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From: Opal M. (jaqueen001@yahoo.com)
Date: Tue Dec 04 2001 - 00:06:57 EST

  • Next message: Sue Pearce: "[Teacher-TalkNovel] in search of the novel"

    You're lucky. My students don't even answer questions.
     They are fed the material and they spit it out on
    tests. They have seizures if I ask their opinion.
    Isn't that odd. They have been conditioned since
    freshman year, and now breaking them out of the habit
    in 18 weeks is virtually impossible. My supervising
    teacher has the hardest time getting them to respond
    to him also.
    I think the best way to help students like these is to
    relate the texts to them personally. If they feel
    that they can own what they are reading, then they
    will be more apt to respond to a text based or
    'non-text' based question.
    --- Dawn <Bawn43@hotmail.com> wrote:
    > Congrats for modeling such great response to
    > literature so early on! I wish I was getting the
    > same opportunity in my internship class! My
    > students are only required to spit back answers they
    > know are right, but I doubt much connection is being
    > made, and therefore little relationship is formed
    > between reader and text. In my thematic unite, I
    > made sure I used test questions that would not only
    > reflect and prove what the students know, but also
    > how they connected and related to what they were
    > reading. Often times, I feel I can find more out
    > about students simply by asking more direct,
    > non-text based questions: both personally and
    > acedemically.


    Sincerely,Opal McLean
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