This week I chose two photos, again, seemingly unrelated, but combined to make some new meanings.
The two photos had the following subtexts:
Today is a beautiful day. Just feel really grateful to be alive. #grateful365
Honoka is a Japanese exchange student who has been living with us for five days. She is awesome, and we are happy that she made it home ok from school today in the freezing cold Canadian winds. #grateful365
What I did was cut out a portion of the background and placed part of a landscape scene from University in its place. I think it creates a kind of other-worldy feeling, which is what she must be going through. Also, the symbols that I have placed on the pillar do spell the title of the peace ‘New Scene’, but I chose the dingbats font, which is basically symbol gibberish, to give an essence of what she must be feeling coming to Canada from Japan. The viewer will look at the symbols and think “well, what does that mean?”, which Honoka must also be thinking to herself dozens of times a day just over the language undertanding that we take for granted.
She has a black and white background because she stands out as being different from, but still a part of, the bigger picture.
Ever wanted some pretty amazing tips on how to keep your class engaged during those long, drawn-out afternoon periods? The following tips are from Michelle Doman, a 7th and 8th grade Language Arts teacher at Brandon Middle School in Wisconsin; I have chosen a couple of my favorite but the full details can be found here.
1) Have Chuck Norris randomly appear in one of your Power Points roundhouse kicking a wolf.
2) Require students to give answers in their best British accent. Or an accent different to the region you work in.
3) Play a sound clip of the Mission Impossible theme, have them act as 007 until the music stops. Then, whoever they end up next to, that is their partner for the activity, or that is the person that they share their Think-pair-share answer with.
Just from this selection we can see there are some great ways to keep this creative and fun. Do you have any original ideas?
There are events in my mind that are screaming to be released. They torment me. Pleasure me. They make me wish I could grip the insides of my forehead, tear open my mind and just spill out the contents. Let the paint fall where it may, let it go, walk away and disown the mess that laid waste to the fragments of my troubled mind. Memories dripping from my fingers.
This won’t happen though. Instead I’d like to hope that these words will provide the key. The lock shakes, just eagerly waiting for that second it meets with its supreme release and my mind blasts open. A cannon of infinite space rockets from my head, tearing up the towns and country side with its immense power. A nuclear fusion of depth and imagination. My body vibrates, my eyes burning gold with the force of everything and anything, the spoken and unspoken messages of time immemorial.
The words will spill like paint, the sentences will colour the canvas, the meaning will form the beauty. No more will I be the sole bearer. I will be lifted from the shadows and my tears will fall from faces unknown to my own. The light from my heart will be a thread through many. Connected through emotion, we are companions in life.