Digital Story

I don’t know who remembers this but early in the semester I made a reference to my classroom being like Santa’s workshop. Well that is what I displayed in my digital story.

Mrs. Lliteras’s Workshop of Learning

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An Innovative Mind

How have I been innovative this semester? Over the past 16 weeks I have not only changed thoughts about myself as a learner but also those thoughts I have developed about education. I will be the first one to admit that I am not a straight A student and I have to work very hard for the grades I do get, but after reading the material this week I don’t think it is me to blame. We are so conditioned to go from grade to grade trying to achieve the highest scores possible to beat our friends. Why do we feel the need to make learning a competition?  Parent’s are bad about this, they have to brag about what their children have done or what they are going to do which in turn stresses their kids out to the point of being horrified of getting a B! Does anyone remember in grade school when our report cards went home and we only received scores like; satisfactory and unsatisfactory? It wasn’t a “grade” but a way for students and parents to see what needed improvement and what a child’s strengths were in. That to me is better than an A.

“I focus not only on where I can improve, but where I am already strong, and I look to develop those strengths in myself and in others.” George Couros

This is what I want to start implementing in my personal and professional life. It is so important to remind students that we all have things that we need to work on but we need to also remember that we have great strengths that we should use to help others improve. I think this quote is what innovation looks like in learning. The willingness of someone to take what they have and use it to help others but also understanding that we don’t know everything and being accepting of help.

Unfortunately at 25 years old I still am trying to unlearn what makes me a good student and a good future teacher. It shouldn’t be about who got the best grades or who volunteered the most to make their resume look good, instead it should be the heart in someone that makes them desired. Just because someone has a perfect 4.0 GPA doesn’t mean they have heart or what it takes to sit with a student during recess or after school to help them understand and learn. By saying this I am not saying there are not people who are geniuses and don’t have hearts because those people do exist as well. What I am saying is that grades shouldn’t be the deciding factor in anything. What happened to looking at the willingness to learn new things?

“We need to unlearn the premise that we know more than our kids, because in many cases, they can now be our teachers as well.” Will Richardson Why not think this way? I learn more from children then I ever will learn from reading a textbook or listening to some long exhausting lecture. I think a good way to follow through with this is the way we communicate with our students. We have to establish respect right off the bat, but educators need to give respect as well. That is what I need to unlearn. My students will have such imaginations and I can’t be the reason it doesn’t exist for them anymore. I need to bring it out of them and encourage them to never lose that side of them. It is so rare and amazing that it would make them unique.

Last three daily creates! #28-#30

This is my first time doing this, if it doesn’t work let me know. I had to order at McDonalds with an accent and be picky.

For this one I had to make a silly 911 call

This song is backwards. I’ll give you three hints to what it is.
1. He’s not alive anymore
2. Michael Buble is said to be this generations…
3. He sings Fly Me To The Moon :mrgreen::mrgreen::mrgreen:

Daily creates 21-27

Here is a video I had to lip sync to a favorite song

Here is a video I had to make about my pets. I really hate my voice over a recording haha don’t laugh to hard

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This is my story collage. We have only been together for 2 years and we are getting married in 2 months. My life is literally complete ( except for a couple little tiny humans running around) 😛

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What’s in my gullet? Preach tea, water, and a bloody Mary. Don’t judge ☺

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I am supposed to do a photo of a couple in love. This couple has been through the ringer more than once but still act like a bunch of love struck teenagers. They met in a different circumstance and have been a stepping stone for each other every day of their loves together. They are the epitomy of an adult relationship and Brandon and I love them and respect them each and every day.

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OK for this  assignment I was supposed to make an object seem larger than it really was and I tried to do a bed and make it seem like a giant obstacle but I think it just turned out like a picture of a bed post.

Dream it!… Write it!
For the longest time after my fiance and I started dating I had this dream that he needed me to take food to him at work. When I would get to his work the dispatcher (a friend of mine) would greet me and tell me he’s right through the door, so I would go through the door and through another door, and another and another! I was furious haha I could never get to him so when I would wake up I would be so mad at him! It was the most ridiculous thing ever and looking back now I laugh at how silly it is but it happens.

