The NCTE statement was very interesting for me personally to consider after this class in regards to my own interests in children’s language learning especially because there is always a question of fairness and disability in trying to accommodate all kinds of different cultures and populations of people. Perhaps most importantly to me is the teaching aspect when it comes to teaching kids in new ways that do not merely fit the test but rather allow them to learn and grow within their education. I think this idea has been covered in a variety of the readings that we have done, especially ones looking at “fixing” the writing process or prose of unskilled or new writers. I also really like the idea presented in the NCTE statement that different modes of expression should be incorporated into the curriculum because this allows for a variety of ways for kids and students to become engaged in their work and also to create a learning environment that stresses the importance of adaptability and creativity.
I also think the idea of collaboration is very important not only to me and my own personal interests but also in regards to the articles discussed and the projects undergone in this course. I think it is very important for students to learn how to collaborate and work together and that idea fits very nicely with the multimodal platform. I think for me this is where one of the largest themes from the course emerges is the importance of understanding and using multimodal processes and voices to better understand ideas and concepts within English. I think an interesting topic to look at would be the use of multimodal elements within the classrooms now, especially with younger children using iPads and other forms of multimodal learning to better understand concepts we all learned via traditional learning methods. However, I also think the ethical issues and problems that have come up over the quarter surrounding online publishing and ownership in regards to writing and the problems we face with sometimes trying to accurately represent our ideas in non-written or multimodal platforms is also an issue that is very pervasive across our readings.
I think ultimately for me one of the biggest themes that emerges is the importance and also the problems that are associated with teaching English to a variety of different populations of students and across multimodal platforms. I think it would be interesting to look into further the ways in which contemporary classrooms are incorporating multimodal teaching and mediums, such as iPad, to teach younger students important ideas and concepts.