What skill should I learn?

As I think about what skill I would like to learn and share my journey of I have many ideas. I have four thoughts around this that I would like to share and get your opinion about. The most important thing for me when choosing is to enjoy learning it. There As I think about what skill I would like to learn and share my journey, I have many ideas. I have four thoughts around this that I would like to share and get your opinion about. The most important thing for me when choosing is to enjoy learning it. There are many things out there that I have wanted to do, but time has always passed by, and I haven’t for some reason. I want to take this class/assignment to achieve one of these finally.

First: Photoshop “Realistify-ing”
I have minimal experience with Photoshop. I have messed around with a few things in the past 20 months throughout Covid. Nothing good at all, and just following tutorials. However, I ran across this Youtube Benny Productions. He takes drawings and turns them into a realistic type of creation on Photoshop. My first thought would be to have a student in my school draw a picture of a character, and I would try to “realistify” it. 

Benny Productions –> Photoshopping YOUR Drawings! | Realistified! S1E3

Photoshopping YOUR Drawings Again! | Realistified! S1E2

Second: Create a Videogame
As a millennial that grew up playing video games and still finds them as a way to unwind after stressful weeks, this has always been a dream. Create a video game. This past weekend I spent several hours running through tutorials and was able to get the main character to move with different animations. This is a more significant undertaking, but it is something that I enjoy learning about. This one involves several steps. I would need to learn how to use the program, the coding language, and creating sprites. When it comes to this, I would need to create a small goal to have a functional world that I could have an objective and complete it in the game. I still have to do some thinking around this, but I would love your thoughts!

My attempt at a sprite
My attempt at code to make player move

Third: Podcast
This thought is right in the title, a podcast. For this project, I would look to split some of the learning with another classmate Chris Brennan. After researching how much goes into a podcast, I thought it would be good to bring in a partner. 
–> A name
–> Topics for discussion
–> Planning
–> Scripts
–> Recording
–> Editing
–> Creating theme music
–> Adding music

Fourth: Visual Effects/Rendering Software
My fourth and final thought is difficult to describe because the program has various functions that I could explore. The easiest way to describe it without looking too much into it is to create something and add real-world materials and render it as if it was real. The free program I would use is Blender. I followed along with a tutorial for around 3 hours and created the very early resemblance of a doughnut. There are many other functions, as I said earlier, that I would explore. One function that would interest me is rendering a remodel for my house. This would take some exploration.

Early stages of creating a doughnut
This could be the final product rendered with many more hours!

As I said at the beginning I am curious to know what your thoughts are. Would you please take a second to fill out a survey to help me decide? –> Survey

Major Project- The Hard Part of Choosing

I had a hard time deciding what to do for my project. I struggled between wanting to learn something new for myself or a digital project that involves the integration of social media in my teaching practice. I brainstormed some different ideas:

cliparting.com

Self: guitar, knitting, tarot card reading, energies of crystals

Digital: app, classroom blogging, podcast

I thought about the different ideas of something significant that I wanted to learn and then share my learning with everyone. I took guitar lessons when I was younger with little success. As an adult would I be able to strum some chords together? I consider myself to be musically inclined and thought this might not be worth my time and effort. Knitting was my other thought, but I am not that interested in knitting and I would lose interest very easily. I am drawn to tarot card reading. Tarot cards have piqued my interest in the last couple of years. I did some research on how to begin this process. After many google searches and reading up on the how-to, I feel I am not at the stage to begin this journey as it is a long one and not something you can just decide to do as it deals with tapping into your inner energy.

Photo by Danielle Rangel on Pexels.com

I then turned my direction to a digital project that I could do with my students. I have very eager students this year and thought this could be fun. An app or blogging did not actually interest me. I love listening to True Crime podcasts when I’m driving or getting ready for work in the morning (weird morning ritual I know). I think it is finding the answers to the events that I like. However, True Crime is not the best genre to work with students. The genre is something I need to figure out on the way with exploring podcasts with my class.

My first step was I sent out a tweet asking for good classroom podcasts. I received a few replies so I looked into them. I also spoke with a colleague about podcasts and she told me I should talk to our school librarian because she was doing some work with students using podcasts. Jara suggested some of the same podcasts that were recommended on Twitter.

I still have some planning and figuring out what this will look like before I jump into it with my students. I am hoping to begin the project in October and things run fairly smoothly.

