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Greg McVerry

Some History on the Critical in "Critical Race Theory"

To everyone who criticizes Critical Race Theory as "marxist" let's explore some history. Not so much on Marxism, go read up on Friedrich Engels on your

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To everyone who criticizes Critical Race Theory as "marxist" let's explore some history.

Not so much on Marxism, go read up on Friedrich Engels on your own time (Marx a crappy writer IMO, Engles easier to get through)

First if you use any systems thinking that includes the individual, an agent, or a subject you have Soviet psychologist Aleksei N. Leontiev to thank for Activity theory.

Much of the work on Activity Theory in the Staes occured at Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition in San Diego

That's right, any systems thinking that supports someone's ability to change the system. So American right? Soviet import.

Now with the word critical now we must separate the Frankfurt School from conscientização

Frankfurt School-1930's Germany (continued by Habermas) today argued for an anti positivism (think Kantian Humanism all the world is observable and countable) where the  analysis of the conditions necessary for emanicipation should be the variable of interest.

conscientização- Critical consciousness from Paolo Friere. 200% post-marxist critical theory. Paoloa Friere wrote Pedagogy of the Oppressed (do us all a solid and read it) he taught illiterate Brazilians when literacy test required to vote (sound like our buddy Jim Crow?)

For Friere learning was a path to liberation. How unAmerican wanting freedom and sovereignty?

Imagine Black, Brown, and Indigenous people not wanting to continue centuries of oppression. Wanting freedom, to vote, to own businesses in their own neighborhoods. So unAmerican, the commie bastards.

Attacking Black Likves Matter or Critical Race Theory as marxist or reverse racism ain't new. Carmichael heard it the first time he said Black Power. Even from the NCAAP.

These lines of inquiry,: activity theory, critical theory, and conscientização come together and weave through history. You can now use this knowledge  to stop all the Nazis who want a race war to kill all the white people and/or inject you with a Bill Gates vaccine to put a chip in your arm.

Most importantly you can now stop the Marxist from getting the government's hands all over social security and medicare.

If you want a no nonsense discussion of critical race theory check us out way back in 2014 before ya'll made it a bad word.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RINJsYZ531k

sheesh.

 

    

Greg McVerry

Writing Up Regression

Social support significantly predicted depression scores, b = –.34, t(225) = 6.53, p < .001. Social support also explained a significant proportion of variance in

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Social support significantly predicted depression scores, b = –.34, t(225) = 6.53, p < .001. Social support also explained a significant proportion of variance in depression scores, R2 = .12, F(1, 225) = 42.64, p < .001.

This is from the APA. I don't usually care about if it predicted. I want to know the amount of variance explained and the effect size.

In the first sentence they tell you the model worked and it's significance. The second sentence includes the variance explained (my fav dish). They also include a second clause with the R-squared which is a measure of effect size.

You should really just include a table because all these numbers break reading comprehension. In the end do what the editor says.

Resultsts of the linear regression, as presented in Table 4.11, indicated, first that verbal intelligence, as measured by a vocabulary test, explained 16.9% of the variance, which was significant, F(1,93) = 20.530, p<.001. After verbal ability was accounted for, the three predictor variables of background knowledge, evaluation skills, and scores on a self‐report measure of dispositions of online reading comprehension explained an additional 22.4% of the variance on the scores of the less restricted ORCA, which was significant F(1,92) = 15.415 p<.001. In the full model, scores on a critical evaluation measure explained a significant amount of unique variance (β= .335 p< .001). Background knowledge also contributed significantly to the prediction of scores on the less restricted ORCA (β= .211 p= .021). Dispositions of online reading comprehension did not contribute significantly to predictions in the model (β= .117 p= .162). The addition of the variables in the second step of the less restricted model had a large effect, Cohen’s F= .358.

This is my dissertation version. It is way too long. Do not write regression results like a dissertation. Use a table.

