21st Century Literacy

21st Century Literacy

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Renita Schmidt and P. L. Thomas The guiding mission of the teacher education program in the university where we teach is to create teachers who are scholars and leaders. While the intent of that mission is basically sound in theorya€”we instill the idea that teachers at all levels are professionals, always learning and growing in knowledgea€”that theory, that philosophical underpinning does not insure that the students who complete our program are confident about the act or performance of teaching. In our unique program, students work closely with one teacher and classroom for the entire senior year and then are supervised and mentored during their first semester of teaching; the program is heavily field-based, and it depends on the effectiveness of mentoring throughout the methods coursework and the first semester of full-time teaching. Students tell us this guidance and support is invaluable, and yet we feel the disjuncture between university and school just as many of you in more traditional student teaching settings. Students hear a€œbest practicea€ information from us in methods classes and they receive ample exposure to the research supporting our field, but have a hard time implementing research-based practices in their cla- room settings and an even harder time finding it in the classrooms around them.In order for children to increase their ability to read, they too must know how to choose books that are accessible and ... a variety of graphic organizers and a rigid, stratified writing process moving toward a five-paragraph essay that will fulfillanbsp;...

Title:21st Century Literacy
Author:Renita Schmidt, Paul Lee Thomas
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2008-11-09


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