Fiddle frustration….

So I have been frustrated with my fiddle learning process so far.  Why, you may ask?  I guess that with music I like to be good at something right away and become impatient if I tend to not master it immediately.

One of my followers (lol) suggested that I go to a couple different sites to get some good instruction.  One was Violin Lab, and the other was a one on one instructor Chad Manning.  These were all find and dandy, until I discovered that the videos were just demo, and you have to pay for the course.  I can appreciate this as a music teacher, because it shouldn’t be a free gesture.  Maybe this is why the really good instruction doesn’t come for free!

This really hurts my pride posting videos of very screatchy, crikity, extremely begginer learning and music.  I am at a bit of a struggle right now and I am not sure where to go with my learning……

Until further notice..

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Rubber dolly… not Rubber duck

Okay peeps I know that you have been anxiously awaiting my progress report and due to my sleepy internet, I have been at a loss.

But worry no more! Here it is, we have my next song I have been working on called Rubber Dolly.  I found a lady that I like learning from online, funny thing is that I don’t know her name, but she is very talented.  I like her teaching skills.

Most of all I like using my ear to learn though.  So I find that the people I am learning from I use as a guide.

Here is my next video, please enjoy… and brace yourself.

 

 

Have we lost the ability to empathize?

Wow, mind has been blown while watching Sextortion of Amanda Todd, Stalking Amanda Todd: The man in the shadows, Sext Up Kids, The Price of Shame, and “One Tweet Can Ruin Your Life”.  I know that we only had to watch one or two, but I found them so intriguing that I could not stop watching these documentaries and TED talks.

I was able to watch these videos through different lenses.  I am a woman (once a young teenager), I am a mother to 3 girls one being 13, and I have an understanding for protocol dealing with law enforcement.

In watching Amanda Todd’s story, it was disturbing that her case was seemed to be put on the back burner so to say.  This is common when we are dealing with young teenagers.  We tend to find ways to lessen there problems in our minds, or even deem them to be dramatic or the cause of their own problems.  As this is can be partially true, we need to remind ourselves of how we felt growing up, and not undermind young adults.  Whether they are crying wolf or not, that is not for us to determine in the moment, our job is to make sure their needs are met and deal with the reality after we know they are safe.

In, The Price of Shame, and One Tweet Can Ruin Your life, I feel that the two speakers spoke to how I feel about all of this social media that is shared and sent to all our friends.  We have lost the ability to empathize for others through social media.  It is hard enough to teach empathy to children and adults in face to face interaction.  So when we have the ability to hind behind a screen and not necessarily be held accountable for our actions we have an easier time joining the crowd in the ridicule, laughing, bashing, and bullying at another persons expense.

I was going to look up an article to talk about, but I have a real life story to share.  I have an acquaintance that I know whose daughter’s mind has been toyed with and lied to.  I mean that she believes that it is to be the desire of a woman to be hyper-sexualized, and that is what the world wants.  She is drawn towards the perverted view of how woman are portrayed in the world when it comes what men want.  It is not realistic, but it has affected her view of herself and how she should be in a relationship.

This is why we need to make it important to teach kids the importance of digital citizenship and identity.  They are exposed to so much that there minds are not mature enough to grasp onto what is real and not.

Living in a village with SLOW internet…

Okay people, especially my class #ecmp 355, you may have thought that something bad happened to me or that I was in danger, but I reassure you that I am fine.  My internet has been horribly slow and I have been stuck around the house.  So I apologize that I haven’t posted my awesome fiddle progress, but waiting for my videos to upload to YouTube has been EXTREMELY painful!!

So now I have access to some quick internet, so I will be back in the game.  I really wish that I didn’t have to depend on the internet so much.  I feel like it controls my life now… lol

I will tell you how bad it is, for those of you that know me really well (probably only Kim Thue in this class) You would know that I don’t swear, and I don’t like to swear.  The internet connection is so slow though, that I JUST ABOUT swore.  I know, I know, it was close.

Anywho, be prepared for some posts!

Digital Citizenship vs. Citizenship?

Going through this class for #ecmp355, I have really begun to think about my own personal digital citizenship.  In reflecting in that, I have found that I feel that I have been careful over the years, because I have made good choices for most of my life…. (insert pat on the back and a bit of eye roll).

I don’t like to toot my own horn, but I have been careful with what I write as well as not joining in on unending rants, and being careful who I let in on my social media feeds.  That being said, I believe that my digital citizenship is a good way to learn more about me and who I am.  What you see is what you get!  I am fairly equal in my digital life as I am in my social life.  The only thing you don’t see, is me loosing my mind or being very very angry.. (it happens).

I find that because digital citizenship is more comfortable to say, post, or do things, you tend to learn more about an individual than you would to meet them in person.  Students that you will be teaching, will say more on an instagram post, facebook post, or any other social media feed than they would to your face.  The trick is, though, that it is deemdinappropriate to frind your students on any social media if you are teaching them.  Which I find understandable.  I know it is to protect us mostly, but then in this day in age, how do we communicate the best or find out our students the best way, if everything is on a digital basis?

Below is a compilation video I made of how I use social media to portray my citizenship through snapchat and selfies.

