As a Literary Advisor at Bon Education and an Educational Diagnostician, Sue Ogden weighs in on the role of literature, language acquisition, and creativity in a tech-enhanced and infused world. Her work with literature and language has taken her from helping out in literacy programs in prisons to working in international backdrops to enhancing reading skills amongst students on movie sets. For the low down on how her experiences working with urban communities inspired her work in emerging markets, read on.
10-20 Seconds: What’s the deal with being a Literary Advisor. Share with us your story on how you got to where you are today.
I went to school to be a High School Social Studies teacher. I found the field was flooded with lots of excellent teachers, and there was little room to be a true problem solver in these affluent schools where I taught.
I found a greater need for content rich teachers to support reading instruction in urban communities. It was here that I found that the problems that children in urban communities in the USA face are similar to the problems that students in emerging markets face, and thus decided to pursue the path of becoming an expert on literacy acquisition.
20 – 30 Seconds: The ideal title of an e-book regarding your philosophy on life, literature and education.
“The Five People I met in Prison”- I have met some of the most interesting people in prison, and they have all helped me find joy in the smallest snippets of life. They truly find joy in the little things, a colored pencil, a black pencil, being able to mop the floor on their birthday as a way to get out solitary for an extra hour. They get so excited about the smallest things. This makes it hard for me to come home in a bad mood, as I am constantly surrounded by a need to be grateful. (more…)