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ERIC Number: ED410562
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar-13
Pages: 11
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The Literacy of Silence.
Reesman, Linda L.
A technique called the "do now" illustrates how it is not the method, but the purpose, that creates effective teaching techniques. Beginning the first activity of a freshman composition class with moments of silent reflection, or "do now," includes brief instructions to students to respond to whatever word or phrase the instructor wants them to think about more deeply, with the instructor writing on the blackboard, for instance: Journal Entry #1: Environment. The instructor might ask some questions to stimulate several directions of thought. A simple 3-field taxonomy explains how the "do now" technique works to initiate literacy in the classroom: writing is thinking; listening constructs meaning; and student authority develops from silence. Teachers must address the macrocosm of personalities, including those with multicultural backgrounds, within a writing workshop, and they must be aware of their own social and personal attitudes to facilitate and become part of the learning process. As students learn within this environment to deconstruct their cultural, racial, and gender prejudices, they can also learn to socially construct their opinions in a caring atmosphere that encourages differences. (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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