AV has come a long way

I don’t spend a lot of time on any of my blogs posting about my jobs. It’s not that I don’t find them interesting. Most of my life my jobs haven’t really said a lot about who I am. Working as a stocker in a grocery department doesn’t really define me. Sustitute teaching does and I just haven’t found a way to work it in to the blogs very much.

First of all I can’t really get into specifics like I did when I was blogging about my own home education experiences. I can’t take pictures of my students let alone post them nor would I ever think of doing so. In my 3rd year of subbing I am no where near an expert with advice to dole out. What I can do occasionally is make some observations and comparisons which is what I’ll attempt to this evening.

Even before Covid hit the scene I have been very impressed with the types of media that are available to the teacher. Back when I was college and doing my pre student teaching we were still using filmstrips in high school classes and computers were pretty much for word processing only and typing classes were still taught on typewriters.

In current times even in the live classroom the smartboard has replaced most if not all chalkboards and dry erase board. A smartboard plugs into the teachers laptop and a teacher could run videos, slide presentation, even quizzes disguised as games. In the school I’m in now a pretaped video of annoincements has replaced the traditional over the intercom announcements.

The teacher can also share their screen with students at home om platforms like zoom or provide the students with links to the material through the teachers home page. Homework is generally sent in electronically whether the student is live or at home.

Today some of my students went to a music class where the teacher was explaining the concept of theme and variation. After explaining it very well, he then showed this neat video which you can find on you tube simply by typing in theme and variation.

Later my students went to gym where much of their class activities were shown on the smart board. While traditional teaching still does take place this kind of vee-jay approach does enhance the learning experience and because of Co-vid the technology has become less a nicety and much more a necessity.

This technology is not just in the public schools. My daughters last year of being home schooled was 60% done through computer technology until covid increased that number to nearly 100%.

Technology in schools may be a million miles away from wheeling in the A-V cart but education does continue to roll along nicely.

Last 5 Posts

In June of 2019 I wrote this post about the last 5 posts I had put on this blog. I always wanted to revisit that feature and thought I might have done quicker than 18 months but as it’s the beginning of the year ot is always a great time for looking backward.

Last time I started with the least recent of the 5 and moved on to the most recent. I’ll go the opposite way today and start with the post I just published.

5 Things I Like About Donald Trump and or His Presidency.

Now that the Trump presidency is over I wanted to see if I could find some positive things about his presidency. I was able to find 5. I wanted to make it an even 10, but then I would have had to say things like I like his middle name or go back to his days on the apprentice.

15 Minutes You Get Back

The title doesn’t 100% match the content of the post. As I do sometimes, I titled this post with an idea in mind and but as I progressed in the writing the post evolved into something just a little different.

The Bridge from King to Godwin

I originally started a post about finding a musician who performed at a summer camp I was in high school on the music platform Bandcamp. That post never fully developed but it got me to searching other artists at Bandcamp and seeing not only was Alan Levi there but his out of print Rivertown was available.

This is another example of starting in one direction and ending up in quite another.

2021 Will This be the Year?

This is a cross between actual things I’d like to get accomplished this year and a comedy bit similar to what Steve Martin did back in the early 80’s.

Bob Bennett Weekly Facebook Concert.

This was my last post of 2020 and is a compilation of information and videos of one of my favorite music artists. It is something that might generally appear on my vlog, but I wanted to tell it in more narrative fashioned than just linking a clip from you tube.

The majority of these posts share 1 or 2 commonalities …

I have been trying to put more pictures in my blog posts. 4 of these 5 have pictures. Most of these posts are meant mostly to encourage. This isn’t always my central goal but the end of one year and beginning of another are times that I really like to uplift my audience.

In future posts: I will be writing about music I am enjoying listening to. I will be taking a break from political writing for a few weeks. Not sure what else is on the horizon, but I can assure you it will be random.

5 things I like about Donald Trump and or his Presidency

It is not difficult to know how I feel about former President Donald Trump. Since he announced his candidacy in 1995, I have not been shy in voicing my opinion about him and very little if any of what I said or wrote could be construed as positive.

