About Madalynn

I am a future teacher with a lot of questions about education.

Meeting 12/3/11

OK! It is snowing. Connor is making a video blog. We’ve had a fairly productive meeting. Everyone in the group needs to be working on the ideas for their personal reflection piece of the presentation, which we are all going to speak on.

Introduction:

– How we decided on this topic

– What our mission is

– What/how we decided to choose our workshop ideas

Workshop planning:

– How we found a site

– Madalynn was in contact with SFS

– Discuss individual planning ideas/what resources we used to plan

Workshops:

– Madalynn and Connor will speak for the most part about the first workshop

– Kevin and Connor will speak primarily about the second workshop

Show pictures/video:

-Connor will work on creating and compiling video clips

Individual reflection:

– Prepare your reflection that is no more than a minute long, but about a minute

WE CAN DO THIS!

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Friday’s Workshop

Hi, group! So, unfortunately due to a math test, I can’t come for Bustin’ Down Walls second workshop at Second Foundation School, as I had mentioned was most likely going to be the case. I’m pretty disappointed about this, but at least I have faith that you three are gonna rock it hopefully so hard that you will have the most satisfying bangover EVER.

Just to let you know, I did confirm with Starri that you will be there tomorrow around noon to conduct our second workshop. She had actually emailed me to confirm and is really looking forward to it. This is something we can discuss in the future, but the school would love to have us keep coming even past our project this semester. I don’t know where others stand, but I know that Tay is working on a mentoring relationship there, and I fully intend to keep fostering my relationship with this school as well. Oh, and if the school gets this grant, Starri mentioned giving us a (most likely modest) stipend ($$$$$$) if we continue to come.

You guys have to make sure to document EVERYTHING so I know how it goes! And whoever can blog about it afterwards do so right away! As I write this, I am realizing more and more how sad I am that I can’t come. I guess I’m gonna sleep on it, but if in the morning I decided, “Screw math!” and come to SFS instead of MCTC, I will text you guys.

Ok, well good luck! (maybe see you there if my heart strings keep a pullin’?)

Revised Workshop

Okay all, here is the revised workshop on gender harassment. The only thing that I changed from the roles we discussed during class tonight is that I would like to facilitate the debrief. After typing in everyone’s roles, I felt like I had a smaller role than I would like to have, considering I have put a lot of work into this workshop. I hope this is okay and that I didn’t step on anyone’s toes too hard. Look this over a lot before Friday.Comment with changes/suggestions. Make it work for you. Print it out if you need to. We’re gonna rock this!

Gender Harassment Workshop

Gather students in a circle. Ask for their attention.

Madalynn: Hey everyone! My name is Madalynn. (Everyone else introduces themselves) I go to school downtown at MCTC and I’m studying to be a teacher. For a group project this semester, these fellow classmates and I thought it would be awesome to put on some workshops with teenage students that deal with certain issues we find important to confront. Today I would like to talk with you all about gender harassment, and it’s super important that this is a safe space (describe).

Tay: So, does anyone know what gender harassment means?

Wait for answer.

Tay: Yeah, let’s break down this term. (write “Gender Harassment” on board/large paper) Ok, so the first word is gender, what does gender mean? (wait for response) Gender can refer to a few different things. It can refer to a person’s body biologically. Gender can also be referring to how a person views themselves, which is known as gender identity. In our discussion today, gender will be referring to our bodies, how we interpret them, and how we and other people treat them. Does that make sense?

Wait for answer and write down ideas under “Gender”                            

Tay: Ok, so the second word is harassment. Does someone here want to define that word for us? (wait for response) Yeah, harassment is unwanted attention. This can be verbal or physical. It can be something someone writes down, or something someone gestures. What’s important to remember about what makes it harassment is that it is unwanted. Does that make sense.

Wait for answer and write down ideas under “Harassment”

Kevin: So, can anyone have any ideas about what gender harassment is then? (wait for response) That’s right, gender harassment is unwanted attention that a person receives due to their gender or gender identity. One thing I would like to bring up is how gender harassment is not the same as sexual harassment. While sexual harassment usually implies unwanted sexual advances made towards someone. While gender harassment can be sexual harassment, the two are different because gender harassment is unwanted attention that directly relates to their body or gender, but is not necessarily sexual. Does this make sense? (wait for response) Ok, now, let’s talk about what gender harassment looks like, especially in a school setting.

