I've always said that I should make a tumblr for my students to access links/photos/ideas/articles that I discover online and that are relevant to their class. I teach grammar, literature, and 1st year writing classes.
The title of this tumblr is a quote from Samuel Beckett's play, Waiting for Godot.
Why read? Are stories essential? Read the article “Do We Need Stories?” by Tim Parks, featured in the New York Review of Books to get some insight to many opinions on why. The Short Answer: The internet presents a deafening roar of LISTEN TO ME, and we listen. Why not listen, instead, for a small part of your day, to someone who took their time to craft something that you might learn from, instead of the constant yammering of those who postpostpost? The beauty is in the question here, though, not the answer. The Long Answer: Read the article!
HERE is the link to the NPR Morning Edition segment that I heard this morning about teaching/promoting children’s literacy through “apps” (—-is it safe to use that abbreviation without quotation marks yet? I mean, it’s not in the OED or anything, but it’s basically understood… I’ll stick with the punctuation for now.)
As mentioned in my American English Grammar class this morning, the segment was interesting in that it promites something that is often accused as being a detriment to language/literacy as something that can and does help it, especially with parents of today often being rather busy. Worth both reading the short article and also, especially, listening to the segment.
If any of my students are writing their AEG paper on teaching children to read OR on technology’s affects on language, this may prove an interesting source.