Language and the Sciences

Students Use Language in the Sciences

  • The Literacy in the Disciplines Interview Project 

Because what students do with language as they learn about and through any given discipline should be the end result of our work in disciplinary literacy, we share this example of student work in science. In this video newscast, students Garrett and Ben demonstrate their understanding of the language of science, particularly physics, as they explain the principles of matter and antimatter. Note the precise use of the language of science in their presentation. Watch this video to see them in action.

 

Josh Lawrence at the University of California, Irvine, shared this video about reading a graph like a scientist with us. We hope you’ll find it useful:

 

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Literacy Meets Music

  • The Literacy in the Disciplines Interview Project

We invited Dr. Linda Lungren, a music teacher, pianist, composer, and choral conductor to interview Tim Peterson, bassist for the band, Everytheory, in Los Angeles CA regarding the literacy demands of working in the music industry. Download Evertheory’s music at freedownload.evertheory.net/ and visit the band’s website at www.evertheory.com/. Listen to this podcast of Linda’s interview with Tim.

 

 

Our colleague, Josh Lawrence at the University of California, Irvine, shared this video on a disciplinary approach to reading sheet music, as well.

 


Literacy in the Arts

  • The Literacy in the Disciplines Interview Project

Dr. Barbara Moss of San Diego State University interviews artist Liz Jardine in San Diego about the role literacy plays in her art and her art business, and the role art plays in literacy.

 

Art teacher Tim Benson responds in this podcast to the YouTube video interview with Barbara Moss and Liz Jardine who discuss the role of literacy in creating art. Tim is also the President of the San Diego County Art Education Association.


Technology, Entertainment, & Literacy

Literacy in the Technology and Entertainment Fields

  • The Literacy in the Disciplines Interview Project

Alex Gonzalez interviews Paul Hill about the demands of literacy in the technology industry in this video. Alex is a technology expert in education at Health Sciences High and Middle College. Paul works in the technology and entertainment industry.

 

Next, Annaleah Enriquez, a health educator at Health Sciences High and Middle College in San Diego responded with ideas for engaging students based on the interview with Alex and Paul. Please listen to this podcast:

 

STEM and Literacy

  • The Literacy in the Disciplines Interview Project

Cynthia H. Brock interviewed Cal Anderson of SpaceX and Joe Assof of Health Sciences High and Middle College about the intersections of literacy, mechanical engineering, and mathematics in this video series.

In Part I, Cindy, Cal, and Joe discuss some of the expectations and demands of language in the mechanical engineering field.

 

In Part II, the team converses about how the ideas they discussed in Part I might look in the classroom. At two points in the conversation, Joe provided video of his students in the classrooms.  Look for the callout to take you to the classroom videos or view them separately, below.

 

In this video, Joe Assof works through a complex problem with a group of 11th graders where they have to understand the context of the problem and what is being asked in order to understand how to apply the mathematics. Notice how the students use language to support their understanding in mathematics.

 

Joe is working with an outstanding group of students who use close-reading to understand two short word problems in this video. The students are using an annotation scaffold to guide their thinking as they read and discuss the word problems.

 

Next, W. Ian O’Bryne, College of Charleston, interviews Kurt Becker, Utah State University, about intersections of engineering education, design, STEM, and literacy.

 

You may also access this set of videos in the Interview Series that have to do with STEM topics as a playlist on YouTube.

Soon, I will have these interviews uploaded as podcasts to iTunes or GooglePlay, so stay tuned!

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