Thursday, June 15, 2006

Back on the Ball

And still broke...

Although I just got my computer back and I can't wait to post up my black and whites! I got and sent out the first batch of 12 x 18 colors and they are so fuckin tight! I am SO into big sizes now.. so much more detail that I didn't really notice was there.. Can't wait to get my black and whites oversized!

Workin at the school has been a BLAST! My students are grindin on black and whites on structural/symbolic/every day violence; immigration rights; education; and youth culture.. These WILL be posted up too before I bounce off to Massechussettes! I'm also helpin out my mentors with their A.P. Sociology class, and they are workin on research projects for their hoods.. the group I am working with in particular is looking at "embourgeoisement thesis" in their community, involving powerpoint presentations, research papers, and a dope ass documentary...of course....this also will get posted by tomorrow when its finalized. :) For their academic classes (humanities, math, science, ect..), students have to do additional presentations in front of peers and community members on some of subject matter they've been working on this friday in a series of "exhibitions". Maybe I'll shoot some video of this and post some good ones up too..

And now that I've gotten my computer back I can move back to plannin the rest of my life (so sad I know!).
Part of my research project for my internship is to look at programs I plan to study in grad school. I've been asking a few people questions about Phd studies before I got my computer back. I'm feeling undecisive about how to go about this. My plan evolved into persuing a masters in english education and then go on to an urban education phd program. Now I'm reconsidering just going straight into the phd program knowing that my ultimate goals are to influence schools and start one if not a series of community schools in nyc. I need to and want to teach, though. So I'm wondering if these education/urban education/learning and teaching/education, culture, and society phd programs (as they are specifically named by some of the universities I looked at) will qualify me for the coursework necessary to take credential tests for nyc schools... And even if they are, is it a smart or a dumb idea to skip the english master's program, knowing that it might provide me with some support for teaching specifically in the subject area??? Hmmm...

4 comments:

alaghom naom tzentel said...

bueno chula, most of your questions will be answered at IRT. pero probably the best thing you can do i slook for a masters to phd program. there are joint programs and you usually get more money that way. aver, ten paciencia. miss you mama, can't wait to see you in TEN days.

brownfemipower said...

hey mujer so sice to see you back!!!!! haha, i'm lovin your picture of your girl...that is SO fucking you/me...
in regards to your questions, i think for me, the big thing was figuring out how sure/not sure you were about what you wanna do with your life...a master's program lets you explore more shit, there's more flexibility to do something more general or more in depth, just more flexibility to do what you want how you want to do it. a phd program is more for if you have 100% (or at least 80%) committed to what you want, you aren't still going back and forth between vastly different subjects, etc. for me, i was jumping back and forth between an MFA in creative writing to a PhD in american culture. kinda hard to get into a PhD program and decide, oh, i only want to create stories, you know? So my advisor reccommended I get into an M.A. program that had both the theory and the creativity and see how i liked both of them at a university level.
Either way, just know that what ever you decide it's not permanent and you can change your mind at any semester!!!!

nubian said...

i'd say look for a program that is an ma to phd. i did the seperate masters route, and it was fine--just a lot more money since most ma's dont give you fellowships like phd's do.

also, within a phd, you can take a number of english courses (if your program is interdisciplanry) without having to write a masters thesis.

skyscraper said...

tigera,

what's up? you've been lost again so i wanted to see what's going on and whether you've made any decisions on how to prooceed to grad school.

cheers, hope to see your beautiful self soon.