English 2790, Fall 2017
Introduction to English Education
This course offers an introduction to the responsibilities, aspirations, and professional knowledge of secondary English language arts teachers.
The course will include students: reflecting on their own experiences learning to read and write, examing the representation of English teachers in popular culture, studying and presenting about current professional issues in teaching English, observing and interviewing secondary English teachers, learning about the program and requirements for teacher certification, becoming familiar with new technologies and developing their own teacher website and online portfolio, and reflecting on the decision to pursue a career as an English teacher. (See Course Goals.)
Future English teachers should join NCTE, MCTE, and/or MRA and read regularly the English Journal or Voices from the Middle. The English Companion Ning is a remarkable resource with over 10,000 members -- join and draw on this resource throughout the semester. WMU has an NCTE Student affiliate; become an active member.
Teachers need to be informed about the world. Students are expected to read regularly the New York Times and other sources. WMU provides a free NYT subscription.
You are expected to attend the Fall Michigan Council of the Teachers of English (MCTE) Conference all day on Friday, October 20 ($60 for students). You are invited to attend the National Council of the Teachers of English (NCTE) Conference in St Louis, Nov 16-19 ($110 for students). If finances present a challenge, seek support and be creative, for example, the gofundme approach.
I recommend gay and straight future teachers join GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network.
I have worked with former secondary English students to create an extensive wiki about seeking a job teaching secondary English and I have created a webpage of information for aspiring teachers. Official information about the Michigan Teacher Certification test is available on the MTTC website -- and here are my suggestions to prepare for and think about the MTTC test.
The course will be taught in the WMU English Department English Education Labs fostering teacher designed instruction, critical thinking about technology and curriculum, teacher and student publication, free, open-source, or low cost resources, and strategies for bringing the resources and communicative possibilities of the Internet to all students.
Since the class is discussion-based, attendance and preparation are essential to your own learning and to the learning of your classmates. Missing any classes will affect your learning. Missing 3 classes or more may lower your grade and missing 5 classes may lead to failing. Study my philosophy regarding discussion, preparation, participation, attendance, grading, and learning -- and consider your own philosophy!
Your final course grade will be an average of grades for the major assignments, listed and weighted below. At the hour scheduled for the final exam students will turn in a take home exam/essay and evaluate and discuss the course.
This course will follow WMU policies regarding academic honesty.
My office is 723 Sprau Tower, 387-2605. Office hours are after class and by appointment. You can always reach me via email.
Sep 6: Introductions
Sep 11: Literacy Autobiography
Sep 13: Literacy Autobiography Continued
Sep 18: English Teachers in Popular Culture
Sep 20: English Teachers in Popular Culture Continued
Sep 25: English Teacher Narratives: Clearing the Way
Sep 27: English Teacher Narratives: Clearing the Way
Oct 2: English Teacher Narratives: Clearing the Way
Oct 4: English Teacher Narrative: Reading, Writing, and Rising Up
Oct 9: English Teacher Narrative: Reading, Writing, and Rising Up
Oct 11: English Teacher Narrative: Reading, Writing, and Rising Up
Oct 16: Professional Issue Presentations
Oct 18: Professional Issues Presentations Continued
Oct 20: Friday MCTE Fall Conference, Lansing
Oct 23: English Teacher Observation / Interview Planning & Teaching Today
1. Read: Early Career English Teachers in Action (2015), new teacher stories from Chapters 2-3:
Oct 25: Teaching Today Continued
1. Read: Early Career English Teachers in Action, new teacher stories from Chapters 4-5:
Oct 30: Teaching Today Continued
1. Read: Early Career English Teachers in Action, new teacher stories from Chapters 5-6:
Nov 1: Thematic Approaches
Nov 6: Thematic Approaches Continued
Nov 8: Teacher Panel
Nov 13: Senior Panel
Nov 15: Advisor Panel
Nov 16-19 NCTE Conference, St Louis
Nov 27: Teaching Website / Online Portfolio Continued
Nov 29: Teaching Website / Online Portfolio Continued
Dec 4: Presentation of Teaching Website / Online Portfolios
Due: Teaching Website
Dec 6: Reflections on English Teaching Discussion
Dec 11-14: Finals Week
Dec 14 Thursday, 2:45-4:45: Final Exam: Discussion of Course and Reflections