Invincible Review
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

I had the chance to pick up Invincible at Baltimore Comic Con. A number of twists as well. Part of the Image Comics UniverseA fun read that can get very brutal and dark at times with a good amount of blood and gore. Written by the same person as "The Walking Dead" but much more adventurous and colorful in terms of atmosphere.I'd describe it as a mix between Superman and Spiderman, with a young person coming to terms with his superpowers and alien heritage. I'd also liken the family aspect of the series to Superman. This is a great story for someone who's looking for a straight-up superhero book, as it seems to capture the essence of what everyone loves about the genre (and often times poking fun at what people dislike about the genre). It gradually shifts between being extremely campy--even sometimes feeling like a complete parody of the genre--to very intense and grisly action sequences. From my read of it, Invincible treats superhero comics well. It is a loving, humorous homage, yet quality entertainment as a stand-alone work.


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Symbolic Frame Chart - Part 1
Sunday, April 7, 2013

Regarding the implementation of a school’s mission and vision, one has to carefully dissect its effectiveness and employ within the symbolic frame. To what degree is this accomplished? Well, that is entirely dependent upon the strength of the organization, the scope of the goal, and the ambition of the stakeholders. In many cases, the symbolic frame “does the work” for stakeholders. As a school unit, effectiveness is moved from within its structure. I would liken this the study of semiotics. In semiotics the sign is interpreted as having or carrying a meaning. That said, in the symbolic frame, much of what is signified can be melded with that which is considered the signifier—the signifier being education.

Structural Frame Chart - Part 1
Monday, April 1, 2013

Within the organizational hierarchy of Frederick County Pubic School, Superintendent Dr. Theresa Alban is in charge of the education program for students. She, along with the elected Board of Education, having seven members, oversees the “big picture” of the direction of FCPS. Underneath Dr. Alban, are several departments. They include but are not limited to: Advanced Academics, Curriculum, Elementary, Middle, and High School, Special Education, Business Services, Technology Services, Human Resources, Facilities, Fiscal Services, and Transportation. Within each school, the principal is in charge of administrative duties. Principals are aided by one or more assistant principals. Within the front office of each school, guidance counselors and in some cases a school support teacher is included as well. In many cases, these are eleven or twelve-month positions. From this, the ten-month positions are rounded out with teachers.

Human Resources Frame Chart - Part 1
Sunday, March 24, 2013

Within the context of the public school setting, students, faculty, and staff are considered a part of a very important key component to the organization. Specifically, as it relates to the interactions and overall well-being of individuals, the human resources frame is perhaps the most “hands-on” aspect of organizational institutions. As the name suggests, human resources deals with the continuing interest of employees as it relates to the organization. This covers the needs, issues, celebrations, and even problems that may arise internally.

When it comes to student needs, the foremost authority is the guidance counselor. With specialized meetings, continued check-ins, and the monitoring of grades and attendance, guidance counselors provide individualized aid. Likewise for teachers, the assistant principal and principal can be viewed in the same fashion. They are a teacher’s human resources contact point and ongoing link to policy and practice. Within this frame, on a professional level, teachers provide each other with support in teams and in professional learning communities.

Personal Evidence Product Blog
Tuesday, March 12, 2013

As an educator and teacher leader, I value a handful of tangible and abstract concepts within the realm of the typical school day.

Personally, I value my students. I would like to think that in my class they are in good hands when they enter my room. Each day is a new one. Whatever personal or private issues may be going on in their budding social lives or even uncertain family situations, I value the idea that my students feel comfortable within my classroom. As a teacher, I carry a sense of urgency with my lessons and the content I use to promote them. My agenda is learning. Learning for me was not only a much-needed distraction in my youth, but also a means to an end. Learning and teaching kids how to learn is now the way I support my family. I value them so much because I want to see them not only meet the standards of learning that I demonstrate in class, but to also excel at them, to feel accomplished, and to feel like they are part of something bigger than themselves—my class. As a teacher leader, we must adopt this mentality. It is one that espouses success and determinism of the highest regard for the intellectual curiosities that our students attempt to master.

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