Making The Journey: Being And Becoming A Teacher Of English Language Arts

Paperback | July 20, 2006

byLeila Christenbury

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Making the Journey is a staple of secondary English methods courses and teacher libraries because it not only provides practical advice on what to do in the classroom and how to act, but also offers a realistic but optimistic sense of what it means to embrace the practice of good teaching. Now, trusted educator, writer, and researcher Leila Christenbury has returned with a remarkable new edition of her classic.

 

The third edition of Making the Journey will be both refreshingly new and satisfyingly familiar to those who’ve come to rely on Christenbury’s wisdom and uncommon common sense. Every chapter has been revised and updated with new examples, the latest research, and stories from today’s classrooms. Even more important, Christenbury has devoted new sections to discussing instructional and political topics crucial to the contemporary teacher

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  Making the Journey is a staple of secondary English methods courses and teacher libraries because it not only provides practical advice on what to do in the classroom and how to act, but also offers a realistic but optimistic sense of what it means to embrace the practice of good teaching. Now, trusted educator, writer, and rese...

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  Making the Journey is a staple of secondary English methods courses and teacher libraries because it not only provides practical advice on what to do in the classroom and how to act, but also offers a realistic but optimistic sense of what it means to embrace the practice of good teaching. Now, trusted educator, writer, and resear...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.35 × 7.6 × 0.75 inPublished:July 20, 2006Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0325008175

ISBN - 13:9780325008172

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Using This Book
1. THE TEACHER, THE STUDENT, THE SCHOOL
Beginnings
Teacher, Student, School: The Dance of the Three
The Teacher/Learner
The Student/Learner
The School
References
2. WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A TEACHER
From Expert Learner to Novice Teacher
What a Teacher Needs to Do
Beginning Your Life in the Classroom
The Politics of School
Discipline
Classroom Environment, Room Arrangement, Creature Comforts, Food
A Few Other Things: Getting Started, Openings, Voice, Body, Touch, Dress
Teaching as Failing
References
3. PLANNING FOR YOUR TEACHING
Five Models of Teaching
Teaching Their Eyes Were Watching God and the Five Models
It Didn’t Work
Creating Activities
"Central School": From Poem to Plan to Class
The House on Mango Street: From Chapter to Plan to Class
A Brief Word on Creating Tests and Test Items
The Place of Standards in Your Planning
A Final Caution About Planning
References
4. THOSE WHO WE TEACH
No One Ever Said It Was Going to Be Easy
The Tough Times of Teaching: Apathy and Violence
Two Researchers on Students: William Glasser and Linda McNeil
The Alienated Student: Not Always Who You Think
Three Students: Marianna, Antoine, and Marc
One Teacher’s Strategy for Dealing with Alienated Students: "Big Bucks"
The Average Student: Caught in the Middle
The Gifted Student: Burdens and Responsibilities
The Delicate Contract with Students
Two Students: Tanya and Barry
References
5. THE WORLD OF LITERATURE: TEACHING AND SELECTING
The Fear of Not Knowing Enough
Literature: The Heart of Language Arts
Schools of Literary Criticism: Why You Should Care
The Four Schools: What to Do?
Transactional Theory/Reader Response
Organizing Literature
Looking at Fiction: Novels and Short Stories
The Lure of Nonfiction: Literary and Informational
Teaching and Selecting Poetry
The Power of Drama
Using Shakespeare
Building Bridges to Adult Reading: The Place of Young Adult Literature
New Kid on the Block: The Graphic Novel
The Specter of Censorship
Using Literature: Some Teaching Tips
A Final Note on Choosing Literature
A Story: Thurman and Architectural Digest
References
Resources
6. WORDS, WORDS, WORDS
It Ain’t Necessarily So: The English Language Arts Teacher as Language Expert
Prescriptive Versus Descriptive: The World of Linguistics
Spelling and Vocabulary
The Five Grammars
So What Do We Do About Teaching Grammar?
English Language Learners
Language Play/Language Games
Sentence Combining
Students’ Right to Their Own Language
The Language of Hate
The Glory of Language
References
7. WRITING AND REWRITING
Fifth Period, Wednesday Afternoon
A Traditional Model of Teaching Writing
A New Model of Teaching Writing
When Students Have a Choice: Getting Writing Ideas
When Students Have No Choice: Writing on Demand
Writing Groups: Questions, Answers, and Reasons
Conferencing with Students
The Place of Correctness and Grammar in Its Place
Now They’ve Written It—What Do You Do with It?
Creating and Using Rubrics
Using a Writing Portfolio
The Wonderful and Varied Journal
The Research Paper
What We Are About as Teachers of Writing
References
8. THE CRAFT OF QUESTIONING
The Power of Talk
Questions That Teachers Ask
The Questioning Circle
Beyond Hierarchies: Questions You Don’t Want to Ask
Questioning Behaviors
When Questions Don’t Work
Questions That Students Ask
References
9. MEDIA LITERACY
Issues in Media Literacy
Computers
The Internet
Television
Film
The Popular Culture and Media Literacy
References
Resources
10. A QUESTION OF ETHICS
English Class as Ethics Arena?
Ethical Issues for the Classroom Teacher
Breaking the Rules
Being and Becoming an Ethical Teacher
References
11. TEACHING TODAY
Things Have Changed/Things Have Stayed the Same
Four Contemporary Challenges
Staying in the Classroom
The End of the Lifetime Teacher?
Making the Journey
References
Index