So I’m taking a Year 11 Art class as an extra supervision, and I saw a student wandering around looking to be off task.
‘Would you mind terribly doing some Art this lesson?’
‘But Miss, this is Art!’
So I asked him if he was busy finding his muse. He replied that he was just finding ideas and thinking about what he could do for his sculpture.
‘So you’re finding your muse then?’
He then explained that last year, he had created a piece commemorating Steve Irwin, and that his teacher had laughed at the final product.
‘Why was it so funny?’
‘Because I couldn’t be bothered to draw grass on it so I went outside and got some grass and stuck it to the paper’.
What a great kid. He can’t wait to be in Year 12 so he can concentrate on his favourite medium of drawing, instead of all this other stuff.
Today I read a post by Pernille Ripp explaining why she unfollowed everyone on her Twitter account. You can find it here.
To be honest, I haven’t been on Twitter as much as I probably should be. And I think a big part of that is the superficial engagement she talks about. We see something we like – we follow without a second thought.
How many people on Twitter do we actually engage with regularly? How many of the people we follow have we actually taken the time to engage with more than a simple ‘like’ or retweet?
I think part of the problem is that we are trying to make up for the fact that Twitter is such a brief platform (with only 140 characters allowed) by being sneaky. We post elsewhere and provide links to content 10,000 times the size. We make use of URL shorteners to squeeze more content in. So we as consumers are forced to spend at least 2-3 mins per tweet with the linked content if we are to truly engage with the content available to us.
Some might argue that is the point. We follow others to have content streamed to our feed that we want to see. Or is it? Isn’t Twitter meant to be a communication channel? Or perhaps that is our choice.
Treat it as your NewsFeed, or your own personal broadcaster, or as a way to chat and build relationships with people all over the world who you otherwise would never have met. That is the beauty of it I suppose – it is what you make of it.
As for me, I think I need to go through my ever expanding ‘following’ list and make sure I am making the best use of the platform at my fingertips.
This semester we are doing ‘class-based assessment’ as one of our tasks with the junior classes (Year 8 – 10). Basically, they were given either an equation to solve or a simple interest problem and they had overnight to prepare. It was one lesson out from their test (on those topics) so it doubled as a revision task. I didn’t make the questions too difficult and I told the girls that in order to get an A or a B, the explanation they gave to the class would be what would get them over the line.
At first I was worried I made the task too easy, as all the kids seemed to be doing well (including the weaker ones). But I had allocated the questions specifically to ensure they all experienced an element of success, and even if they all did well I don’t mind because they would at least do well on their type of question on the test. So all good.
And it wasn’t perfect – but some were truly outstanding, including checking their answers by substitution (finally they are listening!!)
I wonder which kind of teacher I am. As much as I’d like to be the ‘leader’ and I do adopt new technology before a lot of other people, I fear that I can sometimes be the ‘hanger-on’ and that scares me.
I always knew I had the most fabulous students ever, but when I got the following from one of my students, I was completely blown away. Make sure to read the spelling of ‘beliebing’ lol
I am the eternal cat lady – pictures of my cats have been known to find their way into my slides…
This one is for the day I completely fainted from heat exhaustion before 9:30am – luckily my fabulous students more more than keen to try out their first aid qualifications!
I am still blown away by these gifts. Most thoughtful gift ever, I think!
Fantastic probability problem – as told by a genius colleague!
100 patient people are standing in line waiting to get on a plane. All of them have their tickets – except the first person, who has left theirs at home. They board the plane in the order in which they have lined up.
The first person boards the plane, and since they don’t know which seat is theirs, they choose any seat. There are exactly 100 seats, so they have a 1/100 chance of getting their own seat.
The next person boards the plane, and if the first person is sitting in their seat, they randomly choose another seat. The person after that boards the plane, and if their seat is already taken, they also choose another seat.
When the final person boards the plane, what is the probability that they will be sitting in their own seat as assigned to them on their ticket?
Think about it…then give it to your maths classes!