Evaluation of Learning: “The Art of Noticing, Then Creating”

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Krista Tippet is the owner of “On Being” which is an award winning public radio conversation; on her podcasts, Tippet interviews various people about questions pertaining to human nature and life. On a recent podcast, Tippet had the privilege of questioning Seth Godin, a modern philosopher and teacher. Godin has written seventeen books with a variety of topics, ranging from the post-industrial revolution and the way ideas spread, to leadership, and “changing everything.” I discovered their podcast a few weeks ago and believe that it serves as a perfect definition of my English class. It also helped me to reflect on my progress this year in English, and made me realize just how much I have learned in a few short months.

STRENGTHS

In their conversation, Godin talked much about how “everyone is an artist.” He claims that one person can make a product or idea that can change the world for others. He also points out, that in this day in age we can succeed by being one who creates and innovates. He further argues that those who have become successful, have done so by going against everything that they learned at school; they have not allowed their schooling to limit the way they think. This is a concept that, at the beginning of the year, I would have had a very difficult time believing. However, after spending a few weeks in Mr. Ziebarth’s class, I have fully captured this idea. My most prized masterpiece so far, is my second reflection. For this reflection, I created a power point presentation that demonstrates many smaller projects that I completed over a few weeks time period.  I titled this reflection, “Elevate Learning,” and feel that this title perfectly explains everything that I have done in this class.  My presentation can be found at…

https://docs.google.com/a/student.hbuhsd.edu/presentation/d/16g8waBJSc0r-BQTR2qM-YB9RJXLNywmbWSQcD55m0QA/edit#slide=id.p

Godin also brings up the idea that “we are all marketing, whether we want to or not,” by the way we live.  This concept made me ponder the question, what am I giving to/telling the world by the way I live? Due to my family background, and  religious views, the concept that I can make a difference in the world, through my actions, is not hard to believe.  There is a program in my church, called Personal Progress, which is a method of self mastery, and improvement.  This program consists of years of studying scripture, applying knowledge, and completing projects.  Its purpose is to help the young women of the church to become better, more confident members of society.  In this program we are taught how to make and set goals, how to teach others without words, and how to impact the world through our example.  Because of my completion of this rigorous program, I feel that I have a pretty clear idea of what I hope to tell the world through my actions.  This year in English, I have had the opportunity to share the things that I learned from Personal Progress, on the international web.  I feel that two of my posts from my publishing house blog perfectly exemplify this.  They are titled, “This is Water” and “What Matters Most” and can be found by using the links below…

http://sixteendreams.wordpress.com/2014/12/04/this-is-water/

http://sixteendreams.wordpress.com/2014/12/17/what-matters-most/

NECESSARY IMPROVEMENTS : Future Learning Moments

After listening to the podcast, I would like to have more opportunities to use my ideas to improve the community.  I would also like to be able to expand my “tribe” internationally.  As Godin talks about his younger years, he explains how growing up his family had a rule that “if someone needs a place to stay, they stay with you…if someone needs help, you help them.”  This is a rule that is true in my house as well.  There have been many days where my friends, have come home with me to eat dinner with my family, because they lack food in their house.  As a firm believer that words mean nothing unless acted upon, I feel that it would be very beneficial, if in my English class, I was allowed time to try and improve the community through my ideas and actions.

Joya Nordfelt and Me at Mud Park Painting the Stairs
Joya Nordfelt and Me at Mud Park Painting the Stairs

As a result of the internet, there is almost no place to which we cannot become connected.  I hope that in future class periods, I will be given the opportunity, to expand my “tribe” of connections; that I will be able to communicate with students from all around the world to get feedback on my ideas.  I first  began to consider this idea after visiting Dubai, during the Thanksgiving break.  My trip helped me to view another culture, and evaluate how different countries in the world are in need of innovation.  I hope that in the near future, I will be able to add international views to my contributions.

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Maddy, Collin, and Me on a Desert Safari in Abu Dhabi
Amy teaching Me how to do the "Hair Dance" in Al Ain
Amy teaching Me how to do the “Hair Dance” in Al Ain

INTERESTS

As we are currently learning about the change of thought in History, I became very interested in the podcast when Godin began talking about the evolution of the brain.  I began to be intrigued when, Godin mentioned that “technology empowers evolution.”  This is because one of my first blog post on my publishing house blog, is Anti-Technology.  I would like to hear more about Godin’s view of technology’s affect on society.  After listening to the podcast, I believe wholeheartedly that if used in proper ways, technology can enhance and empower our lives for the better.  However, I feel that in modern days, most people don’t know how to use technology as a tool.  This is something that I would love to ask Godin about.

