This week we took time to look closely at some established wiki pages and add to them or rework the format or even create new pages related to them. It was very interesting reflecting on some of the questions and comments.
I’m super excited for my best friend! She launched the website for her new business adventure today. She is starting in the new trend of painting classes… and she is so fun and talented I know she will succeed! Check out her Facebook page Gypsy Canvas to check out her recent paintings. Or, take the plunge and register for a class on her website gypsycanvas.com! Her classes are bound to be entertaining with her up-beat personality, and you get to take home your own masterpiece at the end of the class!
Hello, Blog, my old friend
I’ve come to write on you again
I have been neglecting you,
Because now I have a wiki, too.
And the visions keep swarming in my brain
What a pain
Within the sound of silence
This song has been running through my mind for the past few days… So I gave it some new lyrics 😉
That is all.
As I expected, the other self-portrait I had hopes of posting didn’t work out. I saw an Instagram picture on Facebook a friend of mine posted that was sort of a word collage that described her. It was very interesting the way it was put together with different size fonts and colors. I really wanted to do that for myself, but in the end couldn’t get to to work the way I envisioned it, so it was a good thing I posted the self-portraits when I did!
This week was a week of reflection for me. Thinking about what my identity is and what it means to me. I thought a lot about my stepdaughter and her big dreams for her future, but thinking about how her social media posts don’t reflect the kind of professional person she aspires to be. I fully believe those posts will come back to haunt her… unfortunately. Chapter one of the Rettberg book talks about how we use social media to communicate with others about how we see ourselves, which is what was my connection was for my thoughts.
I am very careful about what I post on social media. I have been told by employers what is allowed and not allowed on social media while I was an employee. Is this going to far? I’m not sure how I feel about it. But I followed their rules. This is the way the world works nowadays. On one hand, I feel like my social media posts are my business and if I am not to be discriminated against for my religion, race, sexual preference, political views, etc. then why am I subject to discrimination for my social media habits? It is a fine line.
Much discussion was had about multiple identities and what constitutes an identity. Micah had one of my favorite posts to date about identity and how “Different people highlight different traits of each person.” I know another person commented on this same type of concept as well, but I can’t remember who… I went into a long response to Micah about my thoughts on it all:
I agree with this 100%. I feel like I lead multiple lives sometimes, because I am a different person for each aspect of my life. I act a certain way with my family, another while I am a teacher, and yet another when I’m with my friends, etc. Identity has everything to do with who is identifying you. That’s why I chose three pictures to post for my self-portrait… One selfie showing me close-up; one climbing a rock wall showing a little of my adventurous side and although no one would know by the picture, my family side because I was on a class trip with my oldest son; and finally a picture from my wedding day showing my loving, fun, party side.
The quote from Simply Zesty‘s article sums up my explanation of my self-portraits quite well. Fisher says, “So why not have a go at establishing your identity right here and now, in the media that exists for us at an increasing rate? It is the most real identity you can have, right now.”
A brilliant idea sprang into my mind today about one way in which to use a blog in my classroom. I really want to figure out the best ways possible to incorporate a blog and/or wiki into my daily lessons, so I will be posting my ideas as they come to me. My idea today is this…
I titled these pictures “Self-Portraits from this Stage in My Life” because they are a reflection of who I am at this point in time. I was someone completely different in the past. This is who I am now. Only God knows who I will become… Continue reading