Today was very eventful day. I got to class early so that I could get mentally prepared and do a bit of reading. Well, I got there and my new laptop that I have had since SATURDAY would not turn on. I ended up having to take apart the battery, pull the RAM, and touch two pieces of metal at the same time with another metal object. Thank the Lord it worked. I would have been in tears!
During class, Dr. Holder shared with us some amazing and incredible tools for educators such as:
- Quest Garden
- Adobe Spark
Dr. Holder enjoys sharing things that are fun, creative, and a bit humorous. Have you ever considered making a musical instrument out of a root vegetable? …. Neither have I!
Guess who has about 50 pounds of carrots at home! Well, some of those carrots are no longer on the juicing menu. They are going to become musical instruments! Now, to remember where I last saw the drill. (Shh…I had best not tell Matt that I may or may not have put it back in the tool box.) After these carrot clarinets are no longer useful, or possibly grow some weird bacteria, they can be packed with potting soil and seeds can be tossed in them to see if they will grow and how long.
This class is amazing. I am loving learning all of this new technology!!!
However, I did have a slight breakdown today. When I don’t understand something, I will go insane trying to figure it out. That’s probably why I ended up staying up for 32 hours during Applied Statistics. Seriously, if I don’t get the concept I will push myself until I can’t go anymore. I ran something by Dr. Holder today to see if I was on the right track. Unfortunately, I was missing something. Oh I was frustrated. Not at anyone or anything just trying to figure it out.
After class, I went to the library and got a private room to study. Liberty University has these amazing study rooms were I can write on the wall. It is a giant marker board! I got up to the room and I wanted to scream, cry, punch something, or anything to let the tension go. Then I remembered Dr. Holder’s opening devotion about not being anxious but gentle, thankful and trusting of God. Do you know how hard it is for a firstborn, Type A personality, and control freak to “Let go and let God”? It’s hard!
I sat down to pray and let out my frustration. I didn’t know what to do. I picked up the marker to go draw on the wall to see if I could just develop a spark of creativity to help me move past the mental block that I had developed. I was about to draw a stick figure when I thought of a game Mighty Man likes to play…Stick War something. A stick-man is a simple object. I had this thought…In simplicity, there is complexity. I took the marker and just started mind mapping everything that I had read. (Something that I usually do at home, where I have marker boards!) Within a short time, I had developed an entire wall of ideas that led me to one that I had not seen much data. I decided to conduct more research and I believe that I have now determined what area needs more research. I am excited about class tomorrow!