Saturday, September 24, 2016

The best of times and the worst of times.teaching over 33 years thebest of times learning to plan my lessons

I had come to the belief a few years ago that, I would never retire from teachings unless I was forced to because of my health.A stroke changed my plans. Mentally I have not retired .I realize that in the hospitalmIhad33years of experiences that could be useful. As I am forced. to look on the sidelines I watch negotiations for teachers I still  get fired up when I hear people trash talking teachers and teaching I have met several awesome people' in teaching in all disciplines .I hope to share some of those experiences' in this blog to encourage ya'll
You know who are you are on the 200 wing at DWYERh.S. an A rated high  school in palm beach county and and my fellow teachers at CW.Ruckel middle school a blue ribbon middle school. Through teaching I also found a second career in acting and later studied improvisational act an I would later teach imtprovisational acting through the. Matte Kelly school of acting and I worked with the acting troup "murphy's lawless" and later I used those new found skills which changed everything for me as a teacher. My previous experience in retail sales help me with technology in the classroom. Many of my friends have previous work life experiences that they brought to the classroom which makes them great earliest experience before teaching was working as a department manager at Gayfer.s With a million dollar budget later I sold copiers my  my mentor Thomas Downingworked as an executive for IBM he taught me how tow to get organized  daily, s.yes I carried  my-day timer with me everywhere which I used well into my first five years of teaching recently I've been reading about school districts attacking the teacher planning periods requiring teachers to use ther planning period to cover administrative responsibilities around their schools. I learned how to use a minimum amount of time, my planning the better organized Ibecame 
 maintained my day timer when the more I sold more copiers I shared my day timer notes with my boss  I never went any where without my day timer as I would later use my lesson plans  I lived by these rules as a teacher I've seen a real weaknessin colleges that do not train young teachers in the best way to utilize planning timei remember yhey woild give us homework to create we begin to see this planning time disappearing. it used to take me 45minutes to drive to work and I would run down this list using my dragon dictation app since I could not write while driving. I am not that good of a driver hopefully you wiill find theses and apply them

Day Timer ideas for Goal setting…
·         Take 10 minutes to plan - and save up to an hour each day!
  ·       Think with a pencil or pen in your hand. Write everything down.
·         Learn the difference between "urgent" and "important," and make time for the latter.
·         Under-promise results, then over-deliver.
·         Let your actions spring from your personal goals and values.
·         Number your tasks in order of priority, and get started on it.
·         If you're overwhelmed by a big project, cut it up into little projects.
·         Allow double the time you think a project will take. You'll be on time and avoid stress.
·         Know when to stop fine-tuning your work. Aim for excellence, not perfection.
·         Give yourself little rewards for finishing tasks.
·         To avoid workspace clutter, make an instant decision on each paper that crosses your desk.
·         Lay out what you need for the next day the night before.               

So I decide to Google this idea of goal setting. The first place I went to was

+Ialso created my own form based on the counties requirements for lesson plansthis allowed me greater speed in planing


HOUSEKEEPING: Attendance/Announcements/School Related Business

LESSON: What actually occurred in class
OBJECTIVES;state or county

Do not forget Modeling, and Guided Practice.            Check for Understand.                      Restate objective regularly


by creating this form I kept my all oflessons oonmycomputer lessons wereavailablonline.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

chracter development sheet

my student created a chracter development sheet for our sci fi club when wewereworking on a board game they wanted wto creat they research several different maybe thiscould assist some new writters to nano wrimo:

Character Sheet:

1.    Name:

2.    Age:

3.    Height:

4.    Eye color:

5.    Physical appearance:

6.    Strange or unique physical attributes:

7.    Favorite clothing style/outfit:

8.    Where does he or she live? What is it like there?

9.    Defining gestures/movements (i.e., curling his or her lip when he or she speaks, always keeping his or her eyes on the ground, etc.):

