Thursday, April 22, 2010

Shor Reading

Hi Folks,

The Ira Shor reading for this week IS in fact on my electronic reserves page (sorry we doubted you, Nate!). But a cleaner copy is listed under the instructor name: AUGUST.

Either one will work.

See you Monday!!

LB :)

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Jean Anyon Article

Next week we will be talking about issues related to social class and schooling. You will read Jean Anyon's classic article, "Social Class and the Hidden Curriculum of Work" and a short piece by Jeannie Oakes.

As always, please make sure you have the text with you in class. We will be working with both and you must have them for reference in our conversations.

See you on Monday!

LB ::)

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Group Meetings on Monday

Hey folks,

Sorry we missed our class last Thursday. Hope you are all safe and dry and that your families didn't sustain too much flooding!!

We will not be meeting tomorrow, Monday, so that you can have a chance to meet with your project groups. I hope you are able to connect and find some time to meet and brainstorm your practice-theory connections!

See you on Thursday, when we will be working on issues around Gender and Education. Per the syllabus, spend about one hour online researching Gender and Education. What key issues exist in 2009 around equity for boys and girls in schools? Post data, pictures, links and other information that would teach your peers about this issue.

Hope you enjoyed the beautiful weekend. See you Thursday!

LB :)

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Readings for Monday 3/29

Hi folks,

The readings for this week are not exactly readings, but things to check out online. This week marks a shift in the syllabus. Up until this point, we have been reading about broad theories about diversity and difference:

Be the Change
Culture of Power
Normalizing Community
Public Identity v. Private Identity
White Privilege

Now we are going to start to look at historical moments where these topics came into view in our schools. Our topic this week is about Brown vs. Board of Education (1954). You have THREE tasks for this week:

1) I want you to explore this website to give you some background on Brown v. Board of Education.

2) Then I want you to watch these two videos that highlight the work of Tim Wise, author of "Between Barack and a Hard Place"

3) Now blog about it.
What is the relationship between the historical issues you see in the website on Brown v. Board of Education and the contemporary issues of race that Tim Wise raises here.

Leave comments if you have any questions...

Monday, March 8, 2010

Notes from Christensen

These are the issues you brought up in class today. We will continue talking about them on Thursday. Nice work today!!

  • Censorship vs. education
  • You are ruining my pleasure
  • Subliminal message vs. secret education
  • All stories teach lessons (stereotypes?)
  • Repetition of themes and ideas
  • It’s all about the $$

Christensen's main argument:

Sunday, February 28, 2010

gayness and schooling

As you read Carlson this week, I think you will find that there are many themes that resonate with our course. He talks about silence, absence and erasure: all concepts we have seem in Delpit, McIntosh, Kozol and Rodriguez. Try to find the links as you write your blog.

Also, If you are interested in more background on the topic of LGBTQ issues in school, check out GLSEN, a fabulous resources for educators, parents and students alike.

See you Monday!

LB :)

Monday, February 15, 2010

TESTING 1, 2, 3

To put up a link you just do this...

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Welcome to FNED 346!

Welcome to this FNED 346 blogging adventure!

Sometime before February 15, 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 me 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 someday.

To start your own blog, you will go to:

The big orange box 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 account. 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. (Mine is called "FNED 346 — Spring 2010")

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. (You can only do this if you are logged in to your blog.)
  • 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 :)