holy shit there is a name for it
Well damn. Explains a lot.
Suddenly I understand some of my fan base a LOT better. That is Awesome.
"holy shit there is a name for it" was my reaction before I even scrolled down to the comments.
I just need to keep reblogging this because I cannot even begin to tell you how profound a feeling of YES and THIS and THERE IS A WORD FOR ME OMG I get every time I see this, and I hope it helps others too.
seriously, anytime you see a post with a comment saying “theres a name for it?!” reblog that post because even if it doesnt apply to you any of your followers could be waiting for that revelation.
It’s getting there! Always nice to get compliments even before all the super cool artwork is up! It was a good day today. 😁 #100HappyDays #Day16
90% of the contacts in my phone are useless.
It is the most rewarding and infuriating profession I’ve ever had. It is certainly not for everyone, and you are very lucky to be in a position where you can get a small sample of it before committing wholeheartedly.
(I have an aunt that earned her degree and certification before she decided she didn’t like it. With college loans as they are now, that’s not a good choice to make.)
As I was writing this I kept turning it into an “advice for teachers” post, and I decided to stop fighting it. “Sorry not sorry,” as the kids tend to say these days. Here we go:
- ALWAYS make sure you have a passion for what you are teaching. Animals smell fear, students smell disinterest in a subject. You being fired up about something CAN and WILL (though not always) carry over to your students, but that’s not even the main reason to have such enthusiasm.
If you have a love for a particular subject, you are going to live and breathe it. You are going to find elements of it everywhere and be able to relate those to your students. Art is a universal language, but so is Math - perhaps even more so. It took me over two decades for me to realize this because most of my Math teachers weren’t that good. If I’d known in High School how much Art and Math were inseparable, I would have done much better in class.
If at any time you feel you’ve lost that passion, change something. For me it was a change of subject. For others it’s a change of school or career.
Addendum: The age old question of “When are we ever going to need to know this?” is a trick question. You SHOULD have an answer to it, but it’s only asked if you’ve already lost the student who asked.
- Avoid the Teachers’ Lounge. Never have I seen a larger black hole of negativity in regards to the profession of education. Find teachers with whom you can relate and eat together in a classroom or eat alone as you grade papers. Whatever you do, don’t spend one second more in the Teachers’ Lounge than you absolutely have to.
- Understand that every career path will have people in it that shouldn’t be there. This WILL include other teachers, administrators, and more. Complaining about them may relieve some stress, but try to avoid it anyway (unless it’s something that needs to be addressed by a superior, then don’t put it off). Instead, use them as vehicles for personal growth. Look at what they do and try to avoid that in your own practices. A lot of my current teaching strategies were formed when I was an itinerant Art teacher with no classroom of my own. I saw what worked in other rooms and stole those ideas. I saw what didn’t work and avoided it like the plague.
And whatever you do, don’t let one bad experience sour you to the profession. I have seen teachers resign over having a “bad class” or a “bad principal” when a transfer or other solution would have allowed them to keep teaching.
- Build a PLN. PLNs are “Personal Learning Networks” that are part support group and part professional development. You can use any social network you like to do this. My own PLN is a mixture of Twitter & Tumblr. I particularly like Tumblr’s Education (moderated) and Teaching (unmoderated) tags. Find people posting cool stuff in those tags and follow them. Ask them questions and answer theirs. Lurking can still be a learning experience, but the conversations will be a more fulfilling one.
- Avoid “busy work.” There is this idea that if a teacher isn’t loading the students down with assignments then they aren’t actually learning. The truth is that if you load the students down with work they will stop doing the work. Practice is important, but work to find the line where practice begins to be perceived as a punishment.
- Look into “Project Based Learning,” particularly if you are not a fan of grading worksheets and tests.
- Play games. Your Order of the Stick avatar makes me think this isn’t an issue, but if you don’t, then start. Your students will be gamers. Heck, my MOM is a gamer, though she came late to the party. Games are a fantastic vehicle for education, provided they’re done right.
I’m not talking about so-called “educational games,” those are 99% crap. Ed games are like pet toys - they’re made by people who couldn’t hack it in the mainstream industry.
Instead, look at the games that are actually fun to play. Most MMOs and RPGs have monetary systems that can easily be used to teach economics. The so-called elite gamers are all number crunchers, using math to determine what skills in which order will give the most devastating results. Minecraft might as well have been designed by a Math teacher. Its world of one meter cubed blocks is great for visualizing simple and complex mathematical concepts.
Whatever games you look at, you will have students looking at the same ones. You get to be the cool teacher at the same time you turn the games’ powers of distraction into powers of math education. It’s been done before, more than once.
- Related to but not the same thing as the last point: incorporate elements of gaming into your lessons. There is an awesome book called Reality is Broken that makes the case for this better than I ever could, but in a nutshell the concept of “gamification” has come about because game designers don’t have to threaten players with bad grades to get them to play their games. If teachers take the elements of engaging game play (challenges that aren’t TOO hard, rewards, even if virtual, tiered content that provides for differentiated instruction and a spirit of competition) and incorporate them into their lessons, everyone wins.
Well, that’s most of what popped into my head when I saw your question. Now it’s 12:00am on a school night and I’m old, so I’ll just wrap this up here.
I hope this helped.
A Klondike bar and a tiny Wonder Woman soothe the Monday blues. #100HappyDays #Day15
The turkey based designer named Efil has crafted a beautiful series of poster showing the principles of design only using paper. Cutting pieces of paper, juxtaposing the pieces, pasting geometrical shapes and using simple typography is the formula of this beautiful series. She mention that you can actually buy them.
LOOK. IT’S EVERY SINGLE STEREOTYPE ABOUT MEN’S RIGHTS ACTIVISTS PUT INTO ONE HANDY-DANDY DEMOGRAPHICS SURVEY SO IT CAN BE STATISTICALLY VALIDATED!! [x]