Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Alfie Kohn: How To Create a Non-Reader, Part 3

I didn't realize there was going to be a Part 3 to this, but I stumbled upon something that has caused me to wonder about my rebuttal in Part 2. On his Twitter feed, Alfie Kohn posted a link to these videos on inquiry-based teaching. Essentially, Urban Academy takes the idea of literature circles as a serious part of their curriculum. I'm not thrilled about them using Lolita to engage the students, but it's encouraging to see such genuine engagement. 

Please note: I am well aware that it's easy to showcase success stories, but ignore the fact that these stories are the exception and not the rule in most classrooms (due, in part, to a host of variables).

What's your reaction to the clip below?