I have a student who is a reluctant conferrer. You’ve probably got one, too.
This student is a reader. A big reader. Like the kind of reader who reads 50+ books in a semester.
But up until this week, this student has been reluctant to talk about them, at least to me.
I think it’s my fault.
I’ve been expecting my student to meet me where I am.
One of the ways I thought I was a 21st century teacher was that I ask my students to respond to literature on Blogger instead of in a notebook. But how can responding on Blogger be a better learning experience than in Google Docs or in regular reader’s notebooks? (I’ll think on that and try to up my game… more later. There must be an answer.) There’s more to being a 21st century teacher than using technology.
Let me get back to those 50+ books. I’ve never seen this student with an actual paper bound book in hand; it’s always the Kindle.
As a new-to-workshop teacher, I didn’t realize that the Kindle was one obstacle between me and a successful conference with a student. I guess it’s because it’s not intuitive to me — it’s easy to flip through pages in a book, but it feels intrusive to start swiping through someone’s device.
I’ll try to push through that now that I’m more aware of it. It might bring me closer to being a 21st century teacher.
Last week, I sat down next to this reluctant interactor and started asking some questions. Again.
This time, my student shared a little more than normal.
This student talked about litRPG.
What is that? I asked. Continue reading “New Genre, New Learning”