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Re: [Teacher-TalkNovel] Comments...a little bit late
Date: Tue Apr 25 2006 - 07:51:39 EDT
I, too, have been inspired by the author's words and even though I'm not teaching English this year, I use what I can in the courses I do teach. Much of the strategies the teachers display in the videos, I have done before. So I am encouraged and grateful to know that what I have taught for 30 years wasn't all for naught.
You see I fell into a den of vultures who call themselves English teachers. They "top" teach. You know how you top clean just before the guests arrive? Then you know what I mean. They are so ill-prepared for the classroom. It became quite obvious when they rejected the knowledge and wisdom of the experienced teachers in the department. They saw us, and still see us, as threats. They should.
Unfortunately, I got tired of the fight. I became a vocational teacher in the same school. Now I can really see fromt his vantage point, what they aren't doing in the classroom. . . teaching!!!
Anyway. I hope to have at least one class next year. I do miss my literature!
From: Teacher-TalkNovelemail@example.com on behalf of Lourdes Gomez
Sent: Sun 4/23/2006 9:44 AM
Subject: [Teacher-TalkNovel] Comments...a little bit late
Hi, my name is Lourdes Gomez-Barrio.
I have exchanged some words with some of you, but it is now that I can start seriouly with this workshop.
I have bought and read "Flowers for Algernon" and "A Lesson Before Dying". I have also bought "Ceremony" and "To Kill a Mockingbird", but I haven't had enough time yet.
My confesion: I have felt very motivated when listened to the authors talking about their work. I think that now and then, everybody have thought about becoming a writer, and I have thought about it as well. There are so many things we could share about our lives! It happens to those who came to this country looking forward a better life. My students are ESE and most all of them are hispanic. In my experience, my students like very much any book related with muliculturalism, people with any kind of disability, discrimination, etc. We have read "Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl". I also gave them the opportunity to watch the movie. They enjoyed the movie so much! Even though it is not a funny one, they were static, listening with all their bodies. After the movie, they talked and wrote about their personal opinions. All of them are able to retell this story with their own words. Then, I agree with the fact that the novel's owner is that person that reads and enjoys it. Once the author releases his/her work, he/she lost it.
Now I'm planning to read "Flowers for Algernon", and I am pretty sure that my students will enjoy this book.
Bye, but not for so long...
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