The following is my second post on my groups publishing house blogs:

This video gives great insight into the society that we live in today. It discusses the harm that technology is having causing in our lives. This is an issue that many teenagers deal with that they don’t even realize. We are often too busy worrying about which of our “friends” we can talk to online instead of talking to the ones that are present in the room with us. This is very detrimental to our society as people are losing the skill of personal interactions and talking face to face. I am not suggesting that technology should be done away with as it has a great influence in society as well. However, it is necessary that we use technology as a tool, and not as a toy; that we use it to enhance our social skills rather than inhibit them. My parents often tell my brothers, sisters, and I to “Be Here Now.” When the say this they expect us to turn off our technology, and rather talk and play with those we are physically with. This is a phrase that I suggest everyone apply to their lives. If we all do this willingly, we may be able to improve technologies benefits, while keeping real relationships alive rather than only creating virtual ones.

– Gabby Johnson

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Communities Evolve Through Individuals

One question that I have been pondering over the course of the past few weeks is, What role does an individual play in the evolution of their community? This is a topic that every human has the right and duty to explore as we are all involved in some form of a community.  In fact, most of us are, and will be involved in various communities throughout our lifetime; many of us will exist simultaneously in a number of different communities.

During this past summer I read the following poem by John Donne, titled No Man is an Island.  

               “No man is an island entire of itself; every man
is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;
if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe
is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as
well as any manner of thy friends or of thine
own were; any man’s death diminishes me,
because I am involved in mankind.
And therefore never send to know for whom
the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”  

This poem describes a community that we are all involved in, simply because we are human; the global community.  I agree completely with this poem, and with Donne’s stance on an individuals affect on the worldwide community.  Donne uses the analogy of a continent to describe this impact.  In Donne’s analogy, each individual person represents a “piece of the continent” and together we make up “Europe.”  Donne then decides that if even just a small portion of the continent was to be “washed away by the sea,” the continent would change drastically.  As a result of this human community, no man can come into the world without being affected by it; no man can leave this world without affecting it.  Regardless of one’s effort, no one can, nor ever will be completely isolated.

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Rereading this poem turned my thoughts to two pictures (shown above) that I took a few weeks ago while watching the sunset at the beach.  I took these pictures within seconds of each other and they are virtually the same picture, however, there is one key element missing in the second photo.  In case you haven’t already discovered what it is, the element missing in the second picture, is the majestic bird flying towards the top left corner.  These photographs serve as a visual, demonstrating the ideas conveyed in No Man is an Island.  Each element of the two pictures represents a person present in the global community; and each picture as a whole represents a different community.

As I was discussing my idea for this blog post with my parents, my mom wondered why each photo represent different communities when they are very much identical.  To answer her question, they represent different communities because communities are made up of people, and if a person is included  at one point, the excluded later on; the community has changed and therefore, is a whole new one.  As a result of this, communities are much like everything else in this world; rapidly changing.  Like new technology is always being invented to replace the old, our communities are constantly evolving, as some die, and some are born.  With each death, a new community is born; and likewise, with each birth dies an old community.

Recently in my English class, we read Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel, The Scarlet Letter; a novel that so perfectly encompasses the role that an individual can play in changing their community.  The first part of the book in which this topic is explored is with the birth of the main character’s daughter, Pearl; “Hester bore in her arms a child, a baby of some three months old, who winked and turned aside its little face from the too vivid light of the day…”.  This quote was taken from chapter one, as Hester was being led out of the prison and back into society.  In this instance, Hester didn’t know that while she was reentering society, she was also stepping into a community that she had never before seen, nor taken part in.  Pearl’s  birth brought on the death of a once simple, pure, and holy community; and with her was born a complicated, dark, and immoral one.