Now that Trump is out of office, I wanted to see if I could say some positive things about him. Sincere things. Not setups for jokes or anti Trump rhetoric. My reason for this is 3 fold : 1) Like all of us, Trump is part of Gods creation. When God looked at his creation. He saw that it was good (Genesis 1:31 ) Even though that was prior to mans fall I believe Gods residual goodness is still present in creation and finding it is a way of praising God. 2) further I am called to such behavior in the Book of Philippians, Paul makes a list of things to dwell on and think on one of these is whatever is good. 3) (and I don’t mean this as a joke or set up for anti Trump rhetoric) but considering what I have said or written about him in the past this will prove to be something of a challenge for me and I do enjoy a good writing challenge.

5 things I liked about Donald Trump and his Presidency.

Although I disagreed a little with the timing of some of them I did appreciate the choices he made for Supreme Court justices during his time as President. These choices may be key restricting and eliminating the horrendous practice of abortion in this country.

I liked Trump’s choice as Mike Pence as his running mate and eventual Vice President. While I know these are by and large political moves to unify a party. I really admire Pence and how he comported himself as vice president, Some of this credit must go to President Trump for choosing him.

Speaking of Pence, another thing I like that Trump made him in charge of the Corona virus task force. I do not want to u7kuse this point as a starting point of a critique on Trump, so I will end this point here.

Although I was not happy that Trump broke a more than century old tradition of attending the next President’s innauguration. I did like that he continued the tradition started by Ronald Reagan of leaving a letter to his successor,

Finally, I like how Donald Trump transformed me and specifically my thinking and writing since his original candidacy in 2015. I have always been somewhat political but Trump made me aware of the need for voicing my concerns especially when your views don’t seem to be as common as you think they should be. A friend commented on Facebook the other day that he can count on me for thoughtful commentary. Over the past 4 years I have labored long and hard on some Trump pieces to make sure my thoughts as articulated reflected not only what I felt but were conciliatory, to those who might feel differently. I’m not sure if I would have such an evolution in my writing if my subject had been a figure other than President Trump.

So those are my 5. A few years ago I was reading Lindy Scott’s blog and he made a point to list favorable qualities of Trump. As with much of Lindy’s writings this helped shape some of my own philosophy and was yet another impetus for writing this post.

15 minutes you get back

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I like using the phrase (insert number here) minutes you never get back.

Especially to describe a frustrating time sucking situation. It also reminds me that time on this earth is limited so there is certainly a sense of urgency to how we spend our time. I also like the phrase because if and when I ever do get around to doing a podcast I think 45 minutes you’ll never get back, would be a good title , warning potential listeners of the mind numbing craziness they may be subjecting themselves to.

All that being said, there are certain things I don’t like about what the phrase implies. There is a certainly an implication that time is something that is mine to use however I want. I used the phrase a few days ago to describe an interaction with a difficult person. (The phrase difficult person, is subject to a deeper dive as well, but we’ll save that for another discussion). My wife quickly reminded me how rude I was being. How we feel about “our” time reveals how selfish we can really be .

I learned early on in my journey with Christ that my money is not really mine. It’s really God’s money and I try to use it the best that I can. I have had a harder time applying this to time.

The investment of time can reap many dividends, so in a sense there is time that you can get back.

Here are just a few examples.

Time spent with family and firends comes back to us as memories.

Time spent poorly sometimes comes back to us as consequences but often comes back to us as discernment,

Time spent practicing comes back to us as talent.

Time spent waiting comes back to us as patience.

Time spent being kind to others may not ever come back to us but it does ripple out into this world in a positive way.

I guess if we think more of time as a gift we can give away rather than keep for our own use our time will truly be better spent.

The Bridge from King to Godwin.

If you ask me what my favorite song by any of my 4 favorite musical artists, I will generally say whichever song of theirs I’m listening to at the time. Allen Levi is the exception to that rule. While it is true that I adore just about everything he’s ever done, I especially love his album Rivertown. Rivertown is an album about life in Columbus Georgia where Levi worked as an attorney prior to becoming a fulltime musician.

My favorite song on the album, and thus my favorite Allen Levi song is the Bridge from King to Godwin. It talks about racial reconciliation in a historical context and the bridge metaphor works extremely well.

The entire album of Rivertown is available digitally at bandcamp for $7.00.