Digital Pedagogy Inspired by Dr. Seuss
"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose…And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go…" - Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss' books are timeless inspiration for kids of all ages. I grew up reading and loving his books and for the past 20 years of teaching, I've seen many of my students love his books. Why? Dr. Seuss' books are filled with advanced vocabulary, nonsense, and silliness. The main characters are stubborn, often not wanting to try things. They are met with arrogant mentors who chastise them then bug them until they finally eat green eggs, have a heart, or go on crazy journeys. Dr. Seuss is all about getting readers to step out of their comfort zones. When they do, they discover they indeed love green eggs and ham or learned so much from their journeys. As teachers we need to discover Dr. Seuss' secret, because we are in the business of getting students to step out of their comfort zones to discover their skills and strength when facing challenges. The best learning is a journey full of challenging obstacles that get us to step out of our comfort zones. Only through undergoing this journey do we discover our strengths and skills. Find the slides to download and the Google Doc handout here.
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