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