Unlearning and Innovation

The Steep Unlearning Curve” might have been my favorite article I have read this entire semester. I feel that I have already unlearned a lot as a teacher and as a learner. To look outside the box and view things from many angles to show it or learn from it. I agree with Richardson’s ten ideas about what needs to be unlearned. Especially the idea “We need to unlearn the idea that every student needs to learn the same content when really what they need to learn is how to self-direct their own learning.” If when in school I could have learned what I wanted to learn about, especially in college, instead of taking pointless generals and electives that I didn’t give two hoots about, I would have been a much more successful student. And that is evident in my grades. I love history, and almost all my history classes I received an A or B. I hate math, barely got a D, hate English, it has taken me many attempts to pass comp two, enjoyed communications, got A’s in those classes as well. We need to quit forcing requirements on students and let them learn what they want to be the most successful person they can be without wasting their time. I agree one hundred percent we need to unlearn the idea of what school is and start from a new perspective, or perspectives.

As far as being an innovative learner I felt it looped back to being a “hacker”. You are trying to make the education system better and I love it. We as teachers must constantly adapt, and change, to a new generation of learners to get information across. It is so vital that more people understand this! Use new tools and technologies, try new teaching techniques! Couros nailed it on the head in “The Mindset of an Innovater” when he said “I am an innovative educator and I will continue to ask “what is best for learners”.  With this empathetic approach, I will create and design learning experiences with that question as a starting point.” To many teachers now a days are just throwing recycled garbage from previous years at students and it is pointless. Adapt, what is new in your field, what can you use to get your point across to new students? What worked and what didn’t? I plan on being the most innovative learner I can be as a teacher and I hope it passes down to my students.


30 Day Create Challenge Part 3 (21-30

TDC147 A Photo of stone, water, and clouds


TDC350 A photo of one thing not like the other two


TDC1192 Signs spring is here, straw cowboy hats!


TDC1171 Draw batman in 15 seconds


TDC225 Narrate a normal event as an emergency

TDC423 A video of bubbles

TDC1084 Hunt aliens bravely

TDC957 A guided tour of my closet

TDC1156 Marshmallow Sculpture

30 Day Create Challenge Part 2 (11-20)

TDC356 A photo that represents the end, termination

TDC410 A photo of my fondest memory, my first college rodeo!

TDC470 A Photo of a wide range of colors

TDC1113  A Word Painting

TDC869 An image of something that would not be without my mom, this awesome family!

TDC507 A picture of repeating patterns
TDC patterns

TDC1001 I Feel Like A…
I feel like TDC

TDC1158 Your Favorite moment in the past week. Getting cleared for graduation!


A Poem about Strangers

He set pop the down
She said that’s one ninety nine
He paid and said thanks

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I said “What’s R816?”, to on older man with a mustache and all denim clothes on. He said “A young bull I just bought I asked “What side he would be out of?” to which he replied “Left, but I’m not sure what he will do”. I said “thanks” and went to find him.

30 Day Create Challenge Part 1 (1-10)

TDC418, what do Pandas think about?

TDC1142, What 5 things bring me joy?

TDC1079, What’s in your fridge?

TDC339, “A duck walks into a bar…” Finish this joke.


TDC1167 A poem about rain

TDC114, I had a friend send me 5 emojis and I wrote her a short story.


TDC1170, Breakfast Selfie


TDC1165, Junk Mail Art

TDC1163, A Dream Stair Case

TDC1120, Drawing without lifting your pencil

What I’ve learned about myself

I had the luxury of getting to do two Independent learning projects this semester. Both had their ups and downs challenging me but I am glad that I did them and will continue to work on them.

My first Independent Learning Project was my leatherwork, and getting better at flower tooling. I found this one hard to motivate myself to do because I was always busy doing work for customers, that I didn’t want to do it for a class as well. But I just kept telling myself my payment was my grade and I got some progress made. The most beneficial part was the motivation to buy newer, better tools, and getting involved in blogs and forums about leather work. This opened some many doors and I have learned a lot.

practice bull

My second Independent Learning Project was rodeo. This is my senior year and I really wanted to make it to the College Nation Finals. At the start of the semester I was in the running to go but ultimately fell short. But I learned a lot about myself as a rider and how to handle my emotions and strengthen myself mentally. I started the season fresh out of a knee surgery and it was hard to dedicate myself to all the physical therapy. It hurt at times and made me wonder if I wanted to keep rodeoing. I got on some bulls that flat bucked me off and made me come to the terms that I can’t ride everything and always have room to improve. I rode some bulls that really tested me and built my confidence. And I got bucked off some bulls I know I should have rode but had to humble myself and remind myself we all make mistake. I learned how to block negative thoughts, people, and those mistakes out and not let them effect my future bull rides.