The One Where She Tries to Make a Podcast…

This week I have began doing some research as to where to begin with creating a podcast. My first initial search was, “How to start a podcast” into Google and started there.

This first most helpful website that I came across was: How To Start a Podcast: By Podcast Insights. I figured it must be a decent place to start because Google suggested it as their top website. They break the podcasting process down into 8 different steps.

  • Choosing a topic & name
  • Show and episode format
  • Cover art creation
  • Intro & outro music
  • Equipment selection
  • Audio recording & editing
  • Submission to Apple/Spotify Podcasts
  • Promotion tips

Now, as I read through this list that seemed quite daunting, I realized that I have some work ahead of me to actually producing a legit podcast episode. I began reaching out to some friends to ask their advice. For starters, I contacted a friend who is quite tech-savvy and I was able to borrow a headset and microphone for the recording process.

Additionally, my classmate Leigh Tremblay, mentioned a few ideas on my digital project introduction blog post to check out for some resources on how to start a podcast. Thank-you so much for that!

Pod Bean is a website where you can create a free account to create and promote podcasts. Buzzsprout which is an online graphic design tool to create cover art for your podcast logo. I then created an account with Apple Podcast Connect as I am an apple product consumer and don’t want to limit my options on where to start. 🍎

Lastly, I found a podcast episode by Rachel Hollis titled “How to Start a Podcast” which was extremely helpful to listen to as I am definitely an auditory learner. And not to mention a big fan of her work in general. My goal is to start working through the 9 steps above and start brainstorming some ideas of what I would like my podcast to look, sound and feel like!

As always, please feel free to comment any suggestions you may have as this is a completely new process for me!

So many choices … So little time!

From the moment we talked about our Major Project in EC&I 831, I knew that I would want to pick Option 2. How often do we get the opportunity to pick something we want to learn and actually get a little credit for it? I mean, this makes it feel like I am doing something I want to do, but on the clock!

As someone who constantly has a running list of things I would like to know how to do and be awesome at, I found it tough to select something for this project. First, I have always wanted to learn to play guitar. I was learning decades ago from an extremely passionate guitar enthusiast. But, eventually, that went to the wayside. I still love to sing and honestly would love to be able to play the guitar while I do it. However, I am not sure how much everyone around me would enjoy it.

Second, I love to bake. I used to bake non-stop and always said my dream job would be to own a coffee and bakery shop. The truth is, my husband is not wrong when he says I would NEVER be able to do the 4am wake ups in order to have everything ready. However, if I could just do fancy treats and cakes, then I could operate on my own time. Right?! I would truthfully love to learn the art of cake decorating! However, add in the amount of time and money it would take to do this, along with my annoying gluten allergy, and cake decorating seems like a pretty big hassle.

Third, I have always wanted to learn to crochet. Truth is, until I read Riley’s post on her learning project, I didn’t even know the difference between crocheting and knitting (she has a great visual comparison). I think I would enjoy it, but I honestly don’t have the time for it and would end up finding it stressful rather than relaxing.

So what? I have been forcing myself to try to enjoy golf for the last few months. As someone who again, likes to be good at things, I find the sport pretty frustrating. However, I am growing and enjoying it more now then I was a few months ago. I could sign up for lessons, watch videos and read pro golf tips, but is this really going to benefit me right now? Maybe I will leave that for the 2022 To-Do-List.

That led me to the question of “What can I dedicate time to learning that will not take me away from my family but will in fact enhance it? Possibly even invite participation?”

The Project

Meet Duke and Gryff (short for Gryffindor – full on Harry Potter geek right here). These are my fur babies. I have two human babies too, but these days they don’t need me nearly as much as they once did (at 19 and 10), and these little fluff balls give me somewhere to direct all my extra love.

After some serious consideration, I have decided to make these two a big part of my project. Duke is currently 6 1/2 years old and Gryff will be 6 months in October. When Duke was a pup, we did puppy classes and found he caught on quickly to a few basic commands. He is a loving, sweet dog who is generally easy to care for. However, as time went on, some annoying habits and behaviours came to light.

Duke is over-the-top excited whenever someone comes to the door. He will jump all over them and takes a bit to calm down no matter how many times he is scolded for this or how much we expect him to sit. I partly blame my mother for this as showing up with milk bones in her purse has really conditioned Duke to think everyone must be there for him. He has also not always been good around other dogs. I attribute this mostly to his over excitement, but it is still a challenge. He has often gone right to play mode without any caution when seeing another dog and as you can imagine, this does not always go well. Possibly for this reason, Duke is a terrible leash walker. He constantly has a “Me first” attitude and will not stop pulling no matter what we do! Despite these annoying traits, we love him and always considered him to be a pretty good dog.

