zephyrofgod: (Default)
One of the things I've really struggled with is fitting into the education system and pushing past the learning stage and into being empowered to learn by my profs. A few of my profs have done so, but on the whole, I've been frustrated with PowerPoints and not being able to use creativity in exploring various ideas and theorems. Yes, I realise that my degree area is history. Yes, I realise that a lot of this has been relegated to late-term undergrad up to post-bac and beyond.

I watched the following video tonight, and it's brought me to a few thoughts on the matter. Here. You go watch it. I'll be here after you do.



Okay. You're back.

I identify with Dan Brown (the guy in the video, not the authour). I feel he makes some valid points. After high school, institutional education goes from making sure that students grasp and master the building blocks to...grasping and mastering building blocks. It's been my experience, and yes, I realise that not everyone had the opportunity to attend a college prep high school. I remember walking into my college psychology classes and finding that the book that I used in high school was the exact same text we were going to use in that class. I don't remember studying at all for that class, and I passed with flying colours. At the same time, though, I remember my biology class - and all my prof did was read off of the PowerPoint. We weren't allowed to question her, nor did she lead us into discussion, and due to similar instances in other classes, college became frustrating for me. There are times I wonder why colleges are teaching things like "Writing Papers" (NWMSU has it!) and "Using Computers" (Again, NWMSU has it - and it was obsolete when I took it nearly ten years ago!) and covering things that should have been covered in high school. The Internet has revolutionised (in a lot of ways) how we learn and gather information. Creativity gets squelched, too. I can't speak for anyone else, but I was always urged to just do the classwork, even if I found it particularly boring and even if I thought it busywork. My classes on educational theories even told me to not rely on busywork...but here I was, at the collegiate level doing, yep, you guessed it, busywork.

That being said, should the institutional educational system die? This is where I disagree with Dan Brown. University is more than classroom experience, and that experience is not only valid, but part of one's maturation process. Unfortunately, the Internet cannot teach it - it can only show others' experiences. Since life is a series of experiences, so much of that is limited if one only chooses the Internet for one's sole expression of experience. Sure, sitting in a classroom scribbling relatively similar yet random facts on lined paper (unlined, in my case!) is boring, but there are parts of that experience that can be changed. Some of the best learning I feel I got in high school and college built upon experiential learning. I did stuff. I learned. (It's part of the reason I like the SCA so much.) Yes, I wrote notes. Yes, I sat, bored to tears in lectures with two hundred people crammed into a lecture hall. Yes, I still don't think the lecture system completely works for some disciplines, BUT, this is no reason that this aspect of the institutional education needs to be completely dismantled.

The educational system has issues, and we have to figure out how to make it work. Not only do we have to make it work, but we have to find a way to better bridge the gap between high school and universities. Once we've bridged this gap, we need to figure out how to empower and charge students with not only learning, but with coming up with creative solutions and not squelching it. I'm not sure where to start this dialogue, but it needs to exist. It will take time. It might even take money. But, we can't be afraid of the learning process and making mistakes. Too much of institutional learning is not getting dirty and making mistakes - that's already done for us.

(Of course, what sort of conversation would this be if I didn't allow other people to post? As always, open to discussion.)
zephyrofgod: (Default)
One of the things I've really struggled with is fitting into the education system and pushing past the learning stage and into being empowered to learn by my profs. A few of my profs have done so, but on the whole, I've been frustrated with PowerPoints and not being able to use creativity in exploring various ideas and theorems. Yes, I realise that my degree area is history. Yes, I realise that a lot of this has been relegated to late-term undergrad up to post-bac and beyond.

I watched the following video tonight, and it's brought me to a few thoughts on the matter. Here. You go watch it. I'll be here after you do.



Okay. You're back.

I identify with Dan Brown (the guy in the video, not the authour). I feel he makes some valid points. After high school, institutional education goes from making sure that students grasp and master the building blocks to...grasping and mastering building blocks. It's been my experience, and yes, I realise that not everyone had the opportunity to attend a college prep high school. I remember walking into my college psychology classes and finding that the book that I used in high school was the exact same text we were going to use in that class. I don't remember studying at all for that class, and I passed with flying colours. At the same time, though, I remember my biology class - and all my prof did was read off of the PowerPoint. We weren't allowed to question her, nor did she lead us into discussion, and due to similar instances in other classes, college became frustrating for me. There are times I wonder why colleges are teaching things like "Writing Papers" (NWMSU has it!) and "Using Computers" (Again, NWMSU has it - and it was obsolete when I took it nearly ten years ago!) and covering things that should have been covered in high school. The Internet has revolutionised (in a lot of ways) how we learn and gather information. Creativity gets squelched, too. I can't speak for anyone else, but I was always urged to just do the classwork, even if I found it particularly boring and even if I thought it busywork. My classes on educational theories even told me to not rely on busywork...but here I was, at the collegiate level doing, yep, you guessed it, busywork.

