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From: Opal M. (jaqueen001@yahoo.com)
Date: Sun Oct 07 2001 - 18:03:04 EDT

  • Next message: Opal M.: "Re: [Teacher-TalkNovel] socratic method (Rebecca Jenkins)"

    I agree with you about substantiating our opinions
    with the text. In my internship class it is extremely
    difficult to do this with my students. They usually
    just say - 'Oh, it was OK'. My supervising teacher
    and I model appropriate behavior but for some reason
    their not picking up on it. I was thinking about
    assigning a paper where there were to give an opinion
    about the text and have them support it with text.
    What you do you think?
    --- Englishteacher5@aol.com wrote:
    > I've seen some of the older posts discussing reading
    > out loud to our classes.
    > I think this is a very important factor. We have
    > different types of
    > learners, so the reading may help some aural
    > learners. In addition, this
    > also gives them a sense of how language should
    > sound. I find in my
    > internship classes that many of these students don't
    > quite understand the way
    > standard English is supposed to sound. By giving
    > them lots of examples of
    > different dialects, we will expand their own
    > knowledge of the language.
    > This also can help when discussing a book. I think
    > for many students, they
    > are able to form opinions, but they can't always
    > pinpoint where that opinion
    > came from. If we, as teachers, state our opinions
    > on a novel and back it up
    > by reading an exceprt, that models appropriate
    > discussion techniques, makes
    > the students better critical thinkers and teaches
    > them debating skills.
    > Michelle Burt


    Sincerely,Opal McLean
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