use my smartboard, find useful language apps, show them videos, and periodically go to the language lab. Unfortunately, access to technology is not always available and I’m running a computer that more than a decade old ( I used the same computers back in high school.) Seeing content in different ways is important, especially for students with different learning styles.
This infographic seems to outline what I see inside my classroom and around my school:
Chunking: A technique of combining many units of information into a limited number of units or chunks, so that the information is easier to process and remember.
Note: The following is a guest from Geoff Jackson
Art has no definition, no discrimination, no hate, and no limitation. Not everyone can be labelled an artist, as a true artist is someone who enables you to feel and express through his/her piece. Abstract, expressionism, impressionism, realism, and surrealism are just a few styles of painting. An admirer does not need to be a graduate or have background knowledge, to appreciate the beauty and depth of art. Painters have engaged in several styles of painting, so that they can communicate their views on life to the world. All painters have unique ideas and perspectives to their themes and styles. There is no particular style that is best, or one that is harder to portray than the other. Read More