Sunday, March 30, 2008

Bloggity Blog Blog

I just finished catching up on all of your blogs and leaving you some comments. If you are behind on your blogs, get caught up!!! I still want to hear from you. You can post about the article and our class discussion if you are posting late -- but do put up some thoughts. If the link on my page doesn't go right to your blog for any reason, please leave me a comment right here or email me ( so I can get it fixed.

I want to draw your attention to a few things you have posted:
  • Kelsey uses a great framework for explaining evidence. She is clear and detailed in explaining each point she writes. A good model.
  • Erin posted a great YouTube video on March 10 dealing with issues of education today. Fun and provocative!
  • Kasey from March 4 on Disney and the "real" Pocahontas. She did our homework for us!
  • Sarah has a cool link to an article on heterogenous grouping.
See you in class on Tuesday.

LB :)

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Johnson says, We Must Say The Words!

In class on Tuesday we gestured to the speech Barack Obama was scheduled to make about his pastor, Jeremiah Wright, in the context race/culture in America.

Regardless of who you might be supporting in the 2008 election, I hope you will take the time to watch or read Obama's speech. It is being lauded as one of the most direct and explicit acknowledgments of race this country has ever seen. It is deeply connected to the issues we have talked about in class. I know you will find it provacative and relevant, even if you have no connection to Obama as a candidate. I welcome and invite your comments!!

And I think Johnson would be pleased.

The Video

The Text

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Media Literacy

As you read Christensen for Tuesday, don't forget about Carlson. In his text (and in the It's Elementary video) he talks about the "popular culture curriculum" that teaches us about LGBT people and issues through films like Ace Ventura or even the more recent Chuck and Larry movie released last summer. Christensen shows, in much more depth, why we need to pay attention to these media texts as they offer us a "secret education."

If you are interested in these issues, check out the links below:

Media Education Foundation
Center for Media Literacy
New Mexico Media Literacy Project