(Re)Imagining Multilingual Learners: Using Photo Stories to Honor Students’ Strengths, Interests, and Experiences

Authors

  • Jennifer K. Allen University of West Georgia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.52242/gatesol.117

Abstract

The labeling of students has the potential to result in deficit thinking, which can cause classrooms to become sites of limitation instead of places of limitless opportunity for students. This article discusses the literacy strategy of creating photo stories and shares the steps involved in inviting students to create personal photo stories that honor students’ lived experiences. The author shares how these photo stories have the potential to promote critical and productive dialogue among educators and students to help them celebrate the diverse languages, cultures, interests, and life experiences that are present in their classrooms.

Keywords
labels, deficit thinking, multilingual learners, photo story

Author Biography

Jennifer K. Allen, University of West Georgia

Dr. Jennifer K. Allen, Assistant Professor, Department of Literacy and Special Education, University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA; email jkallen@westga.edu

(Re)Imagine Multilingual Learners (Allen, 2021)

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Published

2021-07-30

How to Cite

Allen, J. K. (2021). (Re)Imagining Multilingual Learners: Using Photo Stories to Honor Students’ Strengths, Interests, and Experiences. GATESOL Journal, 31(1), 47–53. https://doi.org/10.52242/gatesol.117

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Section

Teaching Techniques