"What is literacy? Why is literacy important? How do we assess anyone's literacy? (How do I know if I am literate? ....Who am I?!)
These are some of the initial questions* I asked myself back in March, when Rick Beach wrote inviting me to co-author a literacy tools book for educators with Gerald Campano. I think back on that day in March, and my head spins.....I think a lot of things are still spinning....(I write this and chuckle.)
Ahhh! But seven months later: we have a contract from Teacher's College Press, we have an outline for this text, and we have our first weekend of collaborative writing, thinking, working, under our belts! Amen!
What follows are some pictures from our gathering at Professor Beach's home in south Minneapolis, and a meal out with Nancy Beach and colleague Cynthia Lewis. What a privilege to hold space with these lovely people! What a privilege to be invited into this work, to spend time in meaningful questions and theories and stories -- in an attempt to make an impact on the critical literacy of all students -- including ourselves!
Enjoy the photos! Stay tuned....
Rick Beach, Gerald Campano, Nancy Beach, Melissa Borgmann, Cynthia Lewis
Our ensemble at the weekends' close...
Grounding Questions (Melissa, 3/8)
What is literacy?
Why is literacy important?
How do we measure and assess anyone's literacy?
(How do I know if I'm literate? Who am I?)
What does literacy look like? Sound like?
What do we want students to know?
What is good teaching?
What are the tools that good teachers use?
What are tools for good living?
What is empowered living?
What does an empowered, emancipated human being look like? Sound like?
Is this something we want on the planet? In our society?
Does honoring all voices, all intelligences matter? Does it happen? How?
What happens if we don't honor all people?
What happens if we do?
What assumptions am I making in posing these questions?