Judy's AOD Blog

Sunday, June 04, 2006


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For the topic of celebration and appreciation, I chose graduating as a whole. Graduation was the first thing that came to mind when I thought of celebration and appreciation, because it is a celebration of all the grad's accomplishments, and their friends and family appreciate how far they have gone and how much they have achieved.

To me, celebration and appreciation have to do with recognizing an individual or a group of individuals for their outstanding performance, or accomplishments. Celebration has to do with praising someone for what they have done, in ways that give that individual recognition for what they have done. Appreciation is a lot like celebration, when you appreciate someone, you show significant respect to that person, and adknowledge what they have done.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006


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My example for evaluation and reflection is from the show *America's Next Top Model*. At the end of every show, the judges look at the contestants photos and evaluate them based on how far they have come, and how well they used their constructive criticism. In the end, they drop the contestants until there is only one left.

This show demonstrates evaluation and reflection because the judges evaluate the participants photos on the lines of how well they did. Then, everyone is able to reflect on themselves, and ask questions like, "What worked?" and "What could have been better?". A lot of the contestants have successful reflection because over time, they build on what they could do to improve, which helps them succeed.

In class on Monday, I learned that evaluation and reflection go hand in hand, and that you usually do one along with the other. Evaluation is dealing with a situation and "rating" it. Reflection has to do with looking at what was acomplished, and reviewing what could have gone better, and what went well. We used evaluation and reflection in class by evaluating how the democratic processes in our school went this year, and reflecting on what we did well, and what we could do better.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006


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I found an article based on appreciating diversity and explaining how whenever you are somewhere new, your culture comes through.
Article link: http://experts.longisland.com/AppreciatingDiversity/archive_article.php?ExpArtID=1378

This article talked about appreciating others values and perspectives. It also talked about being more understanding of others differences and realizing that just because we do it one way, it doesn't mean that there isn't another way. Diversity is a good thing because it enables us to see the big picture, and get exposed to new things.

After having a class on the subject of diversity, I learned a lot of things I didn't realize fall into the subject of diversity. When I think of diversity, I consider factors such as ethnicity, family of origin, race, and religion. During class, I realized that there are other factors that can make a person diverse, such as likes/dislikes, political views, and even fashion. Even though people are diverse, it doesn't mean that they won't necessarily get along with eachother, which is part of what I think makes PSEC stand out. It seems like here, there are a lot of people with different backgrounds, likes/dislikes, and personalities that get along with each other, dispite differences.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006


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Ideal PSEC presentations.
My groups outline:
Ideal PSEC
-Faster Democracy

___+Representative Democracy in certain situations
-Less restrictive classes
___+More options
-Self-motivated students
___+More student influence
-More personalized
___+Become well-known
-Less division of classes
___+Student with student support
-Different learning environment
___+Occasionally less formal settings

In coming up with our group's list of the "Ideal PSEC", we had to use public judgment skills. Public judgment is the process of a community generating ideas from members to deal with certain issues. We did this by listening to the community on what everyone's ideal PSEC was, and then collaborating those ideas to come up with one outline that is suitable for everyone.

After we came up with our idea of the "Ideal PSEC", we presented our ideas to the community. Then they practiced public judgment by analyzing what we presented to them and commenting with their ideas. We were able to get feedback from some of the faculty and students in order for us to see what we needed to change or elaborate.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006


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On the Big D. and Bubba Show on 102.9 FM KMBQ, they talked to a pastor of a church in New Orleans. They discussed the destruction that happened and the efforts being made to strengthen the community.

I observed Big D. and Bubba practicing Political Imagination when they were talking with the pastor of a local church in New Orleans. They were talking about how they would feel if they were in the same situation, and how different things would be. Not only with the damage that has taken place, but also with the atmosphere of the community. They used political imagination to think about their values and perspectives, and how different they may be from residents in the New Orleans area.

After practicing political imagination in class on Friday, I learned that it doesn't just have to do with comparing your views with others, but also about looking to the future and "re-imaging" it. In order to practice political imagination, you must be able to review your thoughts and consider differenet solutions or options.

Thursday, May 04, 2006


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On the Tyra Show, Tyra sat down with Janice Dickenson and Dr. Keith Ablow. Janice and Keith got into a heated discussion about Janice’s childhood and her need for therapy. Tyra had to step in and be the mediator.

For my piece of media, I chose to write about when I observed negotiation and mediation taking place on the Tyra Banks Show. Janice Dickenson, the world’s first supermodel, was on the show talking about her abusive childhood. Tyra had a therapist, Dr. Keith, come on the show also, and talk to Janice. After a while, Janice and Dr. Keith got into a negotiation about whether or not Janice should go to therapy. Janice did not want to, but the therapist thought it would be a good idea and would help her. Tyra eventually had to step in and use good mediation skills in order to come to an agreement with both sides. In the end, Janice agreed that she would start going to therapy.

After discussing negotiation and mediation in class, I understand more clearly how the type of negotiation that Janice and Dr. Keith were using was not the most useful. It did not seem to me that they separated the people from the problem. Janice was focusing on her position as a former supermodel and Dr. Keith seemed to be focused on his position as a doctor. They also did not seem to be looking for mutual gain and focusing on mutual interests, but were looking out for themselves. However, in the end they reached a solution that both were comfortable with.

Thursday, April 27, 2006


Media Description:
CNN article titled, Ex-CIA analyst: Rumsfeld ‘should have owned up’. Discussion with Paula Zahn and Ray McGovern. Link to article: http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/05/04/cnna.mcgovern/

In this article, the two subjects practice creative conflict. Paula Zahn and Ray McGovern are talking about the issue of Secretary Rumsfeld lying about Iraq prewar intelligence. In this article, McGovern is against Rumsfeld, but Zahn is in favor of him. Instead of having negative conflict with one another, they both seem to stay calm and try to see each other’s point of view. They do this by being open minded, taking other things into consideration, and valuing each others opinions and perspectives.

I learned a few different things in class with our discussion of creative conflict. One thing I did not mention about the article is that they were able to focus on the present and solutions, and not on the past. The subjects also seemed to control their expressions of anger, and were not focused on winning the argument. These things are a big part of positive things to do in a conflict.