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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Why I teach

Teaching Philosophy Statement

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How good you are, how skilled, how studied depends entirely on how much you want to put into it.

There is aptitude and there is talent. Both can be developed to meet personal, community, and professional needs.

Opening our minds; agreeing to disagree; positive argumentation; understanding how we all communicate and why are key to citizenship, personal growth, prosperity and education itself.

There is no more important job than teaching, and I am gratified to be a part of this profession. 


I enjoy the opportunity to help students open their eyes, to dream, to flex their muscles, expand their horizons, forge new paths, and reach their goals. 

I hope that students see how much I enjoy being in the classroom, and that this enjoyment (really passion and enthusiasm) creates a positive classroom experience. My philosophy is rooted in passion, engagement, support and flexibility.

I believe every person has potential, perhaps more than they may realize.  The struggle may be great, but we have it in us to get there.  Individual effort is important, but reaching out for help is equally important. Also important is having a quality of curiosity, openness, and persistence, and being willing to experience some discomfort along the way.  



For many students, going to college is scary – taking a lot of determination, with many students being the first ones in their family to take this step.  Coming from a working class Chicago background, I understand that students may want to focus on practical goals. I also continue to appreciate the impressive diversity of the students in my classroom, in terms of age, nationality, and socioeconomic background.

I believe in an open discussion classroom and encourage students to ask questions and learn from each other. I learn from them every term. I also assume that students have different learning styles, coming from different places and backgrounds. 

Students have the opportunity to excel to their personal best through written work, discussion, tests, and assignments. I offer a variety ways to engage students, through lectures, story telling, films, web-assist and online resources.  Occasionally I have students who are surprised (or frustrated) that a speech class would include a range of topics, including current events, history, and social issues.  By covering these issues students are given topic ideas, learn more about different sources and become exposed to conflicting opinion. 


Research and presentation skills are needed for future academic and professional growth. This provides good preparation for developing speeches, and helps to have a learning experience that is more interesting and challenging than a rote series of theory lectures and speech assignments. Plus this helps to encourage a habit of critical thinking.

Teaching communications, particularly public speaking, means that many students are going to be more anxious than in other classes. When you are up there you are vulnerable. An important part of my job is helping students gain confidence through a gradual progression toward goals. Students are often pleasantly surprised that they have achieved (or simply survived) this experience. 

I earned my PhD in Education / Doctorate of Philosophy with a dissertation that focused on the work of John Dewey, and I am reminded why this philosopher impressed during my undergraduate days in Chicago. The notion that learning should be an active process of discovery, and be relevant to student learning [that teaching should not crush curiosity and creativity] and that an education is a social and community project, not merely an individual goal, grounds my philosophy. I will never become complacent about teaching, and hope to continue offering my services as long as I am allowed.



Art Lynch

art.lynch@artlynch.org

(702) 454-1067

Real Time Fact-Checking

 

Why news outlets should challenge phony claims by politicians in spot news stories, not just in separate assessments. 

By Rem Rieder
American Journalism Review

April 2, 2013

Rem Rieder (rrieder@ajr.umd.edu) is AJR's editor and senior vice president.      




Arthur S. Brisbane, the New York Times' public editor, is asking his readers for help.


He wants to know if the Times should call out newsmakers when they stretch if not ignore the truth or, in other words, lie. And not just in a separate fact-checking assessment, but in day in and day out coverage.


The answer: a resounding yes.


As I've written before, one of the more encouraging developments in journalism in recent years has been the rise of the fact-checking movement. First came factcheck.org, an initiative of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, in 2003, followed by the Tampa Bay Times' PolitiFact four years later. Many news outlets have followed their lead, and PolitiFact is franchising its operation around the nation.


This was a refreshing change of pace after so many years of news outlets letting politicos make shark-jumping claims, having their rivals deny them and calling it a day.


Mostly the new fact-checking outfits assess the claims of political figures in stand alone, after the fact assessments. And that's terrific. But it doesn't go far enough.


Allowing a politician to get away with nonsense day after day lets false statements seep into the public consciousness. Once that happens, it can be hard to dislodge them. And the separate fact-checking piece, while incredibly valuable, is an imperfect antidote.


Questionable claims should be challenged as quickly as possible. Sometimes that will be possible in a first-day story. Sometimes it won't. In the latter case, once they have run separate assessments of the claims, news outlets should replicate the findings when the allegations come up again. Because so often they do.


