Thursday, January 22, 2009

Topic: Student Questions

10-second review: Students given index card at end of week. Write any questions they have about the course or its ideas.

Title: “Questions and Quotations.” K Dirk. Teaching English in Two-Year Colleges (December 2008), 195. A publication of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

Summary: Discovered that students had questions they didn’t ask because in his graduate class, he had questions he was afraid to ask. The resulting student questions were many and good. If students do not have questions, they must submit a quotation from any source. These quotes were fun for the class and for the teacher who also collects them.

Comment: Useful activity. Students are afraid to ask questions. The end-of-the-week index card gives them the opportunity to ask them. I wish I had thought of that. RayS.

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