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"

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

A Blog Post on the IAT

In response to the IAT you took today in class, please consider the following questions:

1. What was this experience like for you?

2. What is the IAT designed to test?

3. How did the Dateline video reshape or influence your feelings about the IAT experience?

See you in class on Wednesday!

LB and GA

Monday, May 18, 2009

Welcome to FNED 502!

Welcome to this FNED 502 blogging adventure! Tonight, you will set up your own blog to use this semester for all of your Talking Points assignments, and to keep track of your thoughts about any of the issues we cover.

A blog is your very own, personal online journal. It is public, in that I and your classmates can read it and comment on it, but it is your space and you can control most everything about it. (If you want to make it private so that *only* members of this class can read it, I can show you how to do so).

In the context of this course, your blog has two purposes:

1) Your blog will provide a space for you to keep all of your Talking Points assignments over the course of our semester together. You will not hand in written assignments to us each week; rather you will post them on your blog. In this sense, your blog is merely your assignment notebook that you will use as you read and prepare for class each week. You will also be posting any additional thoughts you have: responses to class discussion, after thoughts, things you forgot to say in class, relevant experiences you have, etc.

2) Creating your own blog will also introduce you to the blogisphere if you don't know this place already. I hope that you will discover creative educational uses for this online medium. You will see how easy it is to use, and perhaps it will inspire you to bring blogs into your own classroom.

To start your own blog, you will go to:

The big orange button at the top right of the page will direct you to creating your own blog on a site called Follow the instructions to open up a free GOOGLE account. (If you already have a google account, you can merely sign in at the top of the page.) You can use any email account you use on a regular basis — this will be your username.

Don't forget your Username and Password!! You will need them to login everytime.

As you fill in the info, you will be asked to name your blog. This title will appear at the top of your blog. (Our class blog is called "FNED 502 — Summer 2009")

Then, you need to choose an address:

This will be the web address associated with your site. you can call it anything you like. Be clever or simple (or both) -- it is up to you.

You will also need to choose a design template for your blog. Look through the options listed and see what appeals to you. You can change this later and can even find fun, creative templates at sites like PYZAM.

Once you have the account set up, you can start posting. A “posting” is an entry on your blog. (For clarification, you have one blog, but many postings). Give the post a title and then compose as you would any journal entry. When you are finished, hit the button at the bottom that says Publish Post. It will not appear on your blog until you publish it. You can always go back and edit old posts and create new ones.

Your First Post:
Your first post should be a short introduction to you: who are you, how your semester is going so far, what do you do when you are not in class, etc. (Just a short paragraph — no big deal). You will post the rest of the entries as they are due (see course syllabus for dates), or whenever you have something to say!

When you are done creating your site and posting your first entry, please come back to this blog and post a comment at the end of my first posting (scroll down) that includes your blog address so that I can post it in the link list to the right.

Some Tips and Helpful Hints:
  • Once you are in your blog, look at the top right corner of the screen. If you click on the word CUSTOMIZE, you will be able to make design changes, create new posts, edit old posts, etc.
  • Once you are in the CUSTOMIZE screen, you can do all kinds of things to make your blog a bit more interesting. Change your fonts and colors, edit a post, change your settings. See the tabs at the top of the screen for all kinds of options.
  • Poke around online and make a list of websites related to education, diversity, social justice or anything else relevant and post them on your blog. You can add all kinds of things by ADDING A GADGET from your LAYOUT tab.
  • Just do the best you can with this. If you get stuck, don't fret... I am happy to help you anytime as you work on getting this started. Send me an email, come see me in office hours, or grab me after class. And remember: you can't break it. It is just a blog. Everything can be changed if need be!
Good luck!!

LB and GA :)