The trick isn’t “correcting” an improper behavior but instead learning that different contexts come with different expectations

Keywords: librarianship , teaching

Teaching students about context teaches those who may be underconfident or underprepared that they are not the only ones with more to learn. That it’s possible to be an expert in one research context but a complete novice in another and that everyone has to learn how to navigate research contexts that are new to them.

It is much easier to define what it means to be literate or illiterate than it is to describe literacy

Keywords: literacy

Students of color repeatedly and unfairly bear the label of struggling reader and writer, but how often do educators ask why? What if the literacy skills these students have in their toolbox are simply different, but no less valuable, than traditional literacy skills? For example, students of color “may struggle with skills like decoding or reading fluency, but they can read social contexts and environments exceptionally well” (Muhammad, 2020, p. 41). Functionally speaking, this is an important skill that many otherwise literate people lack. The phrase “reading the room,” referring to a person’s ability to interpret social cues, comes to mind.