Monday, June 22, 2009

Advice on the Powerpoint

Here are some tips to creating your "Hansel and Gretel" path to your presentation. Remember that this is YOUR presentation to create to teach us about your project:
  • Title
  • Intro to the Project
  • Synopses
  • Discussion questions/Themes of discussion
(planned vs. what happened)
  • Talk about transcription
(pick a clip, handout, read text, talk it through)
  • Reflections on what you learned
(what you discovered about self or interviewee, where to go from here)

Be creative!!! Have fun!!! Teach us!!!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Shor Reading

Please read pages 11-26 and 31-37 of the Shor chapters. In the first chapter, note his stance on the role of politics in education and the importance of participation. In the second chapter, you will see reference to Freire, a theorist who was referenced in the Finn article.

Given the imminence of your presentations, you will not need to blog on this article. Instead, jot notes in the margins; mark up the text.

See you in class!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Wednesday, June 16th--Meeting Place

Given the number of people who indicated that they would bring their own laptops and the availability of the in-class computer, Gerri's laptop, and Lesley's laptop, we will meet in HBS 214. (That way, we can enjoy our snacks and spread out with our work.)

See you tomorrow!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Tips for reading Carlson:

Read the first two sections carefully. Carlson introduces his concept of the "normalizing community" and goes on to discussof the reconstruction of the notion of community and the three techniques of normalization that are exerted "to keep gayness in its place." Feel free to skim/skip the next two sections. We will be spending quite a bit of time on the last section. In it, Carlson outlines 5 components of democratic, multicultural education. We will share our understandings of these characteristics with one another in class.


Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Delpit and the Culture of Pwer

In Delpit's piece, she talks mostly about PEDAGOGY, though she is also concerned about the content that students get at school. As Ashley said in class, it is almost like Delpit thinks teachers need to explicitly teach the basic skills (content), so that they can become more engaged in the higher level work in the class. But teachers have to do this in ways that are mindful of the culture of power.

We also talked about the elements of culture that impact the teaching and learning that go on in classrooms. This is the list we came up with of elements that make up a culture.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Recap on Johnson

Just a few highlights from our discussion on Johnson:
  • Equal vs. Equitable
  • Cultural myth of fearing the unfamilar -- we are actually curious by nature but we are taught to fear the other.
  • Once we have the words, we can start to make the change
  • Privilege is something that is unearned and un-asked-for
  • "the luxury of obliviousness"

Click here to see more on Allan Johnson's website.

And if you are interested in seeing some of the "answers" that Johnson offers, check out the second Johnson article on electronic reserves, "What We Can Do"