Tiny Texts: Week in Review

           Friday Dialogue from                

                                      Your Two Favorite Educators 

As Emily and Aubrey look back over the week they use their razor sharp wit to examine what is important about reading everything as an argument.  

1.  Since our students are frequently labeled “digital natives” are they better at reading everything as a text?

Emily:  I’m not sure if “better” is the right word for it.  It certainly seems “easier” for them because they are so surrounded by text.

Aubrey: And yet, they till struggle with it.  They might be better at reading explicit purpose but they still struggle with implicit.  Frequently, I feel like the entirety of my day is spent trying to get just one person under the age of 19 to find an implicit purpose.  Something, anything.  And yet, they still look struggle.  There are somethings that never change.  


2.  What role should media literacy and digital citizenship have in the English Language Arts classroom?  

Emily:  Sometimes I am afraid it plays too large of a role and we often abandon key works or replace them with texts that are appealing because they fit into the the “media literacy” standard.  I think it is important, but I think the more important point is that we should be  be using this merely to enhance what is already exists as quality, canonical literature.

I don’t want us to divest ourselves of weighty literary texts but we do have a responsibility to teach a variety of texts/skills.  Tweets, blogs and videos can’t replace replace Hamlet or Catch-22 but if used correctly it can have an appropriate place in the classroom.

3.  What is your favorite Google Doodle? 

Emily : I’m not really sure.  Instead, I like to play the game of “guess what the doodle will be” every time I load the Google homepage.  Even though I have it saved in my toolbar so all I have to do is type my search term into the blank white space,blank white space, I still will often go to Google just to see their doodle of the day.  


Aubrey:  I’m ashamed to admit this but when they created the Pac-Man Doodle I played it for days.   In fact when you get to a certain level you’re responsible for Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man.  I’m so sad that I made the man who lives with me operate the controls for Pac-Man while I ran Ms. Pac-Man.  This resulted in a lot of fighting.  We had to give up playing the game to save our marriage.

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