Okay, so consistency has never been something I’ve done on this site for, well, a consistent period of time. But that doesn’t mean I give up on it!
Anyway, here’s a few new photos to keep you interested (at least I hope) in the site. I may, or may not be doing something more with photography soon. I’m also still going to use this site to talk education as well, especially here in Nevada . . . and especially in light of all the recent news that has been happening. News like “rankings” and Bills for spending more on education and the like.
Again, I’m on Instagram if you’d like to see more or on 500px. Again, I may just keep this blog for education and general information while I may start another primarily for photography. We’ll see though!
So, here I am, a little refreshed after having the week off for Fall Break (though it still feels weird to have a break now) and somewhat ready to go back to work. For the next few days, I’ll be readjusting my mindset to “school-mode,” which honestly, isn’t all that different from “non-school mode.” Just less swearing.
Anyway, I have continued with my 365 Photo-A-Day Challenge and yes, I feel I’m a better photographer than when I first started. It also helps that I upgraded my equipment midway through! Honestly, it just reinforces the idea that working hard at something will yield some positive results.
So here are a few more favorites from the past few weeks.
If you’d like, I’m also on Instagram if you’d like to follow me there. I’m at photo #283 right now and yes, I’m pretty proud of myself for staying consistent with this idea. If you scroll through my Instagram feed, you’ll see a progression from the beginning of the year to now, in terms of the photographs I’ve taken. It’s been fun!
Other Favorites from the week:
1) Agents of Shield is definitely picking up well during the second season. May have to write more on this later.
2) I’m also liking Peter Capaldi’s Doctor. Very alien and also a very good foil to the human companion(s) on the show, especially Clara. Also, apparently Clara is one of THE most important companions in the Who-Mythology. Her run as the companion has seen her influence a number of critical events in the mythology of the show. More on that later as well! We’ll see how it goes with a possible “Clara-less” show this Saturday.
3) Great Basin Sweet Potato Waffle Fries. Holy smokes I can’t get enough of those things. I’ll see if I can’t get a picture of em’ the next time around.
4) NBA basketball. Huge basketball fan (Lakers fan) and any fan should appreciate seeing Kobe Bryant back in action. Yes, he’s older and performing off two very extensive and devastating injuries, but the guy keeps hustling.
That’s it for now. I’ll be back Monday 🙂
My reaction when I realized there was only one week of summer vacation left . . .
So, with the realization that I would be heading back to work (fully immersed, I should say . . . I have been going in during the summer for a few hours here and there), there are a few things I’d like share. These aren’t really “classroom hacks” in a sense, but there are a few things I use in the classroom that’s based on technology.
I think the Splashtop App is a very useful tool, especially if you use an iPad (or even iPhone) in the classroom and if you have an Interactive Whiteboard you can sync it with. It’s very convenient since the Splashtop App essentially streams your desktop onto your iPad, so you can manipulate your ActivBoard on your iPad. It’s very handy during a presentation so you can walk around the classroom to monitor behaviors if necessary.
This website is accessible for both iOS and Windows systems. You can also adjust any sort of discussion or conversation topic within the site itself after you’ve set up something for the students to talk about.
I don’t use this often, but I do introduce it to the kiddos. If someone from the class has a chance to work on some enrichment activities, sometimes I let them try to create a text message conversation between any of the historical or literary figures we’ve been studying.
Those are just three of the things we try to incorporate within the flow of the classroom. The Splashtop App is probably the one I’ve used the most for this past year, especially since it allows me to roam the classroom instead of just standing in front of the class during a Prezi.
Any other teachers out there have ideas to share? 🙂
Photo a Day
Here are some of my favorites from the past week in terms of photographs. I feel I’m getting “somewhat” better at photography, though I still have loads to learn.
With the new “balanced-calendar” scheduling, teachers report back during the first full week of August, which leaves me with little over two weeks left before going back to work.
While it’s a bit disappointing, I’m fine with coming back to work. Well, for the most part. I’ll miss the idea of being able to sleep in (honestly, even during the summer, I still manage to wake up at around 6 o’clock or even 5 a.m.!) but I’m also looking forward to helping out with another class. Last year’s class manage to come together for the most part and I was extremely proud of how they managed their growth during the course of the school year, both academically and as citizens of our community. It was absolutely fantastic to see. The challenge, of course, is to see if you can do it again. That’s always a great motivator for me.
Anyway, to continue with the summer!
But first, another disappointment.
I was planning a little trip to Los Angeles to visit friends. I was going to leave this week in fact. I was excited by the opportunity to hang out with some of my oldest friends, taking in the sights and sounds of Southern California. But sometimes, the best laid plans of mice and men . . . often get small chunks of rock thrown violently against the windshield of your car, enough to where is breaks the first layer of your windshield to cause a splinter pattern of cracked glass that’s beyond repair. The only option is to replace the windshield and the replacement windshield isn’t coming to the glass installation company until later this week.
So much for the trip.
Anyway, on to some other, more positive things!
For this entire year, starting on January 1st, I’ve made it a goal of mine to take a picture for each day of 2014. In retrospect, I should’ve been writing on this blog the entire time I was doing it, just to explain some of the things that happened to me as I was exploring Reno, Sparks, and both Nevada and California. So I think I’ll do that. Maybe not everyday, but on a day where there’s more to the picture, where the story behind it needs to be told.
So this week, I had an opportunity to watch Neil Gaiman at The Warfield on Wednesday night. This was a “bucket-list” item for me, as seeing one of my favorite authors read live is something I’ve always wanted to see. A big thank you goes to my family who set this up for my birthday.
As far as the experience itself, it was a fascinating show, filled with music, laughter, and art, but for me, hearing Gaiman read live was a rather interesting experience. Not to mention the classic beauty of The Warfield itself.
For the first time, aside from watching YouTube videos which clearly doesn’t replicate the ambiance of setting (especially in the case for The Warfield), the “flow” was truly felt (I’m a big fan of “flow”). Neil was there to read his story The Truth is in a Cave in the Black Mountains, accompanied by FourPlay, a very talented string quartet, and Eddie Campbell, a very talented artist (known for his Bacchus comic) who helped illustrate the tale.
During the show, it was apparent that Neil had a subtle charisma, if there is such a thing, that radiated through the audience. Many people were thoroughly engaged and at certain points in the performance, it was eerily quiet as everyone seemed perched on a precipice, waiting for each word of Neil’s as a life-line. It was amazing to watch and to be a part of, without a doubt. Throughout the night, it was like peering into the thought process of how an author visualizes his own work, which to me, was invaluable. It was all parts funny, sad, dramatic, and beautiful. With FourPlay (also a very funny source for a few bits earlier in the show – they played the Doctor Who theme!) also enhancing the artwork by Eddie Campbell which was being shown on the big-screen behind Neil, it was an immersive experience as well.
The rest of the trip to San Francisco was just spent trying find a few good spots for pictures 🙂 Are a few of them I took as well.
I’ll write later about the Art Club Field Trip as well 🙂