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Tapping into the Multiplicities

Written by Christina Cantrill
March 16, 2012

I am late in posting this I realize. But as a fundamentally visual reader, I continue to get distracted and excited every time I see this out of the corner of my eye in my Pinterest collection. I think it is so beautiful that I decided that I need to just stop and share it here.


This is a beautiful Pinterest board that Bud Hunt put together for a session we organized with several others teachers, from both of the National Writing Project and the Digital Youth Network, for the MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning Conference. The session was a panel called Tapping into the Multiplicity of Composition.

In this panel we started by inviting participates to tap into the multiplicities in this set of student work … deliberating starting with the work itself and then using the term “multiplicities” to encourage a focus on the range of things that can be noticed in any one of these compositions as well as across the set of them.

We also deliberately used the term “composition” to focus on the ways that we write for different audiences and purposes within a range of contexts and modes. As Bud Hunt reflects in a previous blog post about composition,

We write to remember, to share, to understand. We compose to be heard, to stand up and say “This is True,” or “I am here,” or “This was scary” or “hard” or “dangerous” or “exciting”, or “emotional”, or whatever we would like to convey.

Testimonies by the teachers involved in these projects were also shared and are still available here.

We invite you still to enter into these boards, surface the multiplicities that you see, share what you notice, what’s exciting, as well as any questions or concerns that might be raised.

And we also invite you to think with us about how we can continue to engage in active learning experiences – as teachers, learners and creators – around the multiplicities of the work in relation to the collective project of engaging connected learning design and learning principles for all.


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