Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Teacher, Author

Getting ready to say goodbye

I woke early today, mostly due to the pesky thunderstorm raging outside. But also because my head is full of thoughts and my heart is full of feelings. You see, … Continue reading

April 2, 2017 · 2 Comments

Does Sexy Media Matter?

Have you seen my TED talk, Does Sexy Media Matter? In this talk I share how I got interested in studying sexualized media, what I’ve found in my research about … Continue reading

March 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Story of Learning

Learning the stories of others brings our own stories into a new perspective,teaching us to see things from a different point of view, giving us a way to look into a world that we haven’t encountered in our own lives.

February 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

On International Day of Women & Girls in Science: A different vision for girls

For the past several years, I’ve worked with several of our  Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) faculty at ACU to host our annual STEM for Girls day. We started with … Continue reading

February 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Creativity, edu: Contemplative Pedagogies and Learning

As we think about our students as heroes on a journey, we’ll be considering the three stories that they’ll be exploring: the story of self, the story of others, and … Continue reading

December 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Creativity, edu: Learning as The Demogorgon

Patricia Hampl says, “Maybe being oneself is an acquired taste.”[ii] That’s a good way to think about the search for self that occurs in the process of learning. After all, we aren’t approaching information from a vacuum. We approach it within the context of who we are as a person. All of our past experiences, our beliefs, the things we’ve been taught by our families and important communities, these will shape the perspective that we bring to our learning. And our learning may shake up those perspectives, may threaten the things we thought we knew about ourselves, who we are, and our place in this world. And that can be a scary thing.

December 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

Creativity, edu: A Call to Action

Once a hero is aware of a problem and the need for change, she encounters fear. This fear arises from the unknown element; we resist moving into something different, even when we know it needs to happen. To make it easier for learners to be willing to broach the unknown, teachers need to help them find the call to adventure that occurs in the Hero’s Journey.

December 7, 2016 · Leave a comment
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