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Inventory of Course Readings for Urban Teacher Prep Program

Inventory of Course Readings

As I’m getting very close to the shared responsibility of teaching and instruction as a student teacher, followed by the full responsibility of being the teacher-of-record come Fall 2014, I’ve been taking a look back at syllabi, papers and course readings from my post-baccalaureate urban-teacher preparation program.

When current teachers learn that I’m working toward earning certification to be a grades 6-12 World Language teacher, they sometimes ask about what textbooks and authors we are assigned in courses now.

I decided to take an inventory of the readings and videos that have been assigned in my coursework. These are pieces that I’ve read (or viewed), discussed, annotated in the margins, cited and pondered. I’ve been introduced to some great thinkers and I’m sure that I’ll refer back to many of these readings to help me develop deeper insights. I even follow some of the authors and organizations now on Twitter or via their blogs and e-newsletters.

Here is the inventory starting with the most recent:

EDUC 5297: Teaching and Learning in the Middle School
Fall 2013

Powell, S. (2005) Introduction to Middle School

Ladson-Billings, G. (1994). The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children

Additional articles/book chapters authored by Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE), King and Gurian (the minds of boys), King and Gurian (the brain – his and hers), Gorski (myth of culture of poverty), Rothstein (whose problem is poverty?), Anfara (effectiveness of middle grades teachers), Feistritzer (profile of U.S. teacher), Auerbach (Latino families), Fisher et al. (background knowledge), Igel and Urquhart (Generation Z and cooperative learning), Willis (cooperative learning is brain turn-on), Johnson and Smith (RtI in a middle school), Wilhelm and Wilhelm (inquiring minds learn to read, write, and think), Buffum et al. (RtI), Patterson et al. (inclusion classroom and differentiated instruction), Tomlinson (goals of differentiation), Wormelli (differentiating for tweens), Rice (surviving the first year).

EDUC 5540: Philosophy of Education
Summer 2013

Dewey, J. (1997 reprint) Experience and Education

Freire, P. (1993) Pedagogy of the Oppressed, 20th Anniversary ed.

Gordon, L. (2007) Disciplinary Decadence: Living Thought in Trying Times

EDUC 6040: Introduction to Learning and Assessment
Spring 2013

Stiggins, R.J. & Chappuis, J. (2012) An Introduction to Student-Involved Assessment FOR Learning, 6th ed.

Martinez, M.E. (2010) Learning and Coginition: The Design of the Mind

Ritchhart, R. et al. (2011) Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding and Independence for all Learners (book and video selections)

Florio, S. “On Writing Field Notes”

Lemov, D. (2010) Teach Like a Champion (selected chapters)

EDUC 5000: Teaching World Languages and Cultures (Advanced Methods)
Fall 2012

Lee, J. & VanPatten, B. (2003) Making Communicative Language Teaching Happen, 2nd ed.

WGBH Educational Foundation (2003) Teaching Foreign Languages K-12: A Library of Classroom Practices (video series)

Shrum, J. & Glisan, E. (2009) Teacher’s Handbook, Chapter 7 – Using a Story-Based Approach to Teach Grammar (PACE Model, Adair-Hauck and Donato)

Foreign Language Annals (Vol. 43, No. 4, 2010) Ping Wu’s response to Levi Altstaedter & Jones regarding teaching culture alongside language skills

Blitt, M.A. & Casas, M. (2011) Exploraciones (sample pages from textbook)

EDUC 5037: Literacy in the Content Areas
Fall 2012

Roe, B.D. et al. (2011) Secondary School Literacy Instruction: The Content Areas

Buehl, D. (2009) Classroom Strategies for Interactive Learning

Zwiers, J. (2010) Building Reading Comprehension Habits in Grades 6-12: A Toolkit of Classroom Activities

Wisconsin DPI (2011) Common Core Standards for Literacy in All Subjects

Additional articles/book chapters authored by Reading Rockets (pinpointing reading difficulties), Richison, et al. (literacy theme baskets), (6+1 Traits rubric), Reading Rockets (literacy stations), (cloze activities), Corwin Press (differentiated assessment strategies), (ELA comprehension vignettes), Steve Peha (writing graphic organizers), Colorín Colorado (cognates), Masterminds Publishing, LLC (graphic organizers), Karin Hess (text structures and signal words in expository and narrative texts), (multiculturalism), Alliance for Excellent Education (adolescents and literacy), and Dr. Robert Pavlik (brain-based learning).

EDUC 6010: Introduction to Schooling in Diverse Society
Summer 2012

Anyon, J. (2005) Radical Possibilities

Banks, J. & McGee Banks, C.A. (2010) Multicultural Education: Issues and Perspectives, 7th ed.

Rethinking Schools, Ltd. (2007) Rethinking our Classrooms: Teaching for Equity and Justice, Vol. 1, New ed.

Additional articles/book chapters authored by Zeichner and Liston (reflective teaching), Wink (critical pedagogy), Zimmet (Freire for the classroom), Lazerson, et al. (expectations of schooling), Jackson (view into classrooms, 1968), Larabee (education as a commodity), Bowers (communicative competence), Ladson-Billings (culturally relevant teaching), Nieto (racism and learner expectations), West (nihilism), Sleeter (beliefs about knowledge), Rist (state of urban education, 2000), Anyon (hidden curriculum of work), Biddle and Berliner (effects of unequal school funding), AAUW (gender equity), Darling-Hammond (standardized testing), Gamoran (tracking), Krashen (bilingual education), Valenzuela (subtractive schooling), Delpit (ebonics and culturally responsive instruction), Lowe (vouchers), Coons (school choice), Wisconsin DPI (school choice program), and Cochran-Smith (teaching against the grain).

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Posted by on 20 September 2013 in Post-Bacc/Grad School


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