I’ve been thinking a lot about my “goals” as a teacher in the classroom. Then, came across this which really makes me think even more. Especially in regards to new literacies and what exactly they mean.
I’m a firm believer in the fact that we should not replace traditional styles of learning, of reading, of writing…however, I do feel that it is necessary to implement new pedagocial strategies to best incorporate those traditional styles with the reality of the evolving world we live in. This is where new literacies come in, I believe.
Look at the definition of “literacy.” Notice the following key point: “the ability to use language, to read, write, listen, and speak” (as defined by NCTE). This point is not going to change, but the way in which we do each of these will, rather is changing.
We are not just creating the next generation of students to pass state mandated tests. We are truly creating the next generation of critical workers — better yet, critical thinkers.