Love and Animation as Missing Ingredients: A Discussion With Marjorie Faulstich Orellana

Books. Laptops. Construction paper. Text books. Desks. Bells. Backpacks. Pens. Smart board styluses. White boards. LCD projectors. Hall passes. The list goes on.

The spaces of learning — whether we are discussing classrooms, libraries, extracurricular clubs — are full of a lot of tangible stuff. However, if we want to improve learning, the gaze of educators needs to look beyond the materiality of classrooms and closer at the individuals within these spaces. We need to consider how the relationships between participants in learning spaces captivate and thrill.

Recently, I had the pleasure of talking with Marjorie Faulstich Orellana, a professor in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA, about her recently published book Immigrant Children in Transcultural Spaces: Language, Learning, and Love. Detailing a four-year period of running an after-school program (in the book called B-Club), Marjorie’s book is an insightful look into learning and love within a highly diverse community in Los Angeles.

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