UNM College of Educationís Vision and Mission Statement
Excellence and diversity through people, ideas and innovation.
The purpose of this course is to extend your thinking about the concept of literacy, theoretically and practically, to further critically analyze learning and literacy instruction as educators. Content area reading has grown into a more reflective exploration of content literacy - the ability to use reading, writing, speaking and listening processes to learn subject matter across the curriculum.
To truly become lifelong learners and readers, it is even more critical to be able to 'read the world' of text in its various media. Our professional role as educators dictates that we begin the philosophical and theoretical discussions that lead to the implementation of strategic teaching and strategic processing. We will take our leads from Jim Burke, the author of our texts, as well as outside readings from professional literature to guide our course of study.
"We must look at the lens through which we see the world as well as the world we see, and recognize that the lens itself shapes how we interpret the world."
(Steven Covey, from The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People).
As graduate colleagues, you will have the responsibility and freedom to engage in the following:
Understand literacy as a social phenomenon;
Acquire a working understanding of constructivist theory;
Explore your own and other's intellectual/literacy histories;
Develop increased skill in various reading strategies in reading and writing in content areas;
Use your understanding of literacy to inform and conceptualize effective instructional practices;
Participate in the Socratic method and inquiry-based learning;
Develop a creative, interactive collaborative group final project.
Academic integrity and professionalism are expected in class, in communication and in your assignments and projects.
1. Burke, Jim. (2001). Illuminating texts: How to teach students to read the world. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann. Website companion is available at englishcompanion.com
A GRADE = completion of all course assignments and projects; class participation; and attendance with an outstanding level of academic excellence and performance. B+ GRADE completion of all course assignments and projects; class participation; and attendance with an above average level of academic achievement and performance. B GRADE completion of course assignments and projects; class participation; and attendance with an adequate level of academic achievement and performance. NO INCOMPLETE GRADES WILL BE GIVEN.
A GRADE = completion of all course assignments and projects; class participation; and attendance with an outstanding level of academic excellence and performance.
B+ GRADE completion of all course assignments and projects; class participation; and attendance with an above average level of academic achievement and performance.
B GRADE completion of course assignments and projects; class participation; and attendance with an adequate level of academic achievement and performance.
NO INCOMPLETE GRADES WILL BE GIVEN.
Attendance is expected at all classes. Arrive on time to allow classes to begin (and end) at their scheduled times. Attendance and punctuality are crucial professional responsibilities. If you are absent two times this semester, arrange to meet with your instructor to discuss extenuating circumstances and whether it is advisable to continue the course. Three absences (without extenuating circumstances) will result in failure to complete the course. "The reporting of absences does not relieve the student of responsibility for missed assignments, exams, etc. The student is required to take the initiative in arranging to make up missed work, and it is expected that faculty will cooperate with the student in reasonable arrangements in this regard." (UNM Pathfinder).
It is your responsibility to check in with the Instructor after the missed class for all make up work.
The University of New Mexico seeks to provide reasonable accommodations for any student in this class who has special needs because of learning disabilities. The University will adhere to all applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations and guidelines with respect to providing reasonable accommodations as required to afford equal educational opportunity. It is the studentís responsibility to register with Student Support Services and to contact the faculty member in a timely manner to arrange for appropriate accommodations. Please let me know about any special needs as soon as possible.
X. Plagiarism Statement
Plagiarism is the presentation as original work by a writer of ideas, words, or thoughts belonging to someone else. You must provide a reference not indicating the source of any specific words borrowed from another source. Any project containing incidents of plagiarism will receive no credit or grade. Plagiarism is a serious offense in any college course and can lead to failure in that course or expulsion from UNM.
XI. Accreditation Information
The College of Education is an NCATE accredited institution. NCATE stands for "National Counsel for Accreditation of Teacher Education" (http://www.ncate.org). All COE courses address specific NCATE and professional society guidelines and support the College of Educationís Vision, Mission and Conceptual Framework. I encourage you to learn about and spend some time thinking about the College of Educationís Vision and Mission Statements. Hypertext links to relevant information are provided on the
Accreditation Information page
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