Monday, September 30, 2013

Make Cycle 2 Reflective Blog Post

For my make cycle two I chose to make a map and a Lego representation of the places I have learned and experienced science on UNCC's campus. To begin, I took pictures from the four locations of my field experiences and photo-shopped them in the general location in which they occurred on a campus map of UNCC. Once my 2D map was created, I realized I could take the mapping process further and portray it in a second medium. Upon thinking of ideas, building a representation of my field experiences out of Legos came to mind. I went with the idea and built each of my four field experience locations. The four field experiences are centered around a classroom which is representative of our English classroom. The idea behind the arrows is that our learning stems from the classroom and influences our everyday interactions with other locations. I chose to map only my learning and the science I have experienced on UNCC's campus versus other locations because I feel that our English class has opened my eyes greatly to what science and learning is and just how much it is occurring around us. My field experiences greatly influenced my work and ultimately became the focal point of my make. These are four locations in which I experienced learning or science as a result of being in our English class. Without the knowledge I gained from our class, I would have never seen these four locations in the light that I do now. Our class, and specifically Lacy, have supported my work. As I mentioned earlier, our English class has allowed me to view science and learning in everyday life in a completely different manner. The discussion and thinking that is generated in class leads to expanded thinking and unconventionally beneficial learning. My Make Cycle Two is a culmination of my learning and the science I have experienced in the short time I have been on UNCC's campus. My interactions with locations outside of my classroom have been of direct relation to my learning inside our classroom.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

With my first month of college nearing its end, I am amazed at what my classes have taught me and specifically, what my English 1103 class has become. I would have never expected that an English class would put grammar and rhetoric on the back-burner and bring creativity and conceptual thinking to its forefront. I have been nothing but pleased with how English 1103 has turned out to be but it is still a little weird how unorthodox the course is. Since my last blog post, we have been focusing on our personal histories as writers, scientists, and as makers. As a class we constructed a timeline of different science and writing memories we had from our past. It was interesting to find similarities between people's histories and to see that many people experienced the same types of situations as myself. Below are some pictures I took of a similarity I discovered; some people did dissections around the same time as each other in their science classes. Also, we finished our first make cycle not too long ago. This make cycle also aimed at defining ourselves as writers, scientists, and as makers. I chose to make a comedic video poking fun at my downfalls as a maker. Since the video itself did not want to upload, I have also posted the link to my G+ page for you guys to view it. To sum up English 1103 thus far, I would have to say it has been thought provoking, unconventional, and fun. The free-flowing environment coupled with intellectual discussion makes it a class I don't mind going to at 8:00 am. I am excited for what the remainder of the semester has in store for me!