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Friday, 15 March 2013

No Red Pill No Blue Pill!!!

Hi my name is Eddy and I would like to give you some feedback and your magnificent peace of work here.

First of all, I would just like to inform you that learning that learning IS a delightful, warm, easy, fuzzy experience. It is just like a speech, if you don’t have the audience’s attention in the first 10 seconds, they will fall asleep and totally ignore you. The way that you present something is key. Instead of the teacher saying “okay kids it’s time for math!”. Maybe a teacher could say it more excited with a good way to introduce it such as ” okay kids before we start I would just like to know who here loves money”? Kids love money and when you tell them that math is related to the one thing that they love, they might get pulled in by it.
Another way to motivate kids into learning is setting a goal for them. For example, while in class you could give out candy or a special chair to the student that works the hardest or does really well in class or behaves the best. This way everyone will strive to get that awesome prize.

 If you are wondering about the time after the student gets the special chair or candy there is a solution to this madness. Another way to get kids motivated for school is to hand out tickets to students that do things well. At the end of the day you would call out a ticket and the student with that ticket wins a chocolate bar or a magic pencil! This way students will have to behave the entire day to get more tickets and a better chance at the chocolate bar.

Finally, if You are the one that needs motivation, then just keep thinking over and over in your head that you are helping the future generation become better men and women. Or if this doesn’t work you can always keep coffee at your desk.

Thank you!

Tuesday, 12 March 2013


Oh, and how do you guys feel about the mango background? Do you think it's a bit distracting? Or is it fine the way it is?

Response to No Red Pill No Blue

Today in class Ms.Lees showed us this article called No Red Pill No Blue Pill. This article was about motivating students and what teachers can do. First off I thought that it was very well written and very interesting. I also like that you linked some of the words that people not know about to help them understand better. The pictures that were added to the article helped keep my attention while I was reading and I thought that they were very interesting.

 The article made a good point about that learning is a team effort both the teacher and the student have to do their job to help the student learn. Like how a teacher can open a door to learning but the student has to chose to go through it.Also that teachers can as hard as they can to motivate a student but in the end the student must want to learn to succeed. Overall this was a very interesting article to read and I like the different way of writing.

Monday, 11 March 2013

No Red Pill .No Blue Pill

Message of post: The author that wrote this post must of observed students lacking motivation and had a personal connection to this piece of writing. She may of walked around her classroom and saw students having no motivation in themselves when they were doing work. It would've been as simple as throwing a ball outside while they were at recess. The students had no motivation. By some students showing this, other kids reacted and it started having an affect on them. If kids don't have motivation now, then they won't achieve much in the long run. The author was basically saying, teachers can only teach you so much education; but once you leave your classroom, it's up to you too push yourself to achieve more and to learn more.

Who was the message directed to: This message was mostly directed to students who lack motivation in themselves. But, it was also directed towards teachers and adults. Kids look up to adults, and if they have no motivation in themselves, how are children supposed to push themselves to achieve things in life? The adults and educators need to show children how important education is and if they push themselves, they will achieve lots of things in life. Students and teachers both have equal responsibilities. students look up to adults and surprisingly, adults look up to children. If the adult sees the child motivating themselves, then he/she will want to be better and will push themselves to show the children more ways of learning.

Writing style: I enjoyed how she started off the piece as almost a poem. It definitely was an attention grabber which made me want to read further. Having short and long sentences made the piece very powerful and she also had excellent word choice! I didn't like how she put many pictures on this post. I found that it drew away from the concept of the piece. Having a few pictures is OK, but 5-6 gets to be too much. People would be trying to connect the pictures to the writing instead of deeply reading the post. Overall, i found it was well written and presented in a good format.

"No Red Pill, No Blue Pill" Response

In the article “No Red Pill, No Blue Pill” it talked about how a student’s motivation is the key to learning and a teachers inspiration to teach, but it is harder when you have unmotivated students. I enjoyed reading the article and I thought that it was very well written. It had a lot of really fascinating pictures, but the first picture kind of scared me at first and the picture with the penguins also left me confused. The whole article really flowed due to its poetic style and it definitely captured your attention throughout the whole thing with all the quotes and the visuals.

I definitely agree with the ideas expressed. I believe that everyone has been in a situation where they weren't motivated at all and lost interest along the way, it can impact their learning and could also make a teacher feel discouraged because of their behavior. A willingness to learn is the key to learning.

 Learning something new and accepting change can be hard for both students and teachers but we all have to adapt one way or another, and it is true that if you are passionate about it your chances of success are far greater than ones of someone that mopes around all day just waiting for it to end.

