Epiphany of Learning. MY FAVORITE PART

1.Ephiphany of Learning Video!

2.Poem in response to class!!

Looked in the mirror to find not a critic;
no distance between the skin and the soul
this time
No declaring a body not whole
So my
heart has a zipper.
and so do the seams of my spine
clicking and fitting with a sound that’s like
When mom bundled you up in fleece jackets before you ventured into snow havens.
Sound that is home.
Not mom, but me
Everything I was, am, and yet to be
all the way down to my hair’s singed ends, my elbow’s bend, cracked, dry skin, and porous face,
Pulling that zipper that is mine to pull,
and creating; owning a being that’s a beam of light,
a sliver of night, a hunger, a joy, a peace, a planet, an alien thing which cannot be described.
United and bursting into something more, all the time.

These are the moments I live life for
That can be birthed from teaching classrooms and some coffee
Where opportunity feels so big and the space I have access to, so wide, and the discoveries still unmade—deep and rich.
Worthwhile. Worth living for. Worth crying for.
Worth asking yourself to get out of bed for.
Share and take part and be present in life.
Find a new little piece of yourself every day and absorb the journey.

3. One of the most beautiful things I saw in this class:

Why? Because it exemplified so many mundane or usual aspects of life like blowing your nose, eating a banana split, wanting to run away as a kid, etc. But it did it in a way that was so extraordinary and heart wrenching that it shook my soul to think that I am apart of something so vast and beautiful as life. The way it was done–exemplifying words in such a lively connotative way that wound up your emotions was so powerful. To see a space bar and then outer space brought to life the worlds that something as simple as words open up for us. The gift to be able to even attempt to describe what happens around us and what happens in us is the most indescribably striking thing.

4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFnMTHhKdkw

I consistently return to Rita Pierson’s Ted Talks as motivation for my future career.



Peer Review of Blogs

The first blog that I reviewed was Jessica Keuth’s blog: 1. https://muchadoaboutnothing80.wordpress.com/

Jessica’s blog was very much like mine in its layout, as we both used wordpress.  I like hers better as it feels a bit more condensed and “together” whereas some of my pictures seem to have pasted in a way that’s less appealing. I very much enjoyed reading the variety of titles for each blog post and can’t help but compare them to mine—which were simply the names of the types of posts we were required to do. I am currently thinking about returning to my blog and maybe inserting some creativity into my titles, so thank you Jessica! I was very much so intrigued by all of the pictures and posts she inserted into her blog to enhance what she was writing about. It was really cool to read about a Theater Ed. person’s point of view on education and I especially enjoyed her post about the importance of lighting. It was awesome to me that Jessica had taken a class on lighting and makes me wish that I had ventured out more in my general education classes to learn about something so seldom discussed.

One of the posts I wanted to respond to was her post about the Chicago trip to Pilsen. First off, “Expectation is the root of all heartache”…Amen, Shakespeare. I see this quote played out in my everyday life regularly. I especially see this played out when I give much of myself to somebody—whether my time, my efforts, my affection, etc. and receive no gratitude or reciprocation or a positive response of any kind. Heartache is most definitely something I experience, because I am not a nonrenewable resource! I do run out of smiles; I run low on positive energy and I need some encouragement or give from the other side. Should this make me question my career choice? Because, honestly, I can see myself becoming one of the burned out teachers that Jessica mentioned she interacted with at Pilsen and it’s scary!
We can talk ideologically all day in Tch 219, but when we step into future classrooms will we remain fueled by those ideologies when they don’t save the world like they felt they had the power to do in class?
I guess as I reflect on this stream-of-consciousness response to Jessica’s post, I relate it back to how I felt this morning before I worked out: I did not feel like I wanted to work out and yet I did it because I knew how satisfied I would feel. I took the workout as a challenge to my “it’s too much work” mind set. This is how I will approach teaching. There will definitely be times where I’m ready to say “I’m burnt out,” but by reminding myself that this is good for me and I am capable and this is what I’m meant to do—I’ll keep doing it. I’m sure my students will keep me going much of the time, and for the times that I don’t feel like they do, I’m going to do what I have to do anyways!

The second blog I reviewed was Danielle Saputa’s blog:
2. https://eprofesoradaily.wordpress.com/

Can I just say that Danielle Saputa is amazing? This is not to say that my other Tch 219 classmates are not amazing, because everyone brings something so refreshing and thought-provoking to the table! But I can say whole heartedly that Danielle has educated me throughout my experience in Tch 219 and I am grateful for all of her extremely significant insight that I’ve been exposed to.
Danielle’s blog was made with wordpress as well, and is covered in pictures and videos that make me want to live in her blog for a little while and see what it’s all about. It’s funny that something as simple as color, and the engagement that comes from getting to click “play” is so substantial in grasping somebody’s attention to a blog. I loved how she began the Disciplinary Literacy blog post with the two memes “Wait…what?” and “break it down.” Beginning anything with a smile can transform the duration of your experience with whatever you’re undergoing. This connects back to teaching, BIG TIME, because if I can start a lesson by putting smiles on my student’s faces, maybe the remainder of class will be that much more enjoyable and enhance the amount of feedback I receive from them.
One of the first things I explored on Danielle’s Blog was her Peer review, which she did through screencast-o-matic ( I have no idea if this is how it’s spelled). Immediately I think
“how did she do that?”
“I wonder how long it would take for me to learn how to do that?”
“That would be cool to know how to use”
“I don’t know if I want to learn, ugh”

It’s so interesting to break down your own thought process and see how relevant this process is in many other areas of my life. I recognize the value in learning something new and most of the time I want to learn! However, thinking about the work that learning will entail always seems to dishearten me and make me feel overwhelmed. I wish I had had teachers in High School that made me feel confident in my ability to learn. This further intensifies my yearning to embody a teacher that does just that.

