I am setting up a wordpress blog site as part of participation in HumanMOOC. It’s been a few years since I’ve blogged and I’ve never used WordPress. So I’m glad to have the HumanMOOC pushing me to spin and jump through new hoops.
I thought I’d include something about teaching in this first blog post so here is an example of erasure poetry. The image comes from Writer’s Block Magazine. I found it after being motivated to learn more about erasure poetry by a presentation at HASTAC 2016 this past spring.
p 366 from “What I loved” by Siri Hustvedt (2003) – Isabel Harlaar
Erasure poetry seems to offer a way for learners to approach text in a manner that is critically constructive and not limited to conventional academic definitions of textual literacy. The code-switching or dual-coding is conducive to learning. I really like, too, to have non-digital activities be included in online courses. Materials for such an activity would probably include a PDF of text. Students would be asked to photograph their poem and share it.
Inserting this erased poem image was also a reminder to me of the challenges of keeping good notes in the digital world. I had saved this image locally some months ago in anticipation of writing something about using this tactic for learning. Yet had not cited the source. Google Images reverse image search feature helped me find the source.
All of which reminds me of the breadth of skills that our students need to practice to be comfortable and literate in a digital world.