Proceed to write down students ideas, discussing the various scenarios they come up with. If the students struggle, here are some helpful suggestions:

–          Unwanted hugging, grabbing, kissing, touching

–          Making comments about other people’s bodies

–          Standing too close to someone

–          Holding someone down

–          Writing or telling dirty jokes

–          Showing dirty pictures

Kevin: You all came up with some really great examples of what gender harassment looks like. How do you think it makes people feel when they are harassed because of their gender, or how do you think other’s feel when they witness this happen?

Write down responses near corresponding examples. Suggestions:

–          Bad, sad, unsure, anxious, unsafe.

Connor: Clearly, being harassed doesn’t make anyone feel good- not the person who’s being attacked, the people witnessing it, or even the person doing the harassment themselves. Now I have a question, have you read or seen Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone? There is a quote in that book that I didn’t notice as very important until I really thought about it: “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to your enemies, but a great deal more to stand up to your friends.”-Dumbledore. I know for myself, growing up in a community of basically one race and class, that I had a lot of friends and classmates who said hurtful things. I never found it too hard to say I thought someone was being mean or hurtful, except when that person was someone that I respected or was friends with. Have any of you heard your friends say hurtful things? Have any of you heard your friends harass someone about their gender? If you don’t feel comfortable sharing you than don’t have to and remember not to use names so that we don’t embarrass anyone in this group.

(Listen to examples of bullying by friends of students)

Connor: Did you say anything?

(Listen to stories)

Connor: Let’s about why it is hard to talk to our friends when we think what they are doing is wrong. What makes it different then when we are talking to someone that we maybe don’t like or someone we don’t know very well?

(Discuss in group)

Connor: Does anyone have any ideas on how to talk to a friend about something like this? How do we tell a friend that we think they are wrong or are being mean or hurtful without hurting the friendship that we have with them?

(Discuss in group and write examples on the board)

Madalynn: Alright, so now we’re going to do an activity. I’d like for us to split up into equal numbered groups. What I would like you all to do is write out a role play of someone experiencing gender harassment. You will be given one of the examples that we wrote up on the board earlier and then you can make up a situation around that example. The reason we are assigning examples is because we don’t want any of these skits to turn into harassment on accident. The examples that we choose should be examples that we in no way will use to make our classmates feel unsafe. I want you all to be sure to do three things (write down): Number one, show a clear example of gender harassment. Number two, make sure that your character has a clear emotional response to the harassment. Number three, I would like for you to figure out a way for the characters to resolve the problem and stop the gender harassment from taking place. Sound good?

The students will split up into groups. They will figure out their example and then be given 10-15 minutes to write their skits. Once they’re ready, the groups will present their skits. After each skit, we will discuss what the group did well, and what strategy they came up with to stop the gender harassment from happening. These examples will also be written on the board.

Madalynn: So, does anyone have any questions, or anything more they would like to discuss about gender harassment? (wait for response) Well, you all did a great job. I’m so happy that we could get together to discuss this, and I hope you all feel our time spent here was valuable. Everyone deserves respect. Everyone deserves to feel safe. It is really important that we do our best to create and enforce safe spaces, and you all have taken an awesome step in that direction today. Thank you so much for your time!

New plan

Hey all. So since I am the only one who would be able to make the meeting tomorrow since Connor and Tay said they couldn’t (Kevin, maybe I have the wrong number for you?), Starri and I figured that since we are already acquainted, we can send her some of her information/progress via email. She just wants to make sure I fill you all in on SFS, so maybe I’ll do a more proper tutorial when we meet early next Wednesday before class. I believe you can also visit secondfoundationschool.wordpress.com

The awesome news is that she’s totally down for a workshop on November 18th, and also wanted to know if we would be down to set up a second workshop for December 2nd. Hell yeah! Let’s get our shit together with the lesson plan we’ve been working on, and then we can work out tails off to turn Tay’s body image idea into a workshop too. Since meeting before class is all that really works for us, let’s make sure to put a lot of effort into revising the lesson plan so it is pretty much ready to go when we see each other on Wednesday, at least that’s my suggestion.

Also, perhaps if people want, we could take a field trip to SFS on Monday during that time slot that works for most of us (what, like noon?) and just go visit the place or something. Starri is really excited and says the school is always looking for volunteers. This is gonna be great. Let me know what you all think!

Meeting?

