One of my goals in our Unleashing Digital Storytelling elective course is to help elevate student voice through authentic media creation. Taking matters into her own hands, Kaylie created this video, highlighting a journaling/discussion activity we do in class and the poignant voices of some of her classmates. Sadly, what teenagers and other students have to say, experience, and feel plays little part in the discussion of school and curriculum reform. Much of the most powerful and effective writing that students have produced in my classes is related to their fears, dreams, worries, and interests. If you enjoy this project, please comment, and I’ll be sure to share your responses with her!
*I did not create the idea of topic journals, as it states in the introduction. During the Louisville Writing Project summer institute last July–part of theNational Writing Project–I learned about the idea from a book by educator Penny Kittle.*