Overall Presentation Critique

November 19, 2009 at 6:58 pm (Uncategorized)

These presentations were a lot better than the first round of presentations for our individual chapters of Pedagogy of the Oppressed.  They were a lot more relevent and showed a very diverse array of topics and opinions.

My favorite presentation was the group that presented Standardized Tests.  I liked how they made everyone in the class participate in their game and it shows a lot of different opinions on their topic. 

I also like that they interviewed other students and told us their point of view on the issue.  This helped their ethos a lot.  At the end when they threw the “ball” around and told us their opinions, it was a good way to wrap up their presentation. 

They did a very good, organized presentation and I really enjoyed it.

A side note, during the presentations I looked around the room and I noticed during my groups presentation as well that people were on the computer on facebook, games, icampus etc.  I don’t know if there is a way to forcefully not allow this to happen but it bothered me that people would not show their attention to the group presenting.  I found it very disrespectful.

Other than that, they were all very good!

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Authority Presentation

November 18, 2009 at 12:44 am (Uncategorized)

I think our presentation today went very well.  As a group we seemed to have a lot more confidence from the last group presentation.  We planned and went through who was presenting what part of our presentation beforehand giving our presentation went a lot smoother this time.  We all presented equal amounts which was good.

I think the game/charades we played at first was not what the students wanted to do but by the end of the game they seemed to have a lot more fun and were laughing and enjoying it.  We decided to do a game so we could incorporate what they learned during part of our presentation in a new way.  It instills what was previously taught.

Overall I am very pleased with our project and the groups work.  We worked very well together and accomplished quiet a bit of research and planning.  Nice work guys!

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Project Plan for 11/17

November 12, 2009 at 7:29 pm (Uncategorized)

For our presentation about our topic, the group came up with a few different ways to display our information.  During our presentation we will all be presenting the topic we researched.  This will include showing any pictures or videos that are on our blog.  Then we have a little game.

The game will have two parts.  The first part we will have a student act like one of the teaching styles we talk about and the “students” will have to guess which teacher they are being.  Then we will have the “teacher” go into the hall and the students in the classroom will act like one of the student personalities we discussed in our presentation.

It seems like we have a pretty good set plan on what we want to accomplish so it should go smoothly.  We know when each part is happening and who says what.  We are prepared!

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Project 4 Analysis

November 10, 2009 at 5:56 pm (Uncategorized)

Not to be blunt or anything but this was my least favorite project of the semester.  For me it is hard to not be in control and have to rely on people other than just myself. 

Researching wasn’t too difficult but compiling all our information together and making sure everyone had their part completed made me crazy.  I took on the leadership role which maybe the group didn’t really appreciate but ultimately it was for the best.  We got our project completed.

I hope our teaching for this part of the project goes better than the chapter in Pedagogy of the Oppressed and there is more group interaction and communication.  That part of the project was really not my favorite and made me frusterated.  Probably more because the five of us were confused on what we were actually teaching because the chapter was so complex.  Teaching it to the class just seemed like a nightmare.

The teaching for this part of project 4 should be okay because we all know more about our topic since we had to research it.  I will at least have more confidence than the last teaching.

I can’t wait to do the portfolio; to go back and see what I did in the beginning of the project and compare it to how I write now.  It will be a good way to wrap up the semester and the course.

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Family Weekend!

November 5, 2009 at 6:05 pm (Uncategorized)

This weekend is Family Weekend!

I am in the Family Committee in UPB and we run all of Family Weekend.  This weekend there are several events to do with your family.  These include:

Friday:

Bowling with your Buddies (8pm-12am)-Free bowling with your friends

Saturday:

Tailgating (10:30am-1:30pm)-Inflatables and food in the North Side of the Statium (make sure you buy tickets!)

Football Game (1pm)

Hypnotist Dale K(8pm-10pm)- make sure you buy tickets!

Sunday:

Jazz Brunch(9am)-Brown Ballroom in the Bone (make sure to buy tickets!)

It’s a busy weekend!!

I will be working all of these events so if you have questions let me know.  It will be lots of fun!  Do as much as you can! 

Have a great weekend with your families!

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Group Project

November 4, 2009 at 4:06 am (Uncategorized)

I am very proud of the work I have done so far for the group project.  I believe my blog post is very good and has essential information for my part of the overall project.  I incorporated videos and personal stories also to help with my voice.  This ads to the understanding of the four teaching styles by stating an example.

I hope the group does well on this project because I feel like we can do a great job.  Authority is a crucial part in the classroom with behavior and respect.

Hope it all goes well!  Keep up the good work group!

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Into the Woods

November 2, 2009 at 1:04 am (Uncategorized)

I saw this musical yesterday, Halloween.  It was really entertaining!  I love musicals and singing so thats probably another reason why I liked it so much but the acting and singing was great.  The most amazing part was that most of the scenes had very fast lyrics mixed between the characters so they really had to be paying attention and “on time”.  It was a play on all the fairytales and incorporating them into one play. 

