reThink ELA Podcast
About This Show
Hosted by Secondary English Language Arts teacher Michelle Waters, reThink ELA offers strategies, products, and expert advice to help teachers build student-centered, socially conscious, and real-world relevant middle and high school English classes.
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reThink ELA #006: Interview with Marisa Thompson
How would your students react if you didn’t give them any parameters for a project and simply told them to “figure it out”? Is this asking for trouble by putting the kids in charge of the classroom or is it an exercise in critical thinking and collaboration?
In traditional classrooms, students are often given a very detailed rubric with instructions for completing a project. At the very least, teachers will include what components should be included while other teachers will give even more details about specific themes or examples they want included. What does this type of project really teach the students? Yes, they will learn to follow detailed instructions but is this format teaching them critical thinking or problem solving skills? Are future employers going to give such detailed instructions for work projects? Guaranteed, they will not.
My guest today is Marisa Thompson, an English teacher at Carlsbad High Scho