English 2790, Spring 2020
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, learning about the teaching of writing, teaching each other, developing thematic literature curriculum, 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 at least one day of an English teacher conference. This semester there are two choices: 1) Michigan Reading Association (MRA) Conference March 14-16 in Grand Rapids (Student 1 day $139, student 2-3 days $159 - register by Mar 4! Volunteer and get a free hotel room! And, 2) the MCTE Think Spring Conference Friday, March 13, at Western Michigan University! Attend both if you can!
I recommend gay and straight future teachers join GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network.
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 6: Introductions
Jan 8: Literacy Autobiography
Jan 13: 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 15: Plan Teaching Reading, Writing, & Rising Up
Jan 20: Martin Luther King, Jr Day No Class
Jan 22: English Teacher Narrative: Clearing the Way
Jan 27: English Teacher Narrative: Clearing the Way
Jan 29: English Teacher Narrative: Clearing the Way
Feb 3: Teaching Teachers: Reading, Writing, and Rising Up: Intro & Chap 1
Feb 5: Teaching Teachers: Reading, Writing, and Rising Up: Chap 2
Feb 10: Teaching Teachers: Reading, Writing, and Rising Up: Chap 3
Feb 12: Teaching Teachers: Reading, Writing, and Rising Up: Chap 4
Feb 17: Teaching Teachers: Reading, Writing, and Rising Up: Chap 5
Feb 19: Prepare Professional Issue Presentations
Feb 24: Professional Issue Presentations
Due: Professional Issue Presentation
Feb 26: English Teacher Observation / Interview Planning & Teaching Today
1. Read: Early Career English Teachers in Action (2015), new teacher stories from Chapters 2-3:
Mar 2-6 Spring Break
Mar 9: Teaching Today Continued
1. Read: Early Career English Teachers in Action, new teacher stories from Chapters 4-5:
Mar 11: Teaching Today Continued
1. Read: Early Career English Teachers in Action, new teacher stories from Chapters 5-6:
Mar 13 MCTE Think Spring CONFERENCE, Western Michigan University.
Mar 14-16 MRA CONFERENCE, Renaissance Center, Detroit
Mar 16: Thematic Approaches
Mar 18: Thematic Approaches Continued
Mar 23: Class Activites and Lesson Planning
Mar 25: Teacher Panel
Mar 30: Senior Panel
Apr 1: Advisor Panel
Apr 8: Teaching Website / Online Portfolio Continued
Apr 13: Teaching Website / Online Portfolio Continued
Apr 15: Presentation of Teaching Website / Online Portfolios
Due: Teaching Website
Apr 20-2: Finals Week
Apr ? day, 1: Final Exam: Discussion of Course and Reflections