In Search of the Novel:Teacher-TalkNovel
Subject: Re: QuestionFrom: ATHENAN418@aol.com
Date: Tue Mar 28 2000 - 09:21:38 EST
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As I sit and read many of your responses to how your students are reading and
responding, I start to get a little jealous. I work in a filled with students
who come from a variety of school districts. All of my students and I do mean
all of them come with the "I HATE ENGLISH ATTITUDE BECAUSE I HATE READING AND
WRITING." I would love to have just one student come to school and not moan
and groan about having to read. Sometimes it becomes overwhelming and
frustrating when you have all of everyone else's reluctant readers in one
I could see if these are kids who couldn't read, but they are not. These are
kids who have already made up their minds that reading "these stupid boring
books is dumb." With these types of kids, you are always recreating the
curriculum. It is truly challenging and at times rewarding, but the sane part
of me yearns for the group that may one day, at least once, (or twice) read a
book without the daily tug of war or pulling of teeth.