Which is Better: Independent Reading OR Whole-Class Literature Teaching?
This is a topic commonly discussed among English teachers. Which is better: independent reading or a whole-class literature teaching? There are many pros and cons that come with each argument. Students' willingness to learn will greatly increase if they got to choose books of their own choice, but some teachers would rather have them read as a whole class because they think it will benefit them more.
Of course students would want to read the books they like, but will they ever pick a book that will actually enhance their literary and reading skills? Will they ever be able to comprehend a classic novel such as the Scarlet Letter?
One argument commonly made among pro-independent reading teachers is that the classroom atmosphere will be much more lively and active since the students are engaged in books that they are actually into.
“I feel like almost every kid in my classroom is engaged in a novel that they’re actually interacting with, whereas when I do ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,” I know that I have some kids that just don’t get into it.” - Ms. McNeil, an English teacher
With independent reading, students will be eager to read and explore their books, find out what the theme is, how the characters are, etc.
- Diane Ravitch, a professor of education at New York University who was assistant education secretary under President George H. W. Bush
- Jeremy Finn, professor of Education at SUNY Buffalo
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