That being said, should the institutional educational system die? This is where I disagree with Dan Brown. University is more than classroom experience, and that experience is not only valid, but part of one's maturation process. Unfortunately, the Internet cannot teach it - it can only show others' experiences. Since life is a series of experiences, so much of that is limited if one only chooses the Internet for one's sole expression of experience. Sure, sitting in a classroom scribbling relatively similar yet random facts on lined paper (unlined, in my case!) is boring, but there are parts of that experience that can be changed. Some of the best learning I feel I got in high school and college built upon experiential learning. I did stuff. I learned. (It's part of the reason I like the SCA so much.) Yes, I wrote notes. Yes, I sat, bored to tears in lectures with two hundred people crammed into a lecture hall. Yes, I still don't think the lecture system completely works for some disciplines, BUT, this is no reason that this aspect of the institutional education needs to be completely dismantled.

The educational system has issues, and we have to figure out how to make it work. Not only do we have to make it work, but we have to find a way to better bridge the gap between high school and universities. Once we've bridged this gap, we need to figure out how to empower and charge students with not only learning, but with coming up with creative solutions and not squelching it. I'm not sure where to start this dialogue, but it needs to exist. It will take time. It might even take money. But, we can't be afraid of the learning process and making mistakes. Too much of institutional learning is not getting dirty and making mistakes - that's already done for us.

(Of course, what sort of conversation would this be if I didn't allow other people to post? As always, open to discussion.)
zephyrofgod: (frustration)
Well, if it's not SCA in my life, then it's church stuff. (always.)

Here we go. I have less than a week to put together something for my college aged kids for our kick-off Sunday. I'm thinking another movie night, but even I'm getting sick of those.

So.

Imagine yourself in college/back in college/college-aged, etc. What would get you through the door? What would get you involved? What would minister to you?

I know I'm missing questions. Answer ones you have. (It helps me fill in my own blanks.) I'm wanting inexpensive, profound, and something I can get done by Saturday night at the latest. Denomination of the ministry is Episcopalian, but is open to all faiths and backgrounds.

If you have something to post, even if it's silly, please post it. I welcome answers.
zephyrofgod: (frustration)
Well, if it's not SCA in my life, then it's church stuff. (always.)

Here we go. I have less than a week to put together something for my college aged kids for our kick-off Sunday. I'm thinking another movie night, but even I'm getting sick of those.

So.

Imagine yourself in college/back in college/college-aged, etc. What would get you through the door? What would get you involved? What would minister to you?

I know I'm missing questions. Answer ones you have. (It helps me fill in my own blanks.) I'm wanting inexpensive, profound, and something I can get done by Saturday night at the latest. Denomination of the ministry is Episcopalian, but is open to all faiths and backgrounds.

If you have something to post, even if it's silly, please post it. I welcome answers.
zephyrofgod: (Elfage)
If you are on my friends list, I want to know things about you. I don't care if we never talk, if you're more of a lurker, or if we already know everything about each other.

BE HONEST! Answer the questions in a comment, then repost on your own journal if you like.

Are you currently in a serious relationship?

What was your dream growing up?

What talent do you wish you had?

If I bought you a drink what would it be?

Favorite vegetable?

What was the last book you read?

What zodiac sign are you?

Any Tattoos and/or Piercings? Explain where.

Worst Habit?

If you saw me walking down the street, would you offer me a ride?

What is your favorite sport?

Do you have a pessimistic or optimistic attitude?

What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator with me?

Worst thing to ever happen to you?

Tell me one weird fact about you.

Do you have any pets?

What if I showed up at your house unexpectedly?

What was your first impression of me?

Do you think clowns are cute or scary?

If you could change one thing about how you look, what would it be?

Would you be my crime partner or my conscience?

What color eyes do you have?

Ever been arrested?

White or red wine?

If you won $10,000 today, what would you do with it?

What's your favorite place to hang at?

