English 2790, Spring 2018
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 what is happening in their local communities and around the world. Future teachers in this class are expected to read from a variety of news sources and are invited to bring issues to our class for discussion. WMU provides a free NYT subscription.
You are expected to attend the Spring Michigan Council of the Teachers of English Conference all day on Friday, February 2 in Shepherd, MI ($60 for students) or the Michigan Reading Association Conference, March 17-19 in Detroit ($105). 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.
Jan 8: Introductions
Jan 10: Literacy Autobiography
Jan 15: Martin Luther King, Jr Day No Class
Jan 17: Literacy Autobiography Continued
1. Bring at least 12 pages of rough drafts -- and at least 3 different genre "experiments" -- from your literacy autobiography to class.
Jan 22: English Teachers in Popular Culture
Jan 24: English Teachers in Popular Culture Continued
Jan 29: English Teacher Narratives: Clearing the Way
Jan 31: English Teacher Narratives: Clearing the Way
Feb 2: Friday MCTE Fall Conference, Shepherd, MI
Feb 5: English Teacher Narratives: Clearing the Way
Feb 7: English Teacher Narrative: Reading, Writing, and Rising Up
Feb 12: English Teacher Narrative: Reading, Writing, and Rising Up Continued
Feb 14: English Teacher Narrative: Reading, Writing, and Rising Up Continued
Feb 19: English Teacher Narrative: Reading, Writing, and Rising Up Continued
Feb 21: Prepare Professional Issue Presentations
Feb 26: Professional Issue Presentations
Feb 28: English Teacher Observation / Interview Planning & Teaching Today
1. Read: Early Career English Teachers in Action (2015), new teacher stories from Chapters 2-3:
Mar 5-9 Spring Break
Mar 12: Teaching Today Continued
1. Read: Early Career English Teachers in Action, new teacher stories from Chapters 4-5:
Mar 14: Teaching Today Continued
1. Read: Early Career English Teachers in Action, new teacher stories from Chapters 5-6:
Mar 17-19 Michigan Reading Association Conference, Detroit
Mar 19: Thematic Approaches
Mar 21: Thematic Approaches Continued
Mar 26: Class Activites and Lesson Planning
Mar 28: Teacher Panel
Apr 2: Senior Panel
Apr 4: Advisor Panel
Teaching Website / Online Portfolio Continued
Apr 16: Teaching Website / Online Portfolio Continued
Apr 18: Presentation of Teaching Website / Online Portfolios
Due: Teaching Website
Apr 23-26: Finals Week
Apr 26 Thursday, 12:30-2:30: Final Exam: Discussion of Course and Reflections