College Football: BYU Cougars vs. Utah Utes

BYU Football
BYU Football
Ah, what a game. It was exciting and nail biting from kick off until the end of overtime, capped by an amazing pass, catch, and touchdown by BYU. Regardless of who you cheered, this was an exciting game to watch. However, I must admit there have been many recent comments (by both teams) which have tarnished the quality of the game. Sure, Max Hall publicly misspoke, but was he the only one?! No. Sure, his high profile position sets him apart as someone to quote, but for the media to blitz him and try to bury him, the game’s outcome, etc. is unfair, and very hypocritical. My friend Rick W. posted about this (he said I could share the following) which I feel is a nice synopsis of the situation:

I’ve got to tell someone my two bits on Max Hall’s post-game comments! Thanks for listening!

He was definitely out of line. The funny thing, though, is how he’s been castigated in the online discussion boards by the same people who do the same thing every week. What did Hall say? That he hated the Utes and then made blanket statements about their entire fan base. Um, that’s what ALL the obnoxious posters post on discussion boards each week on both sides! People who are criticizing Max need to look in the mirror and see if they are doing the same thing, only not in press conferences and behind the anonymity of screen names.

So I agree, he was wrong, but I hope everyone moves on and forgives because he didn’t do anything more or less than what dozens and dozens of fans do on the discussion boards each week.

The SECOND funny (and disgusting) thing is how the media has treated this. Before the game, members of the media were begging, prodding, poking, and doing all they could to entice former and current players to say “trash talk” about each other. In fact, the local sports radio station blasted the coaches for bottling up the players all week and not letting them speak their minds. After all, they argued, this is a rivalry, let there be trash talk! Then when Max does let loose with some trash talk, those very same media personalities were the first to thrash him and pounce all over him—for doing exactly what they wanted him to do.

Disgusting. (BTW, Greg Wrubell pointed out this irony on KSL somewhere—an article called “Max Impact”)

So yeah, Max was out of line and it embarrassed the school/church, but sheesh, look in the mirror before criticizing him too much!

Color Makes a Difference

I came across this interesting picture a while back, and have been meaning to share with you (my blog audience – or lack of audience?!) It clearly shows how companies have branded themselves with color – even more so than with actual symbols, logos, etc. Very interesting.

The power of color in a logo
The power of color in a logo

Audience Awareness

multicultural education
multicultural education

While visiting Vancouver I spent some time going by a few of the local schools from my old neighborhood. Although I grew up in attending these schools I didn’t realize how in living away from Vancouver I inadvertently developed a multicultural bubble. At one school I was asked to team teach a lesson – however, little did I realize who my audience was. My first mistake: not being aware of the background, interests, and needs of my audience (students in this case). Without this “compassion” as it really should be called in this type of setting, I don’t think a teacher can accurately tailor their teaching to the various learning styles of each student. It is imperative as teachers that we understand and appreciate each student – it’s not easy – but it does make a difference.

Watch Where You’re Going

I just went through my mid-course evaluations. I received “some” good feedback – however, I must be honest, I didn’t receive as much as I had hoped. It seems the only students who take the time to voice in are either: really happy with the class, or extremely unhappy with it. I consider both “outliers.” Nothing against them, in fact I love their feedback, but I do wish I could get the rest of the class – those students I call: The Gray Students, to give me some meaningful feedback (I hate it when students say, “If I have to give some feedback it would be, bring more treats.” Although this might be true, it doesn’t really help me grow as a teacher.) What I would like to hear is feedback re: instructional techniques, activities, types of assignments, and so forth. I will mention one specific feedback this year which I think should be addressed. The feedback concerned not understanding and making a connection with all the different topics and information in the course. I liked this feedback bc it made me consider the flow of content I was covering, the actual content of the curriculum, and so forth. Ultimately what I decided was: 1) I do need to ensure students “have the opportunity” of recognizing the connection between the various topics we cover in class, and 2) give them tools and opportunities for making these connections (the tools might be assignments, tests, etc.). In both solutions I hope you recognize I added the word: opportunity. It seems often “we” as students expect the teachers to make the connections for us – and sure, teachers should help us scaffold the topics/content/our learning, but ultimately we (as learners) should take responsibility for our learning and figure out what to do with the information we are exposed to. In my opinion if we (as learners) are able to then organize and apply the information into new and different scenarios it’s at that moment when we are turning learned information into knowledge. I think the video below highlights this principle quite nicely – it suggest we should watch where we’re going – which, again fits nicely with learning: we need to watch closely, and anticipate where and how the information can be used. watch where you\'re going