Thursday, May 12, 2011

Spending the week with you...

Just saying hi since I feel like I am spending the week with all of you, surrounded by your portfolios of work!

Come visit me in HBS sometime in the fall and let me know how everything is going. Good luck with PPSTs and your FSEHD applications.

Have a great summer!!

LB :)

Friday, April 22, 2011

Reading for this week

Greeting from sunny California!

So it seems that I do not have the Shor reading up in my electronic reserves... apologies for that!!! But fotunately, if you go into the RIC Library reserves and search for Professor AUGUST, you will see the article posted there.

It is by Ira Shor, and it is called Education is Politics.

Have a good weekend... if you celebrate Easter (or even if you don't), you might like this tasty, crafty snack to share with your friends and family. Sushi... made from rice crispy treats, fruit roll ups and PEEPS! (My sister and I made them last night)


LB :)

Monday, April 11, 2011

Random and cool

Just want to share these amazing short films... all about how media representation and beauty culture influence how we think about ourselves and each other.

You can view them for free until the end of this month using the password: Body Typed.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Keeping Track

You have a lot of reading this week so plan carefully to manage your time...

First, read Patrick Finn, Literacy with an Attitude.
But you don't need to read the whole 35 pages that is on reserve. Instead, read the Preface, Chapter 1 and Chapter 2. You can skim chapter 13 and 14, though chapter 14 is when Finn talks about real teachers working to change the system of tracking and inequality so you might enjoy reading about some "solutions" since we spend so much time talking about the "problems" in this class!!

Then you are reading Jeannie Oakes' short piece about tracking. This is a good summary of the basic debates around tracking that will anchor the key concepts for you.

If this issue around social class and schooling interests you, there are so many cool resources to check out. PBS did a great project called People Like Us that you can watch or explore via their website. The Center for Working Class Studies in Ohio has a ton of resources to explore.

As always, make sure you have all of your articles with you in class. We will definitely be using the text in our activities next week.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Friday, April 1, 2011

From today's news....

Given our topic this week -- Title IX -- thought I would share this article from today's news.

Powerful reminder that gender still matters in 2011...

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Gender Play

We have talked a lot in class about how issues of race, language, ethnicity or sexuality impact the teaching and learning that goes on in classrooms.

What about gender?

For decades, researchers have documented how schools shortchange girls. Girls have been called on less often, rewarded for good behavior rather than good work, and discouraged from pursuing interests in math and science fields. This has happened both in the classroom, and on the playground as well where girls have had fewer opportunities to explore their athletic interests or be taken seriously as a formidable athlete. And what about the boys?

How do issues of gender impact schools today??

This week, I want you to go find the texts that we will discuss in class. Learn as much as you can about the history of gender differences in American schools and abut the current issues as they play out in 2011. You can search the web, the library, youtube, itunes, your SL classroom, etc to come up with some ideas about how and why gender matters. Some search terms to start with:

Title IX
Gender and education
Gender and schooling
Girls academic success
Boys and schooling
Gender differences in school
Single sex schooling
American Association of University Women (AAUW)
Sexual harassment and schools
Gender and dress codes
gender bias in education
Supreme court gender school
gender school policies

Post about some of these on your blog and bring at least one printed text with you to class on Tuesday.

Have a good weekend!

LB :)