Independent Learning Project Wrap-Up

Well this semester I chose to do two independent projects but with everything going on I had to remove one of them so the quilt making I was going to start on had to be put on the back burner. Perhaps after my wedding I will start on that project again.

I stuck with the working out/preparation for a 5k project and I have had a lot of fun with it. I am no where near where I wanted to be at this point in the semester BUT I have been learning so much from myself and other people that I follow on Instagram and Pinterest that it will be hard to give up. The most challenging thing for me in this project is not giving up. There are times when I was running or working out that I thought my legs might fall off or that I would faint, but I never did faint and my legs are still intact. I came out of those hard days a lot stronger and proud of myself which made me want to work harder. It is hard for me to want to share this but I have time myself only once this whole semester and I was running a 9 minute/mile pace and I did that for four miles, walking a mile then running a mile and so on. I do not have a timed goal I want to reach in my 5k adventure but what I do want to do is finish. No matter how I do it I want to cross that finish line and cross this adventure off my bucket list. There were certain days where the motivation was on point and I did my workouts like a stud, BUT then there were those days that I was thinking how awesome my couch looked and how much homework I needed to get done. To me a project like this gives someone a sense of responsibility and achievement that might not otherwise be able to be reached. I would love to incorporate an independent learning project into my teaching because students have free rein to do whatever appeals to them and we can do whatever we want with it. There are endless opportunities and showing students that can help them remember that through their whole life and careers.  I found this great quote on the web that I must share with all of you because it isn’t just for health and fitness but for life in general.

motivator

 

DAILY CREATE #14-#20

Here are this weeks daily creates’.

#14
Dog it up! 😂😂😂

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#15

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Colorize it!

#16

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I had to change the color and tone of the picture.

#17
For this one I had to mesh nature and a picture of myself I’m not sure if I did it right but I figured I’ll share it anyway

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#18
Instagram is done-describe your lunch to me!
I ate the best cake earlier today for my bridal shower! It had a dark cookie crust that was to die for and it just melted in your mouth. The middle layer was a raspberry gelatin which reminded me of moose because it was so fluffy (I think if the little girl on despicable me) then the top layer was whip cream because lets be honest you can’t go wrong with whip cream!

#19
Story in the alphabet
A big carefree driver escaped from guards, he idolized joyrides leaving messy news. Obviously putting Quinn reasonably safe to undergo ventures. Wheels, xylophones, yams and zippers.

#20
I wish I could live in the 40s and 50s. I love the music and styles of those eras. I can see myself living in a house with a white picket fence where my children would play while my husband mows the yard. I don’t need anything fancy just a time of great strength and the desire to succeed.

CANVA CREATION

I use Canva all the time and I have found it so easy and convenient to use. One thing I love about this program is that it could be a neat and exciting new way to assess students on what they have learned. Who has had the privilege to take a math class from Dr. Wentworth? After each chapter she has her students make a “poster” to show something that we have learned. I understand it isn’t the same but it is along the same lines. If I were to use Canva it would be in math. Part of the criteria for the posters is that they would need to be fun and creative. Students would need to make it their own using different fonts, colors, pictures, etc. I also like the idea of using this as a reflection on my own teaching. It would be a pretty clear sign that maybe students are not understanding or taking vital information away from these lessons if their Canva posters didn’t make sense. It would be pretty easy to make adjustments to your teaching method/strategy for the years to come.

I wanted to showcase my independent learning project through pictures. After all a picture is worth a thousand words, right?  I have learned so much about myself these past few months and it has really opened my eyes to bigger and better things, not only within myself by how I will be a teacher.  One thing I really enjoy about Canva is that less is more. You don’t need a lot of words you just need to be able to express yourself in a meaningful and concise manner.  CANVA POSTER

I do not believe there are drawbacks to using such a program. What I do believe is that not one student is the same and you may have a student or two that have a hard time trying to be creative in a visual way. Teachers have to bring new ideas to the classroom all the time and inspire their students to think outside the box while still being comfortable doing it. I do wish I had something like Canva available to me growing up. Especially in my English classes, I always struggled to get my point across when I was told you have to write this many pages or this many words. There is something unique and exciting about giving your students options to be creative.