Sources:

No Man is an Island  – https://web.cs.dal.ca/~johnston/poetry/island.html

Scarlet Letter Picture – http://onelittlelibrary.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/scarletletter_large.jpg?w=300

Reflection 10/21/14

I deserve a 47 out of 50 for this reflection as I have exemplified the quality of generosity and application when working with my publishing house group these past few weeks.  One of the goals that I have been trying to accomplish since the beginning of the year is to share my work  on social media sites and learn how to use these sites as a tool for my learning.  For this reflection, I am proud to say that I have achieved this goal and hope to continue using social media to share what I am learning.

This past weekend, it has been my duty to update and post on my groups publishing house blog; sixteen dreams@wordpress.com.  While I was nervous and reluctant to do this at first, I ended up greatly enjoying this responsibility.  In addition, this past week, I discovered how to use thinglink, while exploring the topic of individuality vs community.  I was able to post two icons and links to the thinglink on Mr. Ziebarth’s class page.

EXHIBIT A. (The following is my first post on sixteen dreams; It took me over an hour to figure out how to properly post this simple update)

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I am Gabby Johnson, editor for the SixTeen Dreams Publishing House group. I was given this role as I very much enjoy writing; and my group believes that I am a decent writer. It will be my job over the course of this project to decide what essays will be added to our book, and help collect these essays. As a goal for this project, I hope to gather essays from a variety of writers, all teenagers of different ages. My inspiration for this project is my own life, as my life is the thing that I know and understand the best. I hope to incorporate my own thoughts and essays into our book.

EXHIBIT B. (The following is my second blog post on sixteendreams; this post took me around fifteen minutes to complete and successfully post)

This video gives great insight into the society that we live in today. It discusses the harm that technology is having causing in our lives. This is an issue that many teenagers deal with that they don’t even realize. We are often too busy worrying about which of our “friends” we can talk to online instead of talking to the ones that are present in the room with us. This is very detrimental to our society as people are losing the skill of personal interactions and talking face to face. I am not suggesting that technology should be done away with as it has a great influence in society as well. However, it is necessary that we use technology as a tool, and not as a toy; that we use it to enhance our social skills rather than inhibit them. My parents often tell my brothers, sisters, and I to “Be Here Now.” When the say this they expect us to turn off our technology, and rather talk and play with those we are physically with. This is a phrase that I suggest everyone apply to their lives. If we all do this willingly, we may be able to improve technologies benefits, while keeping real relationships alive rather than only creating virtual ones.

– Gabby Johnson

EXHIBIT C. (This is the link and analysis that I posted onto the individuality vs, community thinglink; this post took me twenty minutes to complete)

https://web.cs.dal.ca/~johnston/poetry/island.html

Exploring the topic of individuality vs community made me think back on the poem, “No Man is an Island.” After rereading this poem again after a few months, I came to the conclusion that no one can come into this world without being affected by it, and no man can leave this world without affecting it. This is an idea that greatly contributes to the fact that no matter what, individuality and community are linked with a special unity that cannot be removed. This is a unity that may sometimes seem hindering, but rather enhances both the individual and the community involved. 

EXHIBIT D. (This is the music video that I added to the thinglink; this post took 10 minutes to complete)

This song by Aloe Blacc was written by Rock Mafia for the 2014 Soccer World Cup that happened this past summer.  The music video, and lyrics to the song strongly demonstrate the idea that the entire world is a giant community made up of hundreds of individuals; each of who contributes something to the overall community.  

I included the time it took me to compete each post in order to demonstrate my improvements.  I noticed that the more posts that I completed and published, the faster, and more thorough my posts became.  I still have lots of new things to learn and try on different social media sites, but I am making tons of progress.

While I did very poorly on my Scarlett Letter Reading Quiz, receiving a 2 out of 10, I did well on my morphemes quest, receiving a 22 out of 25.  This week wasn’t my best week for quizzes and tests, however, I made up for those losses in my success in sharing what I have learned.  I will improve my quiz and test success by reading more throughly, and reviewing the morphemes at least once every other day.  I hope to continue my generosity by using social media to get feedback on essays and blog posts that I write.

Gabby Johnson

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I am Gabby Johnson, editor for the SixTeen Dreams Publishing House group. I was given this role as I very much enjoy writing; and my group believes that I am a decent writer. It will be my job over the course of this project to decide what essays will be added to our book, and help collect these essays. As a goal for this project, I hope to gather essays from a variety of writers, all teenagers of different ages. My inspiration for this project is my own life, as my life is the thing that I know and understand the best. I hope to incorporate my own thoughts and essays into our book.