When reading A pedagogy of multiliteracies: Designing social futures (Cazden, Cope, Fairclough, Gee, et al Harvard Educational Review: 1996), I was initially put off by the date of the publication. Noticing that the article was from 1996 created a hesitation in recieving the information in a purposeful way. However, after going through it, I realized how closely it related to our educational system and my daily challenges in 2014. I could not help but relate to the teachers who are having difficulties shifting educational practices to close the gaps in the educaitonal disparties of educational outcomes.
The most challenging issues I encounter with teachers is the unawareness of how crutial this is to the development of the student in preparing for work life. These individuals are trying to change their ways of instructional delivery with the incorporation of technology. I can still see elements of institutionalized learning, although our administration is working diligently at getting teachers to move away with a shifting curricula in all content areas. The new curricula focuses on different skills, changing from individual to social learning. In the article, we learn that teaching pedagogy is about the teaching and learning relationship and the literacy pedagogy has a huge focus on subcultures and individuality. Teachers who are unable to comprehend the influences that socialization may have a difficult time bringing students where they need to be in order to be college and career ready.
As I have entered into my eighteenth year of teaching, I now can see the shifts of theory/practice. Our writing focus has gone from narrative, expository, persuasive and task-oriented (developmentally sequenced) to narrative, expository/informational, persuasive/argumentative. These tasks are now continually spiraled for students to continue to grow and refine skills, instead of abdoning them after a certain high-stakes assessment has been administered. The process which began many years ago to incorporate different types of literacy for multimodal learning is finally hitting hard with the responsibility of preparing our students for a productive future.