Elliot Essay

Billy Elliot Into the World Essay

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Billy Elliot Into the World

There are a variety of pathways and elements, which enables individual transition into a New World. ‘Into the World’ is about people choosing the next pathway into their life by their own determination, experiences and support which enables them to go beyond their original location and narrow view of the world. ‘Billy Elliot’ relates to the elective ‘Into the World’ as the film is about new possibilities opening up, determination, family support and individual growth. Two related texts that show other kinds of transitions into new worlds include an article on the Queensland School of Excellence titled ‘Pas de deux’ from the ‘Australian Educator’ on the 03/05/04 and a documentary by a Youth Program called…show more content…

The use of doors is a reoccuring symbol representing new worlds or barriers between worlds and used throughout the film. Billy’s initial glimpse of the ballet class through the door, and the way he enters the class hesitantly symbolises a new world opening up to Billy. Billy’s determination is one the key elements involved in his eventual transition into a different world. Realising that his father would not allow him to pursue ballet, he attends lessons in secret and practices extensively in his bedroom, the bathroom and wherever else he can have some privacy. The door motif is again prominent with Billy’s father physically holding Billy back from pursing his pathway into a new world. Many of the doors are shut and he must fight to break these barriers down. For Billy, dance becomes a means of escape from his surroundings, a refuge, a form of self-expression and, ultimately, a way out of his closed community and into the larger world. The limited use of colour reminds us that the family world is collapsing just as new horizons are opening up for Billy. Billy is determined to go against the rules and traditions of his family and forge his way into a new world. Determination is also used through persuasive and emotional language in the article ‘Pas de deux’. The Queensland Dance School of Excellence is an education program offered in partnership with Ballet. It provides the opportunities for talented dance students to continue their dance training in the upper

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Norbert Elliot uses technology to teach writing.

Norbert Elliot, a professor of English at NJIT, doesn’t make his students write endless essays.

He doesn’t force them to interpret stories his way, and he doesn’t wade through their writings, fishing for comma faults or misspellings.

Elliot is a traditionally trained English professor, but he makes pod casts, designs websites and has even created a web cast titled The End of the Essay. 

“I insist that my students have a command of the language,” says Elliot, “but communication is much more these days than writing essays. Students have challenged the way I teach by their creative use of new media.”

Back in the mid-1990s, Elliot noticed his students were changing. They read fewer books and newspapers, were obsessed with the Internet and yearned to learn interactively. So he adapted his teaching methods without lowering his rigorous standards.

Elliot, for instance, doesn’t lecture much anymore. He instead sends his students pod casts, which they listen to before class. During class, he engages students in active problem solving, not passive listening. Students busily design websites, pod casts and web casts. They use graphics, video and audio to make their points, not just words. And it all counts as class work.

If you were to visit Elliot’s class, you’d see students gathered in the computer lab, searching websites, reading on-line documents and reviewing full-text data bases. Elliot would be on line with them, acting as their guide.

"Research is nothing more than a Google search for many young students," says Elliot. He teaches them how to broaden their on-line research methods.

“This generation loves the new media,” says Elliot. “I and other professors at NJIT don’t want to purge their creativity. We want to expand upon it.”

Elliot’s teaching matches with what Richard Sweeney, University Librarian at NJIT, discovered in his research on the millennial generation -- those born between 1980 and 1994. Whether they're using Facebook, MySpace, iPods, or instant messaging, millennials are perennially plugged in, says Sweeney.

“This generation wants flexibility -- in the classroom and in their lives,” Sweeney adds. “And to keep their interest, professors must use methods and technologies that engage them.”

That’s precisely how Elliot teaches, says NJIT student Carol Servino.

“Professor Elliot encouraged me to master new technologies that at first I didn’t think I’d grasp,” says Servino. “I think as a teacher he is like the Wizard of Oz -- a master.”

(By Robert Florida, University Web Services)

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