This week’s blog topic is to choose a component of our Learning Project to reflect upon.  This has been very difficult for me because I’m lacking enthusiasm.  I know it is not specifically this project but more because I lost my steam with everything after fall break.  I was very excited to have the time off because it gave me the opportunity to concentrate on a paper due for another class.  I felt it would also recharge me and leave me excited for the second half of the semester.  Instead, I am not motivated and feel lackluster.  I should be excited about my chosen lesson because I feel like what I am creating will be transferable to my future position/career.  But…I’m not.  Therefore, please forgive me about my humdrum reflections. I feel like my creative juices are not flowing as freely as they were and time is not on my side.   Is anyone else feeling the week 11 blahs?


I’ve decided to reflect on the teaching and learning activities with the timeline.  The timeline has been a challenge for me.  The allotted time for the specials (Music, Art, PE, Media/Computer) at my elementary school is 45 minutes.  I know what I want to accomplish within the timeframe but to fully understand if one part will take 5 minutes or another part will take 8 minutes isn’t something I am up to speed with yet.  This seems like a small part of the big picture but when every educational minute is accounted for in the school day, you want to make the most out of the time you have.  I know once I have created my tutorial, some of my time frames will come together but right now this is what my brain is stuck on.  

Time is not on my side.  In fact, time is my enemy!

(I need Catherine’s help with a gif but for now think of a clock with a minute hand going really, really fast!)




I am not a collector. I don’t collect books, dvds, or cds. I borrow all of them from the library. I don’t collect t-shirts from vacation, coffee mugs, shot glasses, or even shoes. I have things that others have collected for me or that I have inherited but I didn’t start or add to these collections.
Why don’t I have a collection? Blame it on my parents. My parents collected too many things. I would have called them hoarders but not since the TV show. They did not live like but they did build shelves and display cases for their beloved collections. They became collectors for a variety of reasons. First, my parents were sentimental. Anything that they inherited could begin a collection. Second, they loved a bargain. If it was a bargain and they thought it might be worth something one day, my parents collected it. Third, it gave them something to do. It was the thrill of the hunt and before eBay existed. My parents would travel for miles to flea markets and antique shows looking. What are they looking for? They could be looking for something or nothing. They were just looking.
One thing that ignited their passion was collecting depression glassware and dishes. They choose a specific pattern and loved it. But then they cornered the market on that pattern. This is when collecting one pattern led to several patterns, then to several colors and everything continued to expand and multiply until no one was sure what they were collecting except perhaps everything. Eventually, all of us “kids” were asked to choose a pattern. I chose yellow and they chose the pattern. Therefore, even though I am not a collector, I have a collection and as of right now, the collection will not be expanding. The collection is utilized during Thanksgiving and Christmas.
My pattern is called Yellow Florentine 2 but I have a few other pieces that resemble it that are probably classified as a different pattern. I created my mini-curation project on Pinterest by looking for images of my parents various collections and I ended up finding my pattern which I have been told is rare and not as popular. My mini-curation has images of various items that are located in my actual collection.  Using Pinterest was very easy because it is very familiar.  I have browsed Pinterest in the past but never created my own board. Pinterest is a very popular social tool and has a large audience. It can be very personal or it can be used professionally. It is a very easy way to organize ideas, collections, well, basically anything.


The tech terms mini-curation project that I created is about Facebook and privacy controls. I utilized It was quite simple to use and I quickly found items that were relevant. I like that I was able to include blogs, videos, and articles. It is a great way of sharing information.


When I was working on this project, I wanted to give Learnist a try but I wasn’t able to access it. I proceeded to Pinterest and to complete my project. I will eventually returned to give Learnist a try but I was disappointed it wasn’t accessible.