Wednesday, November 25, 2015

5-Minute Film Festival

I've recently decided to go back to school. I will be earning my 2nd master's degree. This will be a Master of Science in Instructional Design and Online Learning. You can learn more about the program and Capella University here Instructional Design & Online Learning.

This will put me over the 100K threshold in student loans so I'm hoping this degree will bolster my career so I can begin making those payments and bring down that debt.

Anyway, the introductory course I'm in right now requires us to engage in discussion posts. The discussion post for this week was: research and share two strategies that would allow you to create and protect an inclusive setting. I had to read a couple of peer-reviewed articles and other resources about the topic and I came across this video playlist at Edutopia

Edutopia: 5-Minute Film Festival

One of the videos is about a young man named Tyler. You listen to the rest. It's 8 minutes long but well worth your time. 




Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Courage in Missouri

I'm not sure if you are familiar with the situation at the University of Missouri but earlier this morning BOTH the University President AND the School Chancellor have been OUSTED. According to CNN, "African-American students at Missouri have long complained of mealymouthed response by school leaders in dealing with racism on the overwhelmingly white Columbia campus. Black student leaders have conveyed their displeasure over students openly using racial slurs and other incidents." CNN This is just a beginning

Historically, the ability to mobilize college students has led to a lot of SIGNIFICANT economic and political change. This is a great example of students, athletes, and faculty/staff joining together to not only bring awareness to an issue, but MAKE A TANGIBLE DIFFERENCE in the system. Today, is a victory for race relations and it restores my belief in our ability to rally together and be unified in a cause.




This is INSPIRING. Too often we celebrate ignorance, ratchetry and foolishness, but THIS IS INSPIRING!! The efforts of all of the students, organizers, teachers, advisers, athletes, coaches, and other community stakeholders have led to real and tangible change.

This should be a teachable moment in every classroom this morning, and it's POWERFUL to see the images of a community united as one.



Monday, November 2, 2015

Purpose and Vulnerability

Great TED Talk on vulnerability that I found at 7 Ways to Crush Self-Doubt. It's a teacher blog that I subscribe to and this post was EXACTLY what I needed for today. Great stuff.

The talk is 20 minutes long but it's well worth it.