Thursday, November 21, 2013

Additional materials for Dec 5

Here are the links to the two additional texts (one and two) that Allie provided in in class...  these will add to our discussion of Kliewer's Schooling Children With Down Syndrome.

Have a great week, everyone!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Some Media Literacy Resources for class...

1) A Dialogue on Media and Ideology:   Christensen and Croteau
  • What?
Christensen: Secret education in the media, people are being manipulated by the media, media only teach us dominant ideology

Croteau:  All media is biased toward dominant ideology, "belief systems that justify the actions of those in power;" media messages are powerful and hard to change; SCWAAMP is at the center of the media representations
  • So What?
Princess mode teaches us to practice a particular kind of femininity
Sets girls up for failure
Sets the focus on 
Boys get to practice building, moving things, shooting, violence, athletics, driving, 

  • Now What?
Christensen says lift the veil and make the messages visible. Create "factories of cynicism;" ask about the ingredients; ACTION based
Croteau suggests a reframing, understanding of how the system works
Pleasure and critique are not mutually exclusive

2)  A Debate:

"Research on the ideology of the media has included a debate between those who argue that media promote worldview of the powerful- the 'dominant ideology'-and those who argue that mass media texts include more contradictory messages, both expressing the "dominant ideology" and at least partially challenging world views." 

3)  A DIscussion:

Beauty and the Beast
What it Feels Like for a Girl

Sesame Street on Princesses
William Wants a Doll


Ted Talk: Cameron Russell
Tough Guise 2

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Notes about Article Connections

If this were a panel, and Shor was leading, how would all the authors we have read respond?

"Opting Out" —  Shor and Delpit

Shor p. 14 -- who is included and excluded??
Delpit p. 45 -- appropriate education devised with/by adults who share in their culture

What are we trying to produce or create in our classroom
Powerful voiced students who take ownership, are empowered and make and have strong connections. To make successful and productive members of society.

Recipe for Success:
Each author has something to add

Delpit might disagree with Shor in some spots.
Shor may not be explicit enough
If Delpit was editing for Shor, she would say that kids need to be TAUGHT how to do this.

Team Delpit/Shor vs. Team Armstrong/Johnson?
privilege plays out in education vs. privilege in society

Diversity vs. ALL kids
Shor felt like it wasn't about DIVERSITY (it is about ALL kids)
Or was he??? (it is about those who are least empowered)

Johnson says Say The Words -- does Shor do it enough??
Shor page 14 -- "eurocentric" is a privilege word?  But is it about curriculum or diversity??

What word cloud would represent each author??
how do the words differ??

Delpit and Shor -- INTENTIONALLY lowering expectations to keep people in their place
Johnson says it to

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Some "Do Now" notes from discussion...

Classroom to Prison Pipeline:
consider what happens to students when they leave your classroom
must consider longterm repercussions of discipline
are you willing to accept the consequences of leaving discipline to others?

** Always treat students as individuals, consider where they stand in terms of cultural capital
** Equal is not necessarily FAIR

Beyond Pink and Blue
raise awareness of gender inequality
ask where do these ideas come from
how can these gender inequalities be applied to other areas of diversity?

** work for district-wide goals
** demographics of your district can impact how you take action
** seek out ALLIES so you don't have to do it alone
** have older kids read to younger kids
** Media Literacy work can help address these inequalities in mass media spaces

Students needs to feel SAFE in the classroom
Everyone needs ALLIES
Sometimes the biggest challenge to change is the adults, not the kids
A lot of parents have negative ideas about school -- important to acknowledge and recognize this
For some kids, school is safer than home

** Need to understand who the students are (trans issues, home visits, etc)
** Prepare for the kids you don't expect
** Be ready to deal with issues as they come up
** Parent engagement
** Make small gestures to show kids you are a "safe space"

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Problem with "Privilege"

This article is a critique of Tim Wise, a scholar I like and respect very much.  And I think it is an excellent addition to our dialogue about the word "privilege" and what it means to us. Check it out when you can...

Tim Wise & The Failure of Privilege Discourse