We teach them how to use some particular software for their work effectively.
I had no experience of teaching but I'm kinda good at management so I thought it would be easy peasy. But I was wrong.
"Kids are like pancakes. First one is always a throwaway." - Howard Wolowitz from The Big Bang Theory
Study to study
They look like they're just studying to study. There's no purpose.
Like many new tools today, the software I'm teaching is graphical and rational. It allows artists and designers to build a basic program (think Minecraft).
As I'm an artist, this is very exciting.
We had to ask professional programmers to make a tool to make things pretty, exactly like we want them to be. (Although artists and programmers speak different languages, if you know what I mean.) So in many cases, it becomes exhausting and sometimes ugly.
But nowadays, we can get such useful tools for free or at a very cheap price!
Yeah... maybe those programs artists make are not smart for programmers, but at least we can "show" them what we exactly want. It's important.
A long time ago, Mac was Macintosh and it was super expensive. But! It excited me because I knew that if I could get one, OMG, I would be able to make beautiful flyers like professional printing people do!
I think that's why we learn how to use those tools. That's the only reason why.
However, especially in my country, people study those technologies because it's the latest technology even though they're not scholars. They tweet or blog about a very specific function or the logic of the tool but don't show WHY, WHAT they need the technology FOR. And I find it weird.
I show my students how to make one fundamental system using a sample data. The sample is prepared by us so they can do it the same as me.
After that, I tell them to make a new system using the same logic. But they can't.
If I get it, I will be able to make XXX!
Unlike me, he is an expert teacher. I asked him some advice. I thought my students were not creative because I was not capable of their potential.
He said he didn't know if it was because of me or my students. But there is the fact that our (general) education system kills creativity.
Especially in Japan, the education system separates the arts and sciences. That's terrible.
There should be "design" as a bridge between arts and sciences. Because we study them separately, we can't learn how design works. That's why general Japanese people can't effectively "use" what they've learnt. You can't translate "information design" into a Japanese word, can you? Because there's no such concept in this country.
That's why people here can't manage their creativity and knowledge.
That made soooooo much sense to me.
Thank God I dropped out of school. I'm lazy about studying until WHAT I want to make and HOW to get there connect to each other. As result, I had to learn how to satisfy my creativity thus I learnt how to design information to create what I want.
- If I get it, I will be able to do that!
That's been the most exciting revelation about tools for me. And it motivates me.
Mr. Saturday calls it a "clayey sense".
Imagine you're your 6-year-old self. You're given a small pile of clay. This is what you think:
- OMG, I can make any shape with this clay thingy! What am I gonna make? What am I gonna make?
While you're playing with the clay, someone gives you several kinds of sculpting tools.
- OMFG! Now I can make it more detailed!
It's only a matter of time before you start wanting other tools.
That's the clayey sense.
I said my students were passive except one. This exceptive guy enjoys satisfying his clayey sense.
- Sensei! I made this and this using that logic you told us about!
- Sensei! The system I just made looks ugly. Is there any way to make it cooler looking?
Many people leave that feeling behind. That's why clayey senses are pure pleasure.