"Nobody leaves with a smooth surface.
We rough up the consciousness, scrape the mold off young minds."
Monday, 13 May 2013
Some student complained recently that a deadline we had on Wednesdays was just too much for his/her schedule. He/she had other things to do that day... blahblahblah.BUT what I'm wondering is, um, then why didn't the student do the homework on TUESDAY or MONDAY? Like, they know they don't HAVE to do the homework on the due date, right?This is why I have a hard time moving my deadlines with online classes; every semester students say I should move my Saturday deadlines to Sunday. Before they were on Saturday, they were on Friday nights, and I got asked to move them back so students would "have more time." But, um, they already have A WHOLE WEEK to do the homework. And my courses online never had "closed" sections, so they could totally work ahead.Yeah.This all makes me go "huh"?
Sunday, 05 May 2013
OMG.It's here.The last week of the school year.And this year... well, it was not easy.September and October seemed like years by themselves,a colleague who retired might not be replaced, andI decided to chop up my body before Spring Break.If this was Year 8, and I have 20+ more to go,I guess I should just hunker down and enjoy it all...
Wednesday, 24 April 2013
Things to Consider:--- What makes you different on our campus? Sex, age, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity?--- Have you been discriminated against?--- Have you seen racism on campus?--- Have you seen sexism on campus?--- Have you seen age-ism on campus?--- Have you seen discrimination happen to those who are disabled (mentally or physically)?--- Is diversity more than ethnicity?--- What can be done about racism, sexism, and ageism on our campus?--- What will diversity mean to you out in the workforce? Or when you transfer to a different college?--- Are you uncomfortable interacting with people who are different from you? Why do you think that is?The Town Hall Meeting (6pm, April 25 at the Cultural Center) will focus on students' concerns and questions about diversity on our campus; the teachers who are facilitating the event (Ms. Melissa Naslund and myself) will not be there to "correct" students, but rather to encourage discussion about the students' concerns. We don't know what students see on our campus; we want to know your views.Please consider attending.There will be a door prize.Sidenote: How does diversity connect to Paper 6? The one where you are answering, "Who Am I?"
Monday, 22 April 2013
Project 6, that my students are working on right now (well, my Eng110 students anyway), is all about answering the question "Who Am I?" with one answer and many genres (5+) to back up that answer with. To me, this connects to Existentialism. I want to find videos to show while they work on this project this week (it's due Friday; I'm giving 'em a week to dive in and complete it)...So, here are my first attempts. If anyone's reading this, and they know of a cool one, shoot it my way. Gracias.Video #1 from TED.com:"Oxford philosopher and transhumanist Nick Bostrom examines the future of humankind and asks whether we might alter the fundamental nature of humanity to solve our most intrinsic problems.Nick Bostrom, director of Oxford's Future of Humanity Institute, specializes in the big questions: What does it mean to be human? If we could live forever, would we choose to? Can we improve our human nature with technological enhancements?"It's quite lofty and full of statistics. Might lose students' attention with this one?Video #2 from YouTube:This guy is much more the speed of my students, I think.Video #3 from TED: The idea behind this one is cool:
I could have the students watch it and then sum up their lives, or themselves, in 6 words. Whoa!Video #4 from Youtube: AND then there is the female student version that I could show:
Tuesday, 16 April 2013
Students have been failing my projects left and right lately. Ya know what I'm going to do about it? Nothing. Because this is college, and I give out plenty of samples and my instructional guides are pretty... instructional. Like they are supposed to be. The only thing I can think is that everyone got a wee bit lazy. The 12-week class I wrapped up last week = lots of final projects that were just YUCK. It was as if they didn't even read the instructional guide; I can say the same for some of the projects coming in from my online classes, too, right now. The only thing left for me to do in order to see awesome projects? Do them myself. Yeah. So, I think I'll do the opposite. I'm going to delete a few samples & put the instructional guides on a diet. No one is looking at them, and no one is reading the guide anyhow. Plus, I've been meaning to make them all consistent in their layouts, and concise in their wording, etc.I guess all this is a distraction from what happened in Boston yesterday.I've been looking forward to healing from my surgery, so I can start running again, and this whole event just scares me. These people were just running or these people were just cheering on runners. Such a great day filled with accomplishments. So sad. And an eight-year-old was one of the ones who passed away?My demented mind hopes they find the people who did this and make them run 26.2 miles 26.2 times without water. Without shoes.I've joked that running was an acceptable form of suicide... I never wanted that to be true, ever. EVER.
since feeling is first
who pays any attention
to the syntax of things
will never wholly kiss you;
we are for each other; then
laugh, leaning back in my arms
for life's not a paragraph
And death i think is no parenthesis
"On the whole human beings want to be good,
but not too good,
and not quite all the time."
- George Orwell