TASTE TESTING PHOTOS BELOW!

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loaf1unnamedOH BOY!  Here’s our nutraloaf BEFORE baking it in the oven!  While it was baking, I have to say it smelled a little tomato-y AND raison-y.  It is also very HEAVY.  Good thing it’s finger food because I don’t have paper plates!  

TASTE TESTING FUN!

um.  Nick isn’t too sure.

loaf2unnamedBreann at least smiled while she tasted. loaf3unnamed Zoe may spit it out.loaf4unnamedDevon was a good sport — before he tasted, anyway. loaf5unnamed John: no complaints. loaf6unnamedAnd finally Alex.  “Hey, can I have another piece?”   photo-1Moral Court ROLES for TU NOV 18th CLASS:

9:30 CLASS:

Carmen — prisoner sentenced to eat nutraloaf

Sassy — prison warden

extras:  Hana-May, Riley, Timon  (witnesses or experts as determined by lawyers)

Lawyers:  Wilson, Sade, Claire, Taylor, Isabella, Cath, Avi,

Jury:  Victoria, Logan, Selasi, Kaela, Jay

2:00 CLASS:

Lawyers:  Amrow   Matt  Khiana   Lexus  Eric  Alex  Sarah  Roxanne  Juan

Prisoner:  Kamali

Witness:   Jacob  Maria  Camille  Emily, Elisabeth

Wardon: Caton

Jury:  Hannah   Erin  Naomi  Anna  Andrew

5:30 Class 

Lawyers:  Gabby, John, Emma, Tessa, Devon, Alli, Nick, Brittnay

Warden:  Zoe

Prisoner: Brian

Witnesses / experts:  Kaetlin, Hazel, Natalie, Michael, Allison

Jury: Chris, Kristina, Breann, Pamela, Mohammed

Coding Protocol: Images of Hitler On Tumblr

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Content Analysis Google Doc for 5:30 class:

EXAMPLE OF CODING PROTOCOL: This is a strong Coding Protocol.  Notice how small her units of study are (mouth, hand gesture, swastika, animals, etc).  Also notice that the writer gives OPTIONS under each question for easy coding.

Content Analysis Protocol for Representation of Adolf Hitler on Tumblr

Methodology:  I searched Tumblr for “Hitler” and collected every 3rd image of Hitler until I had collected 50 images.  If a post did not contain an image, I did not count it, but instead skipped it, and counted the next image.  

V1. What is Hitler wearing?

  1. Uniform
  2. Casual clothes
  3. Dress clothes

V2. Is Hitler’s face shown in the image?

  1. Shown
  2. Not shown

V3. If V2=1, what is Hitler’s mouth doing?

  1. Smiling
  2. Straight
  3. Frowning

V4. Are there any hand gestures in the image?

  1. Yes
  2. No

V5. If V4=1, what gestures are shown?

  1. Nazi salute
  2. Wave
  3. Shaking hands

V6. Are there any other people in the image?

  1. Yes
  2. No

V7. If V6=1, who else is there?

  1. Male child
  2. Female child
  3. Adult male
  4. Adult female

V8. If V6=1, are the people interacting with Hitler?

  1. Yes
  2. No

V9. If V8=1, what kind of interaction is Hitler having with the others?

  1. Positive
  2. Neutral
  3. Negative

V10. Are there any animals in the image?

  1. Yes
  2. No

V11. If V10=1, is Hitler interacting with them?

  1. Yes
  2. No

V12. Is there a weapon in the image?

  1. Yes
  2. No

V13. Is there a Swastika shown in the image?

  1. Yes
  2. No

V14. If V13=1, where is the Swastika located?

  1. On Hitler’s clothing
  2. On other people’s clothing
  3. On a flag

V15. How is Hitler portrayed in the image?

  1. As a leader/hero
  2. As a regular citizen
  3. As a mockery  (I am not clear about this word — maybe use another?) 
  4. Humorously

V16. What is the overall tone of the image towards Hitler?

  1. Positive
  2. Neutral
  3. Negative
  4. Humorous/mocking  (here you link humor and mockery together. Let’s discuss this.  Are these the same emotion/tone?

Coming out of Unit 1: What did we learn?

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Unit 1:

interviewing and public opinion

how to use tumblr

blogging is fun

creating something others may read

creating a project idea based on an open-ended topic

strangers get to know each other

how to write captions (good captions)

communicated about color, aesthetics

having fun doing a project:  you usually don’t have fun

Unit 1:  What did we learn  2:00 class

“I had no friends before.”

