Add These Reads Into Your Teacher Toolkit.

Introduction:

This assignment instructed my classmates and me to read 15 articles. These articles ranged from scholarly journals to blog posts and more. As we read these articles, our professor asked us to complete an organizer of each individual piece where we would write the titles of each piece, the authors of each piece, and a reflection on the reading. Professor Zucker assigned this module to us weeks in advance because of the rigorous amount of work it is. Throughout the readings, the notes and reflections are used to help us build the blog post I am writing right now. After reading and reflecting, the next part of the assignment asked the class to create a blog post using our module 6 reflections organizer and to find 3 themes/ideas that interested us across the readings. Throughout the readings that we completed in module 6, there were many themes and key ideas that were brought up by the authors. When reflecting on these readings, I felt that three of the accounts stood out and resonated with me most as an aspiring educator. The three readings I felt most connected to were Angela Faulhaber’s Creating Book Buzz: Using Memes for Book Talk, Christina Cantrill’s Graphic Novels Help Teens Learn about Racism, Climate Change, and Social Justice, and finally Scott Warnock’s Teaching Writing Online. These three bodies of text cultivate ideas and themes of differentiated learning, opportunity to resonate, stimulating real-life issues invitingly, and how to use online learning effectively. 

Angela Faulhaber’s Creating Book Buzz: Using Memes for Book Talk:

Throughout this article, we are introduced to the idea of how some individuals and students don’t feel connected to literature. This piece discovers how to connect to those in the class who might not be a bookworm. Faulhaber articulates the idea of using memes as mentor texts for the kinds of conversations we want kids to be having about books. I loved this idea because as a teacher; you want to be In tune with your students and almost all kids will understand and appreciate the inclusion of things they enjoy in the class setting, like memes. The assignment that is presented in the article seemed to be effective and something I would include in my classroom as a fun, engaging lesson that can invite different learners to flourish. We should see this use of differentiated and multimodal instruction more in schools.

Christina Cantrill’s Graphic Novels Help Teens Learn About Racism,Climate Change and Social Justice:

This piece was one I found that stood out to me the most out of the 15 articles that were listed throughout the module. This piece exaggerates and explains how graphic novels (a combination of text and images) can communicate issues and emotions that words alone cannot. According to the text, not only are these graphic novels useful for teachers but also for parents who may have difficulty tackling these talks with kids. Graphic novels are an effective tool and should be seen more in the class setting. Looking back to my days in the classroom, I don’t remember ever seeing graphic novels around for me to play with and explore. But I think young Carli would probably pick one of these up, one about mental health, and use that as a key tool to help navigate high school dilemmas. I would love to have my students have access to graphic novels that tackle issues like racism, mental health, and climate change as tools for students in the class to educate themselves in ways that are more appealing to the human eyes.

Graphic Novels about Mental Health.
Graphic Novel about Climate Change.

Scott Warnock’s Teaching Writing Online:

Scott Warnock’s piece is a guide for teachers like myself on how to migrate to online writing instruction. The introduction to Warnock’s piece introduces readers to his philosophy. His philosophy underlies the approach to teaching writing online and that you can migrate your teaching style and strategies to the online environment. One thing that stood out to me is Scott’s desire to incorporate digital tools in his classroom setting. I never saw online instruction as a pro before reading Teaching Writing Online. This piece talks about all the opportunities that students have with online writing, such as different formats of writing, and the opportunity for more exchange among students. I enjoyed the piece of this article that talks about when you migrate your writing course online, students can contribute to a message board, create a blog entry, or engage in an email-based peer review which are multimodal ways of instruction that are inviting to students. I would incorporate more online-based instruction in my class because as the world of technology grows, it’s important to keep up with trends like blogging for student success in their educational success.

Online Learning Is The New Norm.

References:

Creating book buzz: Using memes for book talks. Three Teachers Talk. (2021, September 6). Retrieved June 15, 2022, from https://threeteacherstalk.com/2021/09/07/creating-book-buzz-using-memes-for-book-talks/ 

Cantrill, C. (2022, May 11). Graphic novels help teens learn about racism, climate change and social justice – here’s a reading list. The Conversation. Retrieved June 15, 2022, from https://theconversation.com/graphic-novels-help-teens-learn-about-racism-climate-change-and-social-justice-heres-a-reading-list-131442 

Warnock, S. (n.d.). Teaching writing online – cdn.ncte.org. Teaching Writing Online. Retrieved June 15, 2022, from https://cdn.ncte.org/nctefiles/resources/books/sample/52539intro_x.pdf 

LINKS:

Angela Faulhaber’s Creating Book Buzz: Using Memes for Book Talk: 

Scott Warnock’s Teaching Writing Online:

Christina Cantrill’s Graphic Novels Help Teens Learn about Racism, Climate Change, and Social Justice:
 https://educatorinnovator.org/graphic-novels-help-teens-learn-about-racism-climate-change-and-social-justice-heres-a-reading-list/
 

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