Motivation and passion is the key to learning and this article is a great way to represent it, it makes people think more about their behavior and how it can affect other people. It was definitely a great read and very fascinating.

No Pills Here

    The process of learning changes, varies, and twists every single day. This is very much shown in the method of Digital Learning. These days, using technology is essential for school.

   But, where is the motivation? The motivation to learn?

   In this article "No Red Pill No Blue Pill", a teacher thinks about the inspiration to learn, the unknown fields of digital literacy, and the ever changing way of learning. She speaks about her upcoming class, where no one wants to learn the ways of digital literacy. She reflects upon the inspiration teachers must give to their students in order to learn. The meaning behind the title is that learning is not black or white. It isn't " Do this or do that". Learning is much more complicated than that. The willingness to learn, the ways to learning, and the reflections of learning are very important.

   The writing style, I think, took away from the meaning. I think it could've been better if it was conveyed in a more formal tone. If she could've told us what she was trying to say straightforward, I would understand it easier. However, I thought the ending was very good. It referred back to the beginning, which was very powerful.

   It is truly a difficult journey of learning and teaching. The rewards shine just as bright as the struggles, for struggling can teach you how to improve. The term "Digital Literacy" will be more known to others, and that is my wish.

The motivation is there; you just need to find it.

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Critique and Feedback

                 For the weekend, we were told to watch a video on giving critique and its benefits. How strange it is, that I have to give critique on it now!
          This video is about a child who receives critique from his fellow classmates and builds on it. In the beginning, he is told to draw a detailed picture of a butterfly. His first try looked a little bit like this:
 But, with lots of critique and drafts, it turns out very well. Something along the lines of this.

(Pictures are not accurate nor drawn to scale)

This shows us how helpful critique can be in improving your work.

     Critique, to me, is the most important thing to receive. If you can take critique (which can be very difficult to do), then it can help you a lot in your work. For example, artists have to be able to take critique to improve their drawings and art. If they rejected all critique they got, then they would improve very slowly, or not at all. Especially in this time and age, where opinions run amok, people have to be as ready as ever to take critique. It can be hard to give critique, since it can be taken as a negative remark. That's why critique is difficult to take. We can teach how to give and receive critique at an early age, so that children can improve later on in life. That was what the video tried to explain, I think.

     I like to draw. Improving on my art can be very hard by myself. That's why critique is so important to me. Critique can tell me where to improve or what to add. To be honest, I don't get critique very often. More like once every blue moon. I've noticed on art websites, such as DeviantArt, that many people can't even take critique. They disregard it as a insult or negative comment. These artists usually don't improve at all. I just like to think of it as "tough love". :)

what if kids designed their own classes response

In class, we watched a video about what if kids designed their own classes. They could do whatever they desired, as long as they were learning something. One kid was writing a book, and another boy was learning about snowboarding. They would still go to their regular classes, but for one semester, they would have no test or quizzes. They would teach themselves new skills. This idea reminds me of genius hour. You have your own responsibilities and you make your own criteria, but you still have teachers checking up on you to see your progress. At Fraser Heights we should have this system for grades 11 and 12. By these grades we have an idea of what we want to do in life and we have basic logic such as math, science etc. But, there are disadvantages with this idea such as missing out on learning and basic planning. Most kids in grades 11 and 12 have spare blocks so why not for one semester they create their own classes? This is something to consider!

If Students Designed Their Own School Response

In class we watched a video about a school that has a class where the students have the freedom to work on projects that they are passionate about. For a whole semester the students work on different projects, there’s the weekly projects, independent project and group projects. The class has no quizzes, tests or grades so the students make the learning materials and teach themselves. It sounds a lot like genius hour but this school lets them have a lot more freedom. I didn't really think this was a good idea because I thought that they were having too much freedom. They could be losing a lot of learning from the curriculum which they could be using in the future. It probably doesn't even feel like school since they have a whole semester to work on whatever they want. There are also some advantages though that you can’t always learn in a classroom, they get to improve their collaboration skills and they can learn to stay on task since all their friends are counting on him. It was a very interesting video.

If Students Designed Their Own School
          Today in class we watched a video about a new approach of learning were students would learn what they wanted to learn. I thought that this was a good idea because everyone is interested in something from writing a book to learning to play a piano and letting them learn about things they want to learn will help them be more self-directed people. There are still some flaws with this idea because there might be some people who don’t really want to learn and would do nothing for the whole semester. I think that this is a great idea for a new type of learning and if this project came to are school I would be interested in signing up.