Working as a group — dividing work,

How to rock climb

How to use tumblr

Time management

Mad respect for journalism skills

Appreciation for Photography in blogs

Artistic ability, appreciation for aesthetics

Work ethic: felt obligation to each other because of earlier team building

9:30 class

appreciation for blogging; my team taught me how to use tumblr

making decisions together

the importance of juxtaposition in making a point

having fun first helped us work better as a team on the Photo Narrative

(what else did we talk about?)

 

Conferences with Groups 

CONFERENCE LOCATION:  FILL (FOCUSED INQUIRY FACULTY LOUNGE) ON THE 5TH FLOOR OF HARRIS HALL, DIRECTLY ACROSS FROM THE ELEVATORS ON THE 5TH FLOOR.  (The room has comfy chairs!)

9:30 Class:  GROUP CONFERENCE TIMES

9:00 – 9:20  300Conjuringsofjonasbrothers

9:20 – 9:40  a group

9:40 – 10:00  s group

10:00 – 10:20  t group

10:20 – 10:40  b group

2:00 Class:  GROUP CONFERENCE TIMES

2:00 – 2:20 – s group

2:20 – 2:40 – u group

2:40 – 3:00 – b group

3:00 – 3:20 – t group

3:20 – 3:40 – a group

5:30 Class: GROUP CONFERENCE TIMES

5:00 – 5:20 –  t group (Weekenders)

5:20 – 5:40 – s group

5:40 – 6:00 – b group

6:00 – 6:20 – u group

6:20 – 6:40 – a group

TUMBLR BLOG URLS

Below are the ASSIGNED GROUP PAIRINGS for reading Group Formation Blog Project Feedback:

tgroupsworld.tumblr.com    PAIRED WITH   tgroupuniv112.tumblr.com  phone fast

agroup930.tumblr.com    PAIRED WITH    agroup200.tumblr.com

bgroup930.tumblr.com   PAIRED WITH   bgroupfi.tumblr.com  what is our online worth?

300conjuringsofjonasbrothers.tumblr.com  PAIRED WITH  worldstarhipblog.tumblr.com

sgroup930.tumblr.com  PAIRED WITH  cornerbd.tumblr.com   then and now

ugroup.tumblr.com  PAIRED WITH  gafandfriends.tumblr.com

bgroup200.tumblr.com  READS  itstheweekenders.tumblr.com

doeshk.tumblr.com   READS   bgroup200.tumblr.com

itstheweekenders.tumblr.com  READS  doeshk.tumblr.com

 

 

9:30 CLASS

tgroupsworld.tumblr.com

agroup930.tumblr.com

bgroup930.tumblr.com

300conjuringsofjonasbrothers.tumblr.com

sgroup930.tumblr.com

http://loveyourself-ie.tumblr.com/  Stand out

2:00 CLASS

tgroupuniv112.tumblr.com   Students of VCU

agroup200.tumblr.com

ugroup.tumblr.com

bgroup200.tumblr.com   surveillance

doeshk.tumblr.com

5:30 CLASS

bgroupfi.tumblr.com  What is our Online Worth?  Data on status updates

gafandfriends.tumblr.com

worldstarhipblog.tumblr.com

itstheweekenders.tumblr.com  Instagram

cornerbd.tumblr.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team Building Exercises- Taylor

We chose to do exercise number 3,  drawing replicas.  Although this activity put us in a joking mood, the game helped us in many ways. From this we enhanced our communication skills, as the words used to describe the crude picture are an integral part of playing the game. Not only does this partner need to be specific in their descriptions, but the other partner must be intuitive and good at listening. At first, the receiving partners tended to act anxious for more precise words, but later we all learned that being patient and supportive is the best way to listen.

1.
Questionnaire Interview and Representation: In groups of two, the larger group will divide. Every member of the entire group will be given the same sheet of questions. In the pairs, the partners will take turns interviewing each other (one partner will ask all the questions, write the interviewee’s answer, and then trade jobs). Writing the answers of your partner is important, as the final step of the activity is sharing the answers of your partner to the entire group, rather than your own answers. The questionnaire will include questions that will not only “break the ice”, but also help the team build strategy based off of mentioned strengths and weaknesses.
Questions:
-What is your name, age, and birthday?
-Where do you live?
-What song have you listened to the most this week?

-What traits do your friends, lovers, enemies have?
-When do you feel closest to people?
-When do people annoy you?
-How important is school for you?
-What do you dislike most about college?

