For ENC1101, I plan on using Strand V, because I feel that its important for students to explore their own personal background and ideologies when they are on their own for the first time without the influence of their high school peers or family. Personal growth and reflection during the first years of university are, I believe, extremely important, allowing students to better understand themselves outside of their comfort zone. They connect to the idea of self-expression that is integral to the Montessori influence I described in my teaching philosophy. My classroom internship did a different strand, and I watched students struggle to connect to their new home of Tallahassee without being able to connect to themselves just yet, and I feel like this strand may provide the grounding they need to more effectively communicate in other classes. Students are given the opportunity to develop their own voice and style in the essay choices in this strand, and the nature of the essays would make it easy to have workshop style discussions, another topic I touched on in my teaching philosophy.
Strand 2: Research, Genre, and Context: A Personal Approach
This approach taken in this strand nicely dovetails into my choice for 1101 – it takes students personal opinions and beliefs and uses those as basis for research essays and genre exploration, which I think will help students connect more with the material and be more interested in engaging in discussion, which, for me, is the most important component of the university classroom, and harkens back to some our earlier readings, such as Tobin’s article. My internship classroom didn’t have a lot of conversation, unfortunately, and so I think getting students engaged with the texts and their own writing can help alleviate issues like an apathetic classroom. The emphasis on research is also very important: students have to know how to conduct research in order to succeed in their future classes. I also liked that this one didn’t include the blog/Twitter component, which I’m not particularly enthusiastic about, but it does include journals, which can help the instructor get a better picture of the students as an overall individual.