BP VI

I got my article, NGLC Shifts Focus To Funding Experimental Schools, from KQED which is supported by NPR and PBS. It is intended for the general audience, specifically anyone who is interested in the education system (i.e. Parents, students, teachers). Katrina Schwartz informs the reader about the Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) an organization that promotes the investment in learning technologies and the schools they are trying to push forward. The NGLC Is donating around 3.6 million dollars to various experimental schools with the goal of leaving the testing system behind with a preference towards project-based assignments instead. Schools such as Danville and Lebanon flourish under the grants they receive, enabling them to hire teachers and buy technology they couldn’t dream of going before. The catch? They have to leave any education designs that work open sourced. The best tools of learning should be available to all educators so that it keeps bettering the learning environment. NGLC admits that it isn’t producing the kind of systems they were hoping for, but it’s a start.

I personally find it inspiring that organizations are going out of their way to fund schools (especially schools such as Lebanon which is primarily low-income students) with the means to change and enrich their students. It is good that there are people out there willing to try and change the school system to better the students learning capabilities instead of to better the countries test scores. I hope more organizations like NGLC continue to help educators and their students succeed.

Check out: The NGLC today!

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BP V

Oklahoma State University may be a research university but that means little to the art department. No matter which college you go to the professors will always be contributing to their fields by creating art. Jack Titus for example is a painter with a preference towards human subjects. He prefers to work with watercolor paint and teaches how to work with paint and the human figure as both are his expertise.

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Brandon Reese is a ceramics professor and works primarily with ceramics and wood. His sculptures tend to be large scale and he favors experimenting with wood and salt firing and how differing kilns affect texture. He hosts exhibits all over the US and in German and Taiwan.

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Professor Chris Ramsay is one of the most talented individuals in the art department. He teaches Metals- jewelry and 3d- design. He has taught at many universities and schools and has been awarded many times by okstate for his outstanding abilities in teaching and his skill. His work has been on display in galleries and museums all over the U.S including the American Craft Museum, SOFA, Philbrook of Tulsa, The Children’s Hospital of Cleveland, and the Southern Living Botanical Gardens. He is well known for his guest lectures and seminars.

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Lastly I will cover Mark Sisson, the professor of 2-d design, printmaking, and drawing. He works with moralist and iconoclastic subjects, using largely relief printing as well as pencil and ink. His works are in private and public collections all over the world from Harvard University to the Bibliothéque Nationale. He is also well known for riding the unicycle.

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BP IV

I wasn’t aware that anyone used reddit for anything but gifs and bad memes but here we go. After squinting at this disaster of a layout the website offers, I managed to power through my instant and complete hatred for this website and made an account. {Nothing against the people who genuinely like this site. I just genuinely hate it and have for years.}

A feed I like is “What is the worst experience you have had with a *student*?” by user Travesura. It is various teachers and students swapping stories about some of the worse students they’ve seen. The stories range from students with bad attitude problems to how a student’s suicide affects the teacher.

One article I found somewhat interesting was this post by Throwaway-Teacher who was a student teacher at the time of the post 11 months ago. The school they were at for the student teaching program was appalled that they were not saying the pledge of allegiance and that it was a danger to the students and was a TPE 12 violation. As Throwaway is an atheist, not saying the pledge of allegiance is protecting their own rights as they don’t wish to pledge “under [a] god” they don’t believe in.

This post by bfuller181 covers things that the school system probably shouldn’t expect a new teacher to cover.

Its not really an article but user bryceandcallie shared this infographic that kind of hits hard. It lays out things such as hours spend (on or off the clock), Salary, and Gender.

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BPIII

Our group’s reading was “The Importance of the Act of Reading” by Paulo Freire, a Portuguese teacher. The article is about the importance of reading throughout his childhood and as an adult. Curiously enough, the world taught him how to ‘read’ before he entered private school and the influence is shown as he trades ‘word’ with ‘world’ in his writing. The act of reading is kept very universal throughout the text meaning to literally read or to analyze something. According to Freire it is important to read our world as well as books. You need to have an understanding of the environment around you in order to thrive.

Questions/topics:

  • Can reading the world help a viewer better understand art which can often has an underlying meaning ?
  • “The teachers help does not nullify the student’s creativity and responsibility for constructing his or her own ‘language.’” (Freire, P) When does a teacher go too far in making guidelines to ‘help’?
  • Can the world around us affect how we read things later on? Can the way we read things as children affect the way we read as an adult and affect our art?
  • If the teacher takes away the student’s creative process are they really reading or are they just repeating.
  • Does a student have to have an understanding of art to know how to read it properly? Do they have to be taught or can they just gather It from the world?
  • Do artists create from what they read (Word) or from what they /read/(world). Why are both right?

((Also apologies for the slightly late post date DX I got out of work later than planned.))