An educator can gain insight into students’ understanding by observing and talking with students as they work through complex problems and projects.
These responses provide no evidence of what students understand about it. But the responses are revealing. They highlight the fact that the students bring their prior expectations about poetry to the learning experience.
To reach an understanding of the poem, a student makes a connection from the poem to what he or she already understands.
In this researcher mind-set, the teacher refrains from signaling to the students what she wants them to say; doing so would sacrifice the opportunity to know what the students actually think. Rather than being expected to provide a certain answer, the students reveal their own understanding through their responses.
This does not mean that the teacher’s own curricular goals are pushed aside. On the contrary, a teacher’s knowledge in the subject matter and skill as an educator are simultaneously put to work as she deepens the students’ understanding and helps them to take their own thoughts further.
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