Need some inspiration during these last few days before Winter Break?! While the following post does not give the NCTE 11 session, National Literature Project, nearly enough justice, I’m sharing a few inspirational tidbits that continue to stick with me since attending a month ago. I continue to be inspired . . .
~ Meaning is neither in the text nor the reader. It is in the transaction.
~ Literature helps us work out our relationship with the world around us. Students have this experience all the time with games, movies, etc. We can help them see that they can get just as lost in literature!!
~ “Unless you are educated in metaphor, you are not safe to be let loose in the world.” Robert Frost
~ NAEP reading framework – % of Literature vs. Informational text: 4th grade – 50%, 8th grade – 45%, 12th grade – 30%
~ Young people betweeen the ages of 8 – 18 are using entertainment media 7 hours, 38 minutes a day!!
~ HOW they read matters much less than HOW MUCH they read!!!! (in other words, the video game magazines are helping their reading as well!!!)
~ Background knowledge only builds from reading.
~ A student, on average, takes 7 seconds to look at a painting and 36 seconds to read a plaque. In other words, students are much more likely to interpret visuals freely rather than interpret written text. Students are visual these days!!!!
~ Reading is a way to have tea with an author. 🙂
~ All teaching and learning is relational. We are creating culture and knowledge!!
A. Write a note to one your favorite authors or teachers. Include some highlights of that relationship, influences, insights gained because of the relationship, great moments, etc. Perhaps explore how you have grown with/because of this teacher or author. How has this author/teacher transformed your thinking?
B. Exchange letters with your neighbor. Cirle words that seem to capture the relationship highlighted in your neighbor’s letter.
C. Use those circled words to create a poem
D. Once poems are written, ask for volunteers to stand in a line in front of the class. One at a time, the standing students read one line from their poems. The teacher (with the help of the students) will move students around to create a “class” poem; place students in the order of lines that build upon one another.
E. Finally, read the final poem
The moral of this lesson . . . the power of attachment is so much greater than detachment.
“Produce great persons. The rest follows.” ~Walt Whitman