Poetry Slams and Rap Battles

I’m really not the sharpest tool in the shed, y’all. But I do know this: I’ve been a poet, I’ve peered into songs, poems, book and rap. Rappers think on their feet. They are quick and brighter than anything I’ve ever seen. I respect that. So, it was with pleasure that I took a bow and let my students take charge some of the time (usually when they needed it). I was no skin off my nose to let Professor Littlejohn do his work without my personal interference.

The Story of How We Met

I don’t really know Dr. Clayton Littlejohn. I was on Facebook, doing my own thing, when one day he sent me a friend request. I thought he looked great in his picture and saw he was a philosopher. I sent him a thought: I respect that, man.

We’ve never really talked since then. He’s been doing philosophy, I suppose, and I’ve been doing a zillion-and-one things.

Take a look at his work, though. I think it probably rocks.

-Jennifer Lawson, PhD

Dirty Hands? The Cost of Invention in the Citizenry and Teaching

So, I broke rules and stuff for igniting invention, skill and other things in my students. That’s sometimes the price we pay. Iffin’ you want to keep people dumb and unquestionably compliant, pardon me. But, if, on the other hand, you’d like to move things in a better direction, we can be friends.

-Jennifer Lawson

Teaching: The Importance of Down Time and Games in the Classroom

I taught an awful lot. I did things that weren’t standard procedure in some places I worked at. For example, I let my students play games like Family Feud, Hangman, and even invent their own games. I didn’t really punish them if they cussed or things like that. I told them I respected them as people the first week of class, you know. They are probably better teachers than all of us now and kick quite the ass. (Check it: ISW)

-Jennifer Lawson

Hell Yeah, Folks.

I used a version of my own teaching method in Introduction to Philosophy (Phil 101) at UNF as well as ENC 101-4, Western Civ, Creative Writing at Sunrise Academy.

I think my students would be better able to assess that method, write it up and, perhaps, even say whether it was a good practice. Anyone and everyone interested in these things can take a look here at a CFP.

-Jennifer Lawson

Was Socrates Correct On Human Nature?

I think he probably was. He thought that people commit wrongs and evils due to ignorance–and, then, he admitted his own ignorance when the Oracle of Delphi told him so. Socrates was a, shall I say, pondersome man. He was burdened by many things, what I have dubbed “The Burden of Genius.”

Contrary to the thought we should all live ‘light’ most of them time, I think a heavy burden such as that of the Socratic style can lead us to important things.

Socrates may not have written much himself, but testimony suggests he was a good man, if problem-ed, sometimes, by mental illness.

He is known as the Father of Philosophy. (Not ‘western’ philosophy. Just philosophy.) And philosophy is known as the Mother of all knowledge, wisdom and understanding. Hence, civilization. [To learn about the kinds of associates Socrates had (for the most part), see here.]

-Jennifer

On Weird Relationships – Jennie

So, I’m kinda a Researcher-Participant in some of my work. I know, according to the accepted view, a Researcher should “step outside” the experiment. This, according to theory, is how one gets at truth. Maybe that’s true in some cases and some areas of science. I’m really not sure. But I thought I’d share this article on the Practitioner-Researcher relationship.