Filming: for Education and Play
I clearly remember memorizing my multiplication tables.
There were tears – many, many tears. I counted on my hands a lot, though my teachers advised against it. Instead, I’d slip my hands under the desk to calculate or visualize my fingers in my head like most visual/kinesthetic kids.
My hero of that time was a girl named Whitney. She taught me how to use my hands quicker when multiplying my worse enemy – the number 9. She gave me a visual multiplication tool. I can’t explain it with words, but my mother can (and did) on her blog.
Video is my learning gadget of choice. When I seek to learn a new skill, my search begins on YouTube. What I can’t find there, I find on Google and pray there are AT LEAST photos if not footage. I explain things similarly, expressing with my hands or role playing. I will send a friend a video or a photo with briefly typed instructions to present an explanation.
This feeds into my play too. Despite my age, I would pick a picture book over a novel any day. Old VOGUE magazines and art books are my top picks at the college library. There are times I stare at people and events, imagining how I would film them. Occasionally, I carry my phone set on record angled down at my feet – watching myself walk and creating a story context in my mind.
So now, I wonder what I could assemble if I did something with the productions of my “play”. I have endless visions logged into journals – they just haven’t had the chance to be put to use.
Take-Away Challenge: create a short film before my birthday.