Reading week was extremely busy as I was on a trip for work out in Winnipeg. I was teaching s a seminar for about six days, so essentially did not get to use the week to catch up on school.
Being behind one Learning Project Post has me stressed out, however I think my progress is growing slowly, but surely. Here I am again, combining weeks 4 and 5.
This week I was watching shorter videos to be able to fit in some practice having it sit down for a large amount of time. I have found that these more concise videos have been helping me to not only learn more quickly, but to remember what I have learned the following days as it is less content to remember. Practicing seems to be going smoother now as I can activate prior knowledge as I move forward, and have things flow freely.
In the video of myself playing (shown down below) I am following this particular video:
You can see within this video, the ease of following along. The time of the video is extremely short and I LOVE THIS. Through a descriptive movements, these types of videos would be really quite easy for many people to follow along with. Having the visual, alongside of the voice over has really been able to meet my needs. I believe all learners could benefit from this type of learning. This video showcases how to play the E chord. Specifically it outlines where the fingers will be placed and how to strum.
As embarrassed as I feel to share this here is my attempt at following the video shown above:
With my students during my internship I did an formative assessment every Friday called “Pluses and Deltas”. Pluses are defined as; everything you loved about the week or everything that worked. Deltas are defined as; gifts of change or areas of opportunities. here is an example of how it looked in the classroom:
I figured I could do this each week to outline my progress, create goals, and become aware of if I have achieved them.
– Clear and concise videos are easier to follow
– Having the visual and auditory aspects really help
– I was able to learn multiple chords and to smoothly transition into each.
– I learned “Smoke on the Water”
– Feeling more comfortable with playing
– Feeling comfortable with posting a video! – Smooth positioning of hands
– Training hands to not be as stiff
– Dedicating more time to practice
To finish off this post, I have some questions:
How do you stay on track with learning a new skill?
Do you have an resources to help you stay organized?
Are there any platforms that I should be using to help assist me in learning guitar?