Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Philosophy Books

I've decided to take a risk with my Honors American Literature class and allow them to create their own personal philosophy "books." I use the term "book" loosely here because I'm allowing their philosophies to take whatever form they choose...analytical writing, creative writing, artwork, music, film, etc. The basic expectation is each student needs to start developing his/her own personal statement using the major units we study in class. I want my students to be more active in and passionate about finding personal/philosophical relevance in every work we study. I think this is especially challening in first semester American Literature, where many of the texts seem remote upon first glance. Although a few of my students were daunted at the idea of genuinely creating their own project based on their own philosophy and personal interests, many of them stayed after class to tell me how excited they were about this project. It makes me nervous to let go of the control this way, but I want this project to be their project, not mine, just as I essentially want this class to be their class. Working drafts are coming in on Monday...I'll write more when I see where they're going with this.

3 Comments:

Blogger Karl Fisch said...

This sounds like a wonderful idea - I can't wait to hear how it goes. I'm just curious, what did you do previously instead of this?

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Blogger jasonm said...

this is especially challening
You missed spelled that Ms. Honors English Teacher.
Anyways, 'twas a good idea, and 'twas a good project. And 'twill be 'twaiting for the the next 'tone.(If only I knew how to do accent marks.)

9:08 PM  

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