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Michael S Weller
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I teach English & U.S. History in El Monte, CA (about 20 minutes east of downtown Los Angeles).  I also teach one period of journalism in my role as adviser to the student newspaper.  I've been a member of the Los Angeles WP since 2008, but was also a participant in the 2006 SDAWP Summer Institute.  (Born and raised in San Diego; have lived in Greater LA for most of my adult life.)

I'm currently working on a research project in my classroom, and would love feedback from anyone who would care to comment.  I'm inquiring into teaching approaches that give students opportunities to set their own learning outcomes.

I'm a vegetarian, and am planning to make the jump to being vegan by January 1, at the latest.

I also love to garden; right now the highlights of my garden are have roses from my grandpa's house in Clairemont (we had to sell the house when he died) and 7 chile plants that I bought from a vendor at the Alhambra Farmers' Market.  I also planted two pots of jalapeño seeds last weekend, and the seedlings are starting to come up.

We have 2 dogs & 6 cats at our house.  The cats are all rescues, including a Siamese kitten I found hiding in the bushes at Lincoln Park in August.  I only saw him because I was waiting to turn left at a stoplight.  He is now quite comfortable and safe, as you can see.

My favorite books are The Brothers Karamazov, King Lear, and the Odyssey.  Right now I'm reading Open Veins of Latin America by the late great Eduardo Galeano.
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If anyone has time to read & respond, I'd be very grateful for any feedback on my research brief.  Thanks! #MakeAnInquiry  

Are we discussing Chapter 3 in TTT tonight, or is it more general?  I've only read half of the first chapter & a few pages of Chapter 3... +Karen Fasimpaur +Paul Allison 

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#MakeAnInquiry curation #2 h/t +Kevin Hodgson & +Mia Zamora 

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My first attempt at curating #makeaninquiry , reflecting on contributions by +Anu Liljeström +Julie Johnson +Bart Miller. The image is from the work of Rebecca Grodner & Shula Ponet.

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Blog post:  Catching Up With Curation #makeaninquiry  

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I haven't been to Colorado, so I could be completely wrong about this, but I'm wondering how public the ampitheater itself is.  A quick Internet search reveals that it's owned and operated by the City & County of Denver, but that the price of tickets to see the Steve Miller Band is $55-$75.  If it's truly a public space, shouldn't ticket prices be lower than at a privately-owned venue?  (I think people should RECEIVE $55 to listen to Steve Miller, but that's beside the point.)

Again, I'll stress that I don't know, and my question is more of a wondering than a critique.  For example, if Denver charged beaucoup bucks for a concert and then used that money to fund excellent health care for low-income patients, or put the money into schools in low-income neighborhoods, then I'd approve of the high ticket prices.

This brings me back to Week 4 - whether or not a space is really public can depend on other factors that are not immediately obvious.

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#F5F This week I've started working on a blog post to curate contributions to #MakeAnInquiry , but I haven't finished quite yet, so I'm going to shout-out some connections & thanks here in G+.  +Anu Liljeström & +Bart Miller both wrote excellent blog posts that I will include in my curation post.  +Daniel Bassill helpfully suggested using CMaps when I asked in the Twitter chat for ideas on free mind mapping software.  +Paul Allison, +Kevin Hodgson and +Christopher Rogers led me to the Hypothesis discussion of Ta-nehisi Coates' astonishing "Letter to My Son," which I am linking to below.  (They also discussed Coates' piece in this week's Teachers Teaching Teachers hangout, which I haven't had time to watch yet.)  Finally, a double shout to +Christopher Rogers for making a sublime connection between KRS-One & Eduardo Galeano in the Twitter chat! 

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