OVERVIEW: I picked the texts for this post for a number of reasons: 1) to give you a reading break because everyone needs those; 2) critical literacy is not just about being able to read literature--or even print based media. Critical literacy is the ability to read and makes sense of the many texts that a student will encounter in life--from Shakespeare to The New York Times to their favorite TV show to video games to a social media post a sign they see on the side of a bus. Everything is a text that merits analysis; and 3) I want you to offer these to you as a way to revisit one of our earliest conversations about what makes a good or bad learning experience.
FOR THIS POST: Consider what teaching and learning looks like in these different texts. Then consider the story one of the stories one of your classmates told and try to analyze it through the lens of what the podcast and TED talks tell us about great learning experiences. I'm asking you to do this because great teachers need to be able to analyze teaching experiences with some objectivity and with the knowledge of what should be happening in a classroom. Further, these stories make clear the complexity of teaching--when you are a student it is hard to think of it from the teacher's perspective, but these pieces demand that you do. Finally, they offer good context for interviewing teachers next week.
You do not need to respond to a classmate for this post.