PRACTICUM IN READING
(January 20 – May 12, 2010)
I. INTENT OF COURSE
This practicum experience is designed to offer you an opportunity to enact your evolving literacy beliefs about curriculum, instruction, and assessment with a small group of students, their families, and other teachers. Based on the theory and practice you have already explored in previous reading courses (Reading 810, 820, 850, 860), now is your chance to put it all together and use this newfound knowledge in a school setting. We will also consider how you can use these literacy practices in your own classroom.
A. GOALS OF COURSES
The purpose of this practicum is to provide you with an opportunity to:
1) Become a literacy leader by collaboratively planning and implementing literacy curriculum, instruction, and assessment experiences with teachers in your school community in order to gain a more global perspective,
2) Use informal and formal methods of literacy assessment with emergent through independent readers in order to build on students' strengths and provide support for areas of growth,
3) Develop and revise curriculum responsive to students' needs,
4) Build a learning partnership with students' families and establish a bridge between home and school literacy and assessment experiences, and
5) Address literacy at all levels from emergent to independent and examine the
causes and characteristics of reading and writing difficulties.
Your personal engagements with 4+ students and their families will allow you to reflect on prior curriculum and assessment experiences and explore purposeful instruction for the classroom. My intent is to act as a guide, facilitator, and co-learner in your explorations; however the responsibility for what you learn and how much you learn lies with you.
B. NATIONAL STANDARDS FOR THE ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS
In relation to literacy standards developed jointly by the National Council of Teachers of English and the International Reading Association (1996), our class will use these guidelines in our work with teachers, students, and parents in our classrooms (see www.ncte.org/standards -see Section VIII).
C. PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION STANDARDS
In relation to the Pennsylvania Department of Education Standards for Reading Specialists (1/31/01), our class will use these standards to create responsive curriculum and assessment (See PDE Standards listed in Learning Experiences.)