I’ve just finished reading through the “Reading Next” packet. I found it EXTREMELY useful. It is a great overview of the instructional and infrastructural necessities It has some good methods that we have talked about in this class, as well as in Professor Kennedy’s class (modeling, scaffolding).
Did anyone else find the list of Recommendations very basic? They seem so obvious, yet I’m sure in many schools the elements are forgotten. Most of the elements on the list seem so simple. How can they not exist in some schools?
Here are a few that I found particularly useful:
#2 “Effective instructional principles embedded in content.” I really liked this one because it seems that English studies will be even more useful to all students if they can apply it to other subjects or areas of interest. This relates to the turtle idea- letting them find a passion then using the ELA skills to research and decode.
#3 “Motivation and Self-Directed Learning.” Wow, one of the most difficult things to accomplish with high school students. I think the element of choice is essential here. This reminded me of Atwell’s reading zone, where choice is essential. With all of the information available in our society, there is no reason why students should not be able to investigate their own interests. We just need to guide them as teachers, and as the study states “teachers need to ‘tune in’ to their students’ lives in order to understand what they find relevant and why.”
So these were two of my favorite points in this reading. What did everyone else think?