Posted: November 13, 2010 in Uncategorized

My last two blogs have been me venting about my personal life. I am still in the education reform game, and I’m still learning a lot about teaching reading comprehension.

I’m teaching four developmental college reading courses this semester. Each class also has an hour lab that students must attend. One lab meets twice a week and the others meet once.

We’ve been discussing different themes this semester, including homelessness, poverty, and how positive attitude and ambition can make a difference in achieving goals.

For a new twist, since we’re at the point in the semester where students get tired of the repetition of college and begin to lose motivation, I switched our lessons up this past week and had them create Power Points during lab time about a topic of their choice (such as teenage pregnancy, drug abuse, alcoholism, mental illness, etc.) The students created some amazingly thoughtful Power Points and then presented them to the class. Allowing the students to choose a topic that meant something to them really enabled them to represent their topic.

We had students explaining the seriousness of OCD, people explaining the difference between Bloods and Crips, students defending marijuana, people explaining the effects of drug abuse on young children, etc. I thought we had a great week, and the students practiced researching for information, creating and presenting information for an audience, and listening (some needed to be reminded to be respectful) to others points of view.

Sometimes allowing students to present information and viewpoints is more powerful than having the instructor lecture on about whatever.


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