Networked Learning Project Part 1: Rustic-looking Wood Wall Art

A little over a year ago my husband and I purchased our first home. We did some renovations to update what hadn’t been updated since the 1970’s…which was pretty much everything. As most home renovations go, we blew through our budget really fast. When the construction crews left, I had a gorgeous home, but a fraction of the budget I had originally planned to use for furniture and decorating. We hung a few pictures and mirrors on our walls that we had previously, but most of the walls remained bare. We bought the essentials (couch, kitchen table, chairs) and planned to decorate slowly overtime. During Nordstrom’s anniversary sale last summer, I fell in love with and splurged on a rustic-looking re-purposed wood wall art (HERE). The original price was $118, I paid $70. I couldn’t pass it up because the saying fit our family vibe and new home perfectly. We hung it in our family room and I love seeing it every day. Here it is in our home.photo (1)

I would love to decorate more spaces in our home with rustic-looking wood signs, but I don’t want to spend the money. I have always thought it would be fun to learn how to make them, but with a one-year-old at home, it hasn’t happened.

Luckily for me (and my bank account), the Networked Learning Project for my CEP 810 course has given me the excuse to finally add more wall art to my home and give rustic wood sign making a try! The challenge is to learn how to do something using only YouTube and online help forums. I am a fairly creative person, but I have never done anything like this before…especially since I could potentially be using a nail gun or power tools to cut wood (oh my!).

I have done some preliminary research and realized that there are so many different ways to make a rustic-looking wood sign. These are the decisions I still need to make:

  1. What type of wood do I want to use? Where can I find it?
  2. Where I want to hang it in my home and what do I want it to say?
  3. Do I want to use vinyl lettering or paint with stencil/freehand?

These are some of the sites I think will be helpful:

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7gLFN0yMD0
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDhk4oaWd04
  3. http://www.thecountrychiccottage.net/2012/04/hunger-games-love-quote-sign-in.html
  4. http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/2012/03/wood-love-sign.html

Stay tuned over the next few weeks for updates on my journey!

 

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The Path of Lifelong Learning

For my first assignment in CEP 810 this week, I have been asked to read Bransford, Brown & Cocking’s (2000) How People Learn (found HERE) and explore the ideas of learning, understanding, and conceptual change in an essay. In my essay, which can be found HERE, I talk about the strategies educators can use to help students develop a deeper understanding, and reach their greatest potential. In order for conceptual change to take place, I stress the importance of delving into students’ misconceptions and creating dialogue in the classroom that supports new learning. In addition, to deepen students’ understanding of content, I touch on the importance of asking questions, as well as broadening the focus from memorizing disconnected facts to focusing on larger concepts. I hope you enjoy reading my essay and I welcome you to leave comments!

And….that’s my second blog post…EVER! (Pretty cool!)