ERIC Number: ED350583
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Increasing Instructional Options for the Teaching of Reading and Writing through Staff Development.
Evans, Deborah J.
A practicum was designed to increase the instructional options chosen by classroom teachers in order to create meaningful connections between reading and writing for elementary students. Teachers in the target school were experiencing difficulty in translating theory into effective classroom practice. In response to a teacher needs assessment, four key areas of focus were identified and four corresponding workshops specifically geared to teacher grade levels, and including references to the textbook series in use, were developed. The workshops were: (1) What is Whole Language? (2) Integrating Reading and Writing; (3) Whole Class Instruction; and (4) Combining Trade Books with the Basal. Practical handouts accompanied each workshop. A list of trade books that related to concepts and themes in their math series was particularly popular. Classroom visitations and individual meetings were arranged, and professional books, articles and video tapes were also made available. Outcomes were positive, with all the practicum goals being met. All teachers demonstrated the use of several new teaching strategies. Central office administrators became interested and involved in the practicum. (Thirty-six references and an appendix containing the teacher survey are attached.) (Author/SR)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Trade Books
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.