TEDtalk- Tallia Storm

Above is my link to Tallia Storm video which I watched. The reason I actually chose to watch Tallia’s video was because of the short information that was given on the side. It said that she had opened at a concert for Elton John! So this was the real reason why I decided to watch her. And then I found out that she also had a Scottish accent, even cooler! But these were not the reasons I continued watching what she had to say in her video.
At the beginning and end is where she really gets to the main points of her speech, but her story behind how she came to the point of finding and accomplishing her “thing” is well worth the wait. She encourages everyone to find their thing and don’t stop until they accomplish it. At the end she says to “discover the storm inside you” and I do not think there is a better way to state it. She pretty much is saying to find the thing that makes you you and keep striding for it.
This video of Tallia can be shared in the classroom for students to understand that those things you do, those little talents, are an important part of you. We should cherish those things and try to improve upon them. Tallia’s thing was singing and she loved doing it so much that she made a demo tape. While on vacation she ran into a singing sensation (Elton John!). When she finally got the courage to give his significant other her demo, she felt as if she had already accomplished a major step in life. Even if Elton didn’t like her demo, the fact that it would reach him was accomplishment enough.
Setting and accomplishing goals in life is very important. It’s a good idea to emphasize this to your students so they are not satisfied with just skating by in life. They should want to desire to be the best they can. And I think Tallia does a great job of encompassing that by sharing her story to others. She explained that she was nervous and over wellmed as heck, but still knew it was something she was passionate about and would like to make a possible career in the future. And because she went for something she wanted, there are even more doors open to her. She is a great role model for reaching your goals and not stopping until you have.

ILP: Baking from Scratch

This week for my Independent Learning Project (ILP) I chose to learn how to bake a banana cake. I received the recipe from my aunt (it was her grandmothers’ recipe). It turned out decent for my first time baking it! Here are the steps to follow for making it:


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups flour, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda (add to pureed bananas)
  • 3 pureed bananas, very ripe


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9×13″ baking pan or two 9″ layer cake pans.
  • Cream butter, sugar, and eggs. Sift flour several times, then add the salt and baking powder to the flour.
  • To the creamed butter mixture, add the milk and flour (alternating, beginning and ending with flour).
  • Add vanilla and mashed bananas (with baking soda added to the bananas) to this mixture.
  • Bake layer cakes (9″) for 25-30 minutes, oblong (9×13″) for 35-40 minutes.
  • Cook cake completely before applying cans of cream cheese frosting.

I enjoyed learning how to bake from scratch. I always say how patients is for sure needed when learning a new skill, it’s even more important if you are making something that others will be consuming. You definitely want to make sure that you pay close attention to the order the ingredients are suppose to go in and do what the directions say to do.

I truly enjoyed learning this new skill. I think that it’s important to know because many kids and adults are allergic to so many foods now a days. If you know what is the exact make up of the food you can warn people in advance. Unlike, store bought items where you have to make sure read you the directions ever so carefully. So as teachers, when we bake for our students and that have different food allergies to be aware of, it’s less to worry about.

And honestly, baking something from scratch gave me a great feeling. It’s like a feeling of accomplishment and kind of humbling in a way. I know this is kind of a skill anyone can obtain, but the fact that I know I can do it now and couldn’t before is awesome. I would recommend that everyone gives baking a shot. I have a lot of friends that enjoy baking and do it when the are bored. I’ve received a lot of homemade goodies through these charitable acts and I think it’s time I start repaying what I’ve been given. For now they will be receiving a lot of banana cake, until I feel confident enough to give away other goodies I have made.

Start of Independent Learning Projects

If I had to learn to do something for 4 hours, I would try to make it pretty relevant to something I might need to do in the future. As a semi- adult in this world, I would like to do or make something relevant and that I might need to know how to do. My parents will not be around forever, so it would be nice to know how to do the things they do for me. Doing something just for fun is nice and could be a good stress reliever, so I will have some of those on my list as well. Some of those fun activities I try I might want to incorporate into a class project or a beginning or end of the year project.

  • Sewing
  • Changing own oil
  • Baking from scratch
  • Photography class
  • Art class

I plan to have more ideas of what I can do, but for the time being this is what the list compiles of.

