In many ways though I see the dominance of argument to be a central problem with the enlightenment theory that tried to quantify inequality based on sex and an artificial construct of race. It goes farther then the Enlightenment
The whole idea that man was given dominion over the natural world, which traces further back to Greek ideas of argument in logos, pathos, and ethos....The central dominance of "I" in the organizing force of knowledge.
This is what I want us to question with this prompt. Why isn't reflection considered the apex of thought? Why do butcher Spencer's concept of "fit" apply to Darwin and create worldviews around "survival of the fittest?" What if we took a expansive worldview of how the world works?
Why do we call it the Iron Age and Not the Flax Age?
Maybe these questions all draw from the poisoned wells that where Western knowledge gets drawn. Maybe if we allowed more voices from the beginning we wouldn't think the one who argues the best is the mostest right.
TimelineJS is a great tool. You turn a Google spreasheet into an interactive multimedia task.
Use Movie Making Apps
So many choices for movie making apps. Yoiu can make book trailers in iOS, short clips in Animoto or try WeVideo on Chrome.
Use an Animation App
There are so many choices on different platforms for animation apps. The key is to remember to enhance your pedagogical goal. What is the animation giving you that just talking to the camera wouldn't? Time is precious.
Our #edu407 class has gotten busy crafting documentary poetry. As we study disciplinary #literacies this lesson gave us the chance to look at connections between history and Language Arts.
If you want to get involved we added lesson plans and examples to our class wiki
I wrote mine today about the Strawberry Moon (the first full moon in June). My origninal idea I wanted to have a young First Nations child on the shores of Maine lambasting the fall of their people....75%-90% of Alogonquin (a language group on many First Nations) gout wiped by Small Pox alone.
Yet the more research I conducted the more resilience I saw in a people's fighting for their cultural survival. Did you know citizens of Canada can, and do enlist in US Armed Forces? That into the 1970s parents of "mixed race" children would abandon their kids on resevrations in Canada into the 1970s? That the Wabanaki Confederacy, who fought along side settleres and colonists reformed in 1993?
So much history.
The first poem I wrote focused on the rebirth of the Wabanaki Council. I set out in the tradition of documentary poetry to cast light into darkness but the more I learned the more I got moved. The more I get moved the more my poetry gets affected.
In the second poem I responded to Kevin's poem about having different names for the moon. Many cultures have names for the first full month in June but in the US most of of our lore traces back to Native roots. So I wrote a poem called Lost Words.
When we write we often capture what we observe. Scientist write formal observations. Mathematicians may observe patterns. Literary experts see poetry. Each discipline takes its own spin, but the basic skill remains.
Every writer should carry an observation notebook. In fact journaling may improve student writing and positive perceptions of learning (Connor-Greene, 2000). Yoru journal maybe a blog but the best authors never pockets empty of pens and paper.
Jot what you see.
Types of Observation Posts
An observation post can also provide a blogger stuck without an idea. Just look around and pcik something, jot down a few ideas in your notebook, and then write a post.
Choose an ordinary object like a pencil or a coffee cup. Describe it in great detail. For a challenge choose a metaphor or emotion to with the object. Stare at your piece. Write down even the most minute details. Go to your blog and draft the post.
Take a Walk
Go outside. Every ten minutes stop for one minute and jot down what you see. Or just fall down, gaze up at the sky, and write.
Pick weird stuff. Jot down and share your description.
Ever notice how the angles in YouTube videos change quickly and without transitions? These are called jump cuts. Pick a genre you are unfamiliar with and observe the text structure.
Pick the same subject. Write about it in some time interval for a set period of time.
Connor-Greene, P. A. (2000). Making connections: Evaluating the effectiveness of journal writing in enhancing student learning. Teaching of Psychology, 27(1), 44-46., P. A. (2000). Making connections: Evaluating the effectiveness of journal writing in enhancing student learning. Teaching of Psychology, 27(1), 44-46.
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Do you center knowledge in the indiviudal? Is reading a set of discrete skills that must be taught? How much agency and voice do we allow students to project?
