Monday, October 23, 2006

Bob Fecho Article

Bob Fecho is the author of the article, “Critical Inquiries into Language in an Urban Classroom.” I think that Fecho is focusing on not picking a side to agree with (whether Delpit, Gee, Cushman, or Crawford); rather, focusing on unifying the various stances and simultaneously focusing on the strengths and positive implications for language learning.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Influence from classmates

After reading some of the comments about my question, I have found that I am not the only one who thinks school violence is a growing trend in our society. I have found Chase's comment helpful, becuase he offers me the idea of exploring a junior high school in our town. I was unaware that this school experienced such a threat and I plan on finding out more about it. Other comments were in agreement with me and what I thought overall about school violence. I think it was helpful to hear their personal opinions about my question and I plan to find out more about it. Thanks for commenting!

Monday, October 16, 2006

School Violence

I am interested in learning more about school violence. Since this is a topic that is very prominent in our schools today I hope finding information about it will be easier than I think. Since this is a topic that is often brushed under the rug I think it will be difficult to find information about it. I was thinking I could include interviews with people that have experienced school violence -- like the columbine shooting -- and offer a different perspective about such a heavy issue. I know someone who experienced this that I could contact and hopefully it will help me develop this perspective further.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Addressing Violence in the English Classroom

For class we read two articles addressing violence in the classroom. Douglas Fisher wrote "Responding to Students Who Disclose Violence in Their lives" and Tom O'Malley wrote "Teaching English in the World: The Dangerous Profession"

I agree with Fisher’s notions about personal writing in the classroom. I think that it is important to discuss heavy issues in detail with you students as much as you can – without overstepping your professional boundaries as a teacher.
I enjoyed his commentary on Nancy Johnson’s work in her classroom. All of the ways she dealt with violence in her students’ writing seemed very effective. I think the inclusion of her personal poem illustrated a professional and personal relationship she had with her students.
Violence is an important issue that must not be ignored. With positive feedback and overall understanding by the teacher, I think students will have a bright future in their English education.

I liked O’Malley’s notion that “the Socratic method is the ultimate teaching experience because it offers students the freedom to construct knowledge out of their ideas.”

O’Malley’s idea of how the “classroom must be a place of tolerance and respect or nothing else matters” is significant to me. I think it is important to establish limits in the classroom in order for your students to express their voice comfortably.

I also agree with his idea that the “students control the classroom;” we as teachers are there to guide them in their discussions and be there for moral support; because we as teachers have “definite roles.”

Monday, October 09, 2006

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