Week 4 Reflection: This was a tough week

Joshua Wade Smith Faceplant, http://www.hamiltoniangallery.com/artists/joshua-wade-smith/
(Photo Credit: Joshua Wade Smith)

What can I say? I had a rough time getting all my assignments completed this week and I feel like my quality was lacking. Of course, last week I said I was finding my groove, so I might have jinxed myself. I commented on my classmate, Alicia Hill’s tweet, “As I read New Literacies, I keep thinking, ‘Man I’m so far behind the game!'” I had a very Pollyanna response in that moment, saying, “Remember Maguma’s humble beginning? I think because you’re putting yourself out there and trying, you’re ahead of the curve.” Then I read another classmate, Kirk Lunsford’s response to our New Literacies text. He eludes to how Maguma has a passion to really learn new applications and master his art of fanfiction. Kirk then says, “But what about people or students that don’t have a deep passion to dive in and participate in read-write social practices? There can be fear of failure, lack of ability to be creative, and lack of skills necessary to engage in the social practices of remixes.” My Pollyanna demeanor faded and I really thought about my read-write social practices.

I am feeling like I do not have the mastery of Photoshop, iMovie, Camtasia that I desire. Let alone the time it to takes to deepen my understanding of these programs within this course’s timeline. My classmates are creating some really innovative DS106 Daily Creations and Weekly Assignments. Through them I can see where my technical skills lie and it entices me to improve.

Another issue  I am struggling with is my focal theme of grief. I question whether I should be writing my stories with a grieving audience in mind. Should I just keep going deeper and deeper into exploring my own grief? Should I try to show a change from grief into life after grief? It feels like a delicate line of exploring grief, but not wallowing in it. As well as intriguing the audience without depressing them. I trust I will find clarity in the next couple weeks.

Here is what I accomplished in Week 4.

TDC 1 My friend on the beach
Story Critique 1 The Microscopic Structure of Dried Human Tears
Weekly Assignment Promotional Meetup Poster: Finding Joy in Times of Grief & Loss
L&K Response Rate That API’s Purpose
Peer Story Critique 1 Tale of Momentum and Inertia
Peer Story Critique 2 Titanic 2: Jack’s Alive!?
L&K Peer Responses 1 New Literacies Review (Ch. 4) – Mash-ups and Remixes
L&K Peer Responses 2 Ed Reform Remix: A Response to Lankshear & Knobel Ch 4
TDC 2 Happy 4th of July


  • Susannah, I feel like I could just copy and paste your reflection into my own blog…I am experiencing much of what you are this week. I too admire the work of our peers and wish that my technical skills were more developed. I want to improve, but at times it feels overwhelming as there are so many things I would like to work on. The important thing is to remember that we can’t all be experts in everything, but through our collective development we will continue to develop our unique skills and bring them to the table.
    Have you listened to the “Strangers” podcast? I find their episodes to be complex with emotion, often finding both grief and joy in the same conversations. This may give you some ideas for how to approach grief as a topic, or at the very least be a interesting podcast to write a critique for. Hope you enjoyed your holiday 🙂

    • It is good to hear that I am not alone in my experience. You are right, we are developing quite a group of experts in our educational cohort. Hopefully, I will get to continue learning with you and group over the next year.
      I can definitely give “Strangers” a listen. It might be just what I need for my next story. Thanks for reaching out La Dawna 🙂

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