If the Times goes this route, as I hope it does, Brisbane wonders if the paper can do so "in a way that is objective and fair."


Sure it can. How? By being an equal-opportunity scold. Hold everyone to account, whether it's President Barack Obama or Mitt Romney or Ron Paul or Newt Gingrich or the local candidate for mayor. A clearly partisan take would be disastrous. A straight-down-the-middle approach would be an immense public service.


But beware of false equivalency. If Democrats are prevaricating more than Republicans, or vice versa, don't succumb to the temptation to be equally tough on both sides.


And know that you will never make everyone happy. Dick Jerardi, the Philadelphia Daily News' excellent basketball writer, wrote this week about the passionate partisans of the city's college hoops teams who are forever convinced he's in the tank for one school and hostile to their squad. As in Middle East coverage, it comes with the territory. To True Believers, if you're not 100 percent on their side, you're against them.


And in heated political battles, both sides will push back at any criticism. Call it working the ref. Props to Brisbane for bringing the issue to the fore. The more news outlets that adopt this approach, the better.

http://www.ajr.org/Article.asp?id=5237

4 Types of Informative Speaking


Four types of informative speeches 
1.     About Objects
a.     Describe something viable, tangible and stable in form
b.     Speeches about objects need to be sharply focused (you cannot convey everything to all people, have a specific purpose and limit the range of the speech)
c.     Speeches may take a variety of organizational forms (see Designs/ Organization below)
2.     About Processes
a.     A process is a systematic series of actions that leads to a specific result or product.
b.     Explain or Describe
How something is made
How something is done
How something works
c.     Goals
Organize better
Understand better
Or be able to do something themselves
d.     Often visual aids are needed
Charts can show process
Physical demonstration of steps in a process
Other as needed (see presentation and visual aids notes)
e.     Careful organization needed
Usually step by step in chronological order
May focus on major principles or techniques involved in performing the process, using a Topical organization
Each step in the process must be clear and easy to follow
Transitions between steps must be clear and assure audience understanding of previous and next steps.
3.     About Events
Any kind of happening or occurrence
i.               Occurrence may be historical event (Pearl Harbor, 9/11)
ii.              Occurrence may be historical movement or trend (Civil Rights, Women’s Suffrage, the Abolition of Slavery)
Examples personalize the events (real is best, but hypothetical will work as well)
Humanize the event as much as possible
Show relevance to the audience
Show relevance to current day
iii.            Occurrence may be everyday in nature     (dancing, waiting on customers, cooking dinner, chronic fatigue syndrome)
4.     About Concepts
i.               Convey information concerning beliefs, theories principles or other abstract subjects
ii.              Usually in topical order, but not required
iii.            Enumerate main features or ideas alternative structure
iv.             Define the concept, major elements and use examples to illustrate (third alternative structure)
v.              Compare and contrast competing schools of thought or approaches (fourth alternative)
vi.             Other (see structures and designs)
vii.           Be sure to define concepts clearly, terms in ways the audience can understand. Avoid cluttering with too many technical concepts or taking leaps beyond what is important to your presentation or discussion.
viii.          Consider using examples and comparisons to make concepts understandable
b.     Speeches may include all of the above or even other elements

Wong Kar-wai: The Grandmaster

Wong Kar-wai: The Grandmaster



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One of the most difficult things about making The Grandmaster, a film inspired by legendary Kung Fu master Ip Man, was the action sequences. "[Martial artists] will always tell you, if he's the Grandmaster, if he's that good, we never fight for ten minutes. It's only one punch. Or one kick." But filmmaker Wong Kar-wai knew his film couldn't have one minute action sequences, especially when they looked this beautiful: set pieces are a swirl of fabrics and textures, hands and feet, and calculated gestures. The result is a powerful film that emphasizes the specificity and beauty of martial arts.


Banner image courtesy the Weinstein Company
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Olivia Wilde: Drinking Buddies

Olivia Wilde: Drinking Buddies

Olivia Wilde: Drinking Buddies


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Olivia Wilde gained notoriety from series regular roles in television shows The OC, House MD, and The Black Donnellys. Now that she's officially entered the realm of super-stardom, she's finding it easier to play around and take risks in roles that challenge her to explore new parts of herself. One such a film has been Joe Swanberg's Drinking Buddies, which co-stars Anna Kendrick, Jake Johnson and Ron Livingston. Wilde plays Kate, a fun, frisky woman on the verge of 30... but still acting like she's 22. She says she can relate to characters whose personality "does well at a certain point in life when you're allowed to be kind of a mess."

