Yesterday, I was preparing some of my gently used resources to be passed on to another educator. I took a deep breath noticing the rainbow of sticky notes hanging off of the pages. “It’s just like ripping off a bandaid.” I thought, as I quickly began to remove each one. My initial thoughts and reflections, references to other ideas, my revelations and aha moments littered my floor. It was a sight to behold. Words and thoughts about to be tossed away in the recycling bin. At least I caught this picture before it happened.
Made me think. How has the world shifted with technology? This worn book I am about to pass on will probably stand on someone’s shelf while this living breathing thing we call technology will whir and buzz with collaborated thoughts. Each one building on the other. Old ideas tossed in the trash bin, recycled in to new ideas that live and breathe. How will I help my students to sticky note their revelations and keep track of the changes as they happen? How will I help them to see the value in each published word when publishing has completely changed?
As I gathered up my sticky notes bound for the bin, I smiled thinking of all these things. Today my students have access to every resource, every brain, every thought because of technology. It is still my job to guide them through the maze of what has been to accomplish what will be, it’s just that these days sticky notes stick together better than ever and the pens come in more colours than black and blue.
How do you guide your students to critically think about texts from the Internet? Share some thoughts you have about this shift.
Janet Lee has been an English teacher/Department Chair, Adult literacy advocate with Arnie Stewart, Nipissing University Reading Part 3 Instructor, Student Success Literacy Consultant, and Nelson Literacy 7-10 instructional writer and media specialist. Janet Lee enjoys maintaining her blog This Side of the Mirror-A Journey Through Reflection to inspire teachers and address practical issues in education.