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Do Something - Blog Post Week 1

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Blog 1: 

This past Sunday, I was able to attend my Vietnamese church and catch up on what activities they were planning. I found out that this year, we are combining our church with the Vietnamese church in New York - something we haven’t done in a while. I am also now participating in the children/youth Christmas choir and doing a teen skit. We are still in the process of deciding what the skit is and how we can best send the Christmas message to the audience 

Blog 2: 

I had a few ideas for the song we are singing, “Do You Hear What I hear?”. Since the age ranges from 5 to 18, I thought it would be a good idea to emphasize the different aspects our group brings. I suggested that the kids sing the first stanza, the teens sing the second, and we all sing the third together. Everyone agreed because it switches things up and adds texture to the song. 


Dave’s Educational Blog 

  • Social constructivist and connectionist pedagogies, etc, are centered on the process of negotiation as a learning process
    • There is an assumption in both theories that the learning process should happen organically 
  • In the rhizomatic view, knowledge can only be negotiated
  • Horton and Freire (1990) argue, "If the act of knowing has historicity, then today’s knowledge about something is not necessarily the same tomorrow.
  • Knowledge is changed to the extent that reality also moves and changes
  • Information is the foundation of knowledge
  • The rhizomatic viewpoint suggests that a distributed negotiation of knowledge can allow a community of people to legitimize the work they are doing among themselves and for each member of the group
  • Knowledge can be judged by the old standards of “I can” and “I recognize” 
  • If a bit of info is recognized as useful to the community or proves itself able to do something, it can be counted as knowledge 
    • The community then has the power to create knowledge within a given context and leave the knowledge as a new node connected to the rest of the network 
  • Through involvement in multiple communities where new info is being assimilated and tested, educators can begin to apprehend the moving target that knowledge in the modern learning environment 


Unwelcome Innovation: 

  • To better communicate the value and variety of people’s skills to employers so that its easier to connect with and improve job outcomes 
  • The conception, theory, and adoption of badge-based alternative credentialing initiatives starts back from 2011 
  • In 5 years, much has been written and even more time spent developing the theory and practice of alternative credentialing via badges 
  • The premise behind all of the badge and alternative credential projects is the same: that if only there were a new, unified way to quantify, describe and give evidence of student learning inside the classroom and out, employers would be able to value those skills and illuminate a path to job outcomes 
  • Badge adherents aim to address the “value” and portability of badges by attaching proof of skills to the badges themselves
    • Same idea behind the e-portfolios 
  • Connecting students’ skills and ambitions to the pathways to a career is a big deal


(I double dipped by making 2 of my blogs of this week about the readings) 

Teach something

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I will be teaching how to download the Spotify app onto your MacBook through a screencast. 

  • Good teaching is being knowledgeable, empathetic, engaging, and communicative. I think as a teacher, being able to connect with your students is vital. It establishes a safe environment in your classroom, allowing students to feel at ease and comfortable. 
  • A good lesson is when a teacher is clear and engaging. Presenting a powerpoint is important because it can get a teacher’s point across. However, without anything to visually show or allow students to engage in the lesson can be boring. I think it’s important to have group work or physical activities where students can actively see and engage in order to better understand the lesson. By being engaging, it helps students to participate and stay focused, keeping them interested. 

Week 1 Reflection

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  • Monday: I decided to learn how to do makeup this month, starting off with a “beginners foundation routine” video. I started with foundation because it is the base of the face before you apply anything else on. I learned that my skin is more on the dry side so I need a good moisturizer that’ll smoothen out my skin before I apply makeup, otherwise it won’t blend easily. I also learned to use a flat brush in order to get that flawless, airbrush effect. I learned that you have to also powder your face after you use liquid foundation in order for everything to set, otherwise it can rub off more easily. The color my mom has is also a little lighter than my natural color, but I didn’t have trouble applying the product. I now know that for next time, I just need the right color. I also used some of my moms concealer to hide any scars or red spots on my face. I didn’t do too good of a job with the concealer because some of my scars still showed. i have to work on my blending & also look into other brands. However, I think for the most part, the foundation/base of my face looked blended & natural. It didn’t look too caked up, just liked i hoped for. 


  • Wednesday: The next step after foundation, I decided to learn about contour, highlight, and blush which is basically the details that accentuates my face. i learned that contour enhances the sculpture of my face, highlight balances contour out with a glow, & blush adds color to my cheek. When I tried to contour, I used a darker shade to create that shadow look, emphasizing my cheek bones. However, rather than the contour structuring my face, it looked unnatural and out of place. I might have used a color that was too orange & used too much of it. However, I liked the highlight because it added a natural glow, especially when the light hits my cheek bones. i learned not to add too much because it would have looked too glittery. I applied a slight blush on the “apple” of my cheeks to add color. I didn’t do too much because i thought it would have looked unnatural with the contour and highlight.  



  • Friday: Today, I applied all the techniques I learned with foundation, contour, highlight, and blush together. To do something new, I also tried to curl my eyelashes. My lashes are very short so it was difficult to curl. I learned that if I looked up & pressed the curler against my eyelids, it would be easier and faster. I had to pinch my lashes a couple of times with a good amount of pressure in order to get the curled effect. I then applied mascara, which i found to be a lot of easier. Mascara really made a difference to my face because it accentuated my eyes. Overall, my face makeup looked slightly better and I improved on my contour. It still looked unnatural but I used a lot less so it wasn’t too much and used a darker tone instead of an orange tone.