“If the machine ain’t broke, then don’t fix it”
-Thomas Bertram Lance
In regards to TAG, I’m am not too fond of this new idea, in fact I would like TAG to be similar to how it was last year. I like the idea of the new and improved blog though because in all honesty this blog is a bit dull and not up to date to the new websites out . My favorite part of the new TAG is the option for students to have creative freedom. The reason why I like the creative freedom is because it gives us time to work on our own projects at our time. Ultimately, I think the TAG program should go back the way it used to be because a lot of other students have said that they learned a lot more last year than that of this year.
I believe I used AMP responsibly and utilized it well, 90% of the time. I am certain that most days, I did in fact work on my designs and projects, but there were days were reading the blog was about all I did because of a long day of studying and taking AP/ Honors tests. The ability to work on anything I wanted was great. In After Effects, I designed a dvd authoring menu that is pretty neat (included in the dropbox) and made a movie poster that won an award in my English class. I did like working on my own and being under a curriculim, although, at some points I ran out of ideas and got stuck- exploring for days to come across another idea, that’s when I really wanted some teacher set goals. To enhance AMP, you should include collaborative projects with a group of students in order to show that two or three or four brains is better than one. That way students will be able to create something that will enhance the future of the web. I would like to see the Mac lab succeed in the new set-up, but it is a big IF- I mean a lot of students have to cooperate and the Mac lab is a class filled with intolerable students #thetruth.
In order to receive life lessons the credibility from the source must come from someone you admire and have some similarities with. I did not know you in the beginning of the school year and to be honest I started off not liking you- too strict, too demanding, and too mean. I especially stopped listening to you after making an Alice project that I worked countless hours on. I made a humorous plot and a good storyline and as always you rejected it. After that everything went downhill and I become stubborn. I look up to other adults in my life and their life-lessons inspire me more, they appreciate my projects and don’t criticize my work. I’ve heard all your moral lessons by people that I love- which adds to the effect of my maturity. All in all, the fact that your credibility was not up to par with me I couldn’t listen to you- I felt like it was all a rant, not a lesson.
Mr. Skocko, thank you for a wonderful year- you’re a great teacher for students with the open mind. I’m very conservative with my thoughts on school and the fact that I learned that ideas like these don’t suit me has made me learn who I am as an individual. The reason I inserted that quote was because the school system in my eyes is good the way it is- at least in High School.