Socratic Method English Books For College Students
“Authentic learning begins when teachers challenge students in discussion or in writing, with problems about meaning--real questions that demand solutions.”
The above statement is the result of a life-time of teaching. If you agree with it, you have found a kindred spirit. As I shake your hand and get a chair for you, let me explain how all of my textbooks are based on the assumption that students, not teachers, are the primary agents of learning. The corollary is that authentic learning is active learning. The consequence is that students must become responsible for their own learning.
All of my textbooks on college rhetoric, reading, Shakespeare, and “The greatest Western poem yet,” begin with an introductory unit--a sequence of six lesson plans which define, describe, illustrate, and demonstrate how to engage students in the Socratic method that develops the habits of reflective, critical, and independent thinking.
Whenever possible, I use film versions of novels, stories, and plays to make them more accessible to today's students who are so visual. Since a film is itself an interpretation, most teaching units also explain how to use film to bring stories to life through comparison-contrast discussion, writing, and research on current events.
Together, may we continue to help our students to “educate their imaginations” (Northrup Frey) through active and close reading and revisional writing. In short, may we enable them to become life-long learners--as we continue to learn from them how to become life-long teachers.