 

Creeping on Kim …

So we are sleuthing a partner in class online for  Ecmp 355.  I must say, I felt like I was secretly invading on Kim’s personal life.  Although, is it that personal if I kind find it online?  It also got me worried about what he was going to find out about me.

So, here are my findings on Mr. Kim Thue!

First of all I googled his name, and the first site in the list was work related.  Kim worked for Global news in Saskatoon and you can find some of his work that he has done.  He is a very good writer, so now I know why he can write an essay so well!

It is not easy to find a picture of Kim on the internet, but I did find this beauty … I only know that this was Kim because I have met him before.  The images portrayed before this one were all of african american people.  All that I could find of Kim was work related, so I decided to refine my search and 411 him.  NOTHING!! I do not know how to get ahold of Kim or even find out where he lives.

So I went to Facebook, and folks that were I found…. NOTHING! again… now I am starting to panic.  So I finally went somewhere that I know he is.. Twitter  and I know that you can add @thuekim on twitter.  There I found that he is a dad, husband, student, he wants to be a teacher and he is old.  Oh sorry, he is an old student!

Clearly, Kim is not out there for the world to know his business.  He has a fairly private life.  I can tell by his twitter account that he has two cute girls.  Way to go Kim, you are hard to sleuth or creep on!

 

A new age …. continually learning

Started watching An anthropological introduction to YouTube by Michael Wesch.  To be honest, after a few minutes the language he was using to discuss his material had me lost.  The just of the message that I was getting was that YouTube, as a means of social media, is just one of many tools that are being used to reshape humanity.  YouTube, once shared through other sources as well as, tagged, liked, posted, viewed and so on, becomes unlimited to the people it reaches throughout the world.

This week in my ecmp 355 class, Alec shared with us and taught us about the capabilities of the internet and the tools we have access to, to implement within our classroom as teachers.

I believe that through these two speakers we need to stay educated with what all people have access to, and how to use it, in order to stay engaged with our students and their families.  It is useful to understand the language of technology so that we may have better ways of communicating with our students and parents.

I already see the shift of communicating via facebook, email, twitter, etc. from the school, instead of sending notes home.  This is more environmentally friendly, but the fact is that parents are more likely to see a note sent to a device than sent home in a backpack.

Frustrated with LIZA JANE… lol

okay so I have run across some interesting fiddle instruction.  I have found that the sound of the YouTube clip makes a huge difference to me.  If I have my computer volume all the way up and I still can’t hear the voice or it is muffled, that completely irritates me, like a certain channel.

So one thing I appreciate about YouTube is that  when you are searching for specific video there are other options on the right hand side that are related to your search.  this is how I found help with technique on the fiddle:

So I have used these techniques to help with the first song I am learning which is LIZA JANE…. oh poor Liza Jane may sound sick in my video clip….

Please be understanding .. lol

 

 

 

Class dojo .. an option for handling all kinds of behaviors!

Well here is an app that is used in one of my daughter’s classrooms.   I didn’t know too much about it so I had to look it up online.  If you are interested in learning how to use it after you see what I have posted, take a look at a great tutorial.

Here is a short video on what class dojo is all about:

 

Class dojo was developed to moderate behaviors within the classroom.  You can use this app at home with the kids as well.  It is a reward based system that encourages good behavior and helps set out goals for what the good behavior is for.  For instance, if you reach so many points – free time, or a movie, or a pizza, etc.  This can be built upon together with the students and teachers. This gives the students a chance to participate in the reward, and have a sense of control.

As well, Class dojo has videos for the classroom that relates to behavioral issues.  These are all on YouTube and this is all free for use.  They are under the category ClassDojo, these videos are about perseverance, empathy, growth mindset, mindfulness, etc.

PROS:

  • This app is an avitar based app.  Each student can individualize their own avatar, as well as, the parents are involved and get to see how their children are doing.
  • You can record positive behavior as well as negative behavior.
  • Teacher, parent, and student are connected
  • great way to encourage positive behavior equally for all students.

CONS:

  • The teacher must be diligent in watching every child’s behavior and activity.
  • Some kids may struggle more than others, so what are fair rewards.

One Idea is to have the class try to earn a set amount of points together for a reward, that way all children can benefit if they are working together as a team.

Beginner Fiddle… Cover your ears!

Okay so if some of you are unaware, I am a musician already.  I am classicly trained in piano, self-taught guitar and I am a vocalist as well.  So this week I decided to start out with playing scales first to get used to the fiddle.  You have to have a very good ear to play the fiddle because unlike the guitar, mandolin, banjo and other stringed instruments, this family of instruments does not have frets.  Frets are basically guidelines of where to place your fingers.

I am basically finding online videos, I haven’t found one that I really like yet.  So this is just the basics of a scale.  Once I find a really good online teacher I will post next week who I am going to learn from.

One thing I like about learning online is that I can work at my own pace and I can start and stop the video as I need.  I am not liking the fact that I can not ask on the spot questions to know if I am doing something correctly.  I have told my daughter not to help as I want the full experience of depending on online teaching.

So I posted a video of my daughter whom I would like to play like, as well as me showing some of my actual skill on the piano and then the second video is of me trying my best on a scale.  Hope you enjoy!