Death to Fake Reading: Encouraging Engagement in an Era of Avoidance

Ah, I love this. I think I’ll encourage the collection of ‘beautiful sentences’ in the media center.

Conference on English Leadership (CEL)

Note: This post has been cross-blogged on the author’s blog www.failsafely.com

All English teachers are familiar with that gnawing feeling: the paranoid scan of an essay, the neurotic parsing of a student’s response, the subsequent guilt for even daring the thought…this is good, you reflect, perhaps too good. The creeping suspicion of Fake Reading.

My brilliant professional colleague Gerard Dawson writes eloquently on this issue on his own blog gerarddawson.org, specifically in his OED-esque breakdown of the term, in which he writes that it is primarily defined as “[a] student’s process of completing required assignments, including quizzes, essays, discussions, and other activities, in order to achieve a passing grade but without reading a required text.”

His full post is an engaging, and harrowing, primer on the condition as it exists today, and I encourage all to read (print, laminate, etch in granite, etc.) his full…

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