 

Banner courtesy of Magnolia Pictures
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ENGAGE

'Breaking Bad' Creator Vince Gilligan

'Breaking Bad' Creator Vince Gilligan

'Breaking Bad' Creator Vince Gilligan


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As the AMC series Breaking Bad reaches its final episodes, we revisit our conversation with creator Vince Gilligan. He says it's time to end the series even though he fears it will end up being the most creatively satisfying thing he'll ever do.
Banner image: Bryan Cranston and Vince Gilligan on the set of Breaking Bad. Photo courtesy of Gregory Peters/AMC

BANTER

Hollywood News Banter 

The Los Angeles Times' John Horn, who is at the Telluride Film Festival, joins Kim Masters to banter about some of this week’s top Hollywood News stories.

-Fall film festivals bring Oscar contenders to the screen
-ESPN drops plans to be associated with -- or air -- a Frontline documentary about the NFL concussion crisis
-Kevin Spacey makes a speech challenging the old TV business model and championing new platforms for consuming entertainment
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MAIN TOPIC

'Breaking Bad' Creator 

Breaking Bad, the AMC drama that's been referred to in the same breath as The Wire and The Sopranos, is currently in its final episodes. We revisit our conversation from last year when creator Vince Gilligan sat down with The Business producer Darby Maloney to talk about the show coming to an end. He also says that to run a TV series you need to be a cult leader and that there was never a rivalry for AMC money with Matthew Weiner's Mad Men.
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Speak clearly or be left behind


A word to the wise from Mike Plaisted


Many people put opportunities at risk by the way they leave their names and phone numbers.

I received a call from a female actor a few days ago inquiring about the Empress Theatre Workshop.

My wife and I have listened to the message a couple of dozen times and cannot even guess at what the first three digits of the ten digit number are. Not only that, we cannot figure out what her name is. 

State your name slowly and clearly and consciously leave a beat between each digit of your phone number and you may be surprised at how many more return calls you receive.

-Thank you to Michael and the VIP's for this reminder

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Dah!


Homer
Ready for a channel devoted to nothing but "The Simpsons?"
Don't laugh, it is one idea News Corp. Chief Operating Officer Chase Carey threw out when speaking Tuesday at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media Communications & Entertainment Conference in Beverly Hills.
Noting that "The Simpsons" shows no sign of slowing down as it prepares to start its 23rd season on News Corp.'s Fox network, Carey said the company is starting to have internal discussions about how to create additional revenue streams for the animated hit that goes beyond reruns on TV stations and DVD sales.
Any effort at creating a platform just for "The Simpsons" may have to wait for the show to stop producing new episodes. Because the show is still in production after more than two decades, the rerun deals done years ago are still in effect. Once the show ends, so-called second cycle sales of repeat episodes can be sold. Although some shows might seem stale after 20 years, "The Simpsons" continues to be a solid performer.
Carey said there have been a "number of meetings" to determine how to capitalize on its library of episodes of "The Simpsons" and he mentioned a digital channel featuring nothing but Homer and the gang as being a possibility. Carey said it is incumbent on the company to take advantage of a show that is "unique in television with a volume too that is unprecedented."
The rest of the session with Carey offered little in new headlines. He again reiterated that Fox News is undervalued compared to most other cable networks and said that after ESPN, it has the most value to distributors.
The topic of the phone hacking scandal at News Corp., which led to the closing of the company's News of the World tabloid and has put a cloud over company Chairman Rupert Murdoch and his son, deputy chief operating officer James Murdoch, did not come up for discussion, at least in the portion that was streamed on the Internet.
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-- Joe Flint
Photo: Homer Simpson. Credit: 20th Century Fox

Stick!




He was just a working breed
from a small town.

Everything was fine, until the Mob messed with his family.

They made two mistakes.

They left him alive.

…and they left him his stick…

STICK! This fall. On ABC.
 
He was just a working breed
from a small town. 

Everything was fine, until the Mob messed with his family.

They made two mistakes.

They left him alive.

…and they left him his stick…

STICK!  This fall.  On ABC.