Dr. Laura L. Runge
LAE 6389 Practice Teaching Literature
McKeachie, chaps. 15-18
Student Presentations: Teaching Resource: Katherine McGee
Student Presentations: Syllabus Check: Alaina Tackit
Assignment: Statement of Innovative Teaching Methods
Notes and Discussion Questions:Chapter 15 - High and Low Stakes writing, by Peter Elbow and Mary Dean Sorcinelli
What other ideas can you think of for using low stakes writing in literature classrooms? What other ideas can you think of for using high stakes writing in literature classrooms?
Evaluate the recommendations for preventing plagiarism on p. 210. What do you think causes a student to plagiarize?
Chapter 16 Active Learning -- Cooperation, Collaboration, and Peer Learning
What are some of the more important aspects of group work as described by McKeachie? (I.e. why would you do it? what would you be doing? how would you do it?)
What concerns does this approach to teaching literature raise?
Evaluate the methods described for potential use in the literature classroom:
Chapter 17 Problem Based Learning How might you employ a case study method or problem-based-learning in a literature classroom? Consider, for example, library or research problems.
Chapter 18 Technology and Teaching How many of you use technology in the classroom? What has your experience taught you about the effectiveness of the methods used?
How might the descriptions in this chapter improve or help your use of technology in the classroom?
Does the chapter create an interest in technological teaching methods that you might want to try?
Showalter: Teaching Teachers (Chapter 8) In many ways, this chapter is about our class, and we might use it to reflect on what we are doing here and what we can do with the rest of the semester. What ideas does this chapter suggest for your training as a literature teacher?
Evaluate the three developmental stages of new teachers mentioned on p. 113. How do these categories sound to you? Are they helpful for understanding your own experience?
Choose any one of the case studies from Showalter's seminar (pp. 117-124) and analyze it. Try to answer the questions she asks at the end of that subsection.
Active learning and discussion
Active learning and discussionStatement of Innovative Teaching Methods
As another piece in your portfolio, the statement of innovative teaching methods is a document that focuses on HOW you teach. It is sometimes difficult to put into words what you are trying to do in the classroom, and it certainly difficult to abstract that process into a generic statement. Nonetheless, the benefits of doing so are that it forces you to see your teaching in an objective way -- looking from outside in. As you consider what your innovative methods are (and the stress need not be on innovative) also consider what this method achieves in the classroom. For example, rather than say "I teach through active discussion," add a statement that attaches a learning outcome to the method. For example, "By using active discussion methods in the classroom, I encourage students to practice the skills of analysis, synthesis and evaluation." You can even be more spectific than that.
You can, of course, cover several methods of teaching in this statement. If your use of technology is part of the innovative method, than you can include it here. If not, you may want to discuss your use of technology in a separate document.
In class: mix it up.
How is the student going to experience the literature in this classroom? How many ways?
What value will the experience of this teaching method have for the student?
What ideas can you add to use this method in new and exciting ways?
Will these methods be adequate for all the types of literature to be covered?
Will these methods be adequate for all the types of learners in the classroom?
What methods will be used for developing writing? Developing reading? Developing thinking? Developing curiosity? Developing ethical perspectives?
Evaluating Web Sites hosted by the Cornell University Library
Resources on Academic Integrity at the University of Michigan library
Visible Knowledge Project: a site on questioning the role of technology in teaching