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.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Welcome to the FNED 346 Blogisphere!

Welcome to this FNED 346 blogging adventure!

Sometime in the next two weeks, you will set up your own blog to use this semester for all of your Talking Points assignments, and to keep track of your thoughts about any of the issues we cover.

A blog is your very own, personal online journal. It is public, in that I and your classmates can read it and comment on it, but it is your space and you can control most everything about it. (If you want to make it private so that *only* members of this class can read it, I can show you how to do so).

In the context of this course, your blog has two purposes:

1) Your blog will provide a space for you to keep all of your assignments over the course of our semester together. You will not hand in written assignments to me each week; rather you will post them on your blog. In this sense, your blog is merely your assignment notebook that you will use as you read and prepare for class each week. You will also be posting any additional thoughts you have: responses to class discussion, after thoughts, things you forgot to say in class, relevant experiences you have, etc.

But importantly, your blog is a public space and as you post (and comment on others'), you will gain a much richer understanding of everything we read and discuss in class. I want you to think of it as interactive and intertextual in that way.

2) Creating your own blog will also introduce you to the blogisphere if you don't know this place already. I hope that you will discover creative educational uses for this online medium. You will see how easy it is to use blogger.com, and perhaps it will inspire you to bring blogs into your own classroom someday.

To start your own blog, you will go to:


If you do not already have a Google account, you will need to create one.  If you do have a Google account, sign in in the box at the right. 
Click the button that says NEW BLOG (you will see this even if you have blogged before) and follow the instructions to get started.  Don't forget your Username and Password!! You will need them to login everytime. Please write them down on the top of your syllabus so you don't forget!  

As you fill in the info, you will be asked to name your blog. This title will appear at the top of your blog. (Mine is called "FNED 346 Fall 2014")

Every blog has its own URL, or web address.


This will be the web address associated with your site. you can call it anything you like. Be clever or simple (or both) -- it is up to you.

You will also need to choose a design template for your blog. Look through the options listed and see what appeals to you. You can change this later so don't worry too much about it initially... 

Once you have the account set up, you can start posting. A “post” is an entry on your blog. (For clarification, you have one blog, but many posts). Give the post a title and then compose as you would any journal entry. When you are finished, hit the button that says Publish. It will not appear on your blog until you publish it. You can always go back and edit old posts and create new ones.

Your First Post:
Your first post should be a short introduction to you: who are you, what you did over the break, why you are taking this class, what do you do when you are not in class, etc. (Just a short paragraph — no big deal).

When you are done creating your site and posting your first entry, please come back to this blog and post a comment at the end of our first post (scroll down) that includes your blog address so that we can post it in the blog list to the right.

Some Tips and Helpful Hints:
  • Once you are in your blog, look at the top right corner of the screen. If you click on the word DESIGN, you will be able to make design changes, create new posts, edit old posts, etc. (You can only do this if you are logged in to your blog.)
  • Once you are in the DESIGN screen, you can do all kinds of things to make your blog a bit more interesting. Change your fonts and colors, edit a post, change your settings. See the tabs at the left side of the screen for all kinds of options.
  • Poke around online and make a list of websites related to gender, social justice, feminism or anything else relevant and post them on your blog. You can add all kinds of things by ADDING A GADGET from your LAYOUT screen.
  • Just do the best you can with this. If you get stuck, don't fret... I am happy to help you anytime as you work on getting this started. And remember: you can't break it. It is just a blog. Everything can be changed if need be!
Good luck!!

LB :)