Developing your knack

I created these slides to use next year in my English curriculum teaching. The idea I am using them to underpin is that an English teacher is expected to have ‘superpowers’ across a range of canonical/literary types of text (the traditional categories of study: poetry, prose, drama) as well as newer textual fields that have come up since that initial period (film, tv and other screen texts, media and new media).

possible superpowers to foster, in canonical curriculum categories

possible superpowers to foster, in late-20th and 21st century curriculum text categories

At the same time as finishing these slides, I am audio-reading Wundersmith: The calling of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend. It is Book 2 in the Nevermoor series. I love it and would love my pre-service teachers to think about what their ‘knack’ is, in terms of studying or creating texts, so they can focus on developing it during their degree.

Whether you want to think about textual expertise as a superpower or a knack

English teachers – how many knacks do you consider you have?

Everyone – how many text areas from the graphics above would you say is desirable for an English teacher’s expertise to cover? 

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  1. #1 by New Media Works on April 20, 2020 - 7:12 pm

    Hi Kelli 🙂

    I found your blog in a more-or-less random way.

    IMHO so-called “creative” writing is not ever valid or invalid — all creativity *passes the test… there is really nothing that can be said about it, maybe other than that it exists.

    “Knack” is an interesting word — do you think it’s particularly meaningful here? (probably yes, I guess) How so?

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