While I did not make finals I am excited to see how my new positive mindset will forward me in rodeo as I continue this summer and the next few years. I have big goals but plan to achieve them and become a great.



I used the ComicBook! App suggested in the blog. It was fun to work worth but a little bit of a challenge. I choose to edit a picture that I took of all my gear at practice, since riding has become my new Independent Learning Project these last 8 weeks. I had fun messing around with all the filters and effects that I could apply to the photo, but after trying many before this I realized it takes a nice high quality photo to get good results from the filters. I was having a hard time figure out how to work in a speech or though box but I’m sure with a little time I could better understand it. I don’t think I would personally use this in a classroom. Maybe to edit a history photo for a good laugh but I don’t how I would get any value from using it. I’m sure other teachers could though, just doesn’t fit my style.

Podcasts and Digital Story Telling

Podcasts and digital stories were a very foreign thing to me until this week. I had heard of them, but never seen them. But at the end of this lesson I can’t help but think these are great ideas and I wish I had been introduced to them sooner.

I really enjoy the podcasts and think they should be utilized more in schools. What student doesn’t enjoy a good video during class? It’s something new that grabs their attention. Podcasts have endless uses and sources to cover just about any subject you could think of. In today’s day and age it is very easy to access and share a slew of podcasts. Plus podcasts are always updating and loading new material keeping you and your students in the loop.

Digital storytelling in the classroom is also something that I was foreign to but liked. It is just another tool to keep students engaged and active in the classroom. It is also a good way to get students to use and adapt to technology. You can customize this as well to fit any scenario or meet any class criteria, working in any classroom.

I think both of these ideas would work well in a classroom because it is new, interesting, and attention grabbing. The current generation of students is obsessed with technology, might as well let them use it to your advantage! I have already started looking for podcasts to bookmark to use in future classes and look forward to trying these!

Attention Log

Attention Log

  1. Date, 3/31/15
    2. Description of Physical Space and Device Sitting at a desk on my laptop
    3. Duration of session, 1 hour
    4. What occurred, my professor lectured while I took notes
    5. What you did, I checked my emails, paid my internet bill and cruised 9gag while switching to word to copy slides constantly
    6. How you felt, it was my 8am class so I was tired and groggy
    7. What worked, checking my email during announcements
    8. What did not work, Cruising 9gag for jokes and paying my bill
    9. Other comments. My notes aren’t very good
  2. Date, 3/31/15
    2. Description of Physical Space and Device Sitting at a desk with my laptop
    3. Duration of session, 1 hour
    4. What occurred, my professor lectured while I took notes
    5. What you did, I cruised facebook and chatted with a friend in messenger between slides
    6. How you felt, this was my 2pm class so I was hungry and ready to leave
    7. What worked, I got a great idea for what to cook for dinner
    8. What did not work, I had horrible posture, slouched over my laptop
    9. Other comments.
  3. Date, 4/1/15
    2. Description of Physical Space and Device In my living room recliner on my xbox
    3. Duration of session, 30min
    4. What occurred, I played battlefield
    5. What you did, Played a couple rounds of team death match
    6. How you felt, Relaxed, but disconnected from reality
    7. What worked, I was able to relax and clear my mind for awhile
    8. What did not work, I didn’t see my phone going off and missed calls from my mom
    9. Other comments.
  1. Date, 4/2/15
    2. Description of Physical Space and Device At my dinning room table on my laptop
    3. Duration of session, 2 hours
    4. What occurred, I was on Sakia
    5. What you did, I took an online exam as well as did some homework while listening to music
    6. How you felt, I felt rushed to finish my exam on time, and zoned into my screen
    7. What worked, Setting Spotify to a radio station so I didn’t have to constantly pick music
    8. What did not work, I kept browsing facebook while doing homework.
    9. Other comments.
  2. Date, 4/4/15
    2. Description of Physical Space and Device Laying in bed on my cellphone
    3. Duration of session, 20 minutes
    4. What occurred, Checked all social media
    5. What you did, I checked my Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram feeds as well as sent snap chats.
    6. How you felt, Tired but couldn’t fall asleep
    7. What worked, Fell asleep reading my screen.
    8. What did not work, Leacing my phone on loud so every notification made a noise disturbing me
    9. Other comments.

I waste a lot of valuable time on Social Media, I should work on this.

Is the Internet a resource or a interference

After viewing Paul Miller’s TED Talk I had to take a step back and think about my internet usage. Was I using it to much? Was I abusing this power source? Or was I in the clear?

