April 29, 2007

Blog Carnival: Education Style

Another round of blog carnival fun-

So Tiffany decided to be the generous hostess and asked the question for future teachers about how we would teach/introduce a piece of literature to our students. Now, and I always hate admitting this, but I'm not really looking to be a teacher in the future. It's more of a backup for me (sorry Tiffany and everyone else I just offended but it's true). However, if the day comes when someone puts a group of wide-eyed high schoolers in front of me, I guess it wouldn't hurt to have some things planned out.

Honestly, I'm not sure how I would go about introducing a work to my students. There seem to be two different ways for going about it- telling the students what to look for and just handing them a book and hoping they find something. I am wary about each. With the former method, I wonder if that will be too much guidance, if there is such a thing. If you tell a student to only look at a particular element (such as the history or a feminist theme), will they miss the rest and only focus in on that one part? Isn't that the fun of texts, to be able to read them whichever way we please? And yet, with the latter method, I wonder if the students will pick up on anything more than the plot.

I think that I would do a combination of the two. I'd give the students a little list of questions that should be used when reading a text. The list would include key points to look for, in both plot and theme. However, I wouldn't focus on just one (if I could help it) but include several so the students will have something for comparison and (hopefull) in class debate.

Posted by VanessaKolberg at April 29, 2007 11:05 PM | TrackBack

Do you think that you would use any of the theories that we have discussed in class to help you to introduce a work? For instance, would you give the students some background on the author or background on the period that you are about to enter into?

And no offense taken. Each to their own as I say...

Posted by: Tiffany at April 30, 2007 1:04 AM

I would talk about the background of the time period and the author. This allows for the students to not only read for knowledge of the plot but also get information on the historical aspects during the time and the author's background and if his life was put into the book in anyway.

Posted by: Denamarie at May 1, 2007 3:54 PM

Here, I remembered this time...


Posted by: Valerie Masciarelli at May 2, 2007 2:11 PM
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