The Mac Lab

Setting It Aside (Week 12)

by on Nov.29, 2010, under Blog

collin_m_logo_01_smA teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary.
Thomas Carruthers

You wouldn’t believe how many people rave about the work Mac Lab students produce. Almost every one of them follows the: Your students do such amazing work comment with: You must be a fantastic teacher! My response is always along the lines of: I just know when to get out of the way.

The problem is, many people think I’m resorting to false modesty; only my best students understand that I’m actually telling the truth.

Don’t get me wrong. I’ll freely admit to building what is probably the largest collection of teacher-generated resources on the planet. I pour my heart and soul into the blog—writing posts, recording videos, collecting resources—trying to reach every one of my students. It’s a monumental effort but it’s truly a labor of love.

The problem is, I know that some of my students choose to ignore the blog, thinking it a waste of time, thinking it unnecessary, thinking it has nothing to do with them.

How can I reach them? How do I help those students understand that the blog has everything to do with them?

Of all the lessons in the Mac Lab, the most important have nothing to do with media arts. The most consistent, persistent lessons I teach revolve around personal responsibility and doing the right thing. (Remember, my favorite quote is Richard Bach’s: You teach best what you most need to learn.) I make no secret of the fact that I was a surly, arrogant, know-it-all (or at least I thought I did) or that I made foolish choices in high school. Above all else, I try to teach the kids to be responsible, reliable, moral, ethical, honest, dedicated, hard-working individuals. I encourage them to dream, to choose wisely, to learn from their mistakes, and to just do something! Above all, I try to persuade them to look within, to search for what it is they want to do in life, to find their bliss and work to make it a part of their individual lives.
Summer 2009 Post

Once a kid starts to understand that, then I can feel good about becoming progressively unnecessary in his or her life.

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IMPORTANT: You won’t have time to do all this today. Refer back to this list all week long.

Tip of the Day: Check the TOTD archive and you’ll see that you have a whole bunch of new tutorials to tap into (including today’s).

6 Hours of Fun: Progress Reports are due this weekend so I’ve scheduled another Mac Lab Saturday School™ to help you secure another A. (You did get an A last time, didn’t you?) 6:15 to 12:00

Timesheets: Check your balance! I’ve already added the one hour bonus for NOT using the restroom pass. You cannot earn an A if you owe time.

Speaking of Grades: Please use the rubric to determine your grade and write your grade on the clipboard by this Friday (or Saturday if you’re coming to the MLSS™). There’s a column named GRADES waiting just for you to write your grade on the clipboard. Did I mention that you must use the rubric to determine your grade?

Full Sailing: The concepts of Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) and Connectivism will be embraced in the Mac Lab from this point forward. Please watch this video and then this one. Get your PLE started this week.

Prezi’s are Coming: You’ll be building your portfolios soon and Prezi is a great way to begin. Veterans who built a Prezi last year may try more sophisticated options. Prezi and Photoshop help here.

Kudos: Thanks to Collin M for the perfect image for this week’s post.

1130: Today’s Tip of the Day is especially helpful (if I do say so myself). Check it out! (Starter File)

Reminder: Don’t forget to check the original post for your to do list this week. Stay in the pink! (Hint, hint.)

1201: Happy December! How’d we get here so quickly? Anyway, today’s Tip of the Day doubles-down with Photoshop and Illustrator skills you need to make your own. See it here. Thanks to Andrew G for teaching me something new about Illustrator.

Raise Your Voice: December’s survey is now online. Please answer honestly.

Reminder: Have I told you not to forget to check the original post for your to do list this week yet? What about staying in the pink? Truly sad for those who ignore this one.

1202: Survey Results are in. Please watch this video. Warning: Groundhog Day if you don’t.

Printing in the Mac Lab: Today’s Tip of the Day will help you print smarter. Images | Webpages or Documents | Starter File.

What’s with the Pink? Oh, I don’t know. Just trying to help students succeed.

1203: Holy contrast, Batman! Today’s Tip of the Day will lead to fantastic logos! >> Starter File

Upset Stomach? Looks like some students will need Pepto Abysmal when they see their grades.

6 Hours of Fun: Progress Reports are due this weekend so I’ve scheduled another Mac Lab Saturday School™ to help you secure another A. (You did get an A last time, didn’t you?) 6:15 to 12:00

Reruns, Skocko? You noticed, eh? Yes, I copied and pasted the 6 Hours of Fun from the original post because students were supposed to read the original post more than once so they wouldn’t get upset next week.

1204: Today’s Tip of the Day is logo-centric + a bonus tip.

Network 101: Watch this Video.

Hey! Our Blog is in the Running: Had no idea this was going on.

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