Friday, December 19, 2014
Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Review: Cece Bell's *El Deafo*
Perhaps given her super stature, El Deafo earns the eponymous title for the book which details her and Cece's story. But, Cece isn't too far behind. Grown-up Cece is the author!
Endearing and accessible to its intended young audience, El Deafo has a rolling pace which can get tedious after seeing Cece again and again over-analyze things which she can't control. Furthermore, as someone previously corrected after sharing his assumptions about deaf culture and accepted terminology, I worried about the blurring of definitions regarding "deaf" and "hearing impaired," which I'd come to see as a faux pas.
Had I read the short essay after the comic narrative, however, my worries would have been waylayed and my reading experience more enjoyable. For those interested in accepting the book into their classroom collections or gifting it to a reader, reading that section first may make for a less turgid reading experience an is my recommendation. And as for Cece's anxieties, how much more empathy can be built for her by realizing as tedious as those analysis sessions may be for us (but surely made less tedious once understanding Bell's own take on deafness as construct), they must have been torture for a young girl growing up decades ago when people weren't taught to be as accepting of "difference" and when signifiers of such difference took the form of bulky, testy technology?
Cece and El Deafo eventually merge when Cece, who has long framed her hearing in terms of a super power, has her social circle embrace the metaphor on their own -- with hilarious results guaranteed to tickle (or is that "tinkle?") young readers.
|What is one of El Deafo's tech-assisted super powers? Let your imagination wonder. ;)|
Monday, September 29, 2014
Comics and Post-Secondary Pedagogy Issue ImageText Now Live!
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Eval Has a Name...
While I'm a little loathe to post it here since I know I have readers from El Paso check in from time to time, and I sort of like having access to the page and don't want anyone to get it removed, you can see basic eval data for every class I taught there from June 2008 to Spring 2013 by looking for the "Previously Taught Courses" here.
I'm happy to say they illustrate a sincere, reflective educator who learned how to navigate the best and worst of that campus & departmental/program culture. I hope for 3 things from my evals from Spring 2014: 1. They do indeed match up with anecdotal comments from students 2. They show how I quickly navigated that new campus/department culture after a tough, shell-shock of a first semester experience (possibly designed that way, as I reflect) and 3. They have not been unduly influenced or tampered with by outside influences.
Once I have the info and can see which of my hypotheses are correct or wrong, I'll post another reflective statement. I hope it'll be one in which I can detail changes made between Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 which paid quantifiable dividends in my teaching.
In the meantime, you can view some qualitative feedback on my courses via my Google Drive public folder (especially in the "Appendix" document).
Friday, May 02, 2014
Brian Michael Bendis on Diversity in Comics
He has a pretty interesting quote here, does the man who has probably made one too many white jokes in his comics but has done a great job of addressing the issues as he sees them. I'm using this post as a placeholder, because I've got something coming up for which this will be great, but you can enjoy it for whatever reasons float your boat.
Tomorrow is Free Comic Book Day!
Thursday, May 01, 2014
@ The Chalk Face Plays "What If" w/ Standardized Testing
Over at.. um... @ The Chalk Face, there's an amazing, well-written article on the new slate of education "reform" and its accompanying reification of standardized tests as ultimate measures. Please, please read.
The author asks and answers the question "What if we knew the tests are WRONG… and still used them? What reasons could there be?"