The only thing that I wasn’t a fan of was the length of the musical.  It went on for nearly 3 hours.  I went with my parents and after the first Act my dad said “That was very good” and was about to leave not knowing there was a whole other act.  Other than the length, I would really recommend it.  I don’t know how much longer it plays for but see it if you can!

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Response to Questions

October 29, 2009 at 11:38 pm (Uncategorized)

  • What do you value as a teacher?
  • What I value in a teachers is being organized and making learning fun. I like having a good relationship with the teacher and having them be approachable.  It seems like when teachers are more intune with their students, the class is better overall.  As a student, it’ makes learning more enjoyable if we dont have to dread going to class everyday to listen to a monotone professor/teacher and take lecture notes.

  • Were you able to stay true to what you value in this project and still cover the material? If yes, how? If no, what parts of the assignment impeded your ability to teach how you would like (the difficulty of the material, taking a section of the book out of context, the group dynamic, time constraints, etc.)?
  • I would say that it was difficult.  One reason is because our chapter didnt have a true theme like the others did and instead had an aray of different topics that were hard to intertwine.  Another reason was the group.  I came across as the leader because I was the only one to step up with ideas on what to do.  It’s hard to incorportate different ideas that way.  It was just difficult with the time allowed to cover everything we would have liked to aka every sentence of chapter one.

  • What did other groups do in their presentation, positive or negative, that stood out? Did you have any “a-ha moments” where another group did something you wish you would have thought of? In what ways could groups have improved? Did you have enough to base your “reading” of the book on?
  • I think our group didnt do as well as other groups with covering the topic.  It seemed like it was a lot different than the other chapters.  The other groups seemed like they actually understood everything in their chapter where we didnt know everything.  I liked the group who did the questions on the teaching styles (banking or problem-solving).  Their game was a lot of fun and got us excited.  The groups who showed videos to help their points was really good.  I really liked how they intertwined both.  Again, with my topic that would have been really difficult to connect.

  • Would you ever consider doing a read-group-share assignment like this one in your classes? Compare and contrast collaborative reading with your experience of reading texts independently.
  • I would say no.  I like reading the whole book because I can understand it better.  It would have been better if we all read each chapter especially in this book because the language is really difficult to read.  I wish we didnt do it the way we did, personally.  But with the time allowed it was what we had to do.

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    Summary of Pedagogy of the Oppressed

    October 28, 2009 at 1:31 am (Uncategorized)

    The first chapter starts out explaining the different parts that go into pedagogy.  There is the oppressed and the oppressor and they both influence society.  There was also a mention of power and how that conflicts in society.  The oppressed want to be free from the oppressor but are scared to make a movie in that direction. (A side note, this chapter seemed like one of the most challenging because it didnt show themes like the other chapters seem to have done.  This was very difficult for my group to follow.)

    The second chapter talked about the two different styles of teaching.  There was the banking method and the problem-solving method.  The banking method was the “boring” teaching style where students dont get involved in the lesson but instead listen and take notes.  The problem-solving method is having students interact in the lesson and the teacher engages with the students.

    Chapter three talked about dialogue.  I was a part of a charade type of thing where the other person couldnt tell me what she was doing and I had to figure it out passed on how she acted.  This is a form of dialogue.  And within words we find reflection and action as seen in the clip of Freedom Riders.

    One of the things chapter four talked about was domination.  This is a way to not let people have their own beliefs and believe what the ruler wants them to believe in.  They dont want the oppressed to think for themselves because they feel like their work ethic will be ruined.  There was also a focus on antidialogical type (professors thinking they are above their students) an dialogical type (interaction with the students).  This was prominent in the video we watched comparing Dead Poets Society (dialogical) and Ferris Bueler’s Day Off (antidialogical), viewing clips from these movies helped me distinguish the difference between the two types.  These were the main items in chapter four.

     

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    Michael Jackson

    October 24, 2009 at 12:02 am (Uncategorized)

    Michael Jackson’s movie, “This is it” is coming out on Wednesday October 28th.  This movie will feature lots of his songs and dance movies.  It’s kind of like a last memorial thing.  He’s been such a huge star.  Most would say that he is bigger than Elvis. 

    I personally thought his music was good but his life outside his music was troublesome.  While I was growing up he was always “The weird-looking now white guy but his music is amazing”.  This is how I will remember him.  With all of his scandals with the Neverland Ranch and the news about him holding his little boy over the railing.  He is just too too for me.  He reminds me of a pre-madonna, yuck!

    But besides that, his death was very sudden and very shocking.  I feel like a lot of the world just stopped and was so shocked.  The newscasters interviewed people and all of them said that we lost an idol.  He meant so much to so many people.  But it’s now time to let go. 

    R.I.P. Michael

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