October 8th, 2006
|voyager640||09:15 pm - critical pedagogy community|
I've created a community for discussion of critical pedagogy -- crit_ped.
July 4th, 2006
|tomface||10:50 am - Books about teaching?|
Hello, I'm an American Studies grad student at Brown University. I'm T.A.-ing for the first time in the fall, and I'm wondering if anyone could recommend books, articles, websites, resources, etc. that have tips for first-time teachers? I'm looking especially for practical advice but I'll be interested in anything about teaching that people here find useful and valuable. Thank you!
February 23rd, 2006
|glazed_glitter||12:07 pm - help with a student|
this is my first time posting here. and i'm looking for some advise about how to deal with a particular student. i teach freshman composition with a focus on critical readings of pop culture. i have one student who's made it his goal this quarter to convince me that westerns aren't racist (one reason he gave is that the romanticize native americans. sigh.) and that they reinforce the great values of justice and freedom that the US is founded on. i've tried many times to indicate that reality of these foundational values only make sense through a privileged white male perspective, but the more i focus on this the more he tries to prove me wrong. any ideas about how to approach this? i'm concerned about his upcoming paper about john wayne and what a great "american" he was and how he inspired patriotism etc. what i don't want is for this kid to come away from class thinking that i have some agenda that i'm penalizing him for not buying into. but i'm also unwilling to back down in my critique of his analysis. has anyone had to deal with this before and had some level of success with the student? anything would be helpful.
October 10th, 2005
In response to the continued interest and support of NYCoRE's "An
Unnatural Disaster: A Critical Guide for Addressing the Aftermath of
Hurricane Katrina in the Classroom"
NYCoRE has set up a blog to continue supporting dialogue between
educators and other interested community members.
If you have lessons, ideas, or comments that you would like to
contribute you can become a member of our blog. NYCoRE hopes that this
space will give educators and concerned citizens an opportunity to
continue having access to important resources as they address these
issues with students and young people.
Find the blog at this URL:http://nycore-katrina.blogspot.com/
New York Collective of Radical Educators
August 15th, 2005
|ex_requiella957||06:57 pm - Safe Zone?|
Our institution is doing something new this semester called Safe Zone. Is anyone else familiar with this? If so, how has it worked for your institution? I'm on the planning committee for this, and any experiences people have would be helpful.
May 2nd, 2005
Because I'm thinking about doing a group blog for my politics of fashion seminar in the fall, I wanted to post here an interesting, and detailed, experiment in classroom blogging for a rhetoric course, complete with an opaque (as jactitation likes to say!) pedagogical rationale and Clancy's weekly prompts.
Clancy writes, "In other words, I wanted the weblog to serve one of my central pedagogical objectives, namely to facilitate a close community ethos in the classroom, and I wanted the weblog to be a place to apply and synthesize the rhetorical principles we were discussing in class (ethos, pathos, logos, informal fallacies, etc.)." Also, the idea of a group blog seems to offer another avenue of participation for shy ones, and that might eventually strengthen or encourage them to be more confident in the classroom.
Bitch PhD. and her commentators share some ideas for inspiring good discussions and student participation, including such literal and material props as stickies, Nerf balls, bean bags, fishbowls, note cards, and i-Zone cameras.
March 31st, 2005
A question for folks, particularly those who teach at college level:
How do you deal with accusations that a text is inherently worthless because the author's style is difficult to read and/or they deal with abstract-sounding ideas? My roommate is reading Judith Butler (how many of you guessed that I was talking about her?) as part of her research for her women's studies paper on ideas of binary gender and their intersection with feminism. She was reading it to her parents last night, and they got genuinely pissed off at Butler's language, saying that if she can't speak to "the masses" then her ideas aren't worth knowing.
Now, I am not a huge fan of Butler's style - I find it be very dense and difficult to follow, and I usually have to read a paragraph two or three times before I feel like I understand it. But I think the woman does have some good ideas, obfuscation-happy though she may be, and dismissing them simply because her writing is "too abstract" seems pretty foolish.
(I'd elaborate more on this but I'm in the process of writing a big history paper and my brain is mush.)
March 30th, 2005
March 29th, 2005
|redrider||10:41 am - universal design for learning (or alternatives)?|
hello, fellow rad pedagogues,
i'm in the process of trying to track down resources on universal design for learning (udl) teaching strategies, or other info on teaching in a way that accommodates students with impairments/disabilities in the context of the class session. one of my students this quarter is deaf, and i'm trying to implement some new modes of classroom activity.
so far, i've found two useful sites I thought I'd share:
Info on udl from an Ohio State partnership grant: http://telr.osu.edu/dpg/fastfact/undesign.html
Teaching Every Student: http://www.cast.org/teachingeverystudent/
anyone know of other good resources?