Losing the Fear of Sharing Control
By Courtney Foster, Section A, 9/10/15
Main Points Taken Away
My Opinion of the Article
I loved this article! The author helped me to reevaluate some of my unconscious thoughts about being a teacher. For example, I feel like unless I have control of everything my
students are doing, all chaos will break loose. However, just like myself, students thrive
when they are given options to choose from in any subject. Not only this, but they are
human being too, and deserve the opportunity to make decisions on their learning. Even further, by sharing the control with students, they are able to self-assess and self-monitor more effectively, so the teacher does not have to do so for every student.
2) In what other ways do you think you can share control in your classroom (besides reading workshops)?
3) What is your biggest fear of sharing control in your classroom?
Roessing, L. (2007). Losing the Fear of Sharing Control: Starting a Reading Workshop. MIddle School Journal, 3, 44-51.