So the first MAKE is out and it's all about How To's. What a crackerjack topic and I can totally hear myself asking students to do this kind of thing.
The learning challenge is for me! Gulp. I'm not good enough at anything to offer a how-to, I think <interpret that to mean that in my head, I'm panicking >. Oh, the authors have anticipated my thinking and made the claim ,
And then proceeded to give me many excellent examples on which I could base on my own work. The further challenge is to introduce myself or how to be a resident of my community. Gulp.
Right now I'm very involved in taking care of my mom. She's 92 years old and struggling with cancer. My world is involved with How To love your mom when she's at the end of her life. It sounds like such a bummer topic but is very close to my heart and would be as authentic to who I am right now as I could get. I hope I could get some sweet pics of her and approach this topic in a good way. I am honored to be here with her in these moments and to have a chance to give back to someone who spent my whole life giving to me.
So I need to really consider how to do this in a way that celebrates the best of what we have and the love we share. Going to give this some serious thought. Take some good recordings.
In my first #CLMOOC learning adventure, I read about a neat app called WordFoto. Normally I'm not too good at these but I thought I'd give it a try. I did that because I was thinking about my yearbook staff. I found this idea from someone in the group (Kevin Hodgson) and he gave it a thumbs up so I thought, what the heck. I can try it too.
One of the "hot" trends of yearbook is to write a bunch of words over the top of a photo. I haven't tried this yet and would love to have a bunch of possibilites ready to inspire them on the first day back. I just took a photo that I already had
Imported that into the app and tried to think of words that I could use to describe myself. I picked learner, of course, yerd, science, curious, mother and thankful as my descriptors. If you were doing this for a specific purpose there's no end of possibilities you could use.... Here's my finished product and I think it's easy enough to try again and to really think through some creative uses the next time.
So what if I tried 25 more things over the course of the summer and only half of them work, I'll be much further ahead of where I am now.
Through the National Writing Project comes Summer to Make, Play and Connect. Sounds fun but it makes me realize how much I have to learn. CLMOOC is a collaborative knowledge-building and sharing experience. I learned a great bit about knowledg-building in the Microsoft Innovative Educator course I just finished.
I look forward to trying thing that scare me to death. Most of those things involve being creative and trying out new digital tools and seeing if I can't crank up this old brain to learn new tricks.
Can I find those qualities inside me?
Will I be able to execute my ideas into a product?
Can I calm the anxiety that I feel when I look at the list of things that are suggested? I don't know where to start and feel overwhelmed.
Regardless of how it turns out, I'm going to try and I will share my attempts here regardless of how well they do and don't work.
Yerd is not a term that I knew until I became the yearbook sponsor. Now I proudly claim the label of being a yerd. It is an exciting time to be involved in documenting the life of my middle school....and bringing a whole bunch of students along.
Last year I had a staff of mostly 6th graders join the Yearbook Club and through meeting about 2 hours every other week, we published a pretty amazing yearbook.
The best part of this is that I have terribly gifted students, students that struggle and "hate" school, students that don't fit anywhere and students that are extremely popular. Being a yerd means that none of this matters....you can be whomever you want. We have a place for you regardless of what you bring to the party! I'm just coming to understand this more and more....maybe it's my age and I know I'm in my last decade of teaching. It's what makes my profession the best of any out there...getting to help young people find a place, flourish and grow.
I couldn't do all this without the support of an amazing faculty who lets us take pictures and bop into their classrooms to snap LMS life in action. And my amazing yearbook rep, Barry from Herff Jones, who is relentlessly positive and full of possibility thinking. All have helped this science/math teacher transform (albeit very slowly) into a yearbook sponsor. To all of you, I owe more than I could ever repay but thank you.
My yearbook staff rocks it!!! They are champs and I hope all of them (except my 8th grader who is going off to high school) will come back next year. We have amazing new ideas to develop as we "Reveal LMS".