by Kat Geuea May 28, 2018
How do I learn?
A few years ago I did an exercise with my 9th graders about racism as related to our reading of To Kill a Mockingbird. I listened to a video where a person said that white Americans who claim to not be racist simply “do not know what they do not know.” At the time, I thought that was the most ludicrous statement I had ever heard. Now I understand it.
The state of my digital and information literacy is so bad, that I have been bogged down with scores of open tabs on my desktop since I started with my search and research assignment. I don’t know what I don’t know, so I was forced to ask questions. The actual THINKING about what question to ask was even challenging. I can see how students would both hate it and learn from it!
What do I know about how I learn? I know that research intrigues me and I think I do it well, for the most part; I know how to cull untrustworthy or unproductive searches. However, I am easily diverted onto bunny trails. What I learned about myself on this assignment is that because this is something I enjoy, I need focus on controlling my searches. It was very challenging to stick to one topic. I ran across other words or concepts I was unfamiliar with, so I followed links to the definitions of those words and then had to follow breadcrumbs back to my starting point. I found that I really liked the study of digital humanities and would like to delve more deeply into it.
I would suggest to future students that they take notes and save websites into folders that they can come back to and look at later.