During our first two weeks of class, we've been about confronting myths and stereotypes one the literacy classroom. We've looked at our own experiences as students. We've looked at writing instruction through the lens of history. And we've looked at how the general public and the media have understood the work of literacy instruction and teaching in general
Mike Rose's memoir of his own time as a student and teacher is the culmination of this part of the class. In Lives on the Boundary, Rose offers his own experiences as a way to ground a larger discussion of the project of literacy instruction I the United States. I am interested in hearing about what you take away from his experiences and argument. We are beginning this part of the discussion asynchronously. We'll wrap it up in a face-to-face discussion next week.
For Today's Post: Please identify between 5 and 7 takeaways about teaching and learning from the first part of Rose. You can write it as a numbered list in your post, and provide some evidence from the text to support your claim that this is a significant takeaway from the text. As you post, consider the ways Rose's text challenges ideas we hold about what should be happening in a classroom, what counts as an accomplished, literate reader/writer, what the solutions to education crises should be. Think about some of the ways we've been talking about literacy instruction in class and see where Rose meets up or challenges these ideas.
For Today's Response: Read your colleague's post and respond to at least TWO of them. Identify one of the following things to respond to in the texts: 1) where you agree with their takeaway. Please identify a different part of the text than the one the original poster uses to make your point. 2) where you have a different interpretation of Rose than the original poster did. Please identify the parts of the text that support your challenge.