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Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bronx Is Blooming: Part 1

posted: 7.2.13 by Susan Naomi Bernstein

All too often, especially in educational decisions surrounding basic writing, people living with poverty remain absent from discussions of policy and curricula that impact access to higher education. Such policies and curricula may become intractable and calcified. Is it any wonder, under such conditions, that students’ bodies, hearts, and minds grow disengaged?

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How Memes Can Build Community in the Classroom

posted: 12.14.10 by Traci Gardner

Building BlocksInternet memes, like the quizzes, surveys, and polls students see on Facebook, are one of the easiest ways to build community in the classroom. Memes, by their nature, connect people. They spread like gossip from person to person, and as they are passed along, people learn a little bit about one another in the process.

As Bits blogger Barclay Barrios explained in his discussion of teaching with video memes, memes “get students thinking about the connections between what we are reading and what’s happening out in the world.” That, of course, is why they are so successful: memes provide students with a context for building connections that’s grounded in the buzz of pop culture.

Memes are like cultural building blocks, just waiting to be arranged and assembled in the classroom. Internet quizzes, surveys, and polls will be familiar to most of the students you teach. You can begin building community in the classroom on existing knowledge and take advantage of the inherently social nature of the connections students will make.

Better yet, there’s nothing to explain before students can start engaging. They’re already pros at the genre. Just give students a quiz or survey that relates to the purpose of your course, and tell them how you want them to respond. Once they reply, you can compare the answers and discuss the memes themselves. The Internet memes become icebreaker activities that give everyone a shared experience to talk about. [read more]

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