Effects of Small Town Social-Literacies In the classroom and sports

I will be discussing what small town social literacies are, how they are formed, and how they affect students in school and school sports.
Waitsburg-Prescott Tigers before the Washington State 2b/1b high school soccer championship game.

What Does it Mean to be Socially Literate?

Being literate can be defined as having or showing knowledge in a specific area. A social literacy can be defined as an individual's ability to successfully mediate their thoughts and emotions.

How are Social Literacies Formed?

Social literacies are developed by learning certain social cues according to the surroundings. A social literacy specific to a small town is seeing someone or something which is not from there as an 'outsider.' This same literacy will follow someone whether it be at school or sports. For example, a new student joins a classroom and all the students will observe them from a distance to try and figure them out before engaging with them.

My Personal Small Town Literacy

All my life I've grown up in a small town. Therefore I know the outsider literacy which I mentioned earlier very well. I as well as my neighbors will investigate any unusual cars which my drive by our street.

I always check and see if they are stopping or just driving by. Which I believe has lead be to be more analytical than I would have had I grown up in an urban setting.

Which leads me to my next point on how this social literacy can affects students in an academic setting.

Waitsburg-Prescott Tigers playoff game vs St. Georges Dragons

Social Literacies and Academics

As mentioned earlier the outsider literacy has made me more analytical. By this I mean I always observe things with finer detail than others might. Being from a small town has also taught me to be independent because I did not always have things within walking distance. I would not depend on teachers to always be there for me when I did not understand something. I would evaluate the problem and try different ways to solve it.
Overall being from a small town has influenced me in a very good way. Both in academic situations and in sport situations. It has taught me to always evaluate things very closely. As well as to be self motivated in order to have success.

Works Cited

Brintnall, Bob / Special to the press. “Small Schools Offer Something Special.” The Grand Rapids Press: C1. March 20 2005.

Petten, Vanessa V. “Can We Teach Social Literacy?” Radical Parenting, 5 Nov. 2010, www.radicalparenting.com/2010/11/04/can-we-teach-social-literacy/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=feed: radicalparenting (radical parenting).

Rude, Harvey A., Phyllis E. Paolucci-Whitcomb, and Susan Comerford. "Ethical Leadership: Supporting Human Rights And Diversity In Rural Communities." Rural Special Education Quarterly 24.4 (2005): 26-31. Academic Search Complete. Web. 14 Nov. 2016.

Wooton, Julie. “Rural Schools Come Together for Sports.” TCA Regional News October 08 2016

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