Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Topic: Teacher Education

10-Second Review: If you want students to use certain practices in their teaching, you have to show them explicitly how.

Title: “A Critical Analysis of Research on Reading Teacher Education.” VJ Risk, et al. Reading Research Quarterly (July/August/September 2008), 252-288. A publication of the International Reading Association (IRA).

Summary: “…the review suggests that university teaching practices that benefit application of pedagogical knowledge provide explicit explanations and examples, demonstration of practices, and opportunities for guided practice of teaching strategies in practicum settings with pupils.”

Comment: In other words, preparing teachers of reading needs to include explicit demonstrations of pedagogical techniques. My suggestion: Teach the teachers the way you want the teachers to teach their students—along with demonstration lessons and guided practice using techniques with small numbers of students in a practicum setting. RayS.

The purpose of this blog is to share interesting ideas I have found in recent American professional publications dealing with the teaching of English at all levels, elementary, secondary and college.

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