Saturday, June 23, 2012
What's the Big Idea by Jim Burke
Something that I really appreciate about Burke is that he does a really good job of incorporating current research within his texts to show the validity of his approaches to teaching literature. Not only do I enjoy the research, but I appreciate his effortless writing style. He's not really coming up with anything too innovative; however, he is showing English teachers that students can learn doing activities other than whole-class-discussions-turned-lecture. The goal should be to get students to share how much THEY know, not showing them how much WE know. Regardless of the Scholar Academic Ideology, students aren't sponges waiting for us to impart knowledge; they have their own, and we need to let them construct it.