We were worried about how this would go when we got Gryff though. However, from having him around our neighbours dogs, we knew he would calm down eventually. I really wanted another dog and kept at it until I got my way on this one. LOL. I am really so happy I did though. In many ways, Gryff has made Duke a much better dog.

Right from the start, Gryff was an easier dog. He loves to snuggle, eats well and didn’t bark. He balances out Duke’s slightly anxious nature and even calms him. However, now that Gryff is getting a little older, we are seeing the effects of each others behaviour. Duke has started to bark since Gryff arrived. At first it seemed to be just a warning bark if he had enough. Then it developed into more playful barking and now it is developing into a habit. Gryff has picked this up and is now starting to bark a bit as well. In addition, when company comes over, or one of us arrives home, we now have a whole new level of chaos. Finally, walks are terrible!! Now instead of one pulling, we have two, and often in opposite directions.

So all of this leads me to my choice of project. I have decided that I would like to try to learn what I can about dog training from online sources. I did not find obedience classes to be particularly useful, nor do I wish to commit to a certain time each week. This project gives me the flexibility to learn about this in a more individualized way. Through this project there are a few areas I am hoping to improve. I specifically want to target their behaviour around company, around other dogs and when walking on leash, but I do hope I am able to learn more that carries over. I feel this is a suitable project as it benefits my family, is something they can participate in and will allow me a chance to explore if it really is possible to learn a skill like this using social media outlets.

To begin, I have decided to create a Wakelet as a way to organize my findings. I started looking for frequently followed individuals or organizations offering pet tips on Twitter and Instagram. I plan to also explore Pinterest and YouTube. I will be organizing my findings in a Wakelet in an effort to keep it all in one place. I am looking forward to checking out all the resources out there and becoming a better puppy momma!

As for how I will document this process, I am still toying with ideas. I may see what Wakelet will do for me, compile a series of samples along the way and embed it all in one place. Or, I might compile it all in a iMovie or a Flipgrid. I’m still sorting these details out!

Are there any specific resources you know of that I should definitely check out? Do you have any training tips for me from your own experience? I’d love to hear about them if you do!

Finally, I must give a shout out to Curtis, who inspired me to spice up this post a bit with a hint of the flare he has added to his own! All of these can be found at https://giphy.com/. Just click on the photos to go right to the source.

A Co-(Ad)Venture

I have often been the guy that has marveled at how others use technology in their classroom. Always watching from the fringes with trepidation and a lack of confidence that I did not have the skills, imagination, or creativity to incorporate it into my own teaching. Well, I still lack the confidence, I don’t have the skills (yet!), I don’t have enough imagination to even bring myself to watch Star Wars (no I have never seen any of them!), and my creativity is questionable at the best of times. But the time has come….to dive in head first….and hope it turns out a little better than this:

fat diving GIF

The last year of pandemic learning has brought educators many challenges, but has also allowed us to explore new horizons. It has opened our eyes to new ways of learning and creating connections. Technology in education is here to stay.

Online learning was difficult for teachers and students because of the lost face to face relationships. There is no doubt that teachers want our students in the building (particularly in an elementary setting where I teach), and a huge majority of students and parents feel the same way. Teaching and learning just aren’t the same when comparing being in the same room vs. being on a computer screen. But what if we explore the connections that can be made in a virtual setting? Can students form connections with other students they haven’t met before? Can students teach and learn from each other via online platforms? If viewed through a different lens, can we turn the potential positives of technology into valuable personal and educational experiences? This is exactly what @Farris0120 and I are seeking to discover.

Using my Grade 3/4 and her Grade 4 Health classrooms, we are setting out to make some personal connections while also learning some valuable social media and technology skills. While our ideas are fluid and will evolve as our project progresses, below is a summary of our plans so far:

Purpose: To explore the use of technology and social media to teach each other and establish connections between students in different schools in a common school community. Students will develop skills that enable them to understand the positive power of social media and technology as a personal and educational tool, that can foster relationships and friendships via asynchronous and synchronous communication.  We will use ‘real time’ communication on Microsoft Teams as well as personal video logs via Flipgrid, as a way of sharing with each other, teaching, and responding to peers, including the following –

*Virtual Teams meetings between classrooms.

