The Imagination & Inquiry team has been a bit busy over the past few weeks. In addition to normal academic activities, we’ve welcomed the newest (and smallest) member of our team. Professor Callum is ready for office hours:
We have some exciting things in the works, but in lieu of a new post this week, we wanted to round up some of our favorite content so far and look ahead to where we’re going.
Ideas Worth Revisiting
Two of our earliest posts center on larger Conversations Around Creative Pedagogies (Part 1 and Part 2) we had in our teaching circle concerning how we incorporate creative pedagogies into our classrooms. The members of our team are all passionate about innovative and multimodal in-class activities that allow our students to think about youth literature in new ways; however, we also know that incorporating creative modes of inquiry is sometimes easier said than done. In these two posts, four members of our team discuss some of the problems we’ve encountered with creative pedagogies and how we’ve worked to solve them.
A more recent post, Recommended Activities for Implementing Creative Pedagogies, features some of the I&I staff discussing their favorite activities, which are ready for you to use in your classroom. We’d love to hear if you incorporate any of these ideas!
Lastly, as we near the middle of the semester, classes sometimes start to fall into a bit of a slump regarding discussion. Because students (and instructors!) have gotten used to the routine of the course, certain voices begin to rise up more frequently while other perspectives are never shared. Our posts on Engaging Students Through Discussion and Varied Class Discussion Formats are great places to start for thinking about shifting the patterns of conversation within your classroom.
In the next few weeks, we’ll be starting a new series of posts called “Why I Teach _____” that zooms in on a specific book or subset of books that we love bringing into the classroom. We’ll also be adding to our series “So you’re going to be teaching youth literature online…” as well as considering some methods of digital teaching that you can use for both online and in-person classes.
In the meantime, we wanted to share a couple blogs that have been inspiring our teaching:
- This Association of College and University Educators post on mid-semester feedback helped us to rethink how to gather feedback that is useful to both you and your students.
- Over at the blog Reading While White, Amy Martin posted about the new toolkit from Oakland Public Library on how to evaluate and read books for young readers about the police. She not only introduces the toolkit, but does a beautiful reading of I’m Afraid Your Teddy Is In Trouble Today (Dunn and Nash, 2017) that shows the suggestions in action.
Hope you all are having a LOVEly Valentine’s Day! We can’t wait to share our works-in-progress with you.
-The Imagination & Inquiry Team