I chose sewing because that is something my mom does for me quite often. If I get a slight tear that can be easily fixed or a button that needs to be put back on, she’s the person I go to. By learning to sew, I not only will not have to bother my mother with fixing my clothes. Plus it’s just a good life skill to have.

I get my oil changed by mechanics, but I think it would be good to know what they are doing and how to do it yourself if you were possible stranded or a situation were you would need to do it yourself. This is good to know for those that are on the road a lot or if you are in an area that is unfamiliar to you.

When it comes to baking from scratch, this is a good strategy to have because of all the allergies there are now a days. If I have children and have to bake something for their class I might have to deal with a bunch of food allergies. These allergies may be found in things that are already pre- made and just need water, eggs, and cooking oil. By learning how to bake foods and goods from scratch, I can try to avoid certain food allergies.

A photography or art class, I think is good for students and none students to sit in on and try new things. Some people that think they are horrible at all art may find they have a hidden talent for a certain area. And with photography, you may open your eyes to a different view of the world. These might not be beneficial skills, but it may be a good activity that you enjoy doing.

Makes Me Happy and Bud Hunt’s Blog

After watching Ted Talk “Hackshooling Makes Me Happy”, I’ve realized even more than before, how little schooling focuses on students just being happy. Whether it’s happy that they passed a test or just happy that they are even at school. As this child stated, we go to school and are constantly being asked “What do you want to be when you’re older?”. At a young age many will say the usual examples doctor, vet, teacher, etc. As we continue with our schooling, we start to realize that what we thought we wanted to do or be is not what you thought it would be. And some decide that school is not for them and decide not to pursue college. Parents and adults need to realize that this is alright. In this Ted Talk, the speaker goes into explaining his, not so typical, school system he attends.
In his school system they still do math, science, writing, and all of the other subjects. The thing that makes them unique is how they go about learning these subjects. They seem to do a lot of hands on activities that do not make it seem like a classroom. And when it comes to writing, They do not have to use the prompt that is assigned to them, they get to be creative and use topics that they enjoy. This leads them to pursue a possible career doing what they love and not just doing it for the paycheck. So what can’t “regular” school systems use this approach as well? Why not get those creative juices flowing by letting them write about something they know a lot about and would actually want to write about? I’d say it’s because we need to stick to the system and not change how it’s been done since the beginning. Most people are hesitant of change and will try to avoid it at all costs. But the thing is; people are changing, our environments are changing, which means school systems are changing.
We all know that everything is constantly changing. I mean, new phones come out like every other month, so why are we slow to change schooling? Think about it, if surgeons were to do the same techniques from 50 years ago we would have more people dying on the table during surgery. Now I’m not saying people are going to die if we don’t get with the times, but surgeons and the likes have the right idea. They have to constantly update their styles to match what is going on now. Education is defiantly lacking when it comes to updating anything. Technology is used more often, but we still have to sit in a classroom, write about this and only this, and then repeat. Creativity is not a key factor and I think that needs to change sooner rather than later.
When I become a teacher, I want to stray from the “average”. I won’t be able to really stray from the norm because teachers have to stick to the standards and all that, but instead by making it more up to date. It’s going to be a long and hard process but hopefully I will innovate my class to were my students don’t feel as if they are robots going through the motions just trying to make it till graduation.


When I finished reading from¬† “Centering on Essential Lenses”, I can see how certain “lenses” can make students become better learners and enjoy school. Making, hacking, and playing were the 3 lenses that were talked about in the article. When making was discussed, it was essentially talking about making sense of what is being taught or new situations that take place. Hacking is usually given a bad reputation, but in a sense, it is just creating something that wasn’t there before. By hacking education, we can learn in different ways that fit to our learning style in particular. And finally, playing should be the one that most people and students are excited for. Altering ways of looking at things that you come across may help you understand it more clearly. These 3 techniques are interesting ways to go about learning and understanding certain lessons/ subjects and everyone should consider them.


Dig Lit to Me

I used the above link to help answer some of the questions.
Digital literacy, to me, is using technology to write instead of pencil and paper. So what I am doing now is considered a form of digital literacy (exactly why my teacher is having us do this). Digital fluency I would define as being able to use technology well enough to solve issues, especially situations that can be solved via technology.

