ERIC Number: ED372042
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr-1
What about the Whole Teacher? Creating a College Whole-Language Classroom Experience.
Kanel, Sylvia; Anthony, Marlene
Professors in a Communication Arts methods course for preservice and inservice elementary school teachers sought to move the content of the language arts curriculum from a direct instruction to a whole language model. A transformation came about as one professor realized that her efforts to enthusiastically convey the importance of authentic meaning-making in developing language arts proficiency had resulted in filling students' heads with facts and had taken the life out of the subject. This dissonance created by not allowing students to make the very kind of meaning the professor told them they should allow their students to make did make that professor "a little crazy and uneasy." The concept of developmentally appropriate practice was then applied to teaching teachers. The professors began to do virtually everything they asked students to do. By seeing and doing a whole language procedure, verbal transactions about the procedure became concrete and purposeful. The modeling inspired students' confidence in the professors and in themselves. Students developed their listening and speaking skills in discussing, presenting information, and problem solving together. Students participated in Sustained Silent Reading, shared and paired reading, response writing, standard handwriting practice in the context of taking dictations of interesting passages from literature, production of an autobiographical story from prewriting to publishing, storytelling, and development of a thematic unit. The students leave the class with 20 to 25 new ideas, all of which have been demonstrated to some extent. (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Association for Childhood Education International Study Conference, "Focus 2000: Circle of Inclusion--Families, Children, Schools, Community" (New Orleans, LA, March 30-April 2, 1994).