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Created: January 11, 2006
Latest Update: January 11, 2006
Perlin, Brittany L.:
On Sat Sep 17, 2005 6:17 pm in Message No. 6012, Brittany wrote:"in response to lecture #8, "The language we flaunt", I have to be honest, I really did not understand much of what Robert Canary was exactly trying to say. His vocabulary confused me a little bit. I have to be honest there, maybe you can translate a little bit of it for me in plain words instead of sarcastic, difficult words he used. I have to say that I cant really make a valid argument because I am confused about what exactly he meant by it, but what I will say is that he did not present a loving orientation to the world because even though I didnt understand exactly what he meant by it, I did get a big sense of negativity from it and I didnt think it was very respectful.It seemed very sarcastic as well.What I did get from it was that he was criticizing your grading process, the transparency that u use, and saying that this transparency word is just a nicer way of saying"clear grading process". I wish more teachers used this transparency method because it allows students to really learn from each other and their teachers. You are able to really see where you went wrong and learn from it, rather than receiving a grade, and never knowing or being able to see the correct way to do it so that you dont make the mistake the next time. Also, you make students want to learn, it doesn't seem like we HAVE to be there when we are there, a teacher who can do that, who can make the topic so interesting that you actually want to be there, please tell me how that is a "bad" teaching method. I have had so many teachers who teach by the book, and never get anywhere because students are bored out of their minds, also, there are teacher who give you a paper back, with only a grade, which leaves you wondering what you did, how to prevent it next time, and why all the work and time and effort you put in got you a "C" or maybe even a "D" , when it was the best you could do. This is what I got from this lecture. Please write back with any explanations you think I may have missed while reading it.. thank you!! Brittany Perlin (LOVE 1A)"
On Sunday, September 18, 2005, jeanne responded:Brittany, if you'll tell me some of the sections that confused you, I'd be delighted to help with them. Isn't it funny that he was complaining about how Susan and I use such big words, and he was the one you didn't understand. Kind of like Roberts' confirmation hearings, hmm?
But, most of all, you did a really good job of defining transparent learning records We're asking Judge Roberts to be transparent so that we can understand whether he'll be a good representative of our values and beliefs on the Supreme court of the United States. Unforunately for democracy, he prefers to remain silent and humble, which I guess is a good thing if he weren't going to be deciding major social issues, but is king of scary for me because he may choose authoritarianism instead of representation.We want to "grade" him as a future Chief Justice, and he's making that very difficult. Interesting, isn't it that the same word works to describe learning and ruling in a position of authority. We need to think on that.
"make the topic so interesting that you actually want to be there" - By the way, in the Middle Ages, at the Sorbonne, that's how teaching was done. Students wandered about the island of Notre Dame and chose amongst the professors who were lecturing. Not every good teacher is a good lecturer. But those who really want to learn discover those who can teach well. Education isn't entertainment, but caring about students makes a big difference. Sometimes we of the academy forget that we wouldn't have a job without you.
love and peace, jeanne