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