Literacy and Understanding
Through the Twitter dialogue, I have formed a few questions and fields of exploration that I find especially intriguing. Some of these thoughts I know will be added to by the readings, and I am really excited to learn and expand upon my knowledge of these areas. Literacy, by the dictionary and commonly understood definitions, means reading and writing. A few people tweeted questioning whether music or math had facets of literacy within them. I completely think they do. To me, the definition of literacy has always been broader than simply reading or writing, but I am having a hard time defining what exactly literacy can consist of. I am especially finding it difficult to distinguish between the ideas of literacy and understanding. Does being literate mean you understand something? Does understanding something mean you are literate in it?
I think it is important to note that when discussing language, we often observe different dialects and accents as part of the experience of language. I think that literacy in different disciplines is like speaking a different dialect; there is some common basis, but without the full skill set, it is hard to completely understand eachother.
Another question that I found interesting was the question regarding how we bridge the gap between the classroom and personal experiences. What practices in doing this are effective? How do we balance the two? I wonder if this bridging is always relevant, and is more practical in certain fields of study than others.