Saturday, February 11, 2012

Are We Teaching To The Modern Definition of Literacy?

Please take the 5:31 to watch the short clip above from a Will Richardson talk at Proctor Academy.  I think it is imperative that all school communities spend some significant time reflecting upon their purpose and whether or not the things they are doing in their classrooms are still adequately preparing students for the world outside of their school's walls.

We have certainly made some strides at Burlington High providing some of the technological resources that will assist us in this work, but we need to continue to assess our work against modern standards like the ones developed by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).  Do our students meet the criteria for what it means to literate in the year 2012?  (By the way the NCTE put out these revised standards in 2008)

How would you rate yourself or students you know in meeting the NCTE's criteria (bulleted below)? And equally important is the question regarding how we should be redefining our role as "teachers."
  • Develop proficiency with the tools of technology
  • Build relationships with others to pose and solve problems collaboratively and cross-culturally
  • Design and share information for global communities to meet a variety of purposes
  • Manage, analyze and synthesize multiple streams of simultaneous information
  • Create, critique, analyze, and evaluate multi-media texts
  • Attend to the ethical responsibilities required by these complex environments

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  1. I especially like the ending: "Schools should be like real life." My students are fortunate enough to have all the technology tools they need. My challenge is twofold:
    1. Help students evaluate information. Is it reliable? Is it authentic? Can it be confirmed by other sources?
    2. Help students remain engaged to project completion. I wrote an entry on that:

    Janet |

  2. I haven't watched the video yet, but these five things you list are things that happen in any good journalism classroom in the nation. Where student newspapers and yearbooks are, they're moving into digital realms faster than ever and thriving because of what students are capable of with these new literacies and what their teachers allow them to do.