Create the teaching memes

real woman This image came up on my Facebook feed this morning and made me laugh. It made me think too.There is so much that  this meme teaches – gender equity, humour, gender assignment, gender stereo types, predigested thinking, generalisations, change, role assignment , language use and all the other things you can think of. It is so important in the age of social media to use its strength to create an intelligent classroom. Memes can be videos, images, quotes. They can go far and wide and impact on the thinking of those who participate in social media . Those people in turn will allow those memes to percolate through real life. I put up a post with a video about how teachers need to create trail memes in their classroom. With content it is important to get the message across to a group of students who have been exposed to the internet since birth. They view the world often in terms of apps, memes, videos and sharing. You take critical and key components of what you want to teach and try to find the images, videos, quotes which will promote the learning and will want to make your students share. You can even create your own content along those lines. It is about attention grabbing, but when people react and share the memes they are then doing the time-honoured thing of circulating and promoting culture and learning. There is so much information and misinformation. There is so much content and poor content. The job of  a teacher is to shine the light and create the good trails through the information and spotlight the best information. Memes are a way of doing  this.

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