I just sent out a mass text, but Starri can meet tomorrow evening at 5:00. I can do this time, and I really hope at least one other group member can too, cuz we really need to get the ball rolling on this. Meeting during the school day doesn’t work very well for her, and she has limited after school availability. Starri even suggested that since Fridays work for us, if we are able to meet soon, that we could do a workshop on the 18th. Exciting, right? Please let me know ASAP whether or not this meeting time works for you so I can get back to Starri.

-Madalynn 262.227.5671

Gender Harassment Workshop

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Gender Harassment Workshop

Gather students in a circle. Ask for their attention.

Facilitator: Hey everyone! (My name is Madalynn. I go to school downtown at MCTC and I’m studying to be a teacher. For a group project this semester, a few of my classmates and I thought it would be awesome to put on some workshops with teenage students that deal with certain issues we find important to confront.) Today I would like to talk with you all about gender harassment. Does anyone know what that means?

Wait for answer.

Facilitator: Yeah, let’s break down this term. (write “Gender Harassment” on board/large paper) Ok, so the first word is gender, what does gender mean? (wait for response) Gender can refer to a few different things. It can refer to a person’s body biologically, for example, I was born with a woman’s body (waits for response) Yeah, gender can also be referring to how a person views themselves, which is known as gender identity. So someone who has a woman’s body may still identify as being a man, or vice versa. In our discussion today, gender will be referring to our bodies, and how we and other people treat them. Does that make sense? (write down ideas under the word gender)

Wait for answer.

Facilitator: Ok, so the second word is harassment. Does someone here want to define that word for us? (wait for response) Yeah, harassment is unwanted attention. This can be verbal or physical. It can be something someone writes down, or something someone gestures. What’s important to remember about what makes it harassment is that it is unwanted. Does that make sense? (write down ideas under the word harassment)

Wait for answer.

Facilitator: So, can anyone have any ideas about what gender harassment is then? (wait for response) That’s right, gender harassment is unwanted attention that a person receives due to their gender or gender identity. Now, let’s talk about what gender harassment looks like, especially in a school setting.

Proceed to write down students ideas, discussing the various scenarios they come up with. If the students struggle, here are some helpful suggestions:

–          Unwanted hugging, grabbing, kissing, touching

–          Making comments about other people’s bodies

–          Standing too close to someone

–          Holding someone down

–          Writing or telling dirty jokes

–          Showing dirty pictures

Facilitator: You all came up with some really great examples of what gender harassment looks like. How do you think it makes people feel when they are harassed because of their gender, or how do you think other’s feel when they witness this happen?

Write down responses near corresponding examples. Suggestions:

–          Bad, sad, unsure, anxious, unsafe.

Facilitator: Alright, so now we’re going to do an activity. I’d like for us to split up into equal numbered groups, let’s say no more than four to a group. What I would like you all to do is write out a role play of someone experiencing gender harassment. You can choose one of the examples that we wrote up on the board earlier and then you can make up a situation around that example. I want you all to be sure to do three things (write down): Number one, have a clear example of gender harassment. Number two, make sure that your character has a clear emotional response to the harassment. Number three, I would like for you to figure out a way for the characters to resolve the problem and stop the gender harassment from taking place. Sound good?

The students will split up into groups. They will figure out their example and then be given 10-15 minutes to write their skits. Once they’re ready, the groups will present their skits. After each skit, we will discuss what the group did well, and what strategy they came up with to stop the gender harassment from happening. These examples will also be written on the board.

Facilitator: So, does anyone have any questions, or anything more they would like to discuss about gender harassment? (wait for response) Well, you all did a great job. I’m so happy that we could get together to discuss this, and I hope you all feel our time spent here was valuable. Everyone deserves respect. Everyone deserves to feel safe. It is really important that we do our best to create and enforce safe spaces, and you all have taken an awesome step in that direction today. Thank you so much for your time! We hope to come back and be able to share more valuable information with you all. You rock!

Let me know what you think!

Agenda November 2

Purpose:
-Tentative date to go to SFS
-Discuss workshop ideas

Notes:
Date and Time to go to SFS:
-see if Friday the 11th works to meet with Starri, Madalynn will contact
-be ready to propose workshops
-tentative first workshop: November 18

Workshop ideas:
Tay: Body image (Barbie comparison)
Connor: Standing up to your friends
Madalynn: Gender harassment
Kevin: potential political action plan?

Did you accomplish goals?
-Yes

Next steps:
-contact SFS (Madalynn)
-outline workshops to blog, propose time-frame (everyone)
-Connor will post interviews to blog
-collaborate outlines for SFS proposal