10.  Things about his or her appearance he or she would most like to change:

11.  Speaking style (fast, talkative, monotone, etc.):

12.  Pet peeves:

13.  Fondest memory:

14.  Hobbies/interests:

15.  Special skills/abilities:

16.  Insecurities:

17.  Quirks/eccentricities:

18.  Temperament (easygoing, easily angered, etc.):

19.  Negative traits:

20.  Things that upset him or her:

21.  Things that embarrass him or her:

22.  This character is highly opinionated about:

23.  Any phobias?

24.  Things that make him or her happy:

25.  Family (describe):

26.  Deepest, darkest secret:

27.  Reason he or she kept this secret for so long:

28.  Other people’s opinions of this character (What do people like about this character? What do they dislike about this character?):

29.  Favorite bands/songs/type of music:

30.  Favorite movies:

31.  Favorite TV shows:

32.  Favorite books:

33.  Favorite foods:

34.  Favorite sports/sports teams:

35.  Political views:

36.  Religion/philosophy of life:

37.  Physical health:

38.  Dream vacation:

39.  Description of his or her house:

40.  Description of his or her bedroom:

41.  Any pets?

42.  Best thing that has ever happened to this character:

43.  Worst thing that has ever happened to this character:

44.  Superstitions:

Thursday, December 10, 2015

hey ya'll November is national writing month yep nano wrimo is back again. hoping you can jointhe crewall of us would be writers

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Museums See Different Virtues in Virtual Worlds by Anand Girldharadas

Creativity, innovations and dreams are an incredible combination, when people back up those dreams with effort. These are the three ideas that I thought of when I read Anand Girldharadas’s article “Museums see different virtue in virtual world” in the Palm Beach post this past Sunday which was picked up from the New York Times.

I recently visited my home town of Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon Museum. It was a wonderful day and I found myself as giddy as a young boy looking for the first time at the marvels of history, science and art. My first experience there was as a young man, my girlfriend took me and they were presenting the "Ancient World" as their main exhibit. A wall from an ancient city was in the main hall. They had a sarcophagus, that later would be put in their special Egyptian section many years later; and for many years after that, I felt that I had to go back home to revel in this sense of wonderment.

However, thanks to two New York museums, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum they wanted to bring this vision to the world. As Anand states, in his article they serve different clientele. “The Met,” he said, “an isle and in the global archipelago of leading museums, and the Brooklyn Museum more rooted in local soil.” Yet for all their differences, they share a world conquering dream…The dream that anyone, anywhere, could participate and would be given the chance to engage the technology at these museums.”

Below is a link to Anand Girldharas’s article and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Contemporary Art: Wangechi Mutu” A Fantastic Journey at M.O.C.A. in North Miami

This past week I had the pleasure of driving down to Miami for a day trip. I decided I would go to the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami. My experience with Contemporary art is limited. When I would take my son’s to the Art Museum at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh the last place they wanted to go to was the Contemporary Art Section.  I would laugh when I tried to explain what the artist was presenting just after going through the Renaissance Art section of the museum. I did not know who or what I would encounter there, I just found it on Google as a day trip activity so I went with no expectations. I was flabbergasted by the most marvelous experience. The experience was the exhibit of “Wangechi Mutu” A Fantastic Journey.  

Before I left for Miami I asked myself, “What is Contemporary Art?” Contemporary Art according to Art History just means "art that has been and continues to be created during our lifetimes," In other words, contemporary to us. Now, of course, if you are my age and reading this, you can expect a certain amount of overlapping between "Contemporary" and "Modern" art in your lifetime. A good rule of thumb is:
  • Modern Art: Art from the Impressionists (say, around 1880) up until the 1960s or '70s.
  • Contemporary Art: Art from the 1960s or '70s up until this very minute.

Definition from "The J. Paul Getty Museum" Educator classroom curriculum.
Strictly speaking, the term "contemporary art" refers to art made and produced by artists living today. Today's artists work in and respond to a global environment that is culturally diverse, technologically advancing, and multifaceted. Working in a wide range of mediums, contemporary artists often reflect and comment on modern-day society. When engaging with contemporary art, viewers are challenged to set aside questions such as, "Is a work of art good?" or "Is the work aesthetically pleasing?" Instead, viewers consider whether art is "challenging" or "interesting." Contemporary artists may question traditional ideas of how art is defined, what constitutes art, and how art is made, while creating a dialogue with—and in some cases rejecting—the styles and movements that came before them
 I found that the joy of Contemporary Art for me, is that it does not need someone to explain it to me. The art is what it is and that is enough. The message is evident in the work itself, just look without prejudice or preconceived ideologies. The challenge is
coming to grips with the mind of the artist at the time they create their work and accepting it. I found this to be true with the work of Wangechi Mutu at M.O.C.A  of North Miami. It was a wonderful experience.

