The Early-Literacy Shift: New Words, New Media, New Friends

Literacy is changing. It really is. Even in my grade one classroom as the students begin to learn their letters and sounds, as they start to put those letters and sounds together into words, and as they take their first hesitant steps to read and write —literacy is changing.

The change in our classroom was subtle at first. When my students began writing the word we with two i’s, I smiled and talked about the more traditional spelling of the word. When students came to school with a clear understanding of what it meant to get to the next level or to have several lives, I took notice of the new vocabulary they had.

And when I had to explain why iPod didn’t start with an upper case letter the way proper nouns usually did, well, I decided all of the rules were up for grabs. The changes I have mentioned are rather superficial, but they are indicators of a large shift that has been taking place in the way that I teach literacy.

New Vocabulary
New Tools
New Ways to Learn
New Audiences
New Communication Forms

No Going Back!
The days of students reading only books, writing only on paper and becoming literate in an isolated classroom have past. That classroom is outdated. Is yours?

Read the entire article by Kathy Cassidy on Powerful Learning Practice at http://plpnetwork.com/2013/07/28/literacy-shift-longer-papers-books/

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