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Subject: Re: [Teacher-TalkNovel] books-on-tape

From: Becky Jenkins (becki2179@yahoo.com)
Date: Mon Oct 01 2001 - 17:04:25 EDT

I think that that is a great idea. I have observed in
a sixth grade class that used a short story on tape.
It seemed effective and the students seemed to follow
along. I find that studetns like to be read to, it
also makes a difference when the reader puts
inflection in thier voice. The studnets really
respond to this. Do you know if all literature text
books in middle school and high school come with tapes
of short stories read aloud on them? I was just
wondering if teachers are equipped with these in the
beginning of the year. I would love to use books on
tape in my future classroom.

Becky Jenkins
--- KHammer101@aol.com wrote:
> One of the classes I am observing is an eighth grade
> co-teach, which consists
> of 13 Ex-Ed and 17 mainstream students. The short
> stories on tape seem to be
> quite effective in this class, as students are able
> to follow along with the
> tape while reading the text. The slower students do
> not feel "put on the
> spot" to read, and the other students enjoy being
> read to. As long as they
> aren't overused, I believe books on tape are a
> positive enhancement to the
> lesson.
> The epistemology of Naturalism (which is only one
> philosophy of education,
> Jean-Jacque Rousseau) is awakening all of our senses
> to discover new
> knowledge and exposing students to their
> environment. Some of us are visual
> learners, auditory learners and kinesthetic
> learners, etc. I believe it is
> important to engage all of the senses in a language
> arts environment, simply
> because...we can!
> We must also keep in mind that not all students will
> be as passionate about
> literature as we are, and are only reading because
> they know they hafta. If
> by enlivening the senses, we can tap into how the
> disinterested student
> absorbs information, then perhaps we can engage them
> in the reading process.
> Good question
> Kris Sundeen

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