Creatively Connecting Curriculum to the Digital Learner
Message From the Executive Director
Recently, I finished re-reading Don DeLillo’s 1991 novel, Mao II. In that novel, the following exchange takes place:
“For some time now I’ve had the feeling that novelists and terrorists are playing a zero-sum game.”
“Interesting. How so?”
“What terrorists gain, novelists lose. The degree to which they influence mass consciousness is the extent of our decline as shapers of sensibility and thought. The danger they represent equals our own failure to be dangerous.”
“And the more clearly we see terror, the less impact we feel from art.”
That exchange, to me, carries the force of a small tidal wave.
“Shapers of sensibility and thought”
…novelists, artists, storytellers, and teachers – this is something we can address. Meridian Stories is trying to help
– Brett Pierce [email protected]
Under the Radar
I want to share one small article from The Knowledge Review. It’s about memorizing poetry. This short, teacher-oriented article focuses on the notion that performing poetry – when appropriately matched to a student’s reading level – opens up pathways to language, expression, meaning and, perhaps, self-confidence, in ways that are deeply outside our current scope of student engagement in the classroom. In short, this article suggests that by reaching way back into the educational archives of learning through poetry recitation and memorization, we can help launch our students into the future.
Here, the counter-intuitive takes a lead toward understanding. See if you agree, here.
Featured Meridian Resource – Creating a Short Documentary
Wikipedia defines documentary films as “a broad category of non-fiction motion pictures intended to document some aspect of reality, primarily for the purposes of instruction or maintaining a historical record.” This definition falls short. Documentaries do more than just ‘document’: they tell stories…really good stories. Read more about how HERE.
Featured Student Work – “Designing Patriotism“
This week’s featured Digital Storytelling Challenge showcases a documentary-driven narrative about what the word ‘patriotism’ means to this team of 7th graders from California. They interview people about the word, form their own conclusions and then design a spell-binding mural that reflects their ideas about this word.
Stop your day for three minutes and check this out.