An archived stack of papers: 'Reading'

I Swear

In a stack of papers called Instruction.

  • Aug
  • 24
  • 2007

How do you feel about censorship? Is it good or is it bad? Under what circumstances?

See, I’m against censorship as a general policy. Education wins over ignorance. I make a concerted effort not to censor my views on things in my personal life. I don’t want to read anything abridged and I never want to listen to the “clean” version of any album. If it’s not... read more

Books Of 2006

In a stack of papers called Personal.

  • Jan
  • 03
  • 2007

Continuing along the line of listing media, I’ve meant to list the books I read each year as a way to keep track of things. Of course, implicit here is that you will write your own and/or weigh in on the titles I list. What have you been reading?

For Work

The Scarlet Letter Siddhartha ... read more

Winter Media Consumption

In a stack of papers called Personal.

  • Jan
  • 01
  • 2007

Thinking back on Winter Holiday/Christmas Break, I realize that I ate through a whole bunch of media. I’ve been writing movie reviews over the past 7 or 8 months, but I didn’t write a review of everything I watched this break. This is an entry for me to remember what I’ve sat through the past 2 weeks.

Graded

2 sets of Weekly Write paragraphs 10 The... read more

One Flew West

In a stack of papers called Instruction.

  • Nov
  • 16
  • 2006

I’m getting ready to teach One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, experiencing a visit from nervousness while I plan. I usually have materials prepared ahead of time, have an idea of the final product I hope for students to create, know the larger ideas of the work. I have ideas of where we’ll go, but my days are largely dictated by the directions our class discussions take. Since I... read more

Quads, Pairs, Then Solo

In a stack of papers called Instruction.

  • Oct
  • 24
  • 2006

We’re near the end of The Scarlet Letter and I realize, once again, that I take entirely too long with novels. This makes week 5 of the unit and we’ll likely keep these books for yet another week. It’s difficult to forge ahead with a novel, though, when only 5 students have read. And so I slow down and give people a chance to catch up. Some of them just need an excuse to even... read more

Reading Rationale

In a stack of papers called Reading.

  • Sep
  • 18
  • 2006

In the face of only 10 of my 60 English 3 students having read chapters 3 and 4 of The Scarlet Letter, I explained a bit of logic to the kids. Maybe it will help you out.

Boring?

You know what you get when only 5 people in class have read and are prepared? You get a Super-Size portion of boring. It’s a very slim possibility to do anything interesting when so few are... read more

BookSpace

In a stack of papers called Reading.

  • Sep
  • 17
  • 2006

I scanned around for cheap copies of The Scarlet Letter yesterday and came across some very trite and shallow reviews of the book. While those kinds of reviews hold no meaning for me, there might be a way to put them to good use.

MySpace For Books

What if there was a way for students to... read more

Maybe Just A Little More Time

In a stack of papers called Instruction.

  • Sep
  • 14
  • 2006

When I place a difficult text in front of students, I expect them to come to class in 24 hours ready to discuss and begin the digestion process. Maybe they need more time.

As a kid, I remember the urgent bike ride home from the library over the summer. I checked out the record of ... read more

Refuse To Spoil: Irrelevance Is Best, Part 5

In a stack of papers called Instruction.

  • Aug
  • 28
  • 2006

Reading about characters and settings you can’t relate to is no reason to abandon the story. It may be that making the decision to stick with a story, despite the fact that it takes place in a world you can’t imagine and have no connection to, is the best decision for you. Maybe irrelevant reading is a necessary evil, like dentists and shopping malls at Christmas time.

Set... read more

Read Away Selfishness: Irrelevance Is Best, Part 2

In a stack of papers called Instruction.

  • Aug
  • 18
  • 2006

When Krakatoa exploded in 1883, the telegraph reported that news around the world faster than any catastrophe had been reported before. Because of that, people began to see the world extend beyond their town or city or country. The idea of a selfish view of the world, that the only things worth knowing about happen to me, becomes harder to embrace when we know about life elsewhere. Information connected... read more