*Student Teaching and Responding to Blog Posts – both written and recorded video

*Classes/Individuals will teach a lesson/share information.

*Analysis of the effectiveness of both written and oral communication, via technology.

Curricular Ties

– Health 3.2 Inner Self

– Health 3.4 Families

– Health 4.3 Relationships

Our ultimate goal is to teach children that open communication via technology can foster relationships beyond the digital world and can be a valuable learning tool.  Presenting social media and open communication in a positive way can affect how students will view and use technology in the future and potentially trigger the desire to create and maintain a healthy digital footprint.  While students will be learning about digital tools and communication they will be teaching their peers, albeit virtually, and sharing ideas that they can relate to, understand, and learn.

As this is my first venture into this world, I am both excited and nervous. I am excited to learn and hope our students can learn as much as I know I will.

EC&I 831 – Learning Project – Part 1

The premise of this project is to learn a new task, skill, or concept utilizing an online platform and or community to extend and enrich growth. Narrowing this project down to what would be worth learning, or meaningful to me in the context of my teaching year and the limitations that this offers. Sure, it would be great to learn how to play the guitar, but that is not really one of my passions, and if I were to invest significant time and effort into this skill I would want to get more something more out of it, then simply a new task to add to the “tool-belt”. Which reminds me of this Ted Talk, that discusses how anything can be learned in the first 20 hours. And that sounds great and I love the idea of it, but for me, it is important to prioritize what it is that I want to learn, and make sure its meaningful and hopefully can be utilized more in my life moving forward.

However, Durston Mckenna and myself have centered on the idea of learning how to create a podcast together that would connect within various topics in education. Now, it does seem that every one with a voice and a iphone decided to create a podcast during the long quaratine days/months/years.. etc. This is something that we are both intrigued by and want to invest more time in learning what this might look like, and how we can utilize our skills, extend our understanding and build a learning community together.

25+ Best Podcast Memes | Listen Memes, Joe Rogan Memes, Quickmeme Memes

It was helpful to check out this website that goes over the basics of starting a podcast and some potential gear that may be helpful to have in the startup process. A couple of the biggest take-aways as that having an actual microphone is super helpful as a phone and laptop’s mic are pretty junky, so it would not be a bad idea to invest in one. However, it may be wroth it as well to borrow one from someone who clearly had the same idea as we did, and then petered out after no one listened to their second episode… which is a huge fear that may occur in our case. Secondly, the easiest way to share your podcast with others is through the online platform SoundCloud. I have not worked extensively with soundcloud, but I am excited to learn more about it, and its capabilities.

So, any tips, tricks or funny Gifs/Memes that you have regarding a podcast would be greatly appreciated in the comment section below.

My Learning Project

To explain this learning project I have to go back to the summer months. At the end of June I always like to take home the new Willow nominees to read over the summer. The first one I read was called Fish out of Water by Joanne Levy.

“Willow Awards” by Kathy Cassidy is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

“Fish out of Water” is a great story about a boy named Fishel who needs to come up with a Bar Mitzvah project – much like we have to come up with a project for this class. His project is supposed to be one that will help people in the community. His best friend wants him to help with his project which is collecting used hockey equipment and donating it to kids who can’t afford to play hockey, however this project doesn’t really interest Fishel. For one her really doesn’t like hockey – in fact he doesn’t really like sports to begin with. Doesn’t really like to do the same things that are stereotypically associated with boys.

“Hockey equipment” by Beth77 is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND

His other option is to volunteer his time at the senior home connected to the Jewish Community center, however he is really not interested in that either. The one thing he really wants to do is learn how to knit socks so he can make them for people who really need them.

“Seven knit socks” by Tie Guy II is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Now this is typically not an activity that boys in Middle School undertake – and Fishel is met with stereotypes and road blocks throughout his journey. This brings be to my project.

At school we have many classes from grade 2/3 all the way up to grade 6/7 that will be reading book. As a school we are inspired by Fishel, the obstacles that get in his way, and his overall determination to do something that others don’t think he should do. We hope to teach our students that stereotypes can by harmful and that sometimes we need to do the things that make us happy (as long as they don’t hurt others of course). So as Riley learns to Crochet, I will be learning how to knit. I think this will be a really cool project because it will be a real life example of the book we are reading to students come to life. Why can’t boys/men learn how to knit? I want to show our students that we can.

