An interesting conversation is beginning to take shape on the English Companion Ning relevant to yesterday’s piece in the NY Times about providing choice to student readers. I was surprised (and kind of saddened) that this approach was touted as the “future of reading” and that it was contrasted so sharply with other forms of literature study.
I don’t know many teachers who sacrifice depth of questioning or comprehension instruction in order to provide readers choice. Does it have to be an either/or proposition, and more importantly, what is the purpose of presenting it this way? I’m wondering how the teachers that I work with might feel about this piece……..particularly those who have studied how providing choice to readers has effected their motivation to read as well as their performance.