From the Negative to the Positive

Developing Children's Literacy Through Their Exposure to Photography

At-risk students present teachers with unique challenges starting in the earliest grades. Sandra Szabocsik and Marilyn Rabinowitz of the Grandview School in Piscataway Township (Middlesex County) know that meeting these challenges in the early grades will help their students achieve success in school.

Supported by a $3,040 grant from the NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education, these teachers and their students will explore new ways of thinking and learning through a project entitled From the Negative to the Positive: Developing Children?s Literacy Through Their Exposure to Photography.

Combining reading, writing, and photography to tell a story will go a long way toward teaching children how to convey meaning to others. Through this project and with assistance from their parents, these at-risk students will learn how to analyze and judge their work, think creatively and critically, and increase their self-esteem.

In addition, the activities in the project will foster the development of workplace readiness and technology skills.

Upon completion, books of student-generated photography and writing will be exhibited for community review at a Board of Education sponsored reception at a local corporate headquarters.

For more information about this project, contact:

Sandra Szabocsik