Mid 2015 Goal Update

28 May

It is ironic that one of my goals for 2015 was to blog more, and here I am — not blogging regularly.

However, the reason for my lack of blogging is that I was working on goal #1 for 2015, which was to become employed in my field in some capacity. Soon after I published my resolutions post I had a call about a short term subbing position at an elementary junior high. I was there for two months and then I was placed onto the substitute roster and I’ve been pretty busy with steady work almost every day since then. With June right around the corner, I am looking at having a lot of time on my hands if I do not return to my federal public service job for the summer. As I will have a lot of time on my hands I am looking forward to working on some of my other goals for 2015 while still remaining hopefully optimistic that I will be able to snag a job for September. In the meantime, I have been taking one of coursera.org’s MOOC classes. I am currently enrolled in Art and Inquiry: Museum Teaching Strategies For Your Classroom.

I’ve also been doing quite a bit of sketchnoting. So here’s some of those pictures for those who came here via twitter.


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2015 Goals

24 Jan

As it is now the 24th of January, I am a little late on posting this. Heck, a new blog post has been way overdue as my last post was in January of 2014. 

 2015 Goals

  1. Obtain a teaching position in 2015.

2014 was a pretty eventful year for me – I focused on snagging that elusive phantom of life of the post-grad – a job in my field. It had been two years since I had graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Education.  To make a long story short, there were very few teaching positions available after I graduated, so I ended up taking a job with the federal public service. After spending two years working for them and constantly having coworkers ask me why I wasn’t teaching, I sat down and asked myself, “WHY wasn’t I teaching?”

I was even applying for other jobs with the federal public service and was in the process of taking a new position when a posting went up for a position in a nearby town. I applied and hoped for the best.  I went for the interview and a few days later I was ecstatic to accept the job. It was a temporary contract for February until June of 2014. Whether I would be kept on after that, they couldn’t say. I took a leave of absence from my public service job and jumped in with both feet. At the end of an exhausting but reaffirming five months, my contract sadly ended, and there was no room for me at the school for the upcoming year. Again, to make a long story short, due to a clerical error and poor timing, I was unable to get a teaching job for the current school year.

One of the questions I get asked most often is why I am not substitute teaching. By the time I was added onto the supply roster, I had just bought a house and gotten a puppy. Many friends and family members commented that maybe this wasn’t the right time to be making big decisions. I countered with there never really is a right time. Unfortunately, the sub roster calls were few and far between. I felt that in order to fulfill my financial obligations, there was no way I would be able to substitute and pay my bills. So I have stayed on with the public service for now.

  1. Learn a useable multi-platform skill

My parents always joke that my hobby is collecting hobbies. I love trying and learning new things, and sometimes this can become overwhelming when I decide to take on too many projects at once. This year, my goal is to learn a skill related to digital media – something that can be used in multiple fields and multiple ways.

  1. Listen more

And not just literal “listening.” I need to listen to my body and my gut instincts more. I’ll be a whole lot happier.

  1. Paint the whole house by June

Honestly, I don’t know what the people who owned the house before me were thinking. Lime greens and pinks everywhere.

  1. Blog at least bi-weekly

I set up this blog to be a space where I could share my thoughts and I let it fall by the wayside. I also used to blog semi-regularly at Triple Bladed Sword, but once I began teaching it became harder and harder to stay on top of those posts as well. Time to hop back onto the wagon.

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The Art of Getting Started

13 Jan

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I’m attempting to do The Art of Getting Started challenges by Lee Crutchley. Here is my submission for Assignment 19: Share the first page of the book you are reading. I am currently reading The Man Booker Prize Winner of 2013, Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries.

NaNoWriMo: It’s Alive!

1 Nov

NaNoWriMo officially started at midnight last night and I was all geared to go, had my writing utensils and tablet to hand and was getting in the Halloween spirit by catching up on this season of The Walking Dead.

I was alseep before we hit midnight in my time zone, down for the count because of the excess of Halloween treats I had consumed.

Therefore today NaNo has been all I’ve been thinking about until I’ve got some free time to really sit down and write.

For those of you unfamiliar with NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, the goal is simple. Write. That is the one commandment. If you reach 50,000 words by the end of November you are officially a “novelist.” For many, this is a chance to try something new, a new way to approach writer’s block, or a simple way to pound out 50,000 words worth of post-secondary essays.

For me, it really set a deadline on something I’ve wanted to accomplish my whole life — to create the skeleton of a novel that I could later come back and revise. After all, the 50,000 words don’t need to be good words.

However, I didn’t want this exercise to be fruitless. So I’ve spent the last few weeks trying to flesh out the plot and characters that my NaNo will be based on and I’m happy to say that I got a lot more done than I thought I would. I am still nowhere near where I would like to be, but hopefully by the end of the month I will have hammered out that 50,000 words and will be able to continue forward with the monster I have created.

So look forward to some somewhat irregular updates on my progress and setbacks, or at least a place to commiserate with fellow NaNos.

Word Count as of 2013-11-01: 1536

Get It Right – Popular Media and Fact Checking: On Sufjan Stevens’ Open Letter to Miley Cyrus

15 Oct

Lately, all the cool kids have been writing Miley Cyrus open letters. This past weekend Sufjan Stevens’ hopped on the bandwagon and penned a quick note to Miley on his tumblr regarding her song “#GetItRight”.

Sufjan makes a compelling argument regarding grammar usage in the song.

“I been laying in this bed all night long.” Miley, technically speaking, you’ve been LYING, not LAYING, an irregular verb form that should only be used when there’s an object, i.e. “I been laying my tired booty on this bed all night long.”

He continues (garnering a LOL from me):

But also, Miley, did you know the tense here is also totally wrong. Surely you’ve heard of Present Perfect Continuous Tense (I HAVE BEEN LYING in this bed all night long [hopefully getting some beauty sleep?]). It’s a weird, equivocal, almost purgatorial tense, not quite present, not quite past, not quite here, not quite there. Somewhere in between.

Sufjan is (gently?) poking some fun at Miley’s grammar and songwriting skills. However, there is a major flaw in his argument. Miley didn’t write the song. Pharrell has sole writing credit for #GetItRight.

I have been perusing a lot of articles covering Sufjan’s open letter. Not a single one has commented on the fact she didn’t write it. So not only did Sufjan not factcheck, neither did many major news publications. Including Pitchfork.com, EOnline.Com, Us Weekly, NME.Com, and even the Huffington Post.

Miley is a hot topic right now, for a myriad of reasons. But before you go ahead and write an open letter, take a moment to check a few facts first before you send it out into the world of the internet.

Prezume

21 Sep

Here’s a link to my prezume (a Prezi resume).

 

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