Greg McVerry

My Ukulele Curriculum

I had my first #ukulele lesson with Aldrine Guerrero today. As a goal we wanted to develop a curriculum for my playing. I decided to take

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I had my first lesson with Aldrine Guerrero today. As a goal we wanted to develop a curriculum for my playing.

I decided to take lessons as I learned a couple chords, like to make noise pretending I knew scales, and had annoyed everyone in my family pretending to know a few songs.

Basically hit a wall in learning teachers can only break. You can practice chess for years but until you study growth will not occur. Music no different.

Teachers make studying easier. Good ones make it fun.

Curriculum

Ukulele 100, and 101

I said I completed these, but I more skimmed 100 and have gotten through first parts of 101. Just thought I know AA minor and C, so skip. Knowledge though not the point. Anyone can say hold the third fret down on the bottom string.

Repeating how to play a C ain't the same as knowing how a C should feel when it licks your ears with a nice natural drop (lesson from one of the two).

As suspected I picked up a few bad habit over last coupld months by trying to just skip over basics.

Routines and practice matter more than knowing.

Songs

I loved Aldrine's approach to learning songs as a tool to learning to play. Every week I pick 2-3 songs but drop them at the end of the week. Step away. Makes sense. A strategy writers use all the time. Then in month two I drop back in 1-2 songs from the cycle.

Finding your Swing

I really enjoyed the strumming lesson classes and need to practice the "not playing" motion. Relax my wrist a bit more to get a natural drop . Yet I loved some of the comments that you can't be wrong a strum pattern. Each person will develop their own quirks and each song open to interpretation. I had fears of pages and pages of strum patterns and a metronome all up in my space.

Overall I am excited I settled on Ukulele Underground as my community. I picked this place more for it is a place and not a series of video lectures alone. Will need to pick some non work times to meet. Found it hard to switch off work brain and flip right into chill out and jam brain. Excited to start my UU journey in the New Year

Greg McVerry

On Being Woven

The metaphor of weaving has meant a lot to me this past year. As the world unwinds around us we need to wrap oursevles in

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The metaphor of weaving has meant a lot to me this past year. As the world unwinds around us we need to wrap oursevles in love.

Femedtech and the Quilt project, exploring why epochs get defined by war and not weaving. Looking for a new metaphor of knowledge brokering and settling on weaving. Considering how multi-species worlding links our spirit and nature better than humanistic views.

All focused on truth being woven.

I love this poem. Not complicated. Basically saying the way is difficult but together we can do it.

 

Of Being woven

“The way is full of genuine sacrifice.
The thickets blocking your path are anything
that keeps you from that, any fear that you may be broken
into bits like a glass bottle.

This road demands courage and stamina, yet it’s full of
footprints!
Who are these companions?
They are rungs in your ladder. Use them!
With company you quicken your ascent.
You may be happy enough going along, but with others
you’ll get farther, and faster.

Someone who goes cheerfully by himself to the customs
house to pay his traveler’s tax will go even more
lightheartedly when friends are with him.

Every prophet sought out companions.
A wall standing alone is useless, but put three or four walls
together, and they’ll support a roof and keep grain dry
and safe.

When ink joins with a pen, then the blank paper can say
something.
Rushes and reeds must be woven to be useful as a mat. If
they weren’t interlaced; the wind would blow them away.

Like that, God paired up creatures, and gave them
friendship.”
 

This is how the fowler and the bird were arguing
about hermitic living and Islam.

It’s a prolonged debate.

Husam shorten their controversy.

Make the Mathnawi more nimble and less lumbering.

Agile sounds are more appealing to the heart’s ear.

Greg McVerry

Notes on the #CMMCAB Objectives and Assessment Working Group #cybersecurity

We had a wonderful meeting of the cmmc-ab objectives and assessment working group yesterday.Spent some time discussing the difference between knowledge and skills, nouns and

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We had a wonderful meeting of the cmmc-ab objectives and assessment working group yesterday.

Spent some time discussing the difference between knowledge and skills, nouns and verbs, and how these make up bodies of knowledge in the domains of .

