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.
I have decided to work with a series of combined photos that focus on the theme of gratitude. Every day I will take a photo of something I’m grateful for, add a quote, and then once a week I will combine two of them and add a title combining the two themes.
This week the two concepts that have been combine are as follows:
My girl. Gives me more joy than I can put into words. #grateful365
I’m grateful for the warmer day today, and the frosted scenery. #grateful365
The title Love & Place comes from the combination of the love I have for my wife, alongside the gratitude I have for the location, thus I have framed ourselves in the scenery, much in the same ways our lives are.
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?
Part of this week’s Tech Task for ECMP 355 is to find and follow 5 to 10 new people on Twitter. In light of me working towards a degree in Arts Education, I have followed the following people with that in mind: