While studying the ideas of Student Centered teaching versus the age old Transmission manner of teaching, I came across several articles that all call for teachers to get their students involved in the teaching process. This type of teaching will help students understand where they are going in the classroom. Setting up road maps and sign posts for your students will keep them steadily plowing toward the end result that you intended all along.
I had no trouble finding sources concerning these topics. Voices in the Middle and English Journal both provided me with ample articles. NCTE was also a wealth of knowledge. I will post my finished paper here once it is completed.
For those of you who may not know, my name is Len Weatherly and I am working toward my English (licensure) degree at the University of Southern Mississippi. I am required to do a research paper for my Intro into Literacy class. Since I am already studying theories for teaching, I decided to use these theories as a catalyst for my research paper.
I have been doing some reading on creating road maps for your students to follow in the classroom. If students understand where we, as teachers, are wanting them to go then they stand a far greater chance of actually reaching these destinations. Using at least four sources, I intend to show the benefits of student choice, classroom presentation, and remixing and tinkering. Teaching students how to talk about themes and ideas will vastly improve their ability to understand the text. By allowing the students to defend their own thoughts as opposed to forcing them into correct answers, we allow them the ability to read the text with their own ideas in mind