First things First

How to knit – Just like Curtis with his project I have no idea how to knit. I am a complete beginner and have never done anything like this before – and yes several people have already told me that I should learn to crochet instead, but I am determined.

I’ve already started by watching youtube videos and found one in particular really helpful and quite good. If you too want to learn how to knit I highly recommend the Sheep and Stich website. The videos are really easy to follow and for the most part get to the point. Devina – from Sheep and Stich has lots of images in her blog posts and when you watch the videos directly from her blog there are no ads!

So far I have already learned how to “cast on”, how to do the “knit stich”, and I painfully have learned how to “cast off.” However this journey is for a different blog post. My goal for this project is to eventually learn how to knit a pair of socks just like Fishel in the book. Before I do that I will learn how to knit a scarf – to help with the muscle memory associated with knitting, then a tuque, and if all goes well, a pair of socks.

I have already found a handful of people at work who are willing to help me with this project, and I will continue to rely on youtube videos. I am hoping that when more of our classes start to read this book that an excitement grows in the community and more kids want to learn how to knit. I have always found that I am a better learner when I have to teach someone else how to do it.

Documenting my Journey

I would like to document my journey by creating a separate menu area within my blog. I would like to post pictures and videos of my journey, and also vlogs to show my reflection and frustrations. I will also document the wonderful people who help me out a long the way – and hopefully conduct a few interviews with long time knitters along the way.

Questions

  1. Do you know of any other great knitting websites, or videos that I would be able to use, or that you have found helpful in the past?
  2. Are you a knitter? Can you offer me any advice?
  3. I still haven’t found a good sock pattern – do you have one you could share?
  4. Do you know any other great resources in the city that could help a guy out?

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September 19, 2021: The Learning Project Outline

I’m one of those people who get a bunch of ideas in their brain (due to excitement), then begin to overthink everything and my brain turns into a hamster stuck on a wheel. That is how I’m feeling with The Learning Project already… In a good way! I am very enthusiastic about my topic, mainly because there are so many different avenues I can explore. However, because the options really are endless, it is going to take some organizing and narrowing things down. Strap in folks, because here comes my plan… With some other details!

Learning ASL, Exploring Deaf Culture, & Deaf and Hard of Hearing Classrooms: The Inspiration

I believe everything happens for a reason and sometimes it is difficult to ignore common themes that continue to appear throughout your life…

Recently, I started working alongside a colleague who used to run a deaf and hard of hearing classroom. I think it is so interesting how deaf people learn to communicate and understand the world without experiencing sound. To me, it is truly amazing and speaks to the power of learning being a dynamic and complex process… One size does not fit all. In addition, my sister-in-law is a speech and language pathologist. When she was receiving her training, she was required to learn American Sign Language (ASL). Over the years, she has casually taught me some very basic ASL, which I found myself enjoying. I was also in choir all through elementary and high school. One of my music teachers would have us sign certain songs as we would sing. Signing and singing was my favourite. I felt like I could really capture the emotion of the piece in a meaningful way. Looking back through an educator lens, I also think it is an inclusive practice that we should see represented more frequently.

Taking a more personal angle, I’ve met two deaf people in my life. The first person I met was Mrs. T. I got to know her through my dad’s work and my mom sold Avon to her… Sidebar: Who remembers Avon? She had lost her hearing in adulthood and was able to read lips. I remember my mom explaining when my brother and I would go over to her house that we needed to make sure that she was looking at us when we spoke and that speaking loudly won’t help. She had a black dog who would alert her when her phone rang or if someone was at the door. My mom also said when they would talk on the phone, Mrs. T used some kind of voice-to-text device and had various pieces of technology that she used in her daily life. This would have been in the late 90s, so I can only imagine how many more developments in this area have occurred since. When I first met Mrs. T, I remember feeling nervous. I had never met a deaf person before and didn’t know what to expect. To my surprise, there was nothing Mrs. T couldn’t do and if I didn’t know she was deaf, I probably wouldn’t have figured it out. When I teach the Grade 4 Sound Unit in Science, I love showing this video. I appreciate how honest and inquisitive kids are… They just ask whatever is on their mind! I also think this video takes the “fear/nerves” out of meeting a deaf person for kids, as it highlights helpful information about deafness that is beneficial to anyone (not just kids) who are meeting a deaf person for the first time.