Now we return to the CP, CA1, CA2, and CA3 draft objectives to ensure we have these "families" or domains of knowledge correct.

We used the metaphor of the fishing net for an ontological net. Meaning each "family" should only catch one kind of fish. So your access control net should let all your media protection fish slip on by.

I can not tell you how honored I am and how cool it is to be working with this many smart people in one (virtual room)

Greg McVerry

We were asked our opinion on grades for this academic year... My response #digped #literacies

&nbsp;I will probably just give A's to everyone who did most of their work or never gave up, and those in between. Surviving a pandemic, taking

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 I will probably just give A's to everyone who did most of their work or never gave up, and those in between.

Surviving a pandemic, taking 5 classes (equals 45 hours to meet fed requirements) and work 35-50 hours a week. 

All the evidence I need of knowledge growth. 

...I want my annual report to say the same:  I survived a global pandemic, went weeks without power, did some teaching, research and service.

Greg McVerry

How to Write Your #Literacies Mantra #edu506

Mantras, a sanskrit word, derives from meditation practices of Hinduism and Bhuddisum. These short phrases, represent universal truths people use to focus their minds away

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Mantras, a sanskrit word, derives from meditation practices of Hinduism and Bhuddisum. These short phrases, represent universal truths people use to focus their minds away from the material.

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"Mantra" by A literacy mantra repesents your worldview to how we and children learn to read and write. Your epistemological views, what you think about knowledge, and ontologogical views, how you see the world will influence your classroom.

Do you center knowledge in the indiviudal? Is reading a set of discrete skills that must be taught? How much agency and voice do we allow students to project?

Develop the  powerful phrase that captures what your classroom will look like.

How to Write your Mantra

Brainstorm

Begin by brainstorming jot down a lit of words of what will be important to you as a classroom teacher. You could also look to mentor texts and find ideas in educational philosophers, underline key phrases.

Sort

Once you have collected yoru words or phrases sort them by categories. You want to get down to no more than three or four key ideas.

Identify the Universal Truths

Examine yoru categories for universal truths. What holds for every child? Every classroom? You want to use active words that provide you with direction. A mantra you can repeate each day with your morning coffeee.

Include supporting evidence

Once you have written your mantra share it in a journal entry or a blog post. Then include supporting evidence to prove your mantra includes universal truths. This last step will be an ongoing practice. It may even shift your mantra. That is fine, no rule can be a rule, and set in stone. That is the only rule.

Greg McVerry

Five Reasons I chose to Carve a Spoon as My Subjective's Metaphor #OpenPedagogy #digped

My Free Choice Post for #edu522

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In my previous post I shared pictures of a hand carved spoon I am shaping from wood. I used this tool as a metaphor to explore my goals for . Got me thinking about what would the shape of the sotry be if I stretched the metaphor just a little too far.

Knowledge isn't Spoon Fed

In this class you design your syllabus, well the important parts. I still curate materials and facilitate discussions.

Open pedagogy draws heavily on principles woven into feminism and critical theory. in the sense of striving for the better (hooks, 1994); of seeing growth as a community process rather than a taxonomy of skills aquisition (Weber, 2006).

Many of us gather on a quilt Dave Cormier  (2015) calls "Community is the Curriculum" which we hold together through intentionaly equitable hospitality. In this class I want us to cook together. Bring in our own flavors to a shared table.

Learning is Messy

We often cast learning in such clinical terms. Our students need an "intervention." Growth requires "diagnostic" assessment. A nice easdy picture cleaned with the medical precision of a septic wipe.

Open pedagogy also draws on ideas of rhizomatic learning. We waste so much time and treasur measuring and sorting children. I would rather double down on reinforcing classroom practices that we know have positive impacts.

I believe the space of learning and not the learner is the variable of interest that should draw your focus. What can you do better to let your students make a mess as you create a community of readers and writers?

