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.”


At 9:25 AM, Blogger Cindy O-A said...

I agree that it's essential, but scary, to address these issues in the classroom. Where else do kids get to do so in a controlled environment? These strategies can help.


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