ELEM 610: Teacher Elementary School Language Arts K-6 (3)*
Accomplished teachers value the dynamic classroom setting as a source of information about their own instruction and pedagogical principles and practices in literacy development. They have a deep understanding of literacy and are able to offer students challenging and meaningful learning opportunities. In this course, teachers investigate the language arts curriculum to update their knowledge and understanding as informed by curriculum standards from national organizations. Teachers will examine multiple models and approaches for teaching and assessing learning in literacy development and the examination of the relationship of literacy to achievement in all areas the curriculum. Stress is placed on phonics, skills of comprehension, and the interrelatedness of all areas of language arts instruction: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Teachers will integrate knowledge from both language arts content and pedagogy to propose modifications to their own real-world classroom curriculum. They will plan, carry out, and describe a unit of instruction that reflects these insights.