Saturday, May 15, 2010


Hey everyone,

Several people requested my brother's marshmallow recipe, so I thought I'd share it here: (It's got lots of step-by-step pictures, which is quite helpful!)

I was also requested to share links to the exciting queer porn I'm always talking about (you're all over 18, right? I kid.): Pink and White Productions -- and, and --

Good luck on your final project/journals, everybody!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Week 16-Discussion Question

McKeachie's teaching tips offers a great source of information for college instructors. Many Professors may be experts in their field but they are not experts in the classroom. Chapter 2: "The Countdown for Course Preparation" talks about being ready for class while Chapter 4: "Reading as Active Learning" discusses ways to actively engage students. Describe one book or assignment during your higher education career that has stuck with you? explain why you have been able to keep this learning experience or book in your memory.

Week 16- Vivian's Current Event

I have two current events that I have been following. I could not decide over choosing a local current event or an international current event. They are both important so I will post both and talk about one in class. The first current event is about Nigeria's new president, Goodluck Jonathan. I am very interested in the Nigerian civil war and the ethnic and religious tensions between the many communities in Africa's most populous region. The new Christian president will be taking over after the death of the Muslim leader, Umaru Yar'Adua on May 7th, 2010. He is likely to choose a Muslim vice-president to help calm the relationship between Muslim and Christian communities in Nigeria. You can find more information on the nationall public radio website. The other current event that I wanted to briefly touch upon is the upcoming election in June where voters will be chosing to install term limits on the county supervisors that have all been there for over 15 years. I would love to hear the class' thoughts on that issue.

Disucssion Question Wk 16

In chapter 4, "Reading as Active Learning," the authors of describe strategies for not only getting students to read, but strategies for getting students to engage with what they are reading in order to truly connect with and understand the material. One strategy is reading quizzes and another is reading journals.

Given that many of us will be teaching courses with assigned reading, which strategy do you think you will employ? Keep in mind the extensive academic housework that grading reading journals entails (Thank you Dr. Lara for reading all of those sentipensante journals and your valuable insight and comments). This type of journal assignment may be much more difficult when there a 40 students in a class. I'd like for us to discuss the realities of the authors' strategies for getting students to read, and talk about when and where we should place limitations on what we take on.


Discussion Questions, Week 15, Laura

In Ch. 2 from McKeachie's Teaching Tips: Strategies, Research, and Theory for College and University Teachers, the impact of having clear goals for the class and saving time for self-reflection as a student/teacher are repeatedly emphasized...
1. Are there any personal goals or professional goals that this course on Feminist Pedagogies has helped you achieve or develop for the future?
2. On pg. 27, McKeachie discusses some examples of self-test questions that can help teachers and students in the process of getting to know each other better by revealing doubts, questions, and insecurities before the class begins to learn about the course material, what other questions do you think would positively contribute to the set of self-test questions?
The self-test questions McKeachie shared were: Are you rigid? Will you really try to help students? Are you easily rattled? Are you a person as well as a teacher? Can you handle criticism?

See all you womyn later :)

Activity for May 12_Irina

This week we read about various methods in preparing for class and getting the class started. considering that today is the last day of class, let's have an activity for closure.
  1. Choose one person in the class and briefly describe what you have learned from them
  2. Then briefly describe what you have gain from the class as a whole

Discussion Questions for May 12_Irina

In Ch. 4, "Meeting a Class for the First Time," McKeachie describes methods for breaking the ice on the first day of class.
  1. Please describe what method you would like to use in a class for an ice breaker and why (you do not have to discuss a method proposed by McKeachie).
  2. OR...Please describe a method that one of your professors used for an ice breaker and why you did or did not like it.