Spring Lake High School American Literature Book

Two weeks ago, I welcomed thirty-one students to my one section of Survey of American Literature, a class I've never taught before, but am getting because of an overload in numbers to the teacher who usually owns this class.

I had taught most of these students in a writing class earlier in the year and they embraced my pedagogical turn for an authentic audience. So, I started thinking--how could I give an authentic audience to an American Literature class which focuses on reading throughout the history of America. Could such a class have an audience? Does an audience really motivate a class like this?

I've learned, in my path to better teaching, to embrace uncertainty and also to rely on the students' judgments when they've earned the right--and these students had.

Read the rest of the blog here: http://educationaltransformer.blogspot.com/2015/03/a-tough-project-equals-great-opportunity.html

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