Careful what you ask for!

I asked my students today about the relationship(s) among appearance, identity, and authority – specifically mine. It’s part of the ongoing pedagogy project I’ve been working on with Leda about the visibility/invisibility of our actual bodies in the classroom. By the end of the discussion several students were telling me how I should have taught (!) the class all along: … Read more...

more on facebook

Interesting blogpost by Danah Boyd about Facebook as a public sphere where young people can “negotiate their peers and learn about the social world.” The speeches in Public Speaking about Facebook emphasized its fun and useful qualities (although I have to seriously wonder if anyone really uses it to get notes from a missed class!) but also the risks of … Read more...

coming out: a problematic moment

I came out indirectly to my students in COM260, Public Speaking. I told them of the time I questioned Geraldine Ferraro, at the National Women’s Music Festival, about how she could address an audience of 3000 lesbians without using the word, “lesbian”. I don’t remember exactly what I said, I’m pretty sure it was implicit – I was … Read more...

counterdependence

We are in full-fledged storming in COM352. The “trust” thread is amazing. And I’m jazzed about the co-researcher’s thread too. But it’s all good. 🙂
This is the crucial stage – storming – when the needs/desires for control drive the tussle. The tricky part is that it isn’t just their jockeying, but mine as well. For me, the challenge … Read more...

Participatory Research

Well, I’m jazzed. 🙂 Eight students from the small group communication class have decided to be co-researchers for a next stage of this project. They facilitated small group discussions of their own and peers’ reactions to the Teacher’s Body Presentation I gave at NCA last year.
The initial first impressions/first reactions to my appearance appear consonant with the data … Read more...