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ERIC Number: EJ863955
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-0013-8274
On the Ground: Applying Current Research in a High School Classroom
Mayer, Melanie
English Journal, v99 n2 p91-94 Nov 2009
After 20 years in the classroom, the author recently returned to graduate school. It wasn't by choice. It was to prove to the "powers that be" at the college where she adjuncts that she is "current" on issues of basic writing. Her master's degree, earned decades before, was insufficient. She was a reluctant student, to say the least; having taught all levels of high school English, including advanced placement, for 20 years, she felt more than qualified to teach first-year college students. She lacked a specific course designation on her transcript: teaching basic writing. The author realizes that part of her responsibility as a secondary teacher is to stay abreast of theoretical and conceptual changes and implement them. Theory and concepts that she found significant to her classroom include the reading-writing connection, writing as a social act, and assessment. In this article, the author describes how her initial reluctance to learn grew into enthusiasm to teach as she witnessed the enhanced, authentic learning that occurred in her students as a result of her practical applications of the new ideas she encountered in this course.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A