Day 25 (of 185) on masks and clowns

Day 25 (of 185) on masks and clowns

This is the year of the “clown”. But not in a fun way…almost into a Pennywise (from Stephen Kings Book, not the movie, It) way of acting. Reports surfaced around the continent of some ‘creepiness’ and more recently spread into threats, including having schools use lockdown procedures: http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/news/local-news/lockdown-lifted-at-high-schools-1.2360694

Even Ronald McDonald is taking a step back : http://time.com/4526884/ronald-mcdonald-clown-craze/

But why clowns? There can be many reasons – many circulating around the same methodology connected to “online trolls” a there is safety in anonymity – and masking can be a useful tool. And with “clowns” there is an extra layer of “protection”. Another layer of anonymity and uncertainty – and unpredictability. If the intent is to bring laughter but the reaction is tears/fears…which is more significant, the intention or the interpretation?

Because it can be hard making public statements. Worrying that you are the only one….especially on topics connected to big changes (ie textbooks vs none, exam weeks vs showcases of learning vs ???) eportfolios vs report cards has led me into some interesting pedagogical discussions! And it would’ve been easier to hide behind an avatar. Instead I’ve been trying to take (most of) my masks off…though costumes remain important; and how we present ourselves can make a difference….and choosing an outfit that is identified as a common fear http://www.selfhelpcollective.com/most-common-fears.html there is a reason….but….what and why remain open for interpretation. And makes me mindful of the costumes I wear…

Reminds me of a blog from last year on “masks” https://technolandy.wordpress.com/2014/10/31/day-43-of-188-day-of-masks-bcedbloggers/

More specifically, during a library block today we were discussing ties vs bow ties and one boy shared “I’ve been watching and Mr Landy hasn’t worn the same one twice”. He’s correct. But “why?” is the question I like to leave lingering….because there is an established positive relationship….not anonymity, and I am mindful that my shirt and tie will illicit different responses than my #bluefriday jersey. 
I’m nervously interested to see where this current trend goes next. http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/10/health/history-of-clown-hoaxes/index.html

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Educator in BCs Sunny Shuswap Pushing 'technologization' in education: blending technology and curriculum seamlessly. Advocate for better understanding of Anxiety in Education (and use of self-regulation) Utilizing ePortfolios & Descriptive Feedback
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