I feel like I have a somewhat good understanding about blogging. I understand why people write blogs and now how they are formed. I wouldn’t say that I am good at it, but I will only get better as I keep blogging throughout this class! And something I believe I could learn or get better at, at the moment, would be to make an effective blog. Blogging for now just feels like an assignment, but here soon I could see writing blogs that people actually want to read and have “purpose”. Maybe one day it won’t feel like a chore, but instead something I look forward to doing throughout the week and for the weeks to come. Everyone can have the opportunity to become skilled at digital literacy. We use techniques from dig lit all the time throughout our lives without even realizing it!
Above is a link that describes the essential elements of digital learning/ digital literacy. It says there are 8 elements cultural, cognitive, constructive, communicative, confident, creative, critical, and civic. And I would agree that all these elements seem to be vital for digital literacy.
I definitely think I have a long way to go before I become digital fluent, but I would say that I am decent when it comes to technology. I have a smartphone, an Ipad, and a laptop. But I wouldn’t say I’m the best at fixing them when something stops working. And that is something I would like to learn more about when it comes to technology, because it’s great when you have these things but when they stop working it’s completely different. If I took a class over technology, this is something I would hope to learn.
In order to become an effective digital learner I would obviously need to take classes/ courses. And in order to become a digital leader, I will need to show some of the techniques I learn in my course/s in my actual classroom.

Constantly Learning

Everyone knows children are always learning new things during every obstacle they face. I do not think that learning stops after childhood though. I, for one, find new ways to discover and learn something new constantly.

I love sports, and for my first experience I will talk about learning on the go. While playing the game of basketball, there is never really a moment to stop and think of what you’ll do next. It’s more of a figure it out as you go along thing. When you are thrown into a game at a young age, the only thing you want to do is not mess up. But what we don’t realize at that moment is that’s how we learn and grow. My situation took place my freshman year of high school. When I got in all I did was pass the ball to everyone and when I finally took a shot I missed it completely. I told myself I wasn’t going to shoot anymore and my coach could tell I was being hard on myself. When I was subbed out he put his arm around me and told me to just play the game and enjoy it and that I was doing fine. He didn’t car that I missed that shot because he was just proud of my attempt.

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My second moment was when I got my first job. I got my first job much later than most people do, I got mine in the spring of my senior year. I worked at a grocery store in my hometown and the owner was good friends with my mom. I told myself this job would be easy money, but soon began realizing that it was going to be much harder than I anticipated. When it came to putting out price tags I was completely lost because I didn’t know what half the items were and then afterwards I would have to stock those items I still didn’t know. I told my mom about it and she used the line “not everything in life is going to be easy”. Well I obviously new this and I continued working there over the summer. I never enjoyed going to work and they wanted me to be there constantly. At the end of summer I told them that this would be my last time working, they seemed sad but I new they would be grateful to not show me where things were all the time. I now work at the hospital in North Platte. I clean rooms and offices as a part time job (mostly during summer) and they work extremely well around my schedule during the school year. What I took away from the grocery store was that I wasn’t always going to like the jobs I do but I have to make them work till I find something that fits more to me.

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Girls are known for babysitting and this is what a did for some time. I was watching my baby cousin and of course we had on Disney Jr. While watching her answer these simple questions I was blown away! I considered her pretty young for some of the things she was answering with. When I see children doing something that isn’t always in their age rage it amazes me and makes me realize how often we are learning and makes me appreciate those little things more than usual. I know some kids in high school that still do not know what shape a cone is.

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Getting my drivers license was another big mile stone for me and so many others. While learning to drive I realized how much harder it was to actually do it than watch others do it. I started driving at age 16 because we lived too close to the school. I didn’t even start driving out of my own town till I was 18! Now my brother drives and as he was learning, I could see him struggling at times and would try to give him positive feedback so he wouldn’t get down on himself, but instead learn from the situation.

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Owning pets has definitely¬† been a learning experience for me. The first pet I could call my own was a fish and that fish only survived a week and a half. As I grew older I gained more knowledge about life and the fact that everything needs food/water, even fish. The next fish I got grew to a massive size and lived to a pretty decent age (2 years). I’ve gone through a lot of fish in my time and now own a cat. I would say she’s doing well. She’s 7 years old and weighs a pretty hefty amount.

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