1.30.2006

AB- week 3

We met in the hallway, most indecorously. “Che!” exclaimed Amy, “Hey! This is Joyce! She’ll be working with you on Artsbridge!”

Che shakes my hand, and we start walking. “You have five minutes,” he says, “come with me.”

We speed-walk past clusters of waist-high middle-schoolers engaging in post-class chatter and running about in weekend-welcoming joy, the school plastered with colorful murals and other wall decorations proudly proclaiming “Muir Middle School” and student pride. I quickly layout my course plan and goals, surprised at the fluidity of my speech, my own confidence and familiarity with my objectives. I’d spent most of the week worrying about this meeting, and the whole morning preparing what to ask and say. It was painless.

Che’s classroom is a large welcoming space with the chairs arranged in clusters, what looks like several lizard-cages, and small robot projects lining the far wall. Che plops down on a spiky purple cushion, laying out his ideas as I survey his room. “What a great place to be a student,” I think, “I wish I got to learn robotics in middle school!” These kids are so lucky. Robotics, gardening… and now, photography with me.

Che is amazingly creative and thinks high, bolstering ideas I could never have arrived at myself. This will be a great partnership, and I look forward to seeing him in action next week.

After meeting with Che, I reentered the meeting room, where everyone else was going through their meetings. All of the students and teachers were actively engaged with each other and looked very happy. Amy seemed ecstatic; the positive creative energy in the room nearly made the air vibrate. We’re making it happen! Months of planning are finally beginning to take shape; today is the beginning of letting us out on our own into independence and becoming true student teachers.

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driving back (Muir Middle School is near our cross-town rival, USC)

the best birthday

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(more photos later)

1.21.2006

Week 2- movement mock classes

[ from my Artsbridge blog ]

Last night’s Fowler museum Carnaval fashion show and today’s dancers’ mock classes make me wish I were a dance student; I had so much fun! I am inspired by the outgoing happy "movement-people" to be more out-there in my own life, and take more risks with my body, as I am currently a bit shy and withdrawn in that respect. It’s really nice how all my fellow classmates are so fiery about what they are doing, with creative course plans and amazing energy. I think everyone is brilliant and will do fantastic.

I wish I could have gotten photographs of the end circle! It really sobered me up to the reality that this is our LAST time together before we go out and really face what we’ve been prepping up for the past few months… some people have prior experience, and others, like me, don’t. I feel like the circle really empowered me, drawing energy from the passionate artists surrounding me. Thanks, you guys, especially Amy and Etsu, and good luck.

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1.19.2006

Resurrection

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I'm back!

Week 1- mock class

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(thanks for this photo, Etsu!)

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I think the mock class went all right. I totally freaked out about it beforehand, not knowing how I would structure the 20-minute mock lesson, and spent a full day and a half prepping myself for it. In the end, I didn’t get to do what I’d planned to do, stumbled over my words, forgot some of the stuff I wanted to say, felt at the same time empowered (being on stage) and afraid (stuttery, unsure, etc). I’m quite sure it didn’t show through, but that’s how I felt. I’m really glad we had the mock classes; if I feel like this in front of my peers, then how am I going to feel in front of a class of young strangers? I’ve taught before, but only one on one, as a tutor. I’ve led student groups before; I know what it’s like to teach (and I have taught photo and art before, but only to peers). So, I don’t know where all this sudden self-doubt comes from… but I’m really excited to get started and prove these fears wrong.

Artsbridge blogging

I now have another blog here as part of my Artsbridge class, where I must write weekly reflections on how the teaching week went and whatnot, which will become more relevant after I begin teaching (mid February to early March). I will post everything that I post on that site here too, so you should only visit the link if you're interested in seeing how or what others are doing in the Artsbridge program (so far, only one other person has started their blogging).

1.17.2006

Sunrise

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I'm moving on. It's a new day. New age (too soon). New mentality. I'm seeking needed help and leaving behind the shit of my old existence. I am new, clean. Hello, Joyce Lin born anew. Clean your lens.

UCLA

surprisingly enough, this is my first time shooting Royce Hall of my own accord.
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