Motivational Mondays: Lessons from Boy Meets World

As a person who was born in the 80s, “Boy Meets World” was one of my favorite shows growing up.  Come to think of it, I can’t imagine any show today that is just as wholesome without being too preachy or gimmicky.  “Boy Meets World” also includes one of the best T.V. teachers in the world, Mr. Feeny.  I always thought it was a tad unrealistic that Mr. Feeny was their teacher from 6th grade to college but it made for some many amazing life lessons from the man himself.

This post is inspired by Buzzfeed’s “18 Things We Learned from ‘Boy Meets World‘” and “14 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Boy Meets World.

Note: Some of the images below are featured in the above articles while some are from searching Pinterest.

About Friendship:

That you always need that one person to turn to for wisdom:

About how we take things for granted:

About being open of the unknown:

Final scene of Boy Meets World (have tissues ready):

Bonus Eric Matthews wisdom:

The Feeny Call

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A Week of Gratitude: Wayne Dyer

Some advice from Dr. Wayne Dyer on being grateful while at the same time inviting more abundance into your life:

Make an effort to be thankful for what you have and who you are each day.  Do this even if you want more and dislike who you are.  Being thankful upstages greediness and focuses your thoughts on abundance.  The universe seems to provide abundantly when we are in a state of gratefulness.  The less we need to have more, the more we seem to get!– Wayne Dyer You’ll See It When You Believe It: The Way to Your Personal Transformation

 

Instagram Fridays: Exploring Instagram Use in Art Education

I wrote a whole thesis on the potential of Web 2.0, social media, and blogging in Art Education.  At the time, Instagram was not around and I never imagined its possibility in education.

Earlier this week, I received my first fan mail ever from a reader (Thanks Ferina!) who linked me to this article titled “20 Out of the Box Ideas to Use Instagram in Your Classroom.”

Readers know I love Instagram because of its ability to reach, impact, and inform others through photograph. It’s also a way to create a community by making a portfolio of work through hashtags. Since I’m an Art Educator, here’s what they suggest for using Instagram in the Art Classroom:

17. Art

Offer a fun and creative scavenger hunt. Send students out to take photos of different shapes (like finding isosceles triangles in architecture). Then post a collage and invite followers to identify the common denominator in every building.

Here are some of my ideas:

1. Photograph student art work and make hashtags based on class, class period, project, style, media, elements and principles of art and design.

2. Lucky enough to have an iPad in the classroom as well as an iPhone or iPod touch like Fuglefun and Tiedemania? You can instantly upload student work created on the iPad to Instagram!

3. With budget cuts cutting art, music, and physical education, you can document the daily life of your art classroom through Instagram.  For example, if you photograph students working on a mural, write a caption about the arts encourage collaboration and community building.  Since many people use Instagram, its mass appeal can do wonders for any art program.

Also, I noticed that Instagram introduced a new feature where you can easily view your profile online.  This can make it easier to spread the good news about your art program especially to those who may not own a smart phone.

You can check out my Instagram profile at http://instagram.com/abbyesc#.

I’ve also used Statigram to keep track of my followers, likes and comments.  This information can be valuable in increasing your viewership.

I would love to hear other people’s ideas about using Instagram in the classroom.  Even though I didn’t mention it above because I hope that as teachers we use common sense, your students’ safety is of utmost importance!  Make sure you get permission from their parents!

Follow up on last post

I think life is funny sometimes.  My last post was probably the most negative thing I have ever written yet somehow I’ve gotten my best day for “follows” from wordpress and gained 5 more followers.  I don’t think it’s because people want me to keep writing negative posts.  In fact, the post starts out negative and then I spin into something positive.  What I learned here is that people want to read something real, honest and personal which I admit I don’t do that often on this blog.

So to all of my followers and those who liked my last post or other posts before, thank you for listening and understanding.  Because of you, I will keep on keepin’ on!

Why I haven’t been posting

Usually every Mondays, I have Motivational Mondays and every Friday I have Instagram Fridays.  I like writing this blog but lately I’ve been going through a lot on my mind when it comes to my job search looking for work as an art teacher.  On a personal note, I’m going through some financial difficulties which mostly hails from not being called often to substitute teach.  This has bought great stress to me and with encouragement from friends and loved ones, I’m trying to stay more positive and take steps to ease the burden of my current situation.

Another thing that added to my stress was me putting pressure on myself after an interview for a long-term sub position for an elementary art teacher.  I convinced myself that I HAD TO HAVE the job to the point that because I wanted it so much that I started to believe the universe wouldn’t give it to me.  When I was at the interview, I couldn’t tell what the vibe was.  It was just neutral.  Nothing bad happened but nothing amazing happened either.  In fact, I haven’t even heard back but I’m praying hard each and everyday to get myself out of a hole I dug myself in.

To be honest, I probably haven’t been following my own advice from my Motivational Mondays post.  While I won’t stop posting Motivational Mondays, I need to learn to practice what I preach.

The only way I can be in the right state of mind is to remind myself of all of the great things I do have: God, friends, family, fiancé, my health etc.  I am eternally grateful for all of those things.  When I have such an amazing support system like my family, friends, fiancé, God etc, then I really have no reason to worry.

I am working on this everyday.  I thank all of you for taking the time to read this.