Do you believe in ghosts?

Favorite thing to do in your spare time?

Do you swear a lot?

Biggest pet peeve?

In one word, how would you describe yourself?

Do you believe/appreciate romance?

Do you believe in God?

Will you repost this so I can fill it out and do the same for you?
zephyrofgod: (Elfage)
If you are on my friends list, I want to know things about you. I don't care if we never talk, if you're more of a lurker, or if we already know everything about each other.

BE HONEST! Answer the questions in a comment, then repost on your own journal if you like.

Are you currently in a serious relationship?

What was your dream growing up?

What talent do you wish you had?

If I bought you a drink what would it be?

Favorite vegetable?

What was the last book you read?

What zodiac sign are you?

Any Tattoos and/or Piercings? Explain where.

Worst Habit?

If you saw me walking down the street, would you offer me a ride?

What is your favorite sport?

Do you have a pessimistic or optimistic attitude?

What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator with me?

Worst thing to ever happen to you?

Tell me one weird fact about you.

Do you have any pets?

What if I showed up at your house unexpectedly?

What was your first impression of me?

Do you think clowns are cute or scary?

If you could change one thing about how you look, what would it be?

Would you be my crime partner or my conscience?

What color eyes do you have?

Ever been arrested?

White or red wine?

If you won $10,000 today, what would you do with it?

What's your favorite place to hang at?

Do you believe in ghosts?

Favorite thing to do in your spare time?

Do you swear a lot?

Biggest pet peeve?

In one word, how would you describe yourself?

Do you believe/appreciate romance?

Do you believe in God?

Will you repost this so I can fill it out and do the same for you?
zephyrofgod: (Geek button)
So much for event high.

While my joints feel much better today, I miss being around everyone. Good thing that people in BFS want me to let them know when I'll be in town next. :D Hee hee. At this rate, outside of Diocesan Convention, the next time I'll be in town will be...Thanksgiving? Christmas? Sometime in there?

I guess this means I get to plan which event is my next one. Decisions, decisions. I also have to work around church events, too, like Diocesan Convention, when the Presiding Bishop is coming. While I don't agree with everything she says, I want to respect her office and at least meet her.

I know I'll be at the following:

Crystal Ball (Shattered Crystal [Midrealm], November 8-9)
Queen's Prize (No Mountain, January 10-11)

Kris Kinder may be a go, as might Twelfth Night. My fear is that Twelfth Night is back-to-back with QP, so expenses may be tight. And, I like spending time with Anti. Lord knows I don't often enough because of our work schedules. (I so commiserate with you, [livejournal.com profile] scooterheather.)

In non-SCA related news, my Mac is here! In town, at least. The boy should be picking it up, hopefully, tomorrow, so I get my computer! YAY!

Lastly, I'm going to try and filter things so that people who are interested in the day-to-day stuff aren't reading the SCA stuff they don't care about and vice-versa. So.

If you want to be on my SCA filter, let me know.

If you want to be on my life filter, let me know.

If you don't care, and want to read about it anyway, let me know.

If you think I'm missing a filter...you should probably specify what sort of filter I should have and then let me know.

Night!
zephyrofgod: (Geek button)
So much for event high.

While my joints feel much better today, I miss being around everyone. Good thing that people in BFS want me to let them know when I'll be in town next. :D Hee hee. At this rate, outside of Diocesan Convention, the next time I'll be in town will be...Thanksgiving? Christmas? Sometime in there?

I guess this means I get to plan which event is my next one. Decisions, decisions. I also have to work around church events, too, like Diocesan Convention, when the Presiding Bishop is coming. While I don't agree with everything she says, I want to respect her office and at least meet her.

I know I'll be at the following:

Crystal Ball (Shattered Crystal [Midrealm], November 8-9)
Queen's Prize (No Mountain, January 10-11)

Kris Kinder may be a go, as might Twelfth Night. My fear is that Twelfth Night is back-to-back with QP, so expenses may be tight. And, I like spending time with Anti. Lord knows I don't often enough because of our work schedules. (I so commiserate with you, [livejournal.com profile] scooterheather.)

In non-SCA related news, my Mac is here! In town, at least. The boy should be picking it up, hopefully, tomorrow, so I get my computer! YAY!

Lastly, I'm going to try and filter things so that people who are interested in the day-to-day stuff aren't reading the SCA stuff they don't care about and vice-versa. So.

If you want to be on my SCA filter, let me know.

