Posts Tagged ‘learning’

How roadblocks can help you be a better teacher.

As a teacher or learner, what’s holding you back from accomplishing your goals? What obstacles keep you from progressing? What are your biggest struggles? For me, there are few obstacles and roadblocks that hold me back from being a better teacher. First, my school does not promote any professional development. I do not get any time off to attend conferences or seminars and if I miss a class due to absence, I have to make it up at a later date, which is very inconvenient. Plus, my school’s Faculty Development department was just dissolved. No kidding. Second, I feel like…

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French 004

Here’s my pronunciation practice from my fourth French class.     The following are the texts I’m using to practice.     I am still very dependent upon reading the text to help me speak, but I can feel my confidence slowly building as I become more familiar with the vocabulary. I struggle with the French numbers and need to practice them more. As we begin to tackle higher numbers, I realize that I need to spend some time on the basics.

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Wild Thing (Take 1)

  Honestly, I’m not sure if this is Wild Thing or Louie Louie, but I love them both! This is one of the first tunes I began learning on the guitar. It’s fun to play because it’s just the same few chords repeated. I’ve recently been practicing my up-strum, so I decided to give it a go on this tune. The up-strum makes this sound so much better! I still have a long way to go, but I feel like I’m beginning to see some slow progress. I still need to get a metronome to help me keep a steady…

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French Class 003

This is my French pronunciation practice from my third French class. I’m beginning to realize that I rely heavily on reading and seeing what I’m supposed to say. I need to practice my listening and responding without looking at my textbook, especially when replying with a negative.       If you speak French, I would love to hear some feedback on my pronunciation. I’m actively looking for ways to improve my French language skills outside of my class and would appreciate any tips on apps, podcasts, websites, etc. that could benefit me. Merci beaucoup!

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Hey Joe (Take 1)

  This is my first attempt at playing Hey Joe. I continue to struggle with my chord changes between C & G, but they’re slowly getting better. I apologize for the foot tapping in the background. I need to invest in a small metronome to keep me on the beat. I also think it’d be a good idea to start playing along with the recording. Here’s the recording, just in case someone is not familiar with the tune.  

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1-Minute Changes w/ C & G

This video captures where I am with my guitar studies this week. I’ve struggled with chords C & G for months. Honestly, I got so frustrated that I put the guitar down for about a month, and I have only recently started drilling myself again. I need to speed up these changes before I feel confident enough to start learning more chords. I’m making progress, but it’s slow.

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1-Minute Changes w/ Minor Chords Take 2

I took a vacation a couple of weeks ago, so I haven’t been practicing as much as I would like to be. That said, my changes between these minor chords (Am, Dm, & Em) is slowly speeding up. I feel more confident with Am & Em, and I’m beginning to get the feel for Dm. Like always, if anyone watching this has any tips, tricks, suggestions, or feedback of any kind, I’m all ears. Thanks!

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1-Minute Changes w/ Minor Chords

I’m finally beginning to learn more chords! This past week, I started practicing Am, Dm, & Em. Little by little it’s coming together. The fingering on these minor chords is much easier to get after initially learning A, D, & E. The only chord that’s a little tricky is Dm because it’s a new finger formation to learn, but I’m slowly getting it. As I watch this video, I have no idea why I keep looking back at my strumming hand. I guess I’m focusing on strumming more evenly, but I wish my focus was on the chord formations.¬†Hopefully, over…

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Three Little Birds (Take 2)

I’m teaching myself to play the guitar. I’m learning how to play Three Little Birds by Bob Marley because it’s supposed to be a great 3 chord song for beginners. This is my second take on the song. This time, I didn’t use a metronome, and I realize that I need a lot more practice setting a steady rhythm with my right hand. I’m posting this (embarrassing) video because I want to document my learning process and track my progress over time. Hopefully, I will see slow improvement and will one day look back and laugh. If you have any…

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