Normally, I would have tried to have this blog posted much earlier in the week, but I feel like I have delayed my writing for a good reason. When I first read the assignment description for the Individual Learning Project, I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do. At first, I wanted it to be something that would be significant and something that would make me a better teacher and person. But as I continued to think about what I really wanted to learn, I began to look at all of the other homework I have from my combined other classes and decided that I didn’t want my project to be anything that felt like I was actually doing homework. I wanted to be able to devote the set number of hours each week to something that would serve as a sort of mid-week stress reliever rather than an all day, every day stressor. For these reasons, I have chosen to learn anything and everything about decorating cakes and cookies for my semester long Individual Learning Project.
I’m not sure if anyone else has had this same experience, but whenever I am on social media and scroll down my feed to one of those seemingly easy cookie or cake decorating videos, I am completely mesmerized. No matter how long that video is, I have to watch it from start to finish. To me, there is something so cool about this creative mix of art and food. Both of these are things that I love and I believe they will make for a great ILP.
Although I am not yet sure of the order, I plan to explore many different areas of the entire cookie and cake decorating spectrum. This might include various kinds of frosting and icing as well as how to make them, all of the tools and appliances needed in order to make these creations, different kinds of designs and techniques, and of course all of the holiday themed decorations.
Along the way, I plan to document my experiences and share pictures and descriptions of what I am learning. At the very end of my project, I hope to know enough to be able to share some of my new knowledge in the form of tips and how-to’s with the rest of the class. While this doesn’t directly relate to my life as a future teacher, I think this will be a fun and useful skill to have for the future and I am extremely excited to get started!!