From livelifehappy.com

Thank you!

Monday turned out to be a really great day for my blog.  According to wordpress, Monday was the best day for likes so thank you to everyone for the love.

In particular, a big thank you to Leaping Tracks for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog Award.

 

There are three rules for accepting a One Lovely Blog nomination:

  1. you pay tribute to the giver of the award
  2. you describe seven facts about yourself
  3. you nominate other bloggers to receive the award

So here we go…

1.  Leaping Tracks–liberating my downloads, one track at a time.

Throughout the years, I accumulated hours and hours of music.  I have 10.9 days worth of music and when I put my iTunes library on shuffle, I’m still surprised with the variety I have. Leaping Tracks documents the thoughts and feelings that comes when listening to songs one forgets they have.  Sometimes, old memories come up when I hear a song in my library that I haven’t heard in a long time.  So to Leaping Tracks, THANK YOU and happy listening and blogging :).

2.  Seven Facts about Me.

  • For three summers in a row, I worked at sleepaway camps,  one in East Windham, NY and one in Glen Spey, NY.  I never went to sleepaway camp as a kid but I’m glad to experience it as an adult.  There’s always some sense of community and tradition that goes on in camp.  I also find it amazing how people bond so quickly during summer camp.
  • Remember Scratch Art from elementary school art class?  Over the summer when I was an Arts and Crafts specialist, I found some scratch art paper and basically scratched away.  When I got home, I bought some Ampersand Scratchbord and did a couple of really cool pieces (to be posted soon!).  I find the scratching process really relaxing and engaging.
  • I love shopping!  When I’m in stores such as H&M, Uniqlo, or Michael’s, I always end up buying something :/.
  • I do some freelance illustration work through fiverr.  Check out my gigs!
  • I love to cook.  My famous recipes include Penne a la Vodka with Turkey Meatballs, Baked Chicken with Mushroom Soup, and Ranch Burgers.
  • I met my fiancé through Facebook back in 2005 when it was still limited to college students.
  • I have been consistent with my Motivational Mondays and Instagram Fridays post (besides a hiatus because I was in camp).  Let’s hope I keep up the momentum!

3.  People I want to nominate

Blogging is new to me so I admire the way these people approach their blogs.

Diane Ravitch:  an educational historian who stands up for teachers during a time of teacher bashing.

Illustration Age:  I love the artwork featured on this blog.

Rpdpod: Lovely nature photography

Artsy Forager: More lovely artwork and inspiration featured in this blog

Once again, thank you to Leaping Tracks for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog Award  and to all of my readers who encourage me to keep writing.

Building Creative Confidence: Thoughts on David Kelley’s TED Talk

I have worked with children for over five years as a teacher in both schools and camps. Besides teaching my specialty in art and other subjects such as math, reading, writing, science, and history, there’s one thing I always noticed about kids that I never really discussed with my peers.  It’s how creative anxiety increases as the kids (and ourselves) get older.

When I was student teaching, I taught art once a week to kindergarten classes.  Even though I always took a nap after I came home, I enjoyed the kids’ enthusiasm and joy for art.  They used art materials to express their ideas in a way no other adult can. I enjoyed hearing them talk about their artwork.  From what I can remember, none of the kids I worked with had any real anxiety about art.  Of course, they would call out my name every 5 seconds and shout “Is this right?!?!” but for the most part, they truly enjoyed art and didn’t care if anyone thought that their ideas were crazy.

Example of kindergarten student’s work

When I started working with older kids (around 9 and up), I noticed more anxiety.  Phrases such as “I can’t draw” or “I can’t do this” were becoming common. I even made a sign that says “I can’t do this” crossed out in my ceramics windmill at camp.  It was frustrating because no matter how much I encourage, they feel that they are not “artists” and that they are not “creative.”  Those weren’t empty words.  I truly meant it when I told the reluctant kids that they are capable of making great works of art.  Luckily, there were a few kids that I worked with that never thought they can create amazing works of art.  Just like what David Kelley said in his Ted Talk, it was all about small steps.  I worked with those kids one-on-one and encouraged and praised every step of the way.  As students accomplish these small steps, they build up confidence ultimately leading to more creative risk taking.

A student’s work of art that was created with perseverance.

Something happens when we are growing up that makes us feel that we aren’t good enough or creative enough.  When did we start thinking that the world is divided into “creative” people and “non-creative” people?  Honestly, I don’t know how to relate to a person who feels that they’re “non-creative.”  Could it be because I always enjoyed art or maybe had an active imagination or some natural talent?  As an art teacher, it’s really easy to say “You can draw!” to a frustrated kid who’s probably thinking “Easy for you to say!  You already know how to draw!”  It’s my job to create an atmosphere where it’s okay to make mistakes and to encourage that frustrated kid every step of the way.  I have to constantly remember to put myself in that frustrated kid’s shoes.  Usually, I say something like, “Learning how to draw is the same as practicing the violin or throwing a football.”  There is such thing as natural talent.  Everyone has one but it’s nothing without a little practice and perseverance.  To me, that’s more important than talent.

Questions:

How can one reignite their creative spark?

When do people start feeling “creative anxiety”?

How do you build your creative confidence?

Here’s David Kelley’s TED Talk