Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Advice From Dr Seuss

I remember as a child reading books by Dr Seuss. The Cat in the Hat. Green Eggs and Ham.

But until recently I really didn't get the bigger picture. The hidden meaning that exists behind the books of Dr Seuss.

The Sneetches. Oh, The Places You Will Go.

There is so much more to Dr Seuss' work than meets the eye.

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A couple of years ago I travelled to the United States of America and visited Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. And I fell in love with Seuss Landing. I know that I do have a soft spot for gift shops, but walking around and reading about Dr Seuss, and picking up a book with information and some of his stories, I began a journey with the work of Dr Seuss.

Looking at Pinterest, I can see how popular the work of Dr Seuss is in classrooms across the USA.

I teach in a high school setting. I work with students aged 12 to 18. But Dr Seuss isn't just for primary students. The messages translate. I have used The Sneetches with students to look at analysing perspectives and will be using it next term as we discuss Refugees and Asylum Seekers. I have used his quotes to engage students with Reading. And I have used Oh, The Places You Will Go to look at goal setting and ambition.

This past term in my classroom I have had a display up about why it's important to read. You can find the resources for this in this post. This term, I wanted to try something different.

So this term, we're going to have the "Advice from Dr Seuss" display.

The quotes have been pulled from a range of sources. There are some that have been attributed to Dr Seuss. Some quotes are contested but there is no real clarity around them, and the majority of sources establish that they are by Dr Seuss. I believe that these quotes can provide some guidance to students, to help them to think about themselves and others. A little reminder in the room every lesson; something for them to have a look at.

I have created the materials for this display using Stampin Up's My Digital Studio. Once the display is up in my room I will share the photos with you.

The banner has been made using the Build a Banner Simply Created - 1 punch, circle punch and the font Doctor Soos Bold. The colours have been created using an image from Seussville in Adobe Kuler to come up with the specific colour scheme - close to Cat in the Hat...

The quotes have been created using DSP Day in the Life 1 - 12. The font is Doctor Soos Light. The square punch has been used as well.

I have used Photovisi to create the collage of the posters.

You can download the posters from my Dropbox.

I am very conscious of the copyright around Dr Seuss's work and have worked to ensure that all the quotes contained in this post have been created from sources available at a number of sites online.


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