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ERIC Number: ED172231
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Classroom as Playground.
Dinan, John S.
Students tend to think of writing as reporting the topography of their minds and souls guided by the assumptions that reality is "out there," that reality is relatively unproblematical, that the concepts they use are common to everyone and are therefore self-evident, and that they should and can abstract themselves from the processes of the worlds they write about. The teacher wants the students to conceive of a writer as a process within a process engaging in a process. A metaphor that helps define the role a teacher can play to achieve that is Teacher-as-Artist who deliberately creates disorder by disorienting the audience. However, teaching within that metaphor is likely to create considerable anxiety among students. This anxiety can be reduced by making the classroom into a playground where students can rehearse failure in a protected situation. Some techniques to help create this atmosphere include using group work as much as possible, stopping the use of syllabi, digressing a great deal, avoiding the assignment of one-shot papers, reading student journals and asking questions that lead to another entry, and assigning papers that grow out of each other. (TJ)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (30th, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 5-7, 1979)