Topics and course materials

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General Reminders about posting:

You need to post at least 5 times during the semester. There are nine posting opportunities during the semester. You are welcome to post more often, of course. The prompt for the week will be on the GEDI Central section of the front page of our website.

Posts are due by midnight Sunday. Posts submitted on time will be available in the “weekly posts” section of the front page Monday morning.

General Reminders about commenting:

You need to comment on at least three posts for all nine posting opportunities. That means a minimum of 27 comments over the term.

Commenting =’s Caring: You will want respond to people who comment on your work. Most people find this activity rewarding, and you will notice that you get more feedback when you engage with the comments on your work. You should still comment on at least three posts (written by other people).

You need to read and comment on posts even on the weeks you don’t post yourself.

Comments are due before class begins on Wednesday.

TLDNR: Post at least five times. Everyone must post for the first week and for Week 10 (Critical Pedagogy). 

Every week there is a posting opportunity, you need to read and comment on at least three posts. (9×3=27 comments)

You should always respond to comments on your posts. 

Week 1 (8/22): Learning Community Welcome

  *Fri. (8/24): Set-up Blog and Post URL here by 5pm

Week 2 (8/29): Networked Learning (post — everyone)

Week 3 (9/5): Engaging the Imaginations of Digital Learners (post)

Week 4 (9/12) Anti-Teaching / Mindful Learning (post)

Guest Speaker: Dr. Emily Satterwhite, Associate Professor of Appalachian Studies, Department of Religion and Culture

Week 5 (9/19) Assessment (post)

Week 6 (9/26) Discovering your Authentic Teaching Self (post)

Week 7 (10/3) Designing a Learner-Centered Syllabus

Due: Syllabus Draft

Week 8 (10/10) Inclusive Pedagogy (post)

Materials and references from previous GEDI courses here


Week 9 (10/17) Diversity Statements Workshop

Due: Diversity Statement Drafts

Week 10 (10/24) Critical Pedagogy (Jigsaw session: post-during class)

  • Shelli Fowler, “Paulo Freire and Critical Pedagogy” (Canvas) (everyone)
  • bell hooks, Teaching Critical Thinking – Intro (Canvas) (everyone)

Jigsaw Pieces — only read the selection that corresponds to your number in the group:

  1. Joe L. Kinchloe, “Paulo Freire (1921-1997)” in The Critical Pedagogy Primer (2004), pp. 69-75 (Requires VT Library Log-in. Navigate to correct pages in the ebook)
  2. Joe L. Kinchloe, “Moving to Critical Complexity,” in The Critical Pedagogy Primer (2004), pp. 108-110 (Requires VT Library Log-in. Navigate to correct pages in the ebook)
  3. Paulo Freire, “The Banking Concept of Education,” Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Ch. 2, pp. 71-86
  4. Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of Freedom, Ch. 2, pp. 29-37 Missing pp. 33-34.  But complete excerpt is here. Start on p. 9 and read these sections: There is no Teaching without Learning, Methodological Rigor, Research, Respect for What Students Know 
  5. hooks, Critical Thinking (canvas)
  6. hooks, Democratic Education (canvas)
  7. hooks, Engaged Pedagogy (canvas)

Watch it again: Paulo Freire, Short Video on Curiosity; bell hooks, even shorter Video on Freire

Optional: June Jordon, Report from the Bahamas, 1982(Requires VT library Log-in); also here.

Week 11 (10/31) Formulating Your Teaching Philosophy

Guest Speaker: Dr. Kwame Harrison, Gloria D. Smith Professor of Africana Studies, Associate Professor of Sociology

Due: Teaching Philosophy Draft

Week 12 (11/7) Attention and Multi-Tasking  / Open Critical Pedagogy (post)

Guest Speaker: Dr. Homero Murzi, Assistant Professor, Engineering Education

Critical Open Pedagogy

Attention and Multi-Tasking:

 Optional Reading:

Week 14 (11/28) Teaching for the 21st Century — Connecting the Dots (post)

Friday 11/30 Due: Dear Dr. Nelson Letter (Self-Assessment) and Final Portfolio

Week 15 (12/5): Wrap up!

6 pm: Absolute deadline to submit Final Portfolio