Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Summer assessment course

Per Dr. Kraus' visit tonight, your summer course will meet May 18-June 26 on Wednesday nights. 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Promising Practices Keynote

Here is a link to the keynote address from the Promising Practices conference held at RIC in November 2014.  Gabe referred to it tonight in our discussion...

Thanks for a fun night in class!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Final Projects for SED 561

All semester we have been reading about new ways to think, new ways to frame, new ways to reflect, new contexts to consider, new issues to contemplate in order to better approach our teaching as a reflective practice.  Lilia Bartolome (1999) suggests that in order to improve the teaching and learning in our classrooms, we need to get beyond the “methods fetish” and instead, “shift our perspective” to look to the social and cultural contexts in which we teach. She argues that

“…a necessary first step in reevaluating the failure or success of particular instructional methods used with subordinate students calls for a shift in perspective — a shift from a narrow and mechanistic view of instruction to one that is broader in scope and takes into consideration the sociohistorical and political dimension of education…” (176)

Per her charge, our course has taken a largely theoretical approach, pushing us to have conversations about how we see teaching, learning, our students and ourselves.

For the final project in SED 561, I want you to make theory into practice.

Your final assignment for this course has two parts:
    1)  PROJECT (see below)
    2)  PRESENTATION (6 minutes and 40 seconds in Pecha Kucha format, followed by 10 minutes of discussion — see resources in sidebar of this blog)

Create something new/revise something old.  (De)design a lesson, unit, or curricula of some kind that reflects the work we have done this semester.  You can use the Rethinking Schools website (or any other resources you find) for ideas if you want, or create something from scratch.  Be true to your content area, and design something that takes into account the issues of privilege, power and difference we have discussed this term. Or revisit something that you know you could do better now that you know what you know. 

Reimagine the WAY you plan, prep, organize, connect, evaluate, discipline, assess.  This option is about the HOW, rather than the WHAT.  Write up a new action plan that explains what you used to do, what you plan to do differently, and why drawing from our course texts and discussions.

Teach others about what we have learned.  Create a PD for colleagues that helps them take the things we have learned this semester into their own classrooms. Be specific and focused in this option — no one can learn everything in an hour so be selective and what the share and how.

Look inward.  Write about who you are as a teacher and how the things we have read this semester influence how you think about who you are and who you want to be as a teacher. Think of this as a Teaching Philosophy, or a Statement of Pedagogy.

Show me what you know.  Use any format you want to take our course material and make it real for you and your students.

In all of these options, I want you to be able to demonstrate the following: 
-->  Knowledge of and fluency in at least 4 of our course texts
-->  Self reflection (lots and lots of “I” voice)
-->  Connections to your day to day teaching life

You can demonstrate these core tenets of our course in a reflective writing piece that accompanies your project or in the text of the project itself.  Feel free to use multimedia options (powerpoint, video, blog, photographs, or other creative designs) as you pull together your ideas.  I really hope that you can find a way to approach this so that it does not feel like busy work for me, but instead is cumulative, reflective work for you to get something concrete out of this seminar.  Make it real for you.

Email me with questions, ideas, or wonderings...  :)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Community Addendum

Read this tonight after our discussion about community...  worth the 2 minutes it will take to read it.

Heart warming.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Identity Addendum

In reflecting on the videos that Brittany brought to us last week (I used Daniel Beaty in my YDEV class on Thursday, btw!), I just wanted to share two others short video clips on identity that I have recently discovered.  More food for thought...

What Kind of Asian Are You? 

Kai Davis, F--- I Look Like

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Virtual check in... Weather Metaphor

I had a blustery morning...  Wednesday are always a bit windy as I get a little time at home with Micah and don't leave the house until 10.  Rarely, but occasionally -- today, for example -- that fun Mama-Micah time ends with a small, but powerful rainstorm as a two year old unhinges himself from his favorite plaything and watches her drive off to work.  It took a while for the clouds to clear my head as I came into work.  But my ALLIED class from 12-2 was bright light through the clouds as we shared very intimate conversations about identity.  Looking forward to finishing he day here with all of you...

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Danger of Silence

Hi folks,

Per our conversation(s), I thought you would appreciate this short TED talk from an amazing teacher/poet, Clint Smith.  Worth your 4 minutes and 22 seconds.

Have a good week!

See you Wednesday...

LB :)