I just want to take a moment to thank the great staff at the M.O.C.A.of North Miami for their assistance. They were extremely knowledgeable about the exhibit. I also want to express genuine appreciation to the young gentleman (whose name I can not remember and therefore I am kicking myself at this time) who assisted and walked with me through the entire exhibit. We talked and discussed every piece of art. I shared my views and he shared those of people who came before me. He never tried to sway me to a right or wrong interpretation which allowed me to delve deeper into the work itself and the painstaking time it took to create each piece of art.

A Brief Bio of Wangechi Mutu (Paraphrased or in some parts quoted verbatim from the M.O.C.A. of North Miami Website)

She is Kenya-born, New York-based artist whose multi-faceted work captures 21st century global sensibility. Since earning her M.F.A. from Yale University in 2000, Wangechi Mutu has come to be regarded as one of the most inventive and critically-engaged artists of her generation.  Combining materials and imagery from sources as diverse as African traditions, international politics, the high fashion industry and science fiction, Mutu creates works that depict fantastical worlds as places for profound exploration of race, gender and power. Her work is a critical investigation of issues ranging from colonialism to displacement, ritual, perceptions of Africa and the female form.

 “Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey” exhibition includes more than 50 works from the mid-1990s to the present, including a new site-specific mural and a black box theater projection of her newest video. “Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey,” part of MOCA’s Knight Exhibition Series ends it run on July 6, 2014.

 Alex Gartenfeld, MOCA Interim Director and Chief Curator, states that, “Placing centrality on the female form, Wangechi Mutu’s provocative body of work imagines hybrid creatures and surreal landscapes that comment on commercialism, globalization and cultural norms. “We are thrilled to be presenting the first solo museum exhibition dedicated to her work.”

“Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey” incorporates all aspects of Mutu’s prolific practice which includes collage, drawing, installation, sculpture, performance and video. A new site-specific mixed media mural created for the MOCA presentation will welcome visitors into exhibition galleries, which will be transformed into a forest-like environment populated by the installation of large-scale felt trees.

Within this setting, Mutu’s iconic collages will be prominently featured, including new

commissions and rare early works. These richly embellished pieces primarily depict female figures set in otherworldly landscapes. Pieced together with human, animal, machine and monstrous parts, Mutu’s heroines appear as seductive and beautiful as they are critical and disturbing. They rule over other worldly landscapes that appear both lushly tropical and post-apocalyptic. In Family Tree, 2012, Mutu’s installation of 13 related collages, the artist constructs a female-dominated creation mythology to explain the origin of the universe.  

Approximately 30 of the artist’s sketchbook drawings, dating from 1995 to the present, will also be on view, revealing fascinating insight into her creative process. This was one of my favorite sections of the exhibit because it showed how she came up with her ideas from ink and paste to her final product.

MOCA’s Pavilion Gallery was transformed into a black box theater for the projection of the artist’s first-ever animated video, The End of eating Everything, 2013, in which Mutu brings her elaborate collages to life in a magical narrative set in the sky. Mutu collaborated with musical artist Santigold to create the video’s central character, a flying cyborgian mothership whose voracious consumption leads to its implosion. Two other videos are featured in the exhibition: Eat Cake, 2012, which addresses ritual and overindulgence and Amazing Grace, 2005, a meditation on the slave trade and displaced populations.

“Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey” is curated and organized by Trevor Schoonmaker, the Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC.

“Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey” was made possible in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Ford Foundation, Duke University’s Council for the Arts, and the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.  MOCA’s showing of the exhibition is made possible by an endowment to the museum established by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.