👋 Hello literary universe! 👋

And welcome to my literate world! My name is Tara 😁, a student of EDUC1707 Literacy in Primary and Middle Years Contexts, and I am on a mission 🚀 to answer the following questions:

😝 What is literacy?
😎 What does it mean to use literacy in 2015?
😄 What does it mean to be literate?
😱 What are my regular literate practices? How do I engage with them?
😳 Do my literacy practices reflect my own family and schooling history?

To navigate through my blog 👟, simply click on the menu button in the top right hand corner with the three stripes to select and view my weekly posts 📂. Alternatively you can select these links (this will open into a new tab):

Within these posts, you will find the first four weeks of my exciting journey through EDUC1707. Here, I will share my thoughts and understandings, as well as my insights into what I have learned within this course as well as throughout my life.

To return back to this page, simply click on my title/header. Please don’t hesitate to leave a comment 📝 on each post by sharing your thoughts and/or stories 💬 – I would love to start conversations on “what is literacy in 2015?”. 📬

Oh, and my reference list can be found below.

I hope you enjoy reading and viewing my blog 🆒…

… while also learning a little bit about myself 👧 and my journey into the depths of literacy. 🌸

Here is some calming meditation music 🎧 that I tend to listen to when studying and doing assignments, or even for when I’m about to go to sleep 😴💤. You might even like to play this in the background while you’re reading!

Reference List

Allen, J. (2010). Chapter 3: Building on Family Knowledge, Languages, and Literacies. Literacy in the welcoming classroom: creating family-school partnerships that support student learning, pp. 27-38. New York, NY: Teachers College, Columbia University

Ashton, J., Arthur, L., & Beecher, B. (2014). Multiliteracies: Embracing the multiplicity of experiences called ‘literacy’. In L. Arthur, J. Ashton, & B. Beecher (Eds.), Diverse literacies in early childhood: A social justice approach, pp. 1-21, Camberwell, VIC: ACER Press

Comber, B., & Kamler, B. (2004). Get out of deficit: Pedagogies of reconnection. Teaching Education, 15(3), pp. 293-310. doi: 10.1080/1047621042000257225

Kalantzis, M. & Cope, B. (2012). Literacies. Port Melbourne, Vic: Cambridge University Press.

Martin, K. (2008). The intersection of Aboriginal knowledges, Aboriginal literacies, and new learning pedagogy for Aboriginal students (pp. 58-81),Multiliteracies and diversity in education: new pedagogies for expanding landscapes. South Melbourne, VIC: Oxford University Press

Smala, S. (2015). Week 1-5 [PowerPoint Slides]. Retrieved from EDUC1707, University of Queensland Blackboard Online: http://elearning.uq.edu.au/

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