Monday, November 27, 2006

What I learned from data today

I learned how I could put my data into my paper and tie it all together with my question, very helpful, lovely class

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Data Plan for Ethnography Paper

SO, I want to explore the effects of media and technology on students and the way they learn and then utilize technology and media to teach to them in a more effective way. I plan on using journals I have found on English Journal, Cindy has hooked me up with a teacher who is doing a similar moodle type class. Also, I want to use some interviews from my sibling who is a freshmen in High School at a "Technology School." Hopefully, this will be enough information to support my thesis.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Thoughts on Annotated Bibliography

I found a lot of journals and articles that really tied into my question and got me thinking about it in many different ways. For example, some articles used popular cultureas a way to cite and paraphrase in research papers, a thought I never had. Also, each article examined it in diffrent ways, some were just an analysis of effects of media on students, others used hip-hop as a way to teach poetry, others used media to examine cultures. I guess the gap I'm seeing in all of these is that they only examine or use one aspect in one specific example. I think it would be interesting to see what would happen if all examples were modified in a kind of using popular culture to teach all english aspects. One big bridge of education sort to speak. A bridge that would parallel the entire class in ways to navigate, relate, and take full advantage of this huge influence we call popular culture. Students are so exposed to it each and every day that it is a huge part of their life and if there was a way for educators to tap into that huge influence to help the education process along, just imagine the possibilities. I mean the students are exposed to these medias, they clearly love it, use it to help them love education.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Thoughts on Language in an Urban Classroom

I feel the one thing that I was really left with this article was not only something we can try to teach as future educators but what we need to do as human beings. The main thing I'm left with after reading all these language articles is that every single person needs to get out of their comfortable bubble and start experiencing. These language barriers wouldn't be as big of a problem if as human-beings we leave our shit at the door and start listening to each other and really start to appreciate each and every person. To see the good of what each culture brings to the table, learn about it as we teach them about ourselves. Making these bridges instead of creating a world of uniformity. There is never any right way, every one has their own and it's smart, beautiful and special in it's way. If, as people, we see this, the good and uniqueness of each person, there would be no need for standard english. We could communicate as people where being "proper" means nothing. Just my thoughts. But this is an idealist talking, I hope it will happen but the realist inside me is skeptical.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Book-Club, hopefully you see this today!!

My car broke down and I had to have it towed today, I'm sitting in the auto-shop right now on their computer, I thought I was going to make it to class, but it looks like my ride is failing me. I wanted to email my book-club stuff so I could still participate . Thanks!
Traci
These three commandments he carried on the tradition of teaching the reader how to teach essentially. However, I feel like his examples are becoming more vibrant and pertaining to the material he is trying to teach more than usual. My favorite example was his training wheels and then he went onto discuss structure, but he continued using many examples like cell structure, for the science buffs, a personal stroy to the humane part of us and buildings and libraries. What I'm trying to say is his examples say something to every person because he uses so many. By using so many examples and stories to convey a point he is ulitmately speaking in avery unique way to each and every student. I really thought this was ingenius as a teaching method and it also appeals to my frequent ramblings. Also, atthe start of commandment 4 he uses a very unconventional ad hilarious way to exaplin the importance of punctuation. It made so much sense and was funny. I really wish I had a teacher in high school like him. I might've actually enjoyed school a little more! Basically, love the book, his teaching methods and the way he throws it down, absolutely brilliant!

Thoughts on Class-mates postings

I really think the postings of classmates has helped me fine-tune my question. I think it is very helpful and important to have another person look at what you're thinking and give their perspective, it gives you a fresh look at something you've poured a lot of thought into and lets you go into a whole different direction. This constantly evolves your question and thoughts into a final realization about education, or maybe keeps you asking questions. Either way it gets you to put some serious thought into your education career.

Thoughts on Class-mates postings

I really think the postings of classmates has helped me fine-tune my question. I think it is very helpful and important to have another person look at what you're thinking and give their perspective, it gives you a fresh look at something you've poured a lot of thought into and lets you go into a whole different direction. This constantly evolves your question and thoughts into a final realization about education, or maybe keeps you asking questions. Either way it gets you to put some serious thought into your education career.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Thoughts on the Code-switching article

I really did enjoy this article, I liked his technique of code-switching, a time and a place for the dialects they grew up with and a time and a place to be formal. However, I was thinking as teachers we have to be careful when teaching this message, we don't want to send the wrong signal. Students shouldn't feel like they need to be an outsider from their home-lives at school. I wonder in certain circumstances that this method of code-switching may create walls instead of bridges. As educators it is our responsiblity to ensure that even if our intentions may be good that it doesn't go the complete opposite direction.

Ideas on Questions

So, basically my mind is going a mile minute. I was thinking about using technology in the classrooms and the impact that has had on our education system. Also, I was interested in censorship which kind of ties into technology. Students today have to be taught to think like editors, always critiqing, questioning, and analyzing what they are reading online. This is a whole new revolution in education. On the other hand I'd liked to talk about dialects in the classroom and the use of pop-culture to bridge those dialect gaps. Pop culture is like a universal language everyone knows something about it and everyone can relate to it in some way, shape or form. hmmm. These are all things to think about.

Thoughts on Edutopia Article

That article really got me thinking. I don't think I realized technology has come this far. I'm very new to the whole-blogging thing and I guess I never sat down to really think about it. I mean, as a child I really didn't have access to the intenet and didn't have to be aware of it until a time when I could "think like an editor." Technology is changing and it is also forcing today's learner to evolve with it, constantly questioning, being critical, and knowledgeable enough to know whether or not you are recieving valuable information or if you are just getting shoveled a complete load of bull-shit. I did like to think that with technology we are forever learning and being the student, but we also need to arm our students with the power, knowledge and tools to effectively drive down this technology highway.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

This is my first post, just doing one to try it out