Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Second Week Reflection on Play

The time I hear the word play, it come to my mind the word learning through fun. Play is the word that most students look for. The word plays picture a big valley with beautiful trees flowers and water. This is the base for our students to learn and acquire the language. We teachers have to plan, organize and prepare the suitable lesson plan for conducting a game in or out of the classroom. A game should have an aim and a target to be achieved by the end of the lesson.
In the beginning of the week I watched the Google hangout and I found it fruitful regarding games. The guest started the hangout with nice humor and attracts the participants well. They played with the guest, they share ideas, they ask questions and they did a lot of activities. The guest did his best to get the audience engaged in his session. It is an excellent way to attract learners.
Having fun and guiding the students to be creative an curious through games and different plays in and out of the class need a lot of effort by the teacher. A bright theory to be used wisely. Students and teachers should have fun during the learning and teaching process. This week is great because I learn from the participants and the moderators. I got a lot of ideas regarding paly and fun in the classroom. I learn how the mind will be affected directly and will be shaped because of the application of games and plays. The children and students usually beg for games in and out of the class. They would love to keep playing. The prospective will be applied for teachers. Teachers have fun when they play. Most of us like playing to get rid of stress and troubles we face in life.
I also read James E Johnson article and I find it interesting. What I like about the article is the way he mixed the two words play and creativity. He gave me a clear picture describing the two terms. He used very strong and supportive words such as: dilemma of socialization – constructivism epistemology – linchpins – play ecology. Another point I like about this article when he talks or merge play with art, drama, language use, and human action. He also talks more about creativity and the way that creative people feel. He said that personal traits have been structured in relation to creativity. He says “Play in a two edge sword” “While play is life affirming it is not necessarily a positive force for creativity.
I watched several videos for example,, Play is more than fun” when we hear the fun, we feel relaxed and ready to do whatever we are asked to get involved in any activity. Another video I watched that strikes me is by Tim Brown, Tales of Creativity and Play. I love the title because it makes creativity and play as an interesting story to retold by the students. The speaker also mentions great ideas and beneficial thoughts.
Finally I impressed by all the ideas I gain from week two. I do thank everybody who supports the success and creativity that I find in week two.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Reflection on the first week ( Curiosity and Creativity )

I read several articles talking about different titles regarding curiosity, creativity, the case of curiosity, technology and curiosity, psychology and curiosity. I enjoyed going over these articles and every writer has his own style talking about each title, but all of them agree on the idea of curiosity is a must in our life especially in the field of education. Once you are curious you can end up with the best choice ever to be implemented in our daily and professional life. What impresses me is the content of each article and the way of each writer talking about curiosity in his won prospective.
The video by Susan Engel ( The Hungry Mind: The Origins of Curiosity ). I strongly believe that this title attracts everybody to read and learn a new idea on curiosity. This video gives me a big chance and motive to keep on teaching and developing my students with enthusiasm. The lady was telling the whole world and all the educators, teachers and students that we should all be creative and curiosity in our life.
I picture ever article and I try to relate the ideas in each article to any daily life and daily working experience. Every minute I live with books, students, coworkers and educators, I remember the barriers I face and the suggested solutions either by me or by other people surrounding me then the idea of curiosity come up!
Before this course I used curiosity but I didn’t use the same word. I use the word questioning and application. I use the words; before and after the teaching periods. I ask a lot of questions before and after class. I love to use these techniques. This is the real meaning of curiosity and creativity.
I do learn a lot from the participant in the first week in this course. They posted great ideas regarding curiosity and creativity especially when they are related to creativity with the children and student in the early stage.
I am also fascinated with some question that some participant raised in the online discussion and on the Canvas discussion. I like the idea of sharing thoughts and the continuous positive discussion with each other. By this technique we apply curiosity and creativity during our first week effectively. We meet hungry minds and hungry teachers. I think teachers should feel hungry every time to fuel their mind every second with the best and suitable resources and materials that help the students.

Saturday, October 11, 2014


I am impressed by the word curiosity! I strongly believe that all people should be curious positively in order to keep creating and inventing new techniques and ways to use in life! if they don't apply curiosity in their life, their personal and practical life will be useless. Curiosity and creativity are my life! I live a simple life and I sometimes face difficulties so I have to be curious and creative at the same time to solve any problem or difficult matter I come across in my life. Curiosity means understanding life, people around you, and different matters occur in your private and public life. I personally become curious when I meet my friends, when I see my family members and when I have a chat with certain people. As an educator being curious and creative is the key to success in my career at work! I become curious when I plan my lesson, when I talk to my colleagues, when I talk to my students, when I explain the lesson, when I surf the net, when I have a meeting with my manager and when i become alone and think about the coming days of a classroom event! Being curious means being an effective leader in the society. Being curious and creative member in the society means having a well organized and supportive society. A successful educator or teacher has the power to attract and easily convince the people around them. 
Talking about the word risk is a must because we have to face any difficult situation. If I am not curious or creative, I may face many consequences regarding teaching and learning. It is advised that all educators should think carefully about the word curiosity and creativity. Curiosity results to creativity. We learn a lot, I learn a lot when I become curious. I face many problems in and out of class when I don't use curiosity. I sometimes can't solve a certain problem in teaching and other matters regarding education.

Replace fear of the Unknown with Curiousity

Replace fear of the Unknown with Curiousity