Education 390. Teaching of Reading and the Language Arts
This course provides an introduction to reading, writing and related language activities in early childhood and elementary education with dual emphasis on the development of an understanding of the reading process and the theories, practices and politics of reading pedagogy. The appropriateness of current curricula, methods and materials will be considered in light of philosophical and practical objectives. Mindfulness, or cultivation of present, nonjudgmental awareness, is strand of the course, and students practice and explore ways to teach mindfully and to bring mindfulness, where appropriate, to their students and classrooms. A minimum of 20 hours of fieldwork, scheduled as a lab.