Publications

The following are articles and chapters that were published, reflecting my studies and research focused on the possibilities inherent in the power of literacy.

Reading to Fly

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Reading to fly: Access to reading across diversity
Encounter: Education for Meaning and Social Justice, Vol. 23(1): 46-50, Spring 2010.

When we focus on responses to reading rather than to the act of reading, it doesn’t matter if the student has read every page or if she liked the book, if the she is rereading a book or what ‘level’ the book is on, whether only the action parts were read or only the dialogue.  Independent reading is ultimately about some form of thoughtful engagement with a text and the personal treasures (learning) we pick up during reading.  Responses to texts in any format are learning outcomes that reflect these treasures and can be viewed from an inclusive perspective using an abilities approach across the diversity of students: we can assess what each student was able to learn and/or take away from the text.  Every student responding to the text achieves success, and when students associate reading with a positive, pleasant, interesting experience, reading comes closer to the heart.

 

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Today I am proud of myself

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Today I am proud of myself: Telling stories and revaluing lives
In D. Caracciolo & A. Mungai, (eds.) In the spirit of Ubuntu: Stories of teaching and research. Sense Publishers, 2009.

In a weekly literacy class at a home for recovering women we worked on critically reading texts that led to writing lives. Writing down experiences, becoming aware and thinking about events critically, allowed the participants to rethink their stories and revalue themselves , their families and their experiences.

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Students Finding Voice in a College Classroom

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Students Finding Voice in a College Classroom:
Reflections on a Teaching/Learning Journey
Curriculum and Teaching, Vol. 23(1), 2008

Most students come to Developmental Reading classes considering reading a book to be a form of severe punishment. To counter such aversion, I developed a counter-hegemonic, inclusive and caring pedagogy that informs a curriculum relevant to the students’ lives allowing them to revalue reading and its potential for self-empowerment. By semester’s end many students describe themselves as readers, having begun to realize their inherent powers in negotiating texts.

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