Anyways, I very much enjoyed listening and watching Danielle go through the four blogs she chose through this chosen technology. It made me reevaluate my own blog and fueled me to take some time and explore some technology I could potentially use as a future educator.

The third blog I reviewed was Shoko Onzato’s blog: 

Shoko Onozato…WHAT?! I, Lauren Keating, have just reviewed Shoko’s blog and this is me:



Shoko…is a technology wizard.

She used linoit.com to create her blog posts, which is like a virtual bulletin board. This board is seemingly never ending and actually quite overwhelming upon first viewing it. I found that it was broken down by these icons at the top of the board and if you click on the icon, it takes you to some centered posts. I also found that I couldn’t play the videos that came up, which was disappointing (that could potentially be a problem with my computer, though). This is what the board looks like as a whole:


This type of technology is very intriguing to me and makes me want to explore her posts in detail. The reason I wanted to review Shoko’s blog is because everything she said in class was meaningful. I feel like she rarely speaks just to speak, like a lot of people I know. Instead, she thinks before she contributes to discussion and in turn, brings some fascinating insight to the table. There are some people you are excited to hear from, simply because of the way they deliver their words, their demeanor and the overall air about them and Shoko was one of those people to me. The choices she made with her blog coincide with the way she carried herself in class and the ideas she communicated to all of us. I’m excited to try out this new technology on my own and am grateful for the experience with her and her blog!

Disciplinary Literacy…

Guess what. This was really hard for me to do. As soon as I figured out that Word Press won’t allow me to embed an audio component, I knew I had to create a youtube video. This brings me back down the road of movie maker for windows, which is a simple program for tech savvy fiends, but not me! I then had to figure out how to convert my interview, which was taken as a voice recording on my iphone, to something that would transfer into the movie maker. This involved downloading new software and having to figure out a whole new literacy with no help but all of google…still a hard task. There is most definitely more to the “technology is hard” story, by Lauren Keating, but bottom line, I’m exhausted.
I am also proud. This connects to my interview with Jordan Goebig, because of what she says about the most important block of knowledge that she uses in her occupation as Assistant Director at an educational nonprofit organization called the Illinois Property Assessment Institute.

When I asked Jordan about the types of literacies she uses in her field of work she explains at 13:15  the importance of understanding how government works being a literacy she hadn’t even known she’d have to use! She expands by saying that understanding how government works on paper is important, but also the connotations and denotations of politics are important to conjure. It was interesting, she mentioned having to figure out the people that say one thing and do a completely different thing and figuring out the most effective ways to communicate with people in different counties and townships–because location makes a difference in the ways you communicate. This is so relevant to real world experience, in the ways that we know the “do and don’t” methods of communication with many types of people, but in Jordan’s case, political people were a new brand and therefore required a fresh literacy, in which she continues to grow in.

The next type of literacy she brought up was at 16:20, and it had to do with navigating the professional world, which tied into the last question I asked about what the most important block of knowledge she uses in her occupation. It’s clear that by the end of her spiel I was excited and pumped to bring up what has been talked about over and over in Tch 219.

I want to use her words to begin how she conceptualized “navigating the professional world.” These were some of the things she said:

-You have to learn how to handle yourself so people stop calling you the intern or considering you as the intern
-You’re treated differently when you learn to handle yourself professionally
-You have stand up for yourself; you have to have your own back
-You have to learn how to have the difficult conversations with people

At 18:40, she explains her most important block of knowledge:
-Adults don’t know how to adult
-This connects to professional literacy
-I’ve learned how important it is to have your own tools, or be given tools and do something with them, without someone telling you to–or how!
-The importance of independence
-To survive and thrive and like my job, I need to constantly figure out how to do things; new way to do things with the tools I have in front of me
-I ask myself “How can I make this fun and enjoyable? How can I maximize being in this role and having a lot of tools as assistant director”
-It was important to understand all of this because school tells you what to do constantly: this is what’s due, this is what you should do, this is how you do it, so you get out of school and you’re like “so what do I do now?”

Woah. It was after that blurb that  I promptly freaked out and stumbled over my words out of excitement, because
Yes. This is what we have been learning about:

-Enabling students to think outside of the box; think critically; think independently
-By teaching them this way, we are communicating that we trust in their abilities and we believe they are intelligent and creative enough to NOT have their hands held every second of the learning journey
-Students that leave High School with the confidence to think independently and figure out life by themselves are those that will thrive with new literacies: because figuring ways to understand new concepts is not a new practice

I connected Jordan’s experience with my own and the ways that teaching sticks me in a place where I am forced to be independent. It is always a challenge and it is always something I walk away from feeling fueled by; feeling reassured in my abilities; feeling excited about how I may improve.

-Teaching allows me to be independent, and OWN my experience
-Trying and succeeding in the broad literacy of technology is also something which empowers me!

As I said at the beginning, making this blog post was a challenge, but I did it and I am proud. It seems like such a small thing, but as soon as people bring to the forefront of their consciousness all of the small things they try and succeed at, and allow themselves to feel proud and empowered through them, the sooner we have a population that is not so easily afraid. People who remember their victories, whether small or large, are more likely to embark on the adventure that is life with excitement and confidence.

I want to be a teacher who helps create a population that is not so easily afraid.

(This is a blurb which includes 2 adulting memes)
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