In addition, I worked with a deaf man throughout high school and university when I worked at a local cafe. He was a master lip reader and could sign, but no one I worked with could sign with him, myself included. He would speak sometimes, but was difficult to understand, so he was pretty dynamite at expressing himself through actions. Communicating took a lot of patience and I began to realize that being a deaf person and knowing how to sign doesn’t do much good if no one else around you knows how. He was no shrinking violet and worked really hard to be part of conversations, but I would imagine this would have been exhausting and challenging. It honestly started to bother me that I couldn’t fully communicate with him and I wanted to do something about that, but just didn’t know where to start.

*Cue The Learning Project…*

Learning ASL, Exploring Deaf Culture, & Deaf and Hard of Hearing Classrooms: Resources Collected… So far

Initially, I wanted to learn some basic ASL. I was thinking maybe signing the alphabet, some basic phrases, and possibly learning how to sign picture books and share this with my students. However, there is a whole deaf culture that I feel is important to acknowledge and engage with if I am learning their language as a hearing person. I have also been lucky enough to have gained a colleague who is extremely knowledgeable on this topic, so I started to consider learning about these classrooms in my school division. Who knows, maybe this project could lead to something bigger career-wise for me?

Over the past two weeks, I’ve been gathering resources, following different organizations and people on social media and reaching out to different teachers in my school division to set up a time to chat and inquire about any resources they are willing to share. I have so many resources that I need to start looking through. So. Many. Below, I’ve created a document that is essentially a giant resource dump. Some of these resources might be more useful than others depending on where my project goes, but to help me wrap my brain around my project, I felt like I needed to at least go through everything to help me determine a starting point. I am almost positive this list will grow, so the creation of a Wakelet may be necessary! Since I haven’t had a chance to ask the individuals I contacted if I can share their names or resources as part of my project, I’ve used letters to identify them and I will share their resources if they grant me permission. For now, here is my own list and some of their websites/suggestions I plan on diving into.

The Learning Project: Resource Dump # 1

Learning ASL, Exploring Deaf Culture, & Deaf and Hard of Hearing Classrooms: The Plan

At this point, I’m not sure what I would like my “final goal” to be. Essentially, I want to learn more ASL than I know now, about deaf culture, and about the deaf and hard of hearing programs in my school division. Going back to my choir days, I would love to be able to sign a song (or at least part of) and teach my students some sign language as well. My project is more process than product driven and I plan to document my growth through blog reflections, YouTube videos, creating a Wakelet to keep track of my resources, and connecting with educators in my division to (hopefully) experience a deaf and hard of hearing classroom.

I find making some kind of plan with dates and deadlines helps keep me stay accountable and on track. So, what I’ve included below is exactly that. However, please know this plan will change and evolve over the next few weeks. Since there are so many topics I am hoping to explore, I decided to focus on a specific topic for a week or so and then move on to the next, while continuing with my ASL practice throughout. To learn ASL, I’m going to start with lessons by Bill Vicars on his YouTube channel and begin with ASL 1, which is the beginner level for learning ASL. I also found another resource called Start ASL that offers free lessons to learn on your own, as well as paid options. Hopefully, my schedule starts forming more of a clear picture for you!

Tentative Schedule for The Learning Project

Bits and Pieces Collected: So Far…

As teachers we all know that conversations never actually get wrapped up– the bell rings, “*Insert Student Name* got hurt on the monkey bars”, *CRASH*… Any other interruptions you’ve experienced? That being said, I’ve been given lots of “tid bits” of information to further explore by colleagues, but haven’t had a chance to really have a conversation with anyone yet… Although I’m in the process of making arrangements for some of those! Nonetheless, I’m excited about what has been shared with me so far. Some of these bits and pieces are:

  1. The speech and language pathologist (SLP) at my school mentioned something to me about the difference between Deaf vs deaf and that there are varied views about using certain sign languages. Some groups do not use any signing at all, while others use a variety of ways to communicate (e.g.: ASL, lip reading, various technologies, etc.).
  2. Another colleague mentioned something to me about these two ladies on YouTube that… The conversation ended there due to a playground calamity. So I must find out about these two ladies…
  3. Cochlear implants and auditory processing… Two very new things to me! This was mentioned to me by an SLP I plan on chatting with in a few weeks.
  4. Also, a serious shoutout to Kelly is in order for passing along some resources and names of people who could help me out with my project!
  5. Self Advocacy… This came from one of the resources passed down to me. I feel like this is a very necessary piece to the puzzle when learning about deaf culture and navigating deafness. Furthermore, any difference or exceptionality requires self advocacy, which I think is the hardest thing for people to do with pride and confidence.