Being a 90’s baby I got to explore the glories age if dial up. I remember when it took 20min to buffer a 5min YouTube video. I also remember that we had one desktop computer in the living room. I did not get my first phone or make a Facebook account until my senior year of high school, my own laptop my freshmen year of college and did not get my first smartphone until my junior year of college. So growing up I was pretty distant from internet. But this past year and a half I have noticed I have pretty well become attached to the internet.

I made a twitter and Instagram, allowing me to complete the 3 social media cycle all day on my phone, constantly refreshing my feeds. While at first it was nice to become involved in the digital world and see what my friends are posting I soon became a zombie and hardly remember anything I read or saw, handing out random likes and the occasional LOL.

In class during the day I spend most of my time distracted from class constantly multitasking between typing notes off of slides and scrolling 9gag, a website full of comical memes and humor, I waste a lot of time on this humor. I have been making an attempt to focus more in class but it is so tempting when it is a click away. But I do not waste ALL my time on the internet.

Thanks to the internet I have been able to share and look at ideas for my leather work as well as market it. I am able to post pictures of my work and advertise reaching new costumers I would have normally ever had. I also enjoy being able to pay bills and order goods online, saving my countless trips to town and allowing me to buy foreign products I could not normally get.

I think I need to begin to better balance my time on the internet in class and continue to use it to expand my work, but still be able to step away when needed and become attached to society again.

Back on the Rodeo Road!

Hey all sorry I have fallen behind and haven’t blogged in awhile. I had surgery a few weeks back and was pretty well bed ridden for awhile and wasn’t able to do much but sleep. I’ve been working to get caught up and will post all my blogs in one to not clog your feed sometimes this week. With the spring rodeo season under way I have decided to blog about my weekend adventures rodeoin since I will have little time for my independent learning project. This weekend we went to Torrington, Wyoming, stop 2 of 5 for the spring rodeo schedule. Torrington is always a fun rodeo for me because they ALWAYS have great bucking bulls.

Back track to Friday morning, 7am. I wake up and go through my morning routine. I shower and shave, (Leaving a ‘stache for moustache March of course) then eat some breakfast. I double checked my bags and made sure I had everything I needed for the weekend and headed out the door to meet the rest of the team. A group of us rough stock riders always travel together in a van, since we don’t have to haul a horse and trailer. We met in the parking lot of the PAC at 9am made a quick stop for coffee and headed down the road.

We rolled into Torrington just in time for the slack. The slack is when they run 100’s of contestants all afternoon so everyone can compete. I won’t lie I find the slack very very boring. I do not enjoy watching 100’s of team ropers and barrel racers make runs. So I usually slip away to the hotel with some friends and either play cards, do homework, or take a nice nap, as I did this time


I was woken by my coach when it was time to head to the night perf. The night perf is when 10 rodeo athletes are selected randomly out of the list to compete at night under the lights, in front of the crowd with the “rodeo” atmosphere. When we got back to the arena I proceeded to grab my gear bag check the draw for what bull I have and head behind the bucking chutes. I tend to hang out behind them the entire rodeo so I can help my friends in the bareback and saddle bronc events, as well as keep away from people and keep my mind clear before I ride. At the end of the saddle bronc event I began to get my gear ready. I rub rosin into the tail of my rope to make it sticky as well as the palm of my glove. I then put my lucky riding pants and shirt on, my boots and spurs, and tie on my boots. After that I tape my wrist and forearm and began to stretch and warm up. When they start running bulls into the chute I put my chaps and vest on grab my helmet and rope and go find my bull.

My bulls was a young coming 4, very small and I was told he has only had 2 riders on him before. I put my rope on and sized it so that the sticky part of my rope lined up with my handle. I would be the 4th rider out. My teammate and good friend Chasen Cole was 2nd out, he made an awesome bull ride (1 of only 3 this weekend) and man did it pump me up. When the rider before me went out I crawled into the chute and onto the back of my bull. He instantly began jumping and thrashing in the chute. I took my time and squatted above him as I warmed up my rope, took my wrap, and slide back down onto his back. As I tried to slide up on my rope he began to lay down in the chute. After trying to get him to stand I finally asked the stock contractor if I could take him lying, which he said yes. I took one last deep breath and nodded my head. As the chute came open the bull instantly shot out. I charged my hips into my rope to match his kick as he spun around. This bull almost spun 180* the first jump, or so it felt and I thought oh boy here we go! So I instinctively started driving my body to the right for the next spin. But all of a sudden the bull completely stopped, and I didn’t, leaving me hanging off the side. As it turns out the bull got his horn caught in the gate which made him stop. When he became unstuck he jumped to the left away from me leading to me getting bucked off. I tried to get a re-ride but the judges did not favor me that day. Not much I can do but be happy I’m healthy and on to the next one!

torrington 2015Me arguing