"Think of the power of the universe- turning the Earth, growing the trees. That's the same power within you- if you have the courage to use it." - Charlie Chaplin
placate - v.
-to soothe or mollify, especially by concessions.
REMINDER: I'm away today and you'll have a substitute. Please treat them kindly and live up to your reputation as a fine group of human beings.
Today, you'll have a guest group of seniors that will be leading a discussion. Feel free to move tables and chairs to get everyone in a big circle.
Full Disclosure: I believe in Daily Practice as a discipline and as a way to build the muscles of creation. In the same way that an athlete can build muscles and tune their responses, or that a sailor can tell when and in what direction the wind will pick up, so can we tone our creative muscles. We played with the tables so much this week because I wanted to introduce you to the idea that there are rote ways of seeing the world. I asked you to think carefully about your Daily Practice because it might be a opportunity for you to try something new in a way that is low-impact.
TODAY, YOU HAVE TWO OPTIONS. BOTH need to be done by the end of class on Tuesday (and I will give you work time that day, as I am unsure of how long the discussion will take).
In his book, The Element: How Passion Changes Everything, Sir Ken Robinson examines the place where preternatural ability and love collide. He posits that you can hate something you're naturally good at, and that you can love something that you have no natural skill for. Perhaps it would be best to hear these ideas from the horse's mouth.
Please watch this video: bit.ly/AHSRobinsonElement
In your Reflection Journal, please answer the following with at least a few sentences.
Please watch the video found at this link: http://bit.ly/2AT1UZR
This is Ira Glass from the radio program This American Life talking about the first steps of being a creative. Once you've listened to the audio (and it may take several times- indulge yourself!), please create a Google Document (title it S(1 or 2)YourNameBeginnerPortfolio) that serves as a portfolio. In this portfolio, cultivate at least 30 images, thoughts, ideas, beautiful things, quotes, etc. that inspire you or that make you want to respond somehow. Art, graphic design, a video of calligraphy (Seb Lester is a great follow on Instagram), cartoonists, videographers working, etc. insert the image into the Google Doc portfolio, give a brief 1-3 sentence description of who did the work and what you like/appreciate about it. This portfolio will also go on your Daily Practice DP page.
This ought to take a while to really put together. First and foremost because not all of you are practicing the so-called "fine" arts. Some of you are coding, some of you are playing video games, etc., and so you must first ask yourself the question, "What inspires me? What is interesting to look at? What are the things that make me wonder? (There's that word again.)
Here's an example of what I'm after:
BY THE END OF THE FIRST HOUR OF TUESDAY'S CLASS, YOU SHOULD HAVE*: