“Teaching is a radical act.” (Jesse Stommel, The Human Work of Higher Education)

The classroom remains the most radical space of possibility in the academy…Urging all of us to open our minds and hearts so that we can know beyond the boundaries of what is acceptable, so that we can think and rethink, so that we can create new visions… (bell hooks, Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom, p.12)

The theme for today is Introduction to Critical Pedagogy. As our by email Hypothes.is article says for the day, critical pedagogy in its most humanizing lens forces us to ask: "1) From whose perspective are we defining and enacting 'humanizing' online pedagogies in our contexts? 2) Toward what ends are we enacting and advocating for these approaches? And who benefits from these approaches?" (Mehta & Aguilera, 2020, p. 113). Where can we "address issues of inequity, social justice, access, culturally marginalizing practices, racist, sexist, and homophobic practices in education..." (Mehta & Aguilera, 2020, p. 113)? Where can we find the intersection of the needs of our society, our institutions, our students, ourselves, and our curriculum?

Today we begin a pattern that will continue throughout the week - reading this post, going to the day's page, delving into the vidcasts, podcasts, articles, etc. for that day, considering the "Questions to Ponder" and our own reactions to what we've read, heard, seen, struggled with, etc. Then writing about our understandings, our reflections, our growth as pedagogues. We can write in reflective blogs or in Google docs, or in Twitter, or in Discourse. Feel free to write where and how you need to.

Or you can embrace doing everything I just said backwards or in some other completely different order. As I said in yesterday's tour, the Digital Pedagogy Lab is a place for maximum agency - the materials are available for you to digest, but the way you compose your meal for each day is entirely up to you.

Feel free to bring up other topics as well. If you want to discuss something, start a thread in Discourse. We can engage on many levels with many topics.

The plan for the day is here: https://stem.dpl.online/day-1/. The DPL master plan google doc is in the Google Drive, which also houses all of the non-open articles for the week, and is found here.