ILA: Beyond Text Literacy for a Digital Culture
POSTED BY CBETHM ON MAY 24, 2015 IN AUTHOR POSTS, SURPRISE SUNDAY | 26 COMMENTS
I come from a place of pedagogy. Raised by teachers who were readers and nurtured by principals who believed their most important job was to place text in the hands of kids. I come from classroom libraries and nightly book checkout, from teacher book clubs and living like a reader. I come from conversations about what’s on your nightstand and passion for poetry and periodicals.
I am a reader. I have seen the power of books as a just-right title is placed in the hands of a child, and how that changes everything for that student from that day forward. I love paper books and spend a significant portion of my time and salary procuring them for students. In fact, my first graders often joke I visit the local bookstore so frequently that my car sometimes takes me there against my will.
As an author and someone who has spent the last several years exploring best practices in thinking and learning, I have the opportunity to collaborate with teachers and schools around the country. Whether it’s working on one-to-one initiatives or inquiry circles, in classrooms with just one device or those employing the workshop model, I’m often asked my thoughts on digital reading.