Dr. Laura L. Runge
LAE 6389 Practice Teaching Literature
Reading Assignment:Read chapter 1 in NAEL Instructor's Manual and the NALW Instructor's Manual (in Course Docs)
Also, "How to Prepare a Text," to be available soon!
Post #2 Group B
Finalize teaching groups- and presentation dates
Continue discussion of Showalter's chapters 3-7
Discuss How to prepare a text for teaching
Assignment: draft course objectives (peer review)
Student Presentations: Literature Review - Akeyla
Notes and Discussion Questions:As we continue to think about the ideas generated by Showalter's chapters on teaching the genres, let's begin to think about how we will organize the material into specific learning objectives. To do this, take some time to review the learning objectives listed on the sample syllabi for the general education courses (see course documents). Also review the General Education guidelines on the website. You will also find resources for teaching and planning courses here.
In the NAEL Instructor's Manual and the NALW Instructor's Manual, the opening chapters provide some broad guidelines for setting up a course. These are meant to suggest some of the important elements you have to consider in planning your course.
What are your strengths in teaching? How can you organize your course to play to those strengths?
How much will you expect your students to cover in a course? In a class?
How will you accommodate the different learning styles of your students?
How will you word your course objectives so that they correspond to the evaluative measures you require?
Examine the sample syllabi in the course guide. How useful are these objectives as models for your course?
Examine the sample syllabi in the course documents. How useful are these objectives as models for your course?
The four dimensions of learning we will need to cover in our gen ed courses are: critical thinking, inquiry, creative and interpretive process and ethics. In some cases we will also cover historical dimensions. Please review the description of these objectives on the General Education Website.
What activities or evaluative measures might you include in your course to achieve critical thinking? How will you word your objectives to describe this?
Can you think of ways to adopt the suggested approaches for a literature class? What activities or evaluative measures might you include in your course to achieve inquiry? How will you word your objectives to describe this?
We don't ordinarily think of literature as a "problem solving" or "problem" based discipline. Can you think of ways to adopt the suggested approaches for a literature class?
For creative and interpretative process, the guidelines suggest:
Courses qualifying for Creative and Interpretive Processes and Experiences will include study of the historical and cultural contexts of works drawn from the visual, performing, and literary arts. These courses will include analysis of different aesthetic processes for creating or performing in the arts as well as forms of critical inquiry related to artistic endeavors. Courses may also include group and individual approaches for conveying meaning through artistic works and students' experiences in developing artistic works.What activities or evaluative measures might you include in your course to meet this set of objectives (see the list of corresponding objectives for this discipline)?
For Ethical Perspectives the guidelines suggest:
Courses in this area will enable students to explore how values inform the behavior of individuals and societies and govern the way humans relate to each other on a daily basis. The study of values and ethics enable us to understand the implications of our thoughts and actions and to take responsibility for them. As members of specific societies, we are not only shaped by cultural values but also, through critical and responsible reflection, we transform these cultural values. Studying these values in both their unity and diversity can provide insight into the way our personal and social worlds are shaped in various historical and social contexts. The study of values and ethics also advances respect for knowledge and its problems. In each phase of the process of knowledge construction, the values of the inquirers inform the ideas, methods, and practices that generate knowledge.What activities of evaluative measure might you include in your course to meet this set of objectives (see the list of corresponding objectives)?
Active learning and discussionPeer Review of course objectives:
Prepare a list of course objectives you might reasonably use in one of the gen ed courses. Feel free to adopt the objectives listed to suit your own interests and vocabulary. Be prepared to explain and defend your choices.
In new groups of four, share your objectives. Offer comments and constructive ideas about your peers' texts. Consider some of the following questions: