Friday, 15 November 2013

Is Your Red the Same as My Red?

Today (15/11/13) I had a Digital Literacy session on the concept of Perception. I was wary as to what this session would bring. 

What would you say Perception is? Is it the way we view something in our eyes or is it to do with our viewpoint on a certain topic?

Did you come up with any of these? Perception is all of these depending on the situation in hand. 

Steve Wheeler placed a ball under a glass and told us to move it from one table to the other. Easy task. Pick it up and move it. However, the rules stated that we had to only touch the glass and the glass must still be upside down. I had already seen this trick a few years back but the rest of the group hadn't. Everyone had the same look of confusion. One of my classmates came up with the idea of spinning the glass so the ball span inside and moved it like that. It was interesting to see how she looked at the glass and imagined how she would move the ball across to the other table. 

Carrying on with the lesson we got told to draw 9 dots on our pages just like this: 
We then had 4 lines and had to connect all the dots. But yet again, we were given more rules. 
1) Can't take the pen off the paper
2) 4 lines only
3) Can't go back over the lines
4) Can cross through lines
5) Must cover all the dots. 

Looking around the room everyone seemed stumped trying to connect all the dots together. I could feel myself getting more and more frustrated with this task as at first glance I thought it would be rather simple. Steve decided to show us on the board exactly how to do it and this is the result.

The whole class "ahh'd" at this. When we looked at the nine dots we all saw a square and attempted to draw that. That was our perception of what we were seeing on the paper in front of us. We made up our own rules. Not once did Steve saw "you can't go outside of the dots" or "it must be a square" but as soon as we saw the dots form a square shape we all thought that's how it must be joined. 
When looking on this website "http://www.clevelandconsultinggroup.com/articles/gestalt-principals.php" I found the following quote: 

"Although individuals are capable of holding in mind two different or opposing patterns, one or the other will dominate depending on the environment or context (Brytting & Trollestad, 2000, p. 70)".

This made me think about what I had done whilst trying this task. As I was looking at the nine dots I only saw the obvious square pattern as my mind fixated on this shape, along with everyone else. However once the triangle had been drawn on I can now see that this shape holds more than just the simple square. It can be rotated to become a diamond also for example. This has given me a lot to think about as it is now allowing me to see more than what I already do. 

I spoke to a few people tonight about Perception and how we perceive the world and someone told me about this theory that he had heard elsewhere. This really made my head spin. 

Think of the colour red. Are you thinking of it? Good. Describe it. Can you? It's not that simple is it? Try looking online for a definition. It simply states where it is on the colour spectrum and words that relate such as "fiery" or synonyms.  

This is from a man on YouTube under the name of "Vsauce" with a video labelled "Is Your Red the Same as My Red?" He describes colour as an "illusion". He then continues on to explain that "colour is created inside our heads". How do we not know that our perception of colour is completely different to each other? We can't jump inside another person to see - we simply agree a colour is blue or green or yellow. But when I see a yellow banana you may be seeing what I see as green, but you classify it as yellow. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evQsOFQju08

Even as I am writing this I feel very confused. So I shall leave you with that thought. Do I see something completely different to you just because of how I perceive it? Or do you see the same? 

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Coaching Tag Rugby.

On the 9th May myself and two other Plymouth University students helped out at Ridgeway School. The primary schools in the local area are all in practice for a Tag Rugby event at Marjons. The purpose of the session at Ridgeway was to give the children more coaching and preparation for the big event.

The purpose of myself and the two other students was to be referees to the game. We were told to not be 100% strict on the rules but to give them the experience of playing the game and to learn from their mistakes before the big event.

When arriving at the school at 3pm the sky was grey and rain was begin to come down. Not great conditions to play Tag Rugby. After meeting Claire and a few more introductions we braced the cold weather to set the pitch up. Using cones we created two pitches for the games with colours indicating specific areas of the pitch. The red cones separated the two pitches and as Claire said the children are being taught to know that the colour red means stop. Yellow cones were placed down the sides of the pitch to represent the sidelines which the children could not pass over. White cones indicated the try line which they were obviously aiming for.

As the children arrived moans and groans arrived with them. "It's cold!" "I don't want to go out in the rain!" and so on. Despite this the children put on rain coats and headed outside for the warm ups. We three students made them run, jog, skip their way up and down one pitch and then back to the beginning for stretches. There were 5 schools in total so there was a small part of the field dedicated to skill building and practising which is where I was placed.

In the skill building myself and a year 11 on DofE work led the children into ball throwing activities and running. (The running mainly to keep them warm as most of them were shivering!!) It seemed that the ball throwing is what let them down as some seemed to struggle with the throwing and catching element of the game.

4pm hit and the rain was still pouring down but the children still shivered and shaked their way through games and skill building. At 5.10 the games were all complete and the afternoon was over. Once they were told it was the end they all sped their way indoors for the luxurious heat and warmth.

I absolutely loved doing this event today, despite the horrid weather, and am very thankful that I had the opportunity to do it. I will definitely consider doing something like this again!!

Friday, 22 February 2013

Alfie Boe Performance

I can't stop listening to Alfie Boe music at the moment so I wanted to write a little something about it in the hope of inspiring other people to start listening to Alfie.
Where do I even begin?
His voice is one of a kind; it is the most relaxing yet powerful voices of all time in my opinion.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GedLhCzizH4

He can sing pretty much anything.
I love every single song Alfie has ever performed. I can sit and listen to his music all day long. He has one of those voices that is simple entrancing; the type of voice where you just sit and listen - you don't need to watch him perform you can just sit and listen to the beauty and perfection of his voice.
Saying that, when he performs it is just that much better. I went to see him in Les Miserables and the week before he had a knee injury. I felt like my life was over. My mum had spent so much money on getting seats a few rows from the front just to be able to see him properly and then he says he's ill!! I was not having that haha. I made sure that I tweeted him and wished him well. I just wanted to hear that perfect voice on stage. The day of the performance arrived and it said on the voice over that Alfie was indeed performing. I burst into tears straight away. I was so excited. The opening number came on and I could see him as soon as he came on stage. It was incredible. I cried the whole way through.
As soon as "Bring Him Home" came on I couldn't wait. The introduction came on and I had goosebumps all over my arms. I couldn't wait. Then he started singing. The whole room was silent; you could hear a penny drop. The way he sung was so amazing because he looked like he was putting such little effort into the power of his voice but what came out was phenomenal. It was so powerful and full of heart and soul. You could tell he was really feeling what he was feeling.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jM1oorWikpM

This song was played at my grandad's funeral and since then it has meant a lot to me. I can't not listen to it. I never go a day without listening to it. It is actually incredible.

Apart from the singing Alfie is such a nice person. When I met him at Bluewater for his book signing I jumped straight in front of him and starting blurting out a load of rubbish. I was meeting the man that is my idol; I couldn't contain my excitement. When he asked if I wanted a hug I almost cried. I couldn't believe it. Thinking about it now I am getting so tearful. It was the best day of my life. Meeting him was incredible and I am going to do everything I possibly can to meet him again, it was the best day of my life and I will never forget it.





I really insist you listen to his music. It's lovely when music touches you in the way his music touches me. Music is important in life. Never forget. No matter if you love singing and aren't good at it - show it off. Be happy to sing. If you enjoy it; so what?! Hence why I made these two songs on youtube, I love singing and gonna show it off, even though I'm not the best!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BNg1dc_xb0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzyGXF-4Y50