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.

The Zine Challenge: Early Reflections

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One student expresses her concern with how girl’s lacrosse is played and is arguing for the sport to be more physical with the addition of more protection like boy’s lacrosse has.

I have now been collecting data for a month, which also means my students are in the thick of zine making. The ride thus far has been relatively smooth and entirely fascinating. I did lose an entire day’s audio recordings due to my computer falling asleep and refusing to wake back up, BUT I have my reflections of the day, photos, and video recordings still. I was a little devastated at first, but quickly reasoned that I cannot possibly be the only one who has had this happen. The fascinating part of the study and the class in general right now is how I’m seeing everything they do through my researcher’s lens. While simply anecdotal right now before analysis, my students’ actions in the classroom and the discussions they are having appear rich in both identity exploration and relationship building. Continue reading

Guest Post: A First Year Teacher Reflects on Using Zines in His ELA Classroom

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Today’s post is special! I always love having guests write on the blog, and it simply does not happen enough. Today’s guest is Jason Smith. Jason is a first year language arts teacher, instructing 10th and 12th grade language arts in Cherokee County. I met Jason during his time in his MAT cohort, and this past semester he asked how I did zine work with my students. After giving him some guidance, Jason took off and did something very special with his students. See his reflection on zine making in his classroom inside! Continue reading