-Do you consider yourself a reliable person?
-What do you do when you are stressed out?
-Have you had any bad experiences in group work? Tell about them
-What role do you usually play in a group work setting?
-What is the most important thing to have in a relationship?
-When are you the most productive?
-Are you a procrastinator?

2.
Phrase Ball: Team members will sit around each other while tossing a ball around. Whoever receives the ball must say a descriptive phrase on the spot, such as “the dilapidated slum” or “the fuzzy kitty”. The objective for this part of the game is to be as fast paced as possible, which prepares the group for on the spot moments one may have to take control without consultation from group members. After the members are comfortable enough making statements under pressure and in a short amount of time, the second round begins. The objective of the second round is to facilitate and enhance to the communication of the group. Phrases are still announced at the catching of the ball, but this time the ball holder must also finish the phrase of the previously mentioned one, and then come up with a new one as fast as possible.
3.
Drawing Replicas: This requires a supply of simple line drawn pictures such as an umbrella, a book, the sun, etc. The group will divide into groups of two. One partner will be given a drawing, and the objective is for the partner without the drawing to create a replica using their own paper and pencil. The partner that is given the paper with a drawing must describe the drawing to the other partner so they are able to draw it. The partner with the drawing must describe without naming what the drawing actually is, and concealing the drawing itself from the partner assigned to draw. This will help group members develop the skills necessary for giving clear instructions and listening well.

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Team Building Exercises- Taylor

We chose to do exercise number 3,  drawing replicas.  Although this activity put us in a joking mood, the game helped us in many ways. From this we enhanced our communication skills, as the words used to describe the crude picture are an integral part of playing the game. Not only does this partner need to be specific in their descriptions, but the other partner must be intuitive and good at listening. At first, the receiving partners tended to act anxious for more precise words, but later we all learned that being patient and supportive is the best way to listen.

1.
Questionnaire Interview and Representation: In groups of two, the larger group will divide. Every member of the entire group will be given the same sheet of questions. In the pairs, the partners will take turns interviewing each other (one partner will ask all the questions, write the interviewee’s answer, and then trade jobs). Writing the answers of your partner is important, as the final step of the activity is sharing the answers of your partner to the entire group, rather than your own answers. The questionnaire will include questions that will not only “break the ice”, but also help the team build strategy based off of mentioned strengths and weaknesses.
Questions:
-What is your name, age, and birthday?
-Where do you live?
-What song have you listened to the most this week?

-What traits do your friends, lovers, enemies have?
-When do you feel closest to people?
-When do people annoy you?
-How important is school for you?
-What do you dislike most about college?

-Do you consider yourself a reliable person?
-What do you do when you are stressed out?
-Have you had any bad experiences in group work? Tell about them
-What role do you usually play in a group work setting?
-What is the most important thing to have in a relationship?
-When are you the most productive?
-Are you a procrastinator?

2.
Phrase Ball: Team members will sit around each other while tossing a ball around. Whoever receives the ball must say a descriptive phrase on the spot, such as “the dilapidated slum” or “the fuzzy kitty”. The objective for this part of the game is to be as fast paced as possible, which prepares the group for on the spot moments one may have to take control without consultation from group members. After the members are comfortable enough making statements under pressure and in a short amount of time, the second round begins. The objective of the second round is to facilitate and enhance to the communication of the group. Phrases are still announced at the catching of the ball, but this time the ball holder must also finish the phrase of the previously mentioned one, and then come up with a new one as fast as possible.
3.
Drawing Replicas: This requires a supply of simple line drawn pictures such as an umbrella, a book, the sun, etc. The group will divide into groups of two. One partner will be given a drawing, and the objective is for the partner without the drawing to create a replica using their own paper and pencil. The partner that is given the paper with a drawing must describe the drawing to the other partner so they are able to draw it. The partner with the drawing must describe without naming what the drawing actually is, and concealing the drawing itself from the partner assigned to draw. This will help group members develop the skills necessary for giving clear instructions and listening well.

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Team Building Exercises-Sade Moses

1.“The Survival Scenario”

Imagine your group is in a sinking boat and the only chance of survival is a desert island nearby. If you could only take 12 important items from the boat to the island what would you bring? Also, list those items in order of importance.

