While the school year has gone well in general, I've had a bit of an issue over the past few days; I keep getting hung up on plot. In both my Core and CP class, I've spent the past few days dealing, almost exclusively with getting the plot of stories down. It's one of the biggest traps in English but nevertheless, I find myself stuck in it. Rather than spending time talking about style, or close-reading, or figuring out big picture thing, time needs to be spent reading, discussing, and understanding just the basic elements of the story. I think the biggest culprit is time. While there's a big push to get students thinking and learning on a higher level, that only works if the lowest levels are accounted for. It might just be that sometimes we (more specifically I) are too focused on the big picture that the little things get forgotten. As a result, the Canterbury Tales is once again another lame unit as students push through it in order to move on. The plot literally thickens...and gums up the rest of the system.
English Teacher | Instructional Technology Specialist | 2014-15 PBS Digital Innovator | Gamification Researcher | Marathon Runner | Ph.D RMU 2015