Zine Booth @ Sugar Hill Maker Fest Reflection

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Saturday was a beautiful day. It was also quite windy. While I had to find some creative ways to keep zines from flying off my booth’s table, the experience of being out among the community with my students zines made for an excellent afternoon of conversation and possibly some really positive impact in the community.  Continue reading

Did You Miss the Zinecast? Check It Out Here!

If you missed today’s live zinecast but would like to check it out, the archived video is embedded below. Quick apology–as the students describe their zines, I thought I was screen sharing, but I forgot to click the second button, so you don’t see the zines until the very end–so my apologies. Still, the students’ description of their work is great and there are some really interesting topics covered and conversations had. Enjoy!

ZineCast 2016: Thursday, April 28 @ 11:30AM UPDATED

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SEE THE UPDATED LINK FOR THE EVENT!

This year’s annual zinecast is THIS Thursday! Don’t miss a chance to see some really cool and authentic work from my students. Each student has tackled some form or argumentation based on their interests or lived-experiences. Each zine shown is being volunteered by the students to part of the festivities. Never seen a zinecast? This is kind of what it’s like.

Join us at 11:30PM EST here: https://plus.google.com/events/c6337trl6c6vpocrk2ud36licqc

Note that this is a Google Hangout Broadcast.

Zines and Identities Emerge: An Anecdotal Look at When Participation and Rhetoric Collide

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Students began turning in their mini-zines on Friday with more to come today. As mentioned in a previous post, I pointed my students in the direction of using their zines as a mode to express their knowledge of and use of rhetorical strategies. The early results are promising. While I do love using zines as a tool, they are ultimately merely a tool. What has been fun and exciting to watch unfold in the classroom is the overall enjoyment students have shown in the process, and specifically watching them show aspects of who they are that are so easy to hide or reserve for only a few. Identity is fluid and social as well as a part of a person that is multiplicitous and is in-process as well as embedded over time. Adolescence is an important moment in our lives when we explore our identity. My current research is in part looking for where the ELA classroom may serve as an important space in school for students to do this exploration while also a space that empowers them to act. What that action is cannot really be predicted with certainty, but I will venture to state that a student acting with a belief they are welcome to and encouraged to act is inspirational. I will also venture to state that a student choosing openly to not act, to resist or push against, is just as inspirational. Sounds complex, right? Inside today’s post, I share what my students have been up to so far with some anecdotal understandings I have of their process. Continue reading