This was a team building exercise my group decided to try because of the fun and easiness of it. If we were, in reality, stuck in this scenario together we would definitely have to quickly form bonds with each other, but even when we were pretending we still felt the same connection. We all had to agree on which items we would bring and had different opinions on which were wants and which were needs. There was also some debate on where the items should be placed on the list in order of importance. Overall, we eventually all learned how to compromise and have respect for each other’s opinions and even had some laughs along the way. It was a great team building exercise that required little, but the result was worthwhile. Here is our list:

1. water purifier

2. flint and steel

3. first aid kit

4. machete

5. a giant tarp

6. a large pot

7. canteens

8. emergency food supply

9. survival guide

10. flares

11. ropes

12. a tool kit

 

2. “Engineering Emergency”

The goal of this exercise is to use multiple pieces of pipes to get a golf ball from one side of the room to the other. It would be better for larger groups. Everyone stands in some form of a line snaking from one end of the room to the other and those at the beginning of the line have pieces of pipes. The first person in line puts the golf ball through their pipe and the next person will try to connect theirs to the first one so the ball can roll through and so forth until the ball rolls through all the pipes to the very end of the line. The challenging part is the ball can never touch the ground, so if someone is not fast enough connecting their pipe or isn’t paying attention the ball will never make it to the end of the line. Everyone has to work together. Ways to make this team building exercise more challenging is to give a limited number of pipes, so after the ball runs through your pipe you have to run to the end of the line to hand your pipe off to someone else. Also putting a time restraint on it like 3 minutes to get the pipe to the end of the line would add some excitement and adrenaline to the exercise. Overall, this exercise forces everyone to work together to get the job done. The ball will not make it without communication and cooperation by everyone.

 

3. “Draw what you can’t see”

Pick a partner and the two of you sit back to back facing away from each other. One partner has a piece of paper with a simple image on it and the other has a blank sheet and drawing utensils. The partner with the drawing has to describe the image on the paper to the other partner, and that person has to try to imagine it and draw it on their sheet. It may seem easy, but communication can easily get lost between two people. The person drawing is solely depending on what their partner is saying to them and has to trust that their description is right. It also shows how everyone has a different interpretation on what they see and hear. One image that looks like a banana to one person might be described as a crescent moon to another. This exercise helps groups with communication, interpretation, and trust.

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Team Building Exercises- Isabella

“Zoom”

The group decided to perform the activity, “Zoom” out of the list of activities Isabella compiled. In this activity, one member is given a picture and she must start a story based off the photo. The next member continues the story, and so on and so forth. This exercise promotes teamwork and creatively thinking as a group.

We told a silly story based off the image below, taken from Google. Our group enjoyed making up a short story about an insecure, yellow owl. See the below video to join in on our fun.

We found that this exercise helped to loosen up any tensions felt by the group members through laughing together. The activity also got our creative juices flowing and working together.

 

Owl Picture

 

 

Isabella’s Original Paper

The first team-building exercise is called “Blind Count Off.” For this exercise, the group members stand facing away from each other and count as high as they can, with each person saying just one number at a time. The goal is for the group members to take confidence in each other through active listening to count to a high number.

The second team-building exercise is actually an ensemble awareness game that I have played in acting classes. The group is told to start and stop walking whenever they are ready. No verbal command can be used to tell the members when to move, they must remain aware of each other’s movements. The goal is for the group to stop and start at the same time without verbalization or physical commands.

The final team-building exercise is called “Zoom.” One member is given a picture and he/she must start a story based off the photo. The next member continues the story, and so on and so forth. This exercise promotes teamwork and creatively thinking as a group.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fears in a Hat

“Fears in a Hat” was the first activity we did at our first meeting on Thursday, September 4. We decided to use this activity to focus on the fears our group has of working on team academic project. It immediately sparked conversation as our group discovered that even though we have individual fears and qualms about working in a group, we share many similarities.

Taylor worried that group members may slack off and not do the work, and that the rest of the group would not hear her ideas. We could all relate to this apprehension from our experiences working in some unsuccessful teams during high school.

Isabella was concerned with scheduling difficulties. Our team has two art foundations majors, a theater major, and a business major, all extremely demanding and time consuming areas of study. Some of us are also involved in various extracurricular activities, with difficult schedules.

Sade had fears that our group would not be able to get the project done in time due to lack of time and sleep. She also had personal worries that she would let the group down. We all agreed that we want to work as a team, and each have fears that we will not live up to the groups’ expectations.

Finally, Cath expressed fear about time management issues and making sure we get all the work done with the little time we have together. We agreed that we all procrastinate at times, and need to hold each other accountable to handle the project effectively and use our time wisely.

Through our discussion, we discovered common themes of time management, scheduling, lack of sleep, procrastination, and our group’s love for coffee. It was comforting for each group member to realize that we can all support each other and work together to do this project well.

We developed two main group goals based off our fears: to effectively motivate one another to complete work well and on time, and to make the most of what little meeting time we will have.

 

 

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