English 2790, Spring 2022
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. The Guardian is also a good news source, and can also be accessed for free.
You are expected to attend at least one day of an English teacher conference, ideally face-to-face, but given the pandemic, perhaps online. This semester the Michigan Reading Association (MRA) Conference March 11-14 in Lansing, Student 1 day $139, student 2-3 days $159 - register by Jan 16! Volunteer and get a free hotel room.
You are encouraged to attend the Sustaining Our Heartwork, MCTE sponsorsed 1 hour session at 7:00, Jan 12.
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.
Given the increased use of online tools during the pandemic, NCTE has developed a wide range of resources to support both fully online learning and the integration of online resources and tools into face-to-face teaching.
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 10: Introductions
Jan 12: Literacy Autobiography
Jan 17: Martin Luther King Day
Jan 19: 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 24: Plan Teaching Reading, Writing, & Rising Up
Jan 26: English Teacher Narrative: Clearing the Way
Jan 31: English Teacher Narrative: Clearing the Way
Feb 2: English Teacher Narrative: Clearing the Way
Feb 7: Teaching Teachers: Reading, Writing, and Rising Up: Intro & Chap 1
Feb 9: Teaching Teachers: Reading, Writing, and Rising Up: Chap 2
Feb 14: Teaching Teachers: Reading, Writing, and Rising Up: Chap 3
Feb 16: Teaching Teachers: Reading, Writing, and Rising Up: Chap 4
Feb 21: Teaching Teachers: Reading, Writing, and Rising Up: Chap 5
Feb 23: Prepare Professional Issue Presentations
Feb 28: English Teacher Observation & Interview Planning
Mar 2: Professional Issue Presentations
Mar 7-11 Spring Break
Mar 11-14 MRA CONFERENCE,
Mar 14: Teaching Today
1. Read: Early Career English Teachers in Action (2015), new teacher stories from Chapters 2-3:
Mar 16: Teaching Today Continued
1. Read: Early Career English Teachers in Action, new teacher stories from Chapters 4-5:
Mar 21: Teaching Today Continued
1. Read: Early Career English Teachers in Action, new teacher stories from Chapters 5-6:
Mar 23: Thematic Approaches
Mar 28: Thematic Approaches Continued
Mar 30: Class Activites and Lesson Planning
Apr 4: Teacher Panel
Apr 6: Senior Panel
Apr 11: Advisor Panel
Teaching Website / Online Portfolio Continued
Apr 18: Teaching Website / Online Portfolio Continued
Apr 20: Presentation of Teaching Website / Online Portfolios
Due: Teaching Website
Apr 25-28: Finals Week
Apr 25 10:15-12:15 Final Exam Hour: Discussion of Course and Reflections