Last weekend, I ended up clearing off the kitchen table and doing 7 loads of laundry, some of which went back to the impromptu drive to Nebraska to view the eclipse in its totality.
Photos of the eclipse don't really do it justice. I made a painting that expressed more of what it felt like to actually be there and experience it in person.
I painted that at the Reseda Blvd Summer Series... which came right after the eclipse.
It was a challenge to load those cube parts into the panniers of my mountain bike and ride it down there, then put it together in triple-digit heat. But after the sun went down, and my lights came on, things really got cool! I didn't sell any of my artwork, but I did create 3 new pieces, so it was definitely a good event. I really enjoyed the live music and all the positive energy from people walking by. Other artists were inspired by my cubicle.
'All Saints' was about a church community coming together, turning the land around their building into a profitable farm. Very apropos considering I'm getting involved with the Seed Library of Los Angeles and raising a new generation from seed.
|Rosa Bianca eggplant|
During the eLearning Institute, in July, I made the following "welcome video" for CHEM 100, then found out I was not only NOT teaching that class, but I was also moving my office. So I guess the video can serve as a historical recording of what I was thinking and feeling in July in regards to where I thought I would be in September. But where I'm at in September turns out to be pretty far away from where I thought I would be. But I'm improving at letting go of my expectations and serving in whatever capacity I can.
I'm grateful to be part of a community of teachers and learners at CSUN and Pasadena City College. I'm working pretty hard this semester. I just submitted our eLearning Project Prospectus, so I'm feeling some sense of closure on that commitment. Monday, I'll be going into two other professors' classrooms to introduce our eLearning Project and ask for their participation (since I'm not teaching CHEM 100 this semester). This will continue all semester and then we'll look at the data.
I'm making "Problem-Based Learning" (PBL) modules for my students at PCC based on conversations with Katie Rodriguez (Natural Sciences) and faculty from Dental Hygiene, Nursing, Physiology, Anatomy, and Nutrition. It's exhausting writing so much new content, but I do believe that students will benefit from the connections made between the course content and applications in their intended careers.
I had a great time connecting with faculty at the California Community College Success Network (3CSN) event "Creating Equitable Learning Environments through Growth Mindset & Interdisciplinary Apprenticeship." I learned about unstuffing the curriculum to create space for meaningful student growth. We discussed encouraging resilience in math teaching through offering assignment revisions. Using this approach at Fullerton College, the percentage of students who submitted assignments increased from 20% to 80%.
WHY BE AN ORDINARY PROFESSOR WHEN YOU CAN BE EXTRAORDINARY? WHAT'S STOPPING YOU?
My mantra for this semester. eLearning = extraordinary learning.