COETAIL Course 2: 21st Century Literacy Ideas, Questions, and Issues (Link to MLA formatted copy)
As I reflect on course two, I’m thinking about story. My focus is centered on storytelling as a literacy skill. This may be the most important skill we can teach our students in the 21st Century. After reading Daniel Pinks excerpt from his book A Whole New Mind: Why Right-brainers Will Rule the World on Story, a window of understanding has opened and with it a breeze of new ideas and projects for my students and I to partake in. Daniel Pink explains that for us to truly understand something it has to be presented in a story. Stories help us remember concepts and facts better than just rote memorisation. In Mark Turner’s book The Literary Mind he states that Story is the “fundamental instrument of thought.” He goes on “it is our chief means of looking into the future, of predicting, of planning, and of explaining…Most of our experience, our knowledge and our thinking is organised as stories.” Story is huge in terms of helping my students become complex thinkers (An ESLR at our school) in today’s information rich world.
Because we live in an information rich world, Pink writes “the ability to encapsulate, contextualise, and emotionalise has become vastly more important in the Conceptual Age. He goes on to state how important and elusive abilities embodied by Story become more valuable. He writes “to talk about the high-concept and high-touch capacity to weave events into an emotionally compelling narrative has become an essential aptitude in business, medicine, and personal life.” It is very important for us as educators to teach Story to our students. It would be irresponsible to only teach facts…something that students can find instantly at the touch of their keyboards. Taking facts and putting them into a story with emotion is what they need to know how to do. Storytelling is a 21st C. skill and one that teachers must embrace and teach to their students in a meaningful way. Storytelling which was only embraced by movie makers and authors must now be taken under the wing of schools.
In the spirit of story, I’ve designed a UBd for my final project. Below please find my UBd Lesson: Producing a News Segment for Broadcast.