I've written a commentary over on Examiner discussing the dust up over the New York Times article on students self-selecting reading materials.
Basically, I'm worried that in all the tweeting and posting and hip-hooraying over letting students choose their own books, we miss two important points:
1. Most reading educators use a form of self-selection already and without proper training, the Reading Workshop method lacks the sound educational foundation to TEACH someone how to read and write well.
2. The bigger issue is in the prescriptive nature of the current educational climate.
By squabbling over an old-news-method, that almost every teacher I know uses to some effect, we are missing an opportunity to promote the discussion of topics concerning the loss of professionally trained decision-making for our students.
Here are my Examiner.com thoughts for you :-)
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