Modern Visual Aids

Today with my class I showed a video, and I got a better response than ever before.  …Yes, I am new to the teaching gig, but I have tried everything I can think of to get good involvement.  I have done well, but nothing has come close to what I got after showing a 58 second clip!

This got me thinking about visual aids.  In grade school, I was always more interested when  the teacher had a picture or drew on the board.  The visual aid that we brought in for the science fair has changed.  I know I am behind the times, but I am learning to change too.

I will now attempt to stick a video into this post…

Some Study That I Used to Know

…I am fairly sure that you cannot see that, and I am not sure how to fix it, but I will keep learning.  Here is a copy of the url for my “visual aid:” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxkHM4DUDKM&NR=1&feature=endscreen

The video… if you saw it… shows a student forgetting things that his teacher has taught him.  I made me think about the fact that what we are teaching will be old in four years.  We have to teach people to teach themselves.  Memory now refers more to RAM than what is used for the Spelling Bee!  I want my students (unlike the one in the video) to know why I taught them what I taught them, and I do not want them to forget every word I say (like in the video).

Hamburgers and Dead Wax

After our classes talk about blogging, and Dr. C’s banter towards hamburgers and dead way, I looked through my records.  I only have two “Wally’s;”  Urban Cowboy and Saturday Night Fever were my two gems  As I was looking through my old records I realized a few things.  The more popular the record the more likely it was to have an odd inscription.  Hotel California came to me “With Love from Bill,” and there was something about a duck on Led Zeppelin’s most famous of albums.  I also discovered something about music that has been lost.  There is a beauty and an art to old albums that is lost today.  Even if we look back to our old CD’s there was a booklet, and artwork on the Album.  I mean who doesn’t remember going into the record store with their mom and seeing the Tipper Gore sticker over the baby’s pee pee as he chases after the dollar bill on a fish hook?

Nirvana’s rebellion continues, but could it have been what it was without the hard albums and in your face style music that used to be the record store?  Today I think something is lost in our digital media.  That said, I am also happy with the direction of things.  You can now buy just one song rather than an entire album, and I do not have to show up at a smokey record store and hope some hippy isn’t too stoned to sell me a record.  With itunes I can buy any song I want at any time.  Jim Morrison predicted that music would evolve.  Some say what he was foreseeing is modern Electronic Dance Music. 2-03 Breakn A Sweat is a song by Skrillex that features surviving members of The Doors.  If music is headed in the direction of the computer so is education.  We need to embrace and not be scared of the future.  Just as we should dance when it comes time to break a sweat, and not be scared of the long black haired man making all the noise.  Here is one more youtube video that illustrates my point.

In my past life I managed a Red Robin and served a lot of hamburgers.  I learned a lot about teaching there too.  That is why I thought it was so funny when Dr. C made the reference.  I knew I was the only person in the room who could really relate when he joked about dead wax and hamburgers.  I have already said what I learned finding my “Wally’s” in my stack of old dusty records, and now I will spill a little of what I learned form serving 250,000 hamburgers.

There I learned to embrace change.  I learned everything down to the number of seeds on the buns when I first became a manager.  I was so lost when they changed items.  I was educated the old way and was stuck only knowing what I had memorized.  A pocket sized recipe guide was a part of my uniform, and rather than just learning to use my tool, I learned what was written in one years guide; I was set ways and lost when things changed.  If I had simply taught myself to pull out this book it would have been much easier to accept changes.  I am not sure how to apply this to my teachings, but it is a lesson I learned the hard way, and one I hope to teach to people so they can learn the easy way!

Not Sure What I am Doing…

The title says it all… I see you all posting with pictures and different things.  I am not really sure what to do.  Dr. C told me to blog about looking through my records, and I will do that next.  I have never blogged before, but thought it was about time I gave it a try… Yeah I like grades too!  I wish I had that guy that gave everyone an A!

I have always been a fan and a hater of technology.  I am one of those guys!  I played A LOT of EverQuest (I think I should be able to put in the thingy, but I know that is a game owned by someone else) and I hated on computers to all my friends while secretly being glued to one.  I really do not like email.  I would much rather get a phone call.  This said, if I want to teach I am going to have to come to terms with myself and technology.  I know the powers of the net, but I do not utilize them.  If I am going to be effective, then I must embrace it.

That said this is my first of many blog posts.  I really like the name I am blogging under and maybe I will continue after this class.  I have already thought about using theCN with my class.  …Yeah I do not check that like I should either.  I was the guy that had to have a friend first make him a Facebook account back in Jan 2005 because I was so against it.  Now I have 1400 some friends.

I am going to try and let go of my old-fashioness, and I am going to use technology to teach.  I know I need something to help me.  In my life in the food service industry I had the privilege of working with many millennials.  These kids and those younger than them need something to get through to them.  I got a lot of trophies, but nothing like these kids.  They are very hard to engage, and you have to befriend them, while being in control.  It is a very hard thing to do.  I hope I can do things as a teacher I was able to do as a boss.  If I can get them to think of me (the human) 1st and then me (the boss/teacher).  The only way I know to do this is by caring about who they are as a person, and helping them to develop.

I am not sure if I did this correctly, but I am going to keep doing it this way until I am told to do different.  I hope you enjoyed reading my 1st  Blog post!