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Media Literacy: A Powerful Tool for Parents and Teachers


by Carla Crockett 2005

As both a parent and an experienced teacher, I have found media literacy to be an invaluable tool that I use to teach values and critical thinking skills. I have two preteen daughters whose media consumption is constantly increasing. As their mother, I am deeply concerned about their interpretations of the value messages they receive. I have taught upper elementary and intermediate school for 15 years, with the majority of those years in fifth grade. Like all teachers, I have struggled at times to keep my students motivated and interested in the curriculum. Incorporating media literacy into the curriculum has enabled me to not only keep my students interested, but to also develop their critical thinking skills.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 104. No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 107 Number 13, 2005, p. 269-274
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18556, Date Accessed: 11/18/2017 10:12:14 PM

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  • Carla Crockett
    Hayward Smith Elementary School
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    CARLA CROCKETT teaches fifth grade at Hayward Smith Elementary School in Owasso, Oklahoma.
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