Sunday, August 23, 2020

Lessons from 2020

You are not over... yet,

but your cumulative impact continues to throb.

I was incredulous when I first embarked on this journey.

Not wincing even once, at what was about to come.

Your power refusing to abate.

Feeling the world moves on ... and so would I.

Making me feel blase' about your affliction.

 I (confidently speaking, also the entire world) wants to say goodbye to you.

But, you are robust as Elon Musk's Space economy. 

Only, promising to erupt my past habits and life.

Augmenting my life by teaching me painstaking lessons, 

each month you give me a panorama of a new truth.

You are ardent about change.

I cannot wrangle with you anymore '2020',

COVID, Loss of Loved One, Natural Disaster, Human Injustice, Political Disaster.

I marvel your power to vie for the most important chapter in World History Books.

Life is like a delicate flower.

I am mortal, chasing my dreams with an expiry date tag.

Lessons are hard to learn,

I question my goal-oriented (the Indian in me) nature. 

You make me look small and weak. 

As I stand unarmored in the rubble of my ego.

Repeatedly teaching and reminding me to learn these hard lessons:

~ Experiences and love for people over results and anger.

~Simplicity over possessions (5 dresses are enough, Nupur), positions, or the number of followers/likes on my social media.

~I was born with nothing and I will die with nothing. So, whatever more you bring 2020, it will be a profit. Feeling richer over feeling lack.

And, that's how I want to try to remember you- 2020! 

"We all came in on different ships, but we're all in the same boat now.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Pandemic Perception

On May 21st, I got a text from a friend asking how I am doing.  It was late at night, I was ending another day behind me. I can't tell you my exact response,  let's just say it was not so happy or positive. Thinking everything is great, my friend send me this response, "You are posting such cheerful tweets." This was the tweet I posted the same day.

The whole night I spend pondering and reflecting on my friend's response. The next morning, I poured everything out in this poem titled:  Knock Knock.

This is a very good friend of mine and my post doesn't tell the reality. It is like living in the murky world of social media.  Creating a deception of what a person is really going through. I know there are others who hide under their shell. In the day time they give grace, express gratitude and smile, but cry under the covers at night. I am not going through something terrible or tough. There are far bigger problems and this is nothing compared to that. However, the only thing constant is the roller coaster of feelings, since March 14 when life got a big jolt. Shelter in place was tough enough to deal with. On April 24th, I had a bike accident, landed in the ER. Exactly a week later, I was showing symptoms of COVID, took me again to the hospital for COVID testing. Two days I was quarantined at home until the results came. A friend of mine is fighting COVID for the last 9 weeks. All of this and the daily challenges, to be an educator, parent, and teach your special kid all at the same time and do this non-stop! To add to this mix, anxiety about my family abroad and missing the human connection. 

If it was not for my friend's text, I wouldn't be sharing my incomplete half-told story. Don't we all have our incomplete half-told stories? 

Picture Credits: 
First door picture by Ashwini Chaudary from India
Second, being numb to emotions picture by Sydney Sims from USA
Third open door picture by Denny Müller from Germany

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Teach by GIF (ing) BITMOJI

I posted my Coordinate Math lesson using GIF on Twitter and several teachers have asked me to share my lesson template. Besides just sharing my lesson template, I thought I will also show you how you can create a GIF using Bitmoji. So, you can create your own and have fun with it!

Here we go, first, how do we GIF a Bitmoji instruction. I am showing how to create it step by step. If you already know how to and all you want is my lesson. Scroll all the way down to find my lesson template on Coordinate Plane.

Here is the list of fun ingredients that you will need to create GIF using Bitmoji like that ⬆️
1) Google Slides
2) Chrome extensions- Bitmoji- add this extension to your chrome browser you will find it the chrome w
3) Chrome Add-on- Creative Studio
4) Most importantly an idea on how you want your Bitmoji to travel in your Gif 😀

Step 1: Open google slide. This is your first slide. Pick a background where you want your Bitomji to move around. Here is what I picked for my lesson idea. Add this image to your slide as a background. Make sure it covers the entire slide. This is how it will look when you add it as a background

Step 2: Duplicate the above slide. This is your second slide. On the second slide you will be adding your Bitmoji. Once you have installed the Bitomji extensions which you will find in the Chrome Web Store. You will see the Bitmoji extension on your browser, it looks like this the smiley green face :) 

Pick a Bitmoji to add to the above slide with a background. Place it wherever you want it to on this second slide where you want it to start moving. I wanted my Bitmoji to start at (0,0) coordinates. I placed it there.

Step 3:  This is your third slide. On your third slide, add the same Bitmoji but move it to the place you would like to move next. I wanted my Bitmoji to move to the first quadrant. I placed her there. It looks like this

Follow Step 3 to keep adding your Bitmoji to the next few slide, wherever you want it to travel next. You only add ONE Bitmoji to different slides but you keep changing its spot. Here is the visual ⬇️ to show the difference between each slide

Step 4: Your sequence is complete when you are done moving the Bitmoji to its final spot in your last slide. Now it is time to see the magic happen with this add-on ⬇️
Add this add-on to your google slide.

Once you have the add-on. Hit the open button under Creator Studio.

The creator studio will open up on, select the time interval between the slide (max is 4 sec). Select the animate GIF option and hit the GO button. 
Voila! Magic happened and you created  GIF  using your Bitmoji.  It can be found in your google drive. All GIF created using Creator Studio are saved in the Creator Studio folder. 

Finally, here is my GIF(ing) Bitmoji Coordinate lesson template. You can make a copy of my template. Now, all you have to do is change it to your Bitmoji. I am working on other templates and, I will create another blog post for that. I hope this helps you.