The following is a quote from Louise Rosenblatt's The Reader, the Text, the Poem that first sparked my interest in constructivism and reader-response theory:
"Throughout the centuries, it becomes apparent, usually either the book or the author has received major illumination. The reader has tended to remain in the shadow, taken for granted, to all intents and purposes invisible. Like Ralph Ellison's hero, the reader might say, 'I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me.'"
I think students tend to check out when they feel "invisible" and that constructivist teaching can be a powerfully illuminating tool. I'm curious as to what we're doing in our classrooms to emphasize the "visibility" of our students, and what we can do for those students who sit passively in the shadows. In other words, how can constructivism help us "see" our students?