Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Last Week Freak Out Relief!

I know the last week of classes is so stressful.  I hope you were all as inspired as I was by the presentations in class today.

In light of our short mindfulness activity today, here are a couple of Survival Tools to get you through the last surge of the semester...

This great piece about quick anxiety relief tools

And then a little Superhero Posing for you to try...  it really does work!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Disposition Forms

Please email your teacher with this link and ask them to fill out this form for you…. you should absolutely go look at it yourself before sending it in order to understand more about this assessment.

Here is a sample email you could send to your teacher asking him/her to fill this out.

Dear XXX,

Thank you so much for hosting me in your classroom this semester.  I learned a lot and enjoyed the opportunity to work with xxxx.  

As a requirement for my education program at RIC, I am asking you to please submit this very short form assessing me and my dispositions.  

It is just 8 questions, and should take no more than 5-10 minutes to complete.  You will need the following information about me in order to fill it out:

Name:  Jane Doe
ID #: xxxxxxx
Program/Major:  History/Secondary (go look at the list to find your correct one - YDEV should select OTHER)

Thank you for submitting this on my behalf.  It needs to be posted no later than May 8, 2015 in order for me to complete my FNED 346 course, so please submit this as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact me at the numbers below.


Jane Doe
Cell phone

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Service Learning Project Authors



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March 31/April 2

Tuesday, March 31 (10:00-11:50)

  • Meet in class with your small group to talk about your text and your stories.

  • Use the conversation to help you make SPECIFIC connections between your SL story and the authors we have read.

  • By the end of class, you should decide whether you are working alone or with a partner on the pecha kucha.

Homework due in class Tuesday, March 31st

  1. Reread the article you are using as your main text and take lots of notes
  2. Begin the Brainstorming Map on the backside of this sheet.  Bring it to class.

Thursday, April 2 (10:00-11:50)

  • Work with your small group, a partner or alone to start drafting your Pecha Kucha. You can choose to do this in class or any other place you want to work.

Homework due by midnight on Thursday, April 2nd

  1. Complete the Brainstorming Map with as much detail as possible.

  1. Buy a set of 5x8 notecards (you need 20)

  1. The 20 slides of your pecha kucha need to tell a story about what you learned from your SL and from the readings in this class.  How are you going to tell this story?  Use the ONE WORD about what you learned (on the Brainstorming Map) to help you begin the story of your PK. The use the 20 cards to start planning your slides.

  1. Post an Pecha Kucha Update on your blog to let me know how you are doing -- who are you working with, what author are you focusing on, how are you feeling about the project, and what questions do you have.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

"Readings" for the week of March 24/26

The readings for this week are not exactly readings, but things to check out online. This week marks a shift in the syllabus. Up until this point, we have been reading about broad theories about diversity and difference including the Culture of Power and issues of White Privilege. Now we are going to start to look at historical moments where these topics came into view in our schools.

Our topic this week is about Brown vs. Board of Education (1954), the historical supreme court decision that made the segregation of public schools unconstitutional.

You have FOUR tasks for this week:

1) I want you to explore this website to give you some background on Brown v. Board of Education. We will be using this in class to build a Google Doc reference sheet together, so take a lot of notes so that you feel well prepared to teach others about this court case.

2) Then I want you to watch these two videos that highlight the work of Tim Wise, author of "Between Barack and a Hard Place." Take notes while you watch so that you can refer to specific quote in your blog post and in class. What does Wise have to do with Brown v. Board of Education?

3) Read this very short article from March 2011 New York Times.
How do the issues that Bob Herbert raises shape how you think about Brown v. Board of Education?

4) Now blog about it.
What is the relationship between the historical issues you see in the website on Brown v. Board of Education and the contemporary issues of race that Bob Herbert and Tim Wise raise here?

Leave comments if you have any questions...
LB :)

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Social Justice Events

Don't miss these great opportunities that will be fun and resonate with our class work:

Friday, Feb 13 (7pm)
Gaige Auditorium, $5
Background on the Vday Movement

Thursday,  Feb 19  (6 - 7 PM)
RIC Adams Library -- Fortes Room

Month of February
So many events for Black History Month

Unpacking Race Mini-Conference at Brown University with The Gordon School.  
Events are free, but you must register.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Here is how you create a hyperlink to rhode island college.

Or you might want people to click here to find your high school page.