Howdy

 

 

My name is Josh Chambers and I am a twenty-two year-old dork, according to Brandon. Seriously, I am a student teacher who attends the Pennsylvania State University. Right now, I am co-student teaching in Bellefonte (with Jill Pattishall) and we deal with some of the coolest students I have ever met. Well, they're all pretty cool-- except Brandon because he calls me a dork. But I can forgive him for that.

I was born on April 8, 1977 (which I believe makes me an Aries) in the city of Lancaster, PA. and raised in Honey Brook, PA., which is hardly a city. I'll put it this way--my hometown is very small and quite strange--the people who live there seem to be stuck in the Carter administration's malaise days. Until 1990, it seemed that everyone drove '78 LeBarons and wore knitted pantsuits, the men included.

But seriously, folks...

The best part about this teaching experience has been working with our students. They have excelled during this unit, in my honest opinion, and the best thing about that was they seemed to have a lot of fun. I feel that this is a critical factor in learning because I too tend to learn a heck of a lot more when I'm having a good time.

Overall the unit that my partner Jill and I have tossed together was an amalgam of tech and media literacy--two issues that certainly need to be addressed in the classroom. With technology, specifically computers, the Internet and web design, we have had our students construct their own pages as well as contribute to the structuring of other pages that deal with issues we discussed in Mr. Nastase's class. These issues, primarily surrounding media literacy, are of utmost importance to any citizen, as they allow them to critically view the media constructions (i.e., TV, film, newspapers, music, etc.) that surround them daily.

Next semester I will be teaching in Harrisburg--I only hope that experience can be as fun as this one was.

A little about me 

 

I watch very little television anymore--probably because most of the shows I would watch air while I'm busy or sleeping. When I was an avid TV fan, my favorite show was Mystery Science Theater 3000. MST3K is a funny show about three robots and a hapless human marooned in space due to a weird scientist's Machiavellian machinations. They are forced to watch cheesy movies and their only respite is to mock these celluloid car wrecks with a seemingly endless stream of jokes and references to pop culture.

 

My favorite movie is The Muppet Movie, tied with The Blues Brothers. I think I like the first one so much because it's all about hope and dreams coming through if one can put their mind to it. The second one is a blast--the only film in history where millions of dollars of damage take place because two cops pull over a 1974 Dodge Monaco Sedan for running a yellow light. If you've seen the film, you'll know what I'm talking about.

I'm really into a lot of different kinds of music, especially the band Chicago, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Frank Sinatra and anything one might hear on the BUS (a local radio station). Yeah, I sold my soul to rock and roll...I've got the rockin' pneumonia and the boogie-woogie blues...etc.

My favorite food is Pazzo's Special Buffalo wings--they are only served at the Darkhorse Tavern in State College. When I'm not around Centre County, I have to "put up" with my traditional favorite meal, pasta with marinara sauce, garlic bread and salad.

My hobbies are weird and varied--writing, cartooning, coin collecting (yes, I am a numismatist), vinyl collecting (ya see, before CDs there were these things called cassettes and before that...). For the complete rundown, check out my old college website.

 

 

 

These are the Marx BrothersGroucho (the one with the mustache) is my idol. Go here to find out just how smart he was.

My career aspirations are to teach, but I also have a few "aces in the hole." I still work with film even two years after my departure from the film major at Penn State and I still use my art often. I pen fiction, primarily from the science-fiction and satire departments, but who knows where that might lead. Of course, there are those tentative steps into resurrecting the long-dead Fotomat chain, but that's another story.

In twenty-five years I'll probably be doing the same thing I'm doing right now as I type these words sitting in a classroom and working with students. And I think it's going to be a fun trip getting there.

If I could go back through time and ask anyone anything, I think I'd snag Mark Twain and ask him whether or not Huck Finn was a young version of himself.

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy our class project!

 

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