Wednesday, April 21, 2010



1. In Colwill and Boyd’s article “Teaching without a Mask? Collaborative Teaching as Feminist Practice,” they examine team teaching and the impact of language as power in the classroom. Here is an excerpt on an incident that occurred: “Words were spoken without considering their impact on others in the room; people slipped, at times, into language of ‘us’ (insiders) and ‘them’ (outsiders), language that erected boundaries and borders among ourselves . . . (235)

Have you as a student experienced a time in your education where you felt like an outsider in the classroom because of the language that was being used? Did you confront the teacher or professor about it? Please explain. How can we as educators confront an issue of language in the classroom if one arises?

2. In David Bleich’s article “Homophobia and Sexism as Popular Values,” he explores different reactions and discussions with students on homosexuality, homophobia, and socialization in the classroom. To what extent as educators do you feel responsible to educate students on these topics? Do you think the education on diverse populations should begin before entering the university? What role can the public school system play on educating students and having these types of discussions?

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