If you want to be on my life filter, let me know.

If you don't care, and want to read about it anyway, let me know.

If you think I'm missing a filter...you should probably specify what sort of filter I should have and then let me know.

Night!
zephyrofgod: (Geek button)

Calendar Geeks Banner
Originally uploaded by constantiak
If you have not bought your calendar, dooo eeet. Nao. :P (and my spellcheckers are so hating me right now. Nice bunch of red dotted lines saying "OMG. FIX IT! And NOW!")

I saw the previews today, and OMG. AMAZING. (and for an extra bonus, I will even sign your copy. Promise.) We are a sexy buncha chicks, if I do say so myself. And, I have half a notion to sponsor a copy sent to Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, as they're both mentioned. (Stephen's birthday is even listed on my month of May! Nifty!)

Anyway. It is a kick-ass calendar, and I am totally amazed by the women who also participated. You are all amazing, no lie.

Squee.
zephyrofgod: (Geek button)

Calendar Geeks Banner
Originally uploaded by constantiak
If you have not bought your calendar, dooo eeet. Nao. :P (and my spellcheckers are so hating me right now. Nice bunch of red dotted lines saying "OMG. FIX IT! And NOW!")

I saw the previews today, and OMG. AMAZING. (and for an extra bonus, I will even sign your copy. Promise.) We are a sexy buncha chicks, if I do say so myself. And, I have half a notion to sponsor a copy sent to Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, as they're both mentioned. (Stephen's birthday is even listed on my month of May! Nifty!)

Anyway. It is a kick-ass calendar, and I am totally amazed by the women who also participated. You are all amazing, no lie.

Squee.

Trim.

Jul. 3rd, 2008 04:02 am
zephyrofgod: (Geek button)

P1050590
Originally uploaded by constantiak
I admit it.

I'm a trim fanatic.

No two ways about it.

I think I may stick this on the blue-surcote-of-doom.

Opinions?

Trim.

Jul. 3rd, 2008 04:02 am
zephyrofgod: (Geek button)

P1050590
Originally uploaded by constantiak
I admit it.

I'm a trim fanatic.

No two ways about it.

I think I may stick this on the blue-surcote-of-doom.

Opinions?
zephyrofgod: (cthulhu)
Oh. I can't believe I forgot.

I need to come up with a Halloween costume at work again this year. I'm saving my original idea of Skwisgaar Skwigelf for the Dethklok concert that [livejournal.com profile] lost_in_mowhere is invariably dragging me to November 17th at KU (He's already come up with we all need to dress up as members of Dethklok, with Anti as Murderface, Anti's brother as Pickles, [livejournal.com profile] lost_in_mowhere as Nathan Explosion, and my little brother as Toki), mostly because long hair of any kind, artificial or not doesn't do well in food service.

SO.

What ideas do you have? I'm thinking something along the drag route, because I want to surprise people. It's fun. I was even thinking James Dean, but then again, how many people my age know who James Dean is? I asked a girl today, and she responded with, "the breakfast sausage guy?" *sigh* Keep in mind that I have certain limitations as work, including the fact I cannot wear skirts, my hair has to be put up in a hair retention device (and I HATE hairnets), and where I work is hot, and I have to fry things. I'd like to avoid catching fire.

Post 'em here, because darnit, I can't read your mind.
zephyrofgod: (cthulhu)
Oh. I can't believe I forgot.

I need to come up with a Halloween costume at work again this year. I'm saving my original idea of Skwisgaar Skwigelf for the Dethklok concert that [livejournal.com profile] lost_in_mowhere is invariably dragging me to November 17th at KU (He's already come up with we all need to dress up as members of Dethklok, with Anti as Murderface, Anti's brother as Pickles, [livejournal.com profile] lost_in_mowhere as Nathan Explosion, and my little brother as Toki), mostly because long hair of any kind, artificial or not doesn't do well in food service.

SO.

What ideas do you have? I'm thinking something along the drag route, because I want to surprise people. It's fun. I was even thinking James Dean, but then again, how many people my age know who James Dean is? I asked a girl today, and she responded with, "the breakfast sausage guy?" *sigh* Keep in mind that I have certain limitations as work, including the fact I cannot wear skirts, my hair has to be put up in a hair retention device (and I HATE hairnets), and where I work is hot, and I have to fry things. I'd like to avoid catching fire.

Post 'em here, because darnit, I can't read your mind.

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