Why Can’t I Do Something With This?
Good lord, WCYDWT is such a good idea that I want to use it for English. I walk around with a camera, too. I also enjoy my job more today than I ever have. I likewise want to share my passion for not just English but many other subjects. All I end up snapping shots of, though, are misused apostrophes and needed commas – very boring things that are still contrived attempts to make my content area relevant.
I’ve been a closet fan of this since Dan first started it. I lurk an awful lot and good writing often makes me just want to give up because I can’t compete. This has been running through my head for at least two years now. I just don’t see the way to bring this to my classroom, though. That depresses me for a number of reasons.
- Am I so thick in the head that there’s an obvious way to get WCYDWT into the English classroom that I’m missing?
- Do I believe that English is so removed from practical application that I can’t bring the WCYDWT noise?
- Would any testing regime support my use of this kind of instruction in one of the most valuable API/AYP/APR areas a school has?
- Would this kind of instruction help us get out of PI?
- Would this kind of instruction create graduates better able to handle writing demands of employers, the primary concern about high school graduates the business world has expressed?
So I wonder if I just grab shots or pull video of things I find interesting for a variety of reasons and simply put them up in front of the class for a bit to harvest the discussion. I want more than that, but maybe this is the way it starts. What do you think? Have you been gathering a bunch of ELA WCYDWT lessons over the years? Do you see something I’m missing that opens us up to the English All Around Us kind of lens needed? Let me know and let’s get this going.