I Read It in the New York Times,…

The following is an excellent piece about teaching, learning, and loving literature.  It was a feature in the Sunday NYTa few weeks ago (April 20, 2012).  Written by an English teacher at a public middle school in Manhattan, the piece conveys the relevance and engagement to be found in the right book in the hands of the least likely kids.

Read this piece.  Think hard about the layers of meaning and the author’s intent.  Compare and contrast this view of reading instruction to what you might have experienced as a student or how you may have conducted teaching literature as a middle school reading or English teacher.

I love to read.  I love for kids to love to read.  I love matching kids to the right piece of literature and watching them get swept away.

This is what it is all about.  My hat is off to CLAIRE NEEDELL HOLLANDER.  Read and be inspired, touched, connected, provoked, enlightened, or refreshed.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/22/opinion/sunday/taking-emotions-out-of-our-schools.html

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3 Responses to I Read It in the New York Times,…

  1. gilda says:

    It was a brilliant piece and I admire Hollander as well. Thanks for spotlighting this article–should be required reading for all.

  2. A Delaware Teacher says:

    We teachers fight from the trenches. There are many reasons one can go “over the wall” and face what comes at you. Some can do it because they are told. Some can do it because they have given up and know the end is near. Some are too scared to even make the attempt and fight from a distance. But it takes bravery and clarity to go over the wall and face the dangers with a head held high.

    Teaching is my passion, but it is also my paycheck. The article demonstrates that the reality we face is challenging, but what do we do about it? Depending on the day, I do all of the above.

  3. Vicky says:

    Great article!!! Thanks frederika!!!!!

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