Develop the powerful phrase that captures what your classroom will look like.
How to Write your Mantra
Begin by brainstorming jot down a lit of words of what will be important to you as a classroom teacher. You could also look to mentor texts and find ideas in educational philosophers, underline key phrases.
Once you have collected yoru words or phrases sort them by categories. You want to get down to no more than three or four key ideas.
Identify the Universal Truths
Examine yoru categories for universal truths. What holds for every child? Every classroom? You want to use active words that provide you with direction. A mantra you can repeate each day with your morning coffeee.
Include supporting evidence
Once you have written your mantra share it in a journal entry or a blog post. Then include supporting evidence to prove your mantra includes universal truths. This last step will be an ongoing practice. It may even shift your mantra. That is fine, no rule can be a rule, and set in stone. That is the only rule.
When I student taught I worked with a wonderful group of children in Waterbury, CT in a transitional first grade. The class provided more sheltered instruction for students, many learning English, who did not meet Kindergarten readiness benchmarks...after Kindergarten.
I had them write poems about carnivals, rain, and frogs. The students found words by writing with their senses. Explaining what you see, hear, feel, and touch can provide a roadmap for any writer stuck on.getting started.
I teach the same lesson in college. Like metaphors, writing with the senses belongs in every author's toolbox so they can reach in a grasp on to a concrete idea.
When we put pen to paper we invite our audience to join us on a journery as we line the path with prose. pointring directions with our thoughts and signaliing turns with our transition.
Often we use metaphors as a map to illuminate the way. Why do these metaphors matter so in our writing? How do metaphors, even when mixed, provide a compass to steer readers into safe harbors.
George Lakoff notes that we learn by strengething the relationships in our synapses by relating it to other "circuitry that is already fixed.
Lakoff then went on to describe how color only exist in our interactions with the world and we use this to beautify our world, much like writers do with words. George continues:
"We repurpose the motor system, the visual system, and other embodied systems for thought, these are called primitive schemas."
Metaphors allow authors to tap into a metaphor.
Why Write With Metaphors?
You have learned metaphors long before language. Drawing on this experience makes writing more accessible.
A Ready Made Tool
An easy tool to grab from your toolkit. As a writer we often get stuck with "writers' block?" Except there is no such thing, just a lack of strategies to get started. Reaching in and grabbing a metaphor provides you a way to get started.
A metaphor consist of a source and a target. You aim existing meaning at a different word. If you chose reading and musin for example. You would describe your trageet, reading with the meaning and language of music.
Metaphors Draw in the Audience
Language and learnign are embodied experience. Your audience does not want you to tell them a story, rather show them the journey. If you can take a metaphor and extend it through a blog post or reading reflection you draw on the emotions of the reader. Your words must be truthier if they spark a response.
How to Write with Metaphors
Choose a metaphor. Think about your topic or target. What emotion do you want to spark in your audience. Choose a target.
Make a quick t-chart, and then jot down a few main points about your topic you want to make. Then on the left think about the characteristics about your source and how they relate to your ideas. Bonus points if you jot down a few adjectives or adverbs that express your connotative goals (the emotion you want in reader).
Always make sure your source is appropriate. Too often we use metaphoprs rooted in mysoginy or violence. Business is war...anyone...no war is war. It is horrible and using it as a metaphor can be a trigger to veterans and refugees.
Once you have completed your pre writing decide if the metaphor is going to be used just as an introduction or weaved through the entire piece. If you do do just as an intro make sure to do a call back in your conclusion. If you weave it through the entire piece think carefully about your transitions.
How will you move the reader between the characteristics of your source and the points you want to make about the source? In our example of reading and music I might move between a paragraph on harmony and shared stories to scales and phonics with a sentence such as, "As we hear the shared tunes of popular books on the tonuges of readers everywhere we can see how words can be broken down into their scales of meaning" Then the next paragraph I go into phonics.
If all else fails write a poem. Metaphors do the hard work of meaning making in poems.