If you’ve stuck around this long, you’re a trooper, but you’re not off the hook yet! I’m curious…

  • 1. Has anyone taught a deaf or hard of hearing student? What was your experience?
  • 2. Does anyone have any resources they would be willing to share?
  • 3. Has anyone learned ASL or another language in general? If so, do you have any advice for me? I tend to bite off more than I can chew!
  • 4. Tell me about your project! How have you organized it? Or are you, “going with the flow” to see where it takes you?

Thank you for reading this very scattered blog post! I am excited to see where this project takes me and I look forward to following your learning projects as well!

Until next time,

Leigh

I’d Climb Every Mountain, And Swim Every Ocean, Just to Be With You, And Learn How to Cricut…

An Introduction to My Digital Learning Project The Story that Took Me Here Okay, before I get into the heart of my post, I want to start with a story. You’re probably already thinking, “gosh, not another story from this gal!” or “another long-winded story coming our way” but I[Read more]

The One Where He Gained 20 Pounds For His Major Learning Project

I have chosen to go down the path of self learning for my major learning project. I debated many different things to attempt to learn: guitar ( but decided two months of self taught lessons would only give me enough courage to play acoustic versions of Weezer songs around the campfire and I shouldn’t subject my family to that) or a homemade Golden Tee video game for my basement ( I priced it out and it would have ended up costing more than this class and there was a 76% chance that I cut off a finger in the process so I decided to pass).

I am ashamed to admit this but at least once a day I have to fight off this craving in my brain for a Boston Cream donut.

Over the last couple years I have become a Boston Cream aficionado or donut snob for lack of a better term.

My next Halloween costume

And in all my research I have come to the conclusion that nothing is better than the delicious and satisfying taste of a fresh Boston Cream. Trust me I have when I say I have I put in the research on this topic. My waistline and bank account can verify this statement.

So the more I thought about this project I thought about making my own Boston Cream donut. And that is how I decided that I am going to teach myself how to become a baker and perfect the best Boston Cream Donut in the province (self proclaimed of course).

To Be The Best You Have To Beat The Best

I am excited to continue my research on this topic. First I will gather samples of my competitors: Country Corner, Tim Horton’s, Robins, Everyday Kitchen, and of course the Holy Grail of Boston Creams the Wadena Bakery and Coffee Nook.

Schema

Aside from paying for donuts I have no prior knowledge of how a donut is made. I assume a Boston Cream is just two smaller donuts squished together and filled with cream in the middle?

Near perfect representation of my cooking skillset

If you deconstruct this donut I will have to become familiar with many things: how to make a chocolate topping sauce, the delicious fluffy not too dense donut itself ( that somehow has a hole in the middle, and the make it or break it part of the real whip cream filling ( don’t @ me on this but I believe the only thing that should go into a Boston Cream donut is REAL WHIP CREAM I’m looking at you Tim Horton’s) (Actually please @ me on this topic because it will get my engagement up on this blog post @curtisnorman14 :))

How will I learn all of the knowledge?

I plan on doing a lot of research through YouTube baking shows/ tutorials, I might have a lead on some people that really have knowledge of how to bake @cweber78 and are willing to give me a few tips, I hear there are these things called cookbooks that I will look into, and last but not least I am going to have to rely on my beautiful wife to show me where/how all these wonderful kitchen instruments that we have accumulated in our house work! And as this journey progresses I look forward to discovering new resources I don’t know exist at the moment.

How will I document this journey?

I haven’t fully committed to a process yet. I am toying with the idea of starting my own TikTok dedicated to the journey of perfecting the ultimate Boston Cream. I also like the idea of a weekly VLOG. Either way I will have to come up with a catchy #. I am thinking #theultimatebostoncream or #thebostoncreamcurtis or #saskatchewancreamdonut none of these are jumping off the page at me yet but I’m sure some random Sunday the hashtag will hit me while I am trying to walk off the pounds that my test/research will put on me.

In conclusion, I would love some feedback on the following:

  1. if you know of a store that sells a Boston Cream donut that I need to try,

2. a catchy hashtag,

3. and most importantly do YOU believe a Boston Cream should be filled with real whip cream or pudding? (your response might determine our possible friendship moving forward in life).