Natalie Busarello, Teighan Sykes and I are doing our collaborative project on cheap junk food versus expensive healthy food. Slow Food USA briefly discusses this issue in a blog titled, "The $5 Challenge Reaches the White House!" The $5 Challenge was a challenge for America to see if it was possible to put together a healthy, delicious meal for under $5 per person. After thousands of meals took place, the White House became interested and hosted two cooking events to show that healthy food can be affordable and quick to prepare. Slow Food USA states, "When federal policy is subsidizing the foods that are worst for us, and it’s easier in many communities to buy Froot Loops than it is to buy real fruit, it’s no wonder that cooking affordable meals is more challenging than it should be." They hope that once these "challenges" are adressed to the White House, we can all work together to adjust the policies that stand in America's way to make food "truly good, clean, and fair for all."  
 
Although the goal of Collaborative Writing by Fontaine and Hunter was not to “establish that all writing is collaborative writing,” the idea established me a new opinion. At first I thought collaborative writing was considered only when more than one person was working together. I thought that a person was able write independently, with their own opinions, thoughts, ideas and information. But after reading through the chapter and digging deeper into the concept, it came to my attention that all writing IS collaborative writing.

I began asking myself questions. How did that person come up with their “own” opinion? Why does that person think that? How did that person get the information provided? It all has to come from somewhere, from someone. It can come from a book, the internet, a conversation, music, a speech, previous writings, a story and so much more. There is always going to be a person or people behind any one of those. Who wrote the book? Who posted what on the internet? Who was involved in the conversation? Who sang the song? Who made the speech? Who wrote the story?

Usually when someone thinks of the word “collaborative” they think it is to work together with another individual on a project (in this case WRITING). And that is exactly what I thought, until I realized you can “work together” with someone else’s work. It made total sense to me.

Not only does the work of others before us affect what we write, it also affects what we speak. “When we speak or write, then, we necessarily do so in response to alJ that has been spoken or written before us…”(Fontaine and Hunter). When it comes to collaborative participation in a conversation, your language use is very important. I think that “listening and responding” are most important. You need to be careful with each response that you give, so that you are collaborative and not offensive. You also need to show respect and listen carefully to the other person.

When assigned to work with another person to write a research paper, collaborative writing can either be a good thing or a bad thing. If you are working with someone who is on the same intelligence level as you and has the same interests, collaborative writing can be fun and easy. But, if you are working with someone who is complete opposite of you on all levels, collaborative writing will be difficult. I can think back to times when I enjoyed working with others on a project. I can also think back to times when I was so frustrated working with others, because either someone was not doing their part or they just didn’t care.

Collaborative - Social Constructionism

Dialogic:
Collaborative - All work together

Heirarchial:
Cooperative - Piece by piece - Trust everyone is doing it right
 
Food Inc. is a documentary film that most people would not want to watch. The film is extremely informative and persuasive, yet it may bring tears to your eyes along with no appetite. It provides you with many secrets about our food industry that farmers and food corporations are scared of us finding out. They are scared because if we were to find out what REALLY goes on, we would not want to purchase their produce or products. As the film takes you through the factories and the slaughter houses, you will see the animal cruelty that takes place. Some of the major topics discussed in the film are: the overproduction of corn and where it all goes, Kevin’s law and the danger of E. coli, Organic products and how fast they are growing and Monsanto and the patent seed investigation. Our food industry today is not all that safe, healthy or accurate. And Food Inc. lets us in on how we are being affected.

Possible Research:
1. Importance of corn
2. Cheap junk food - expensive fruit & veggies
3. Diabetes relation with food
4. Animal abuse
5. Fast Food
6. Organic versus Inorganic
7. Danger of E. coli
8. Average supermarket - 47,000 products
9. Obesity - diets
10. Meat
11. Vegetarian

12. What do the people behind the secrets eat

 
The reading, Turns of Thought by Donna Qualley was easy to read and understand. Though, I am not sure my understanding of REFLEXIVE and REFLECTIVE is quite right.

What I took away from the Introduction is that Reflexive and Reflective have the same meaning. They both mean to look back, examine, create new ideas, edit and respond to an individual's writing.

Because I was not sure if my understanding of the two words was correct, I looked up the definitions on Google.

re·flex·ive /riˈfleksiv/
Adjective: Denoting a pronoun that refers back to the subject of the clause in which it is used, e.g., myself, themselves.

Noun: A reflexive word or form, esp. a pronoun.

Synonyms: reflective

As you can see, the definition lists REFLECTIVE as a SYNONYM for reflexive. I then went back to the reading and noticed that wherever "Reflexive" was said, Reflective could have replaced it. I also noticed that in the beginning of the article, the word Reflective was used. Once it started discussing Reflexive Inquiry, the word Reflexive was used throughout the rest of the reading.


