ERIC Number: EJ890742
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
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Student Choice in Writing: Reflections on One Teacher's Inner Struggle to Relinquish Control
Beaton, Anne M.
Schools: Studies in Education, v7 n1 p111-121 Spr 2010
Why do I do that to myself? As a secondary English teacher, I want desperately for my students to pursue their own interests in their writing, but then I am stuck negotiating topics that push the envelope (read: make me uncomfortable): suicide attempts, cutting, abusive boyfriends, and drug use. When a student noted on his submission that it had "been altered to be appropriate for acadamic ["sic"] criteria," I was forced to recognize the gap between my intentions when offering student choice and the reality that plays out in my classroom. Ultimately, my reflection uncovers what it will take for me to allow students real freedom of choice with their writing.
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Secondary School Students, Student Interests, Academic Freedom, Teacher Behavior, Secondary School Teachers, English Teachers
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
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