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From: Melanie Tiwari (mt49403@pegasus.cc.ucf.edu)
Date: Tue Oct 09 2001 - 20:08:59 EDT

  • Next message: Melanie Tiwari: "Re: [Teacher-TalkNovel] socratic method (Rebecca Jenkins)"

    In my internship classroom, I have students use text support in class discussions, small group discussions and their writing. I try to make sure to connect support to reading, writing and speaking. I often give examples and share my thinking during the writing process to demonstrate.

    Melanie

    "Opal M." wrote:

    > 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
    > Support Bacteria -- it's the
    > only culture some people have!
    >
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