ERIC Number: ED159729
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Activating the Passive Student. Classroom Practices in Teaching English, 1978-1979.
Stanford, Gene; And Others
This publication includes 27 essays by English teachers on the central theme of activating passive students. Each essay describes a specific successful classroom strategy for involving students in doing English rather than in simply absorbing it. While the approaches are diverse, several concepts appear frequently, such as asking students to examine attitudes and feelings, having students produce their own work, giving them problems to solve, creating task-oriented small groups, conducting role-playing and dramatic activities, allowing students to make decisions about classroom activities, sending students into the community, encouraging student-to-student interactions, providing opportunities for students to help each other, creating educational games, and organizing discussions with student leadership. Of these strategies, the one most frequently used is interaction between persons. The essays, divided into four sections, focus on getting students involved in reading, composing, poetry, and research. (TJ)
Descriptors: Class Activities, English Instruction, Higher Education, Language Arts, Poetry, Reading Instruction, Research Skills, Secondary Education, Student Motivation, Student Participation, Teaching Methods, Writing (Composition)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.