Rethinking Language Arts: Passion and Practice: Passion and Practice [NOOK Book]

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In Rethinking Language Arts: Passion and Practice, Second Edition, author Nina Zaragoza uses the form of letters to her students to engage pre-service teachers in reevaluating teaching practices, thus bringing to life a vision of an alternative classroom environment in which the teacher is the prime mover and creative leader. Zaragoza discusses and explains the need for teachers to be decision makers, reflective thinkers, political beings, and agents of social change in order to create a positive and inclusive ...
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Rethinking Language Arts: Passion and Practice: Passion and Practice

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In Rethinking Language Arts: Passion and Practice, Second Edition, author Nina Zaragoza uses the form of letters to her students to engage pre-service teachers in reevaluating teaching practices, thus bringing to life a vision of an alternative classroom environment in which the teacher is the prime mover and creative leader. Zaragoza discusses and explains the need for teachers to be decision makers, reflective thinkers, political beings, and agents of social change in order to create a positive and inclusive classroom setting. This book is both a critical text that deconstructs the way language arts are traditionally taught in our schools as well as a visionary text with clear, no-nonsense directions on how to provide much needed change in our schools.
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Xin Liu Gale
Interweaving stories, dialogues, plays, poetry, lesson plans, course designs, and students' journals with reflections on philosophical, pedagogical, political and psychological questions arising in teaching, Nina Zaragoza unfolds before our eyes the drama of educating our young, with all its challenges and paradoxes and joy and rewards. In the spirit of Paulo Freire and in her aspiration to "Be the change you want to see," the author of Rethinking Language Arts] compels us to ponder what it is to be a teacher and helps us learn how to be a good one.
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Meet the Author

Nina Zaragoza is currently an English Language Teacher/ Consultant at The American Home in Vladimir, Russia.

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Table of Contents

Letter 1 Introduction 1
Letter 2 The Reflective Educator: Rethinking the Teacher as Practitioner 5
Letter 3 Teaching within Community: Rethinking Blocked Schedules 21
Letter 4 Broadening Our Definitions: Rethinking What We Say about Our Children and Their Learning 33
Letter 5 Children as Authors in a Writers' Workshop: Rethinking "My Summer Vacation" 39
Letter 6 Teaching as Human Community: Rethinking the Bluebirds, Robins, and Buzzards 67
Letter 7 Allowing Students to Think: Rethinking "Teaching Students What to Think" 99
Letter 8 Playwrights in Action: Rethinking Poetry and Drama in the Classroom 109
Letter 9 Authentic Evaluation: Rethinking the Friday Spelling Tests 141
Letter 10 The Nature of Instruction: Rethinking Objectives, Procedures, and Evaluation 171
Letter 11 Classroom Interactions: Rethinking Classroom Management 189
Letter 12 But Where's Your Desk?: Rethinking Classroom Design 211
Letter 13 For Now, Farewell: Rethinking Getting the Children Ready for Next Year 213
Letter 14 P.S.: Some Last Thoughts 221
References 223
Index 225
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