Learning Takes Deliberate Planning, Action, and Reflection

Open Pedagogy gets driven by those who learn out loud. By that I mean we share our reflections, openly blog throughout the design practice, often create content for the Commons, and encourage our students to do the same.

When you make learning visibile (Hattie) you help students grow. When you encourage students to that from a place they can call their own you help them be.

In this class you control your level of openess and privacy. You can share only in our private Microsoft Teams channels or publicly by publishing on your own website.

Play With Knives

Imagine walking into your principles office and suggesting giving out knives to all the eigh year olds. Think it will fly?

Why not?

I have taught so many children ages 6-10 to play with knives in cub scouts. I am happy my kids can, with supervision, sit outside and play with knives

We shelter our children from too many complex tools and topics. I believe we must engage students in critical issues for change from a Vygotoskian dialectical perspecticve.

In this class we will explore the relationship of open pedagogy, privacy, and strategy exchange amongst our peers as you folks work toward your subjectives.

Know the Right Amount of Pressure

If you look closely at where my spoon is and where I planned it to be you will see they are not alike. I say I am trying to break from my love of symmetrical design, others will call it a lack of skill. Either way, many times when I press too hard the wood cracked.

Learning works this way. We need to rethink assessment and the pressures we put on children. As Sean Michael Morris and Jessie Stommel ask us, "How do we measure the love of learning?"

In this class I hope to leave that question unanswered as we all try a little bit better tomorrow all figuring it out.

Greg McVerry

In #edu407 We asked this week why is argumentation considered the highest form of discourse? #literacies

What if asking, "Is It?" is more important than stating, "It is?"

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In many ways though I see the dominance of argument to be a central problem with the enlightenment theory that tried to quantify inequality based on sex and an artificial construct of race. It goes farther then the Enlightenment

The whole idea that man was given dominion over the natural world, which traces further back to Greek ideas of argument in logos, pathos, and ethos....The central dominance of "I" in the organizing force of knowledge.

This is what I want us to question with this prompt. Why isn't reflection considered the apex of thought? Why do butcher Spencer's concept of "fit" apply to Darwin and create worldviews around "survival of the fittest?" What if we took a expansive worldview of how the world works?

Why do we call it the Iron Age and Not the Flax Age?

Maybe these questions all draw from the poisoned wells that where Western knowledge gets drawn. Maybe if we allowed more voices from the beginning we wouldn't think the one who argues the best is the mostest right.

Greg McVerry

How to Write Your #Literacies Mantra #edu407

Mantras, a sanskrit word, derives from meditation practices of Hinduism and Bhuddisum. These short phrases, represent universal truths people use to focus their minds away

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Mantras, a sanskrit word, derives from meditation practices of Hinduism and Bhuddisum. These short phrases, represent universal truths people use to focus their minds away from the material.

2071964158_32cd0d36b8_z.jpg
"Mantra" by A literacy mantra repesents your worldview to how we and children learn to read and write. Your epistemological views, what you think about knowledge, and ontologogical views, how you see the world will influence your classroom.

Do you center knowledge in the indiviudal? Is reading a set of discrete skills that must be taught? How much agency and voice do we allow students to project?

Develop the  powerful phrase that captures what your classroom will look like.

How to Write your Mantra

Brainstorm

Begin by brainstorming jot down a lit of words of what will be important to you as a classroom teacher. You could also look to mentor texts and find ideas in educational philosophers, underline key phrases.

Sort

Once you have collected yoru words or phrases sort them by categories. You want to get down to no more than three or four key ideas.

Identify the Universal Truths

Examine yoru categories for universal truths. What holds for every child? Every classroom? You want to use active words that provide you with direction. A mantra you can repeate each day with your morning coffeee.

Include supporting evidence

Once you have written your mantra share it in a journal entry or a blog post. Then include supporting evidence to prove your mantra includes universal truths. This last step will be an ongoing practice. It may even shift your mantra. That is fine, no rule can be a rule, and set in stone. That is the only rule.

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