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Subject: Re: [Teacher-TalkNovel] books-on-tape

From: KHammer101@aol.com
Date: Mon Oct 01 2001 - 13:01:04 EDT


One of the classes I am observing is an eighth grade co-teach, which consists
of 13 Ex-Ed and 17 mainstream students. The short stories on tape seem to be
quite effective in this class, as students are able to follow along with the
tape while reading the text. The slower students do not feel "put on the
spot" to read, and the other students enjoy being read to. As long as they
aren't overused, I believe books on tape are a positive enhancement to the
lesson.

The epistemology of Naturalism (which is only one philosophy of education,
Jean-Jacque Rousseau) is awakening all of our senses to discover new
knowledge and exposing students to their environment. Some of us are visual
learners, auditory learners and kinesthetic learners, etc. I believe it is
important to engage all of the senses in a language arts environment, simply
because...we can!

We must also keep in mind that not all students will be as passionate about
literature as we are, and are only reading because they know they hafta. If
by enlivening the senses, we can tap into how the disinterested student
absorbs information, then perhaps we can engage them in the reading process.

Good question
Kris Sundeen

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