2014 August

“Self Direction”

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Education

At the University of Florida, I had a professor who hated grades. He basically said that grading and the grading system is what ruins education and limits what we do, not only as art majors, but as students in general. From the student perspective, at first I was like, “What? You don’t care about grades? But how am I supposed to know how I’m doing?!” Looking back at it now, and even a few months into my first semester with that professor, I’m thinking: wow, isn’t that sad! Is that all education is about? Getting good grades and getting through the semester? No way, it shouldn’t be.

So where did this even come from? I’m no expert on education, I’ve never been employed at a school or anything like that. I am a student. Yeah, I graduated from university already, but I’m never going to be done learning. No one should ever consider themselves done with their education just because they are no longer receiving a score for it. In my opinion, the simplified explanation for this way of thinking comes from this idea that students need something in order to be motivated to learn, and we have to “know” all of these things in order to be functioning adults with general knowledge in society. I remember the first time I was given an open-ended art project assignment with no parameters set for materials, style, medium… anything. I was scared and confused as to how I was supposed to come up with something without any sense of direction. Looking back at it now, how was I not?! Jack Stenner was right, of course. I was able to “self-direct” my education and did the research on my own. And you know what?! It felt great. I wouldn’t trade my Fine Arts education for anything.

Jens Peter de Pedro posted a link to this article on his Twitter account today. The timing is awesome because I was just thinking about a project I want to get started on. Amy Harrington says, “Our goal for learning should be to foster a love of learning for learning sake… True learning is intrinsically motivated and the reward is knowledge.” She talks about how the education system should be giving children the tools to explore the world for themselves and think critically about things on their own, to create. What would a classroom look like if a child was given this freedom? What would the teacher do? Does there have to be a classroom?

When I was little, I used to spend hours playing “teacher” to my class of stuffed animals sitting on the staircase. I’d make up lessons, staple together little notebooks for them, and take the time to meticulously sharpen pencils that were too short for me to use at school anymore. As I got older, that focus turned to thinking about what the animals were eating during their school day. I would buy yarn and cotton pom poms to make pretend pasta for school lunch. Older still, I started focusing my attention on the way the students dressed. I’d sew little uniforms and backpacks for them. I am thankful to my parents for never stopping me from doing this. I’d be lying if I said I don’t want to play like I used to. I miss sending my stuffed animals to “Oakie Oaks Elementary School” or letting my Barbies have random adventures on their vacation. I am grateful that my parents allowed me to borrow their digital camera for hours on end just to hold photo shoots for my Barbie dolls or my dogs.

I think there need to be more and more open-ended, sandbox-like games/toys/apps that allow children to play as they would like to. This is something I’ve been thinking about for a while now. The project I’d like to get started on involves the way I used to play (mentioned above). I guess part of the desire comes from wanting to be able to simulate that play, but without all the stuffed animals and the paper… but it’s bigger than that. I think there’s something important that could be learned from allowing a child to set up their ideal scenario in a classroom. I haven’t fully gotten a concept together for this yet, but I am really looking into this. Thinking about what I said above, the staircase was my classroom and I was in charge. What do you think? Should children be put in charge of their own education? If you’ve read any interesting articles on this, please send me the links!

Every Burger?

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Every Burger

Long time no blog, but check out this cute snack! Bourbon brand Every Burger!! These little burgers have a mild chocolate flavor and a crunchy biscuit shell. AND! They come in two flavors. I bought the original for a friend before, but I just found the black box!

久しぶりにブログ書きますが、この可愛いスナックを見てね!ブルボンのエブリバーガー!!その小さいバーガーはまろやかなチョコレート風味とサクサクビスケットがあります。そして!2つの風味があります。私は友達のためにオリジナルのエブリバーガーを買いましたけど、今ブラックボックスを拾いました!

Burger Boxes

So what’s the difference?? I think I’ll start with the packaging. The original Every Burger is bright red and playful, with a face and cute little hands and feet. The red box just says “Every Burger” while the dark box however, says “Adult Every Burger Black Cocoa.” The “adult” burger has just “a little bit of bittersweet adult flavor.” The regular burger is milk chocolate with a chocolate biscuit, the adult burger is vanilla/white chocolate with a cocoa biscuit.

それでは、違いは何ですか?パッケージと始めましょう。オリジナルのエブリバーガーは鮮やかな赤い色です。バーガーは顔と可愛くて小さいな足と手があります。赤いボックスは「エブリバーガー」って言います。黒いボックスは「大人のエブリバーガーブラックココア」って言います。大人のバーガーは「ちょっぴり大人なほろにが」バーガーです!オリジナルのバーガーはミルクチョコレートがあて、チョコレートビスケットあります。大人のバーガーはバニラ風味のホワイトチョコレートの中があて、ココアビスケットがあります。

Adult BurgerEvery Burger

To be honest, I don’t really like the taste of the regular Every Burger flavor. The “mild milk chocolate” inside is very good! I don’t like the biscuit though. The Adult Burger is perfect all around. The bittersweet cocoa biscuit is better than the crispy chocolate biscuit and the salty vanilla flavored white chocolate center is really yummy!

実は、オリジナルのエブリバーガーの風味があんまり好きじゃありません。「まろやかなミルクチョコレート」の中は本当に美味しいですけど、そのビスケットが好きじゃありません。大人のバーガーは完璧です!私はほろにがここあビスケットのほうがサクサクチョコレートビスケットより好きです。そして塩バニラ風味のホワイトチョコレートが超美味しいです!

Burger Close Up

Honestly, the original Every Burgers are really cute! Look at them! If I was reviewing these solely on appearance, I would definitely vote for the original.

本当に、オリジナルのエブリバーガーはすごく可愛いですね!見てね!外見だけについて話していましたら、オリジナルが好きになりますよ!

Every Burger Banner

If you like crispy, cute, and chocolate-y snacks, you should definitely give these a try! Then let me know, which one is your favorite?

サクサクのビスケット、可愛いチョコレート味スナックが好きですか?このブルボンエブリバーガーを食べてください!好きなバーガー教えてください!!