Welp, this is it…

When I started this semester, my definition of literacy was pretty awesome (and by awesome I mean bland and unfocused).  I knew in a hyperaware 21st century environment, most of us depended on literacy in one form or another.  But the extent of this dependence was largely underestimated by me.  Every assignment from the literacy log to the literacy in context essay has helped me to understand the role of literacy in our lives.  I’ve been able to see the challenges that we as a society have gone through in order to create a more literate nation.  I’ve seen the unfortunate connection between politics and literacy.  I’ve seen literacy take the form of a 5 paragraph essay as well as an oral church sermon.  Overall, I’ve seen examples of literacy almost everywhere.

The question now is how.  How will we as future educators promote literacy in an effective and meaningful way?  How will we use technology as an ally as opposed to an enemy?  How can we ever achieve widespread literacy when so many with learning disabilities are improperly educated?  How will we ever make writing fun?

These are all questions I’ve dealt with over the course of the semester.  It’s frustrating that none of these questions has a simple answer but where’s the fun in that?  Despite the rigorous literacy practices in school, I think most people would agree that there is something fun about knowing how to read and write.  It keeps us in touch with ourselves and the world around us.  Speaking of which, time to go check Facebook…

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One Response to Welp, this is it…

  1. foyd514 says:

    We as future educators have to consider the constant realization that literacy will always be evolving. In order to keep up with these changes – like the switch from deep attention to hyper attention – we must accept these circumstances rather than stigmatizing students for not keeping up with the old methods. You don’t see people driving around in Model-T cars or even hand writing papers anymore.

    Why is that? because there is a better way!

    This applies to all things, and education cannot be excluded. I understand that there are fundamentals of literacy that must be retained but they do now have to be taught the way they were a decade or even a year ago. The minds of children and even adults are constantly changing and we as educators must accommodate their request for stimulus.

    Think about how in the “old days” it was believed to be detrimental for the infant brain to engage in television until a certain age. Now it is almost encouraged (don’t quote me on this). We have baby Einstein videos and even tablets that are specialized for infants/children. I for one am still skeptical of all this technology but who are we to say it doesn’t work?

    The proof is in the future and only time will tell.

    If we choose to embrace technology in the hopes to create more, worldwide literacy, or shun it because the old way is still better. Obviously these are extremes, and as I’m sure I’ve said all semester, we must find that happy medium. But what that is is still unknown.

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