Reflective:
One direction - Can only reflect AFTER

Reflexive:
Bi-directional - interaction with other - Give and take - Flexible
 
I wanted to be creative with this blog about the reading, “What is Oral History” because I enjoyed reading it. But due to a LONG weekend, I was unable to do what I had planned. I had planned to set up a small interview with my mom about her “history.” To get a better understanding of what oral history is all about; I searched online for some YouTube videos. I came across one that made me realize how important oral history really is. Unfortunately, I can no longer find the video. It was an interview between a boy and his grandfather. He mentioned in the video that recording facts, experiences and memories of an individual’s past is of great significance. It is important to do so before we lose that person. A person’s past can tell SO much and there is so much that we take for granted.

“What is Oral History” can also relate to my Twitterive. My Twitterive is a collection of memories. Each memory tells a story and because those stories are recorded, they will forever be remembered and not just fade away. If I were to die, people could look back and learn the fun and happy experiences that I had. Now I’m not saying Oral History is a collection of memories, but it is definitely comparable. Interviews of important people and important events are of great value to the further generations of those people and events. They give us a better understanding and so much more detail.
 
After reading, “Situating Narrative Inquiry” I have a better understanding of qualitative and quantitative research. My understanding of narrative inquiry is pretty forward and simple. It is basically the study of a narrative. It is researching someone’s story and/or experience. Narrative Inquiry goes along with qualitative research. It is an approach in which the researcher makes interpretations, assumptions and tries to make sense of the story itself. When it comes to quantitative research there is a big difference. Quantitative research involves numbers, formulas, correlations, and consistency. This is so that the results are more valid and reliable. It helps in making “justifiable claims” and “proving facts.”

In my opinion qualitative research is more exciting and brings an individual’s ideas into place. It makes you think more in dept and keeps you on your feet. As for quantitative research, it is more straight forward and gives you an exact answer or result rather than an assumption or interpretation. But they are both equally important when dealing with narrative inquiry.


Qualitative: What kind - Context Specific - Subjective - Acknowledge the researcher's impact on the data - Transparent - Feminist, Critical ( Separate mind from body - emotion)  - Social Constructionism  (No knowledge to be found, we construct our knowledge) Interact with the world, construct meaning - Narrative

Quantitative: How many - Generalization - Science - Objective - Remove researcher from research/eliminate bias/don't want to impact the data themselves - Systematic Approach to Knowledge - Rational - Numerical - Plots, Charts, Graphs - Numerical - Plots, Charts, Graphs

 
WELL- -  I still have not presented my twitterive, therefore I can not reflect on my own. But I can respond to the twitterives presented today! Everyone is doing such an awesome job.

Abby- I thought the Tosh Warning was really funny even though he gets on my nerves sometimes. You were very creative and had GREAT use of genre! The layout really expressed your writing process. I can definitely relate to you and seeing some of those definitions stressed me out just thinking about them. I think you ended it just right, the "Recursive" over and over again summed it up nicely.

Sandra- VIDEO=PERFECT. Do not change anything about it. I loved how some of the pictures went along with the lyrics to the song.  The journal entries you had from when you were little were adorable and reminded me of mine. I can also understand how strong you might feel about leaving your home because I had to move a few times myself!

Alison- Your twitterive seemed to show your personality which is great. I can really relate to some of the things you mentioned about yourself, such as shutting people out. One thing that confused me was all the space inbetween?! Connecting the tweets made by Andrew Dost was cool and of course funny. You and your mom remind me of me and my mom and the bond we share. Play your music loud and SMILE!!!!

Eileen- Your twitterive really showed your passion for running! I LOVED how you started it off with your "First Date." I wish I enjoyed running as much as you do. Comparing running to medicine shows how important it is to you! Keep up the good work. :)

 
I feel as though I did not get very creative with the technology in my twitterive as other students did. I think the students who used a lot of technology did a fabulous job. I wanted to keep mine more simple. The Weebly web site itself is a new technology for me - - although it was not hard for me to comprehend and use.

Being that I was not in class this past Monday, I did not get a chance to see some of the Twitterive presentations. I decided to look at Natalie's Twitterive on my own time and give my opinion.

Natalie- After listening to you explain your place/story to me - - the outcome of your twitterive looks GREAT! I think the layout is beautiful. When I look at it, I see MATURITY. Maturity goes along nicely with your story because it shows how the memories that your "window seat" held started from childhood and continue to grow as YOU grow - - as you mature.