So you need questions answered about space
(Resource for teachers who want students to contact scientists.)
Field Day Show more
Normally I have a middle school class during dismissal but today's schedule got flipped around and I taught them in the morning so my planning is at the end of the day.
The "academic" teachers are in charge of them for @ 50 minutes after the staff/student basketball game and not sure if instruction is even possible after this much excitement.
Meanwhile, students this morning worked on projects.
I graciously accept this blessing bestowed upon me.
Things students say... Show more
A student was talking about the predicted thunderstorms for this evening. I responded...
"Thunderbolts and lightning? Very, very frightening!"
One of my students exclaimed "Mr. Smith, you're spitting bars!"
After pointing out the lines were from a song, they accused me of copyright infringement.
I taught them well.
PeerTube, Hot Take Show more
I want to like PeerTube. I love the whole premise about it, in fact.
What I'd want from an instance is a place where the culture isn't "Let's violate as many copyrights as possible because we can't do that on YouTube."
I know copyright law needs reform (and a HUGE rollback of how long it lasts), but reposting content that would be protected even under copyright law's FIRST iteration just makes us the bad guys.
As a content creator, I can't abide that.
Introduction, Again Show more
I see a lot of new voices posting #introductions here on scholar.social, so welcome!
I used to teach Visual Arts, but switched to Media Arts (video, photography, graphics design) in a K-8 Arts Academy. It's a public school, but a magnet program.
My other interests include DIY/Makerspaces, coding, Linux, streaming, video games, Dungeons & Dragons, Problem & Project Based Learning, and puns.
My politics lean left, but I try to save that discussion for other venues.
How my day's been so far... Show more
Wondered why the text on my shirt was written backwards while looking at it in the restroom mirror.
3 Day Weekend Show more
On one hand, I needed this time to rest & recuperate.
On the other, [drama redacted]. My stress now is equal to what I had on Friday.
Oh, and apparently I need to get bifocals, but I'm getting them in frames that are IDENTICAL to the ones I already own, so that's ... a net wash? I don't know.
Advice Requested: Middle School D&D Club Show more
As the CW says, I want to get a #DnD club started in my school. My Media Arts curriculum is going to have an additional push towards improving storytelling skills and I think this can help a lot.
Ideally I would pull from my Media Arts class, which are 11-13 year old students. I'd prefer that the group be no more than 6 people.
What's the best avenue I could take to get administrative approval?
Working with 5-7 year olds Show more
Sometimes I pretend to not know how to do something in order to encourage kids to develop their problem solving skills.
This feels at times like the opposite of teaching, but only because I was so often taught using "sage on the stage" instruction.
This is ... different, but it seems to work.
Reminder and request about CW's and off-topic posts Show more
Please err on the side of CW-ing stuff rather than not, especially if you're posting it as Public
Also, since this is an academic focussed instance, try to keep "off-topic" stuff in your Unlisted posts
Rather than launch into a rant about education, I will say simply this:
When you praise someone - anyone - for a successful project, PLEASE praise the WORK they put into the project, including the training they went through to be able to do the work - and NOT their "talent" or "smartness" or "giftnedness".
Evidence of student growth Show more
A student in my after school program is finishing a critique assignment and he's using his headset microphone and Google to look up words he knows how to say but not spell.
THIS is why we have these tools.
After School Events Show more
Art show was last night.
Last music concert (elementary, this time) tonight.
Next up is new student orientation, followed by 8th grade promotion. Neither of these is this week.
Then, I SLEEP.
(But I also get up at my normal time because I have students until the 20th of June, yay!)
Media Arts & Tech Teacher, Gamer (@Crash), Social Justice Paladin, Widower. 📷 🎥 🎙 🕹
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