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Posts tagged ‘pedagogy’

add to the good in the world – gs

This year’s Children’s Literature Hawaiʻi (CLH) conference was fantastic! As I mentioned in an earlier post, Graham Salisbury and Steve Jenkins were featured guests. Activities kicked off downtown at the Tenney Theatre with the Honolulu Theatre for Youth (HTY) offering dynamic performances based on Salisbury’s Calvin Coconut series and a medley of Jenkin’s work. This was a fun event for all ages, which was followed by a lively Q & A.

During his keynote on the first day of the conference, Salisbury discussed his work and offered some words of wisdom to those of us working with young people – including the title of this post. He also encouraged us to embrace our passion and write about what we want to know. Finally, he reminded us that writing is a wonderful activity for developing understanding, whether we publish or not.

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Graham Salisbury meets with students in the Books and Media for Children course

Jenkins’ keynote the second morning was beautiful, literally beautiful. He shared many creations from his books including some unpublished works, talked about visual literacy and discussed his passion for making science accessible.

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Steve Jenkins starts off day two.

In addition to the opening and the keynotes, 25 sessions featuring diverse content were offered – everything from writing poetry to illustrating nature to dystopian books to the Nēnē Award. My favorite session was A5 – Deaf Poe, Ed Chevy Interpreting Poe in ASL.

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Ed Chevy, Storyteller Extraordinaire

Chevy is a talented storyteller who recounted Poe’s Fall of the House of Usher. In addition to his magnificent performance, which was translated into spoken English by Kevin Roddy, Chevy discussed his process of preparation including visualizing, imagining the context and characters, and learning about the author. He also talked about incorporating facial expression, body language, and signs harmoniously to make stories come alive.

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wearable art

the uhm department of art and art history is sponsoring wearable art in the commons gallery from march 29-april 8.  it is a very eye-catching exhibit.

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my tastes are biased – and so sheanae tam’s library catalog cards gown is my favorite…

…but all of the designs are really interesting and fun!

ART 336 Wearable Art—Body and Material Studio exploration of clothing as art form and the body as living armature and performance. Emphasis on development of concept, skill, collaborative and individual voice through material investigation, research, discussions, lectures, individual and group projects – with Madeleine Söder and students: Nicholas Bright, Ariel Del Rosario, Melissa Franklin, Cara Jean Kamehiro, Sarah Lambert, Sheanae Tam, Janet Tran, and Douglas Young

Excellence in Teaching Award

I am very honored to be nominated for an Excellence in Teaching Award based on significant contributions to teaching and student learning.

This year of teaching has been particularly wonderful because I developed and taught a new graduate LIS course in Community Engagement. This course was designed to explore how information professionals in libraries and other settings collaborate with community members and organizations. It considers theory and practice emphasizing critical analysis of policies, services and trends.

One class assignment involved a semester-long investigation to explore local initiatives. Students connected with organizations to consider community needs and the potential role of LIS in meeting them. For example, one group looked at role of libraries in strengthening the capacities of indigenous peoples and the protection of cultures. Another focused on the availability of programs to foster literacy for young children. A third looked at resources to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) community members. For their final project, students created a poster to present at the state library conference, which offered the opportunity to extend their understanding through exchange with professional colleagues. This year’s conference theme was, fittingly, Building Community: Opportunities, Challenges, and Innovations. Student posters were also deposited in the institutional repository, ScholarSpace.

Community Engagement students enjoying Banned Books Week Read Out

this is not okay.

stopRacism-buttons

microaggressions are not okay.

racial profiling is not okay. (science is okay.)

racist curriculum is not okay. 

blatant discrimination is not okay. 

this is not ok.

read up, speak up, act up, repeat

secrecy, censorship, dishonesty, and blocking of communication threaten all the basic needs – ahm

MASLOW modern hierarchycontemporary model of self-actualization

listen to a 1966 recording of Abraham Maslow on Self-Actualization here

 

a lot of beauty

beautiful place, beautiful and talented youth @ berens river, manitoba

via CBC

 

hackfest

this fall, mit media lab hosted their first hacking arts festival to explore the intersection of arts, entertainment, technology and entrepreneurship involving lots of creative types – artists, designers, musicians, students, etc.

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many fun sessions emerged featuring music, fashion, film, food, and more! check out the fantastic fermentophone, a multi-sensory installation in which an algorithmically generated musical composition is performed by living cultures of bacteria and yeast.