dialogue

Follow me down this thread of history up to last summer, when my UNC Charlotte Writing Project colleagues, Sally Griffin, Lil Brannon, Jennifer Ward and I sat in Lil’s office after a Partnership School workshop talking through the day. Lacy: Right, so, Lil, you know we’ve been reading this Gee stuff about video games and learning.  And that is doing all this stuff to help us think about our...
"Who does that?" a girl in my 10th grade English class murmured dismissively. We were walking back to class from the garden across the street from our school, the East-West School of International Studies, Queens, NY. She was responding to my vague proposal that we take their essays about different plots in a local community garden and make audio recordings. "We could put your recordings together...
How can we use the connections provided by digital media to help students learn about civic — and civil — dialogue? The video above illustrates how two students from very different communities begin talking in a way that typifies much of political expression today. The exchange started as a discussion post on the blog, and continued in the comments that were often contentious. However by the end...
Oftentimes when people who are on opposite ends of the political spectrum attempt to discuss politics on TV or online, it seems like there's more shouting and attacking than actual discussion of the issues.  Students need to be taught how to have productive conversations in online spaces; that's one of the goals of the teachers in the Youth Voices community. Here's a link to some suggestions...