Hi Everyone, it’s Allison
Professor Stearn’s questions certainly make one stop and think.
“What do you really believe about the teaching of English Language Arts?
Given that belief or beliefs, what is it you feel that you need to learn–want to learn–about reading and critical literacies (how is it, for example, that we understand what a critical literacy looks like in practice?) this semester?”
As someone who loves English Language Arts, it was always easy for me to get involved in English class. I liked most of the books that we read, and I always read the books that were assigned. I know this is not the case for many students, though. I believe the teacher of an English Language Arts class must strive to engage all of the students, even the ones who don’t want to read. I think it’s important to find books that will reach the students, but I think a challenge lies in making some of the more difficult texts (Shakespeare, Milton, Chaucer, etc) more approachable. This is something that I would like to learn how to do.
Do any of you remember reading a particular book that you didn’t enjoy in high school? When I was in high school, I hated reading The Scarlet Letter. I’ve always been a slow reader, and this book took me forever. I read it for summer reading and didn’t have the advantage of classroom discussions while I worked through it. As a teacher, I would want to find a way to help students through experiences like this one. I’d like to learn how to make the difficult books easier to get though.