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Most of us have been told that learning is a life-long process. Because of this, learning should be fun and not something people are forced to do. I usually enjoy learning, but it is more at my own pace rather than teacher driven. I believe this individual-learning project will help bring the fun back into learning.
So far, I have too many ideas of what I want to capture in my “Learning Box.” I have always wanted to learn another instrument. I already know the oboe, flute, and piano. I would not consider myself an expert performer with these instruments, but I have already learned them and enjoy playing them. Two of my ideas for my individual-learning project include learning how to play the violin and the guitar. I have always wanted to learn how to play these instruments, but I have never had time to teach myself or to find a teacher. I have already found a teacher for both of these instruments if this is the path I so chose to take. I believe I will enjoy either of these sessions because the teachers I have found for these instruments are friends that I do not get to see often.
Another idea for my individual-learning project is something I want to enhance in my “Learning Box.” It is embroidery. My mom used to embroider when I was younger. After having six children, she claims she cannot find enough time in the day to continue doing it, but she said she would teach me. However, last semester I had a class where embroidery was taught, so I beat my mom and taught myself. I enjoy doing it, but it takes me a long time to complete a project so I would like to improve this skill. I would also enjoy doing it more often so I can reteach my mom.
I feel that all of these will help me in the future. I can use instruments in my classroom to create songs to help my students remember information. The instruments could also be used in other learning methods, such as building an instrument or calculating tension on the strings. I can also find a creative way to make embroidery fit in with math or science. I could have students embroider different shapes or figure out the amount of string needed to embroider a specific pattern. In science, I could have students creating different methods to die the string or cloth they are going to embroider.