Thursday, May 5, 2011


Way back in March, around 75 people came to the Student Union Ballroom to play a fun game of sex toy bingo. There was well over thirty different kinds of sex toys that the winner of each bingo round could go up and claim as theirs.  This bingo event was held by Athena's a home novelty organization. To play bingo was free, but they encouraged students to bring old bras so that they could donate them to the breast cancer society to help find a cure. Before the game, one of the Athena Goddesses explained to everyone the proper ways to use the toys to make sure they were safe for everyone. It was defiantly quite the experience!!

I can relate this event to the Linda Christensen piece that we read. This type of event is definitely for digital natives! Not really sure if I could see my parents attending an event like this ;) Although I am sure that sex toys have been around for a very long time, the sex toys that were displayed at this event seemed to be more m up to date and more intriguing to students.

Another piece of literature that I can connect this to is the week we talked about GLSEN. There were toys available for anyone and everyone. Being gay, transgender, straight, lesbian. It didn't matter if you won their was a prize for you!

one of the toys you could have won

I can connect this event to The Susan B. Koman breast cancer society because all of the bras that were donated were sent directly to her foundation to help find a cure. 

Overall this event was a great way to get people together and all help a great cause! The women's studies group that put on this event were very pleased/shocked at the turnout because they did not think that many people were going to attend. Overall I really enjoyed this event, and it was something different to do on your average tuesday night at Rhode Island College.

If you are intrested in learning more or hosting your own sex toy party feel free to contact any Athenas Godess :)

Wednesday, May 4, 2011


This week for my blog I decided to do an extended comments off of Mariah's blog!  I really enjoyed reading the quotes that she chose and they really reflected the article that we had to read this week.

One thing from Mariah's blog was:

"In science, a problem-posing approach could take a debate form. A science class could present controversies in the field and in society. Students could examine competing interpretations of the origins of the universe, the causes and treatments of AIDS, the policy conflicts over energy sources and global warming, or the debates over the health hazards of exposure to low-level radiation to electromagnetic fields generated by power lines. By presenting science debates, controversies, and competing interpretations, the critical teacher would pose the subject matter as a problem for students to think through rather than a bland official consensus for them to memorize."
--Shor discusses the problem-posing approach in this quote. He believes that if you approach a subject asking questions it will give the subject matter more meaning to the student. The subject mater does not matter  at all to a student if they facts are given to them and they are told to memorize it. Shor proposes that they are prompted with, as an example, a debate in science class. Instead of telling the student the treatments and causes of AIDS, have them debate about it. That way, instead of them just memorizing the material they are learning to be critical thinkers by debating the idea. This website shows an article that talks about the problem-posing approach in Biology Education. One point this author makes is how he thinks textbooks should be changed to accommodate the problem-posing approach.

I believe that it is important for students to be challenged and that they should be questioned so that they can find the answer. A question can be so broad that the students will have to think and try and find the answer.  It is important that the student knows the information, and not just memorize the information. A student should be able to explain what they learned and use it in different context, instead of just memorizing a definition of something.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

End of the Semester!

I can not believe that it is already the final week of classes! This semester and year has flown by!

I would just like to comment on how this semester went. I really enjoyed all of the discussions that we had in class, and we all have learned so much from each other and Dr. Bogad. Our eyes were open to many different things, and they will only help us in becoming future educators. Its has been a pleasure working with everyone this year, and I hope everyone has a great summer (: and look luck with the rest of your college careers!

Steph (: