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From: Amanda Schultz (amanda_adeline@hotmail.com)
Date: Mon Oct 08 2001 - 09:55:24 EDT

  • Next message: Heather R. Norris: "[Teacher-TalkNovel] Books on Tape"

    In my intership classes the students are reading "The Giver" and my
    supervising teacher has chosen to use a tape of the book and have the
    students follow along in the reading. I've noticed a few things about using
    a tape recording of the book, one being that it allows the teacher to have
    control of the classroom. She's doesn't have to sit in one place, she can
    circulate through the classroom and redirect students that may not be on
    task, and she can see everything that is going on. Also, the students seem
    to enjoy it much more than when they read "round-robin" style. The pace is
    set and the voice on the tape has expressions in its voice. I've noticed
    kids reading along with the tape, who more than likely wouldn't read aloud
    in front of the class.

     

    From: Englishteacher5@aol.com
    Reply-To: Teacher-TalkNovel@learner.org
    To: Teacher-TalkNovel@learner.org
    Subject: Re: [Teacher-TalkNovel] books-on-tape
    Date: Sun, 7 Oct 2001 08:25:57 EDT

    In a message dated 10/1/2001 1:25:01 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
    KHammer101@aol.com writes:

     

    > 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.
    >

    This is a good point, Kris. My supervising teacher made a great comment
    early on in my internship. We were discussing YA books and she was saying
    that most of her kids said that they "hate" to read. She responds to that
    with "If you don't like a particular TV show, you don't say you hate TV.
    You
    just don't like to read because you haven't found the right channel yet." I
    think that is a great way to make kids think differently about reading.
    Michelle Burt

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