While rereading the Raven Cycle in preparation for the final book (The Raven King, released this spring) I discovered the author, Maggie Stiefvater, had social media accounts and a dedicated fandom. The way that Maggie interacts with her fandom is reminiscent of the way that I strive to interact with my students and I couldn’t resist drawing some comparisons.
Not sure what a fandom is? Try a Google image or Pinterest search. It’s a fun rabbit hole.
Looking at traditional school from an outside lens is beneficial, and I think that lens of fandom is just plain fun. Sometimes we are just too inside the system to get outside of it’s constraints; Maggie Stiefvater’s social media interactions helped me see beyond those constraints.
I hope for my students to be fans of learning and making connections. They might come to my classroom wary of science or school, and I want to welcome them, give them choices, and empower them.
Maggie’s fandom isn’t required to show up like my students, but they do show up in droves on social media and at her events. I want my students to flock to my classroom and to learning the way that Maggie’s fandom flocks to her social media accounts. So here’s how I intend to do just that!