As a soon to be beginning teacher, one of my fear is that I won’t engage students with my lessons. While on Edutopia today I saw two articles to keep in mind as I start student teaching and work on developing my teaching style. The first about burning your podium, here, which mentions Gee and gamification (I’m in!!.) The second is reasons for starting each day off with a poem, here, which intrigues me. I noticed in a creative writing class I’ve been observing that students really don’t like poetry and other than articulating that they don’t like the form, they couldn’t really give concrete reasons why. I’ve wondered if it isn’t partly because they don’t see it frequently enough and when they do see it, they have a hard time engaging with the form. I especially found it odd, because some of them were crafting great poems, so about how much they hate poetry.
My reading list for winter break to prep for student teaching next semester!
To Kill a Mockingbird
Of Mice and Men
Romeo and Juliet
This is a great article about ditching literacy practices that don’t work. I think as educators sometimes we want to keep doing what has worked for otehrs, but we need to only use what works for out indiviual teching styles and our students’ learning styles.
I’m working on developing a short story unit for high school and have been playing around with using prezi. So I made a prezi for an short story introdution here.