Leslie Madsen-Brooks

I'm a pedagogy specialist, which means I help university instructors improve their teaching. As the contributing editor for Research, Academia, and Education at BlogHer, I write about life in higher education and issues in K-12 education, as well as occasional round-ups of scientific research reported on by academic women bloggers. I'm also a freelance writer and researcher, and a recent Ph.D. in cultural studies. In addition, I teach in a museum studies graduate program.

I blog about motherhood and the life academic at The Clutter Museum, about museum issues at MuseumBlogging.com, and about multicultural education and playthings at The Multicultural Toybox. Please stop by to say hello.

The Hardcore Truth: What Nobody Tells You About Blogging

This is a full-on competition to see who can get most comments, most followers, most page hits, most features, have the most and biggest and best giveaways, etc.  People are wrapped up in those figures, and a drop or decrease in those stats often leads even the best bloggers to wonder if they have done something wrong. ...more

I'm seeing a conflation of "best" with "most traffic" or "most popular."

It's writing, ...more

Leave a Comment Now to Donate a Book to a Child in Need (Really!)

BlogHer and BookRenter, a company that rents textbooks to college students, have joined forces because we know that books makes a difference. Help us meet our goal of 1,000 books donated -- we're not there yet! ...more

I think it's fair to say that almost every book I've read has nudged me in a new direction, ...more

The Story Behind the Blogger Action Figures

Did you recently see some of your favorite bloggers showing off their tiny plastic lookalikes decked out in action figure gear? So did I, and then I wondered where I can get one of those. Unfortunately, you can't run out and assemble your own blogger superhero action force doll set -- but you can hear about one of the most clever marketing efforts I've seen in a long while. ...more

I love that the guy in the video is promoting "real life adventure stories" while standing "next ...more

I'm Too Sexy (and Premenstrual) for This Shirt: 10 Reasons to Hate the Tampon Halter

Have you seen designer Walter Raes' latest creation? Raes is a one-man Project Runway-style designing-with-everyday-items challenge, and his newest work, Tampon Shirt, is what the Huffington Post calls "a period piece." ...more

I immediately went to spilling red wine all over it. Imagine the inflation!more

School District Sued for Spying on Students via Webcam

Most U.S. school officials and teachers warn students about the dangers of sharing too much information online and teach young people ways to maintain relative privacy while connected to the Internet.  In Pennsylvania's Lower Merion School District, however, school officials allegedly took another approach: they surveilled students and their families by using the webcams built into laptops issued to students by their high schools....more

Lollipopsocial,

 

Students use computers for much more than reading e-texts, ...more

It's Just About...Me: The Life Blogger Beyond Labels

Track:  personal-identity ...more

Excellent idea!

Leslie

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The Soccer Game That Stopped My Heart

I still remember the end-of-season tournament for 12-year-old Mackenzie and her advanced-level soccer team. It consisted of two games on Saturday -- 9 and 5 -- and at least one game on Sunday -- two if they won the first three games. I love the team she plays on: the girls are friendly and warm and the parents kind and inviting. Her coaches have taught her a LOT, and this team has really been a great fit for her. ...more

I'm so glad to hear that your daughter is OK, and I'm sorry you had to go through this ...more

School District Sued for Spying on Students via Webcam

Most U.S. school officials and teachers warn students about the dangers of sharing too much information online and teach young people ways to maintain relative privacy while connected to the Internet.  In Pennsylvania's Lower Merion School District, however, school officials allegedly took another approach: they surveilled students and their families by using the webcams built into laptops issued to students by their high schools....more

Thanks for your comments, mumstheword!

After reading the news reports and the lawsuit, ...more

Which to Fund: Science Labs or Racial Equity?

A committee at Berkeley High School in Northern California has proposed eliminating science lab classes—and the teachers who teach them—in favor of funding activities and resources for underperforming students and closing the racial gap in performance at the school....more

Rita,

You're right--this does have tones of Vonnegut's "Harrison ...more

He Sees You When You're Sleeping: The Elf on the Shelf vs. Jesus

I was stuck in the Milwaukee airport when my former manager told me about Elf on the Shelf. ...more

I don't want my child to feel as if he's being surveilled or as if we don't trust him and ...more