28th August, 2014

the-star-card:

lierdumoa:

benwinstagram:

tru

So I watched this music video, and this is in fact completely untrue. There are many scenes in which black/brown girls are casted.
One could conceivably argue that  any white star who features twerking in a music video is automatically being exploitative.
However, that was not my perception of this video in particular. It actually appeared to me the director took pains to portray a variety of dance styles (ballet, interpretive dance, rhythmic gymnastics, break dancing, twerking, cheerleading, etc.) all as equally valid art forms. Every performing group in the video includes a variety of ethnicities. I think I did actually see a black/brown dancer in the ballet troupe, though it’s difficult to tell. Look in the rear left of this gif:

We don’t know if they cast individual dancers or hired a dance troupe, so if black women are underrepresented that might say more about the dance troupe’s selection practices than the video director’s casting practices.
All the styles of dance, ballet or otherwise are presented in the same fashion — talented professionals being brilliant + Taylor Swift being endearingly incompetent. The black women in the video aren’t portrayed as Taylor’s dancing accessories, but rather as experts in their style:







Moreover, at the end of the video there’s a sequence showing all the different professionals being silly and dancing in a non-choreographed manner, thereby humanizing them, showing they exist outside of their role as dancers in Taylor’s video:


I think if we interpret the twerking scenes in this video as demeaning, that says more about our cultural perception of black women than it does about this particular video’s specific portrayal of black women. 

Wow. I’m not really a Taylor fan, but I’m glad this was pointed out.

the-star-card:

lierdumoa:

benwinstagram:

tru

So I watched this music video, and this is in fact completely untrue. There are many scenes in which black/brown girls are casted.

One could conceivably argue that  any white star who features twerking in a music video is automatically being exploitative.

However, that was not my perception of this video in particular. It actually appeared to me the director took pains to portray a variety of dance styles (ballet, interpretive dance, rhythmic gymnastics, break dancing, twerking, cheerleading, etc.) all as equally valid art forms. Every performing group in the video includes a variety of ethnicities. I think I did actually see a black/brown dancer in the ballet troupe, though it’s difficult to tell. Look in the rear left of this gif:

We don’t know if they cast individual dancers or hired a dance troupe, so if black women are underrepresented that might say more about the dance troupe’s selection practices than the video director’s casting practices.

All the styles of dance, ballet or otherwise are presented in the same fashion — talented professionals being brilliant + Taylor Swift being endearingly incompetent. The black women in the video aren’t portrayed as Taylor’s dancing accessories, but rather as experts in their style:

Moreover, at the end of the video there’s a sequence showing all the different professionals being silly and dancing in a non-choreographed manner, thereby humanizing them, showing they exist outside of their role as dancers in Taylor’s video:

I think if we interpret the twerking scenes in this video as demeaning, that says more about our cultural perception of black women than it does about this particular video’s specific portrayal of black women. 

Wow. I’m not really a Taylor fan, but I’m glad this was pointed out.

(via The Roadbox)

28th August, 2014

I like the Hemingway app….BUT

… I think it’s a little overzealous on passive voice and “hard words/hard sentences.”  

I had my freshmen using it today, and one girl had a “grade 10” readability level, changed some “hard” sentences and a few words and it took it to grade 8.  It’s freshmen honors English, and it’s an essay about Gilgamesh.  Grade 10 is fine.

Like….no?  I basically told them use caution and consideration on yellow “hard” sentences and purple “hard words.”  Also, not every adverb is a bad thing.

And I’m convinced it was IDing phrases that were not, in fact passive voice. 

27th August, 2014

Sent the first issue of the school newspaper to the local paper for Friday’s run!

27th August, 2014

Whiteboard

markct:

I bought a whiteboard and hung it outside my door.

Here is my year long plan. I’m going to have a special day each day of the week in which I draw and write about science. I’ll hang it outside my room so my students see it when they walk in. These are the days I think I’m going to stick with. My hope is to draw pictures every day too!

Monday: Men of Science Monday
I will highlight a particular man of science and write about his accomplishments

Tuesday: Periodic Table Tuesday
In which I pick an element and highlight it’s discovery and uses! (Who saw that one coming?!)

Wednesday: Women of Science Wednesday
Ummm heck ya I’ll be picking a great woman of science and writing about her!

Thursday: This Just In Thursday!
I’ll find an important current science event that has happened recently and right about it.

Friday: Fun Fact Friday
Any random fun fact I find!

First day of the school year with students is Tuesday so it’s just a welcome back sign, but Wednesday will be the first Women of Science Wednesday. Anyone want to make a suggestion on who to highlight first?!

(via Markct)

27th August, 2014

“The SAT “is a blatant class indicator,” Green tells me. “The entire system of standardized tests and higher education is completely ridiculous and ludicrous. But colleges haven’t found any other way to objectively evaluate the merits of a student. You have thousands of students applying to your school — there has to be a way to compare them to one another in terms of math and language and writing skill.” Any objective system like this can and will be gamed, he says, and yes, doing so can be expensive.”

Meet The Guy Who Makes $1,000 An Hour Tutoring Kids Of Fortune 500 CEOs Over Skype (via teachnologies)

(via Teachnologies)

27th August, 2014

Nailed it.

  • Me:
    I make you guys turn in a rough draft early because I know students. You'd procrastinate with the final draft otherwise. You'd sit at home and be like, "Waahhh, I don't wanna write. I just want to watch Supernatural and go to band practice."
  • Female student:
    She just described my life.