- Author: Jonathan deHaan
- Peer-reviewed: ✅
- Peer-reviewers: Evan Bostelmann, Peter Hourdequin, D.M. Jones, Niall McFadyen Casey Nedry, James York.
- Date of publication: 2020/08/26
- Keywords: Activities, Agency, Curriculum, Dialogic teaching, Discussion, Materials, Mediation, Methods, Multiliteracies, Participation, Pedagogy, Planning, Student engagement, Students, Teachers, Teacher narrative, Transformation, Vaporwave
- Cite: deHaan, J. (2020). Language and literacy teaching with games: the “who” and transformative actions. Ludic Language Pedagogy (2), p.162-186.
Understand students, then teach deliberately. Nothing new, just truth.
What is this? This is a narrative of my process of trying to make a real difference for and with my students. I describe what I struggled with, how I framed transformation for my context, and how I try to work with students in order to see them change over the course of my teaching projects. I share materials and mediation techniques throughout the narrative and reflection.
Why did you make it? I wrote this to give teachers a narrative and some tools to help them shift their game-based teaching to become more focused on their students before, during and after a particular teaching methodology, and to help teachers see more transformation in their students (and perhaps themselves). I also wrote this to help me reflect and to give me a foundation to continue to explore and research concepts such as transformation, agency, mediation and my students’ connections to society.
Why is it radical? It closely examines a teacher’s decision-making process in creating a new curriculum and research agenda. It is unique in its exploration of the concept of transformation through game-based language teaching. It frames teachers and students as actors and players in the game-based teaching and learning process.
Who is it for? This is for teachers who might be struggling to figure out how to make and see a real difference in their students.