January 22, 2011
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Forced Stillness « The Sea\’s Edge
via Forced Stillness « The Sea\’s Edge.
I know I have already spoken once this week about last week’s “snowpacolypse,” but forgive me one more harp on the topic. This post isn’t so much about the snow, just inspired by it and the stillness and time for reflection if frequently brings with it.
My friend, Ashley, over at The Sea’s Edge, speaks a little bit about the rest and reflection that had been somewhat forced upon us all, here in Atlanta. While the forced stillness we all endured personally drove me crazy, I was captivated by Ashley’s discourse on “slow reading.” Examining The Lost Art of Reading by David Ulin, she postulates on the expectations of readers to constantly respond to texts, some times at the elimination of time to think. I feel that I am a natural responder. I read with a pen in my hand even when it is not for work. However, am I allowing time for thought and rumination in my reading lessons? What exactly does that look like?
I highly recommend that you take a look at what The Sea’s Edge has to say on the topic. I definitely want to check out Ulin’s book for myself. In the mean time, I have felt inspired , and a little convicted, to observe and monitor my own classroom to see if and how I am leaving room for thought. As teachers, we do need the students to somehow demonstrate for us what they are thinking, but are we supporting the types of thinking that go unseen and unheard?