Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum
Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum
How do teachers and students wrap up the study of a book through meaningful conversation? Asking students to articulate how reading The Children of Willesden Lane has influenced them takes a willingness to tackle issues that could be difficult or emotional. It also requires an understanding that students will likely disagree with one another’s opinions, and the belief that they will learn from these differences.
In the video, English teacher Chris Mazzino facilitates an open-forum discussion with a group of high school students. Most of them are from his Creative Writing class; several others who have also read The Children of Willesden Lane join them. While not all the students in the classroom have studied the history of the era, all have participated in open discussions and are well practiced in supporting their positions from texts and from their own experiences and observations.