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2016 Beloit Mindset List

mindsetEvery August since 1998, Beloit College has released a list they call the Mindset List. The list was originally created as a reminder to faculty to be aware of dated references, and has become an annual look “at the cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college this fall”. How can we be mindful and stay current ourselves? One way is to incorporate popular culture and current technologies into the classroom.

  • While the most obvious advantage of using digital tools and popular culture in the classroom is the potential for increasing students’ interest, the equally important benefit is that digital media offer a whole range of challenging texts that will push students further in critical reading and thinking. Read more in “Popular Culture: The New Literacy Challenge for English Teachers” from English Journal.

How do you keep your curriculum relevant for today’s students?