Listening to my seniors discuss their reading and other topics in class renews my hope for the future. There are a lot of very smart and very clever kids out there! I'm always impressed by the way THEY teach ME new ideas and new perspectives.
Half of my students are learning English as their second language.
So many of them have such interesting backgrounds; it's like having a little piece of the world in my classroom.
I want my students to learn how to discuss important topics without arguing or shutting down. Discord is key.
Many literature classes focus on worksheets or reading comprehension. I want my students to interact with the text through the use of annotations with Post-its. They should have the opportunity to share their ideas through classroom displays with the easel papers.
Too many classes focus on reading and writing responses; I focus on discussion and listening to other ideas.
Literature can change lives and that is what I want for my students, and I hope you can help me achieve that.
Many students express themselves and their ideas better through creative means, as opposed to formal writing. Although I recognize the need for formal writing, I believe the first step students need is sharing their ideas. They need the opportunity to do that in the most comfortable way possible. This can then evolve into a formal essay, when appropriate.
I want my students to be able to appreciate literature, but be able to apply the lessons they learn through it to our current lives. Literature in isolation leads to the end of reading; but literature in context helps students read more.
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