Now here is where you really strike a chord with me. Getting
students engaged with their writing is for me a fundamental goal. just
about everything I do in the classroom is geared to get students
interested in their work and challenged by it at the same time, a tough
balance. But this is exactly what I meant a few posts ago when I said
that creating "real" learning contexts is a often a complex process.
Much of the work I am doing right now envolves historicizing terms
that we bandy around on a daily basis like multiculturalism, literacy,
empowerment, and decentered. I'm sensitive to squishy terms like
"real" that get used to justify a host of practices, when the users really
mean something much more specific. The problem comes when the term is
used one way and received in other ways.
Thanks for clarifying.