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University of New Mexico

College of Education

LLSS 593* Educating Linguistically Diverse Students

FALL 2009 | Section 450 | 3cr. hrs. | Rm#: UC-221

Mondays 1-4pm | Burlington Annex on 30th Street

Instructor, Dr. Frances Vitali

505.566.3480 (unm) | 505.324.0894 (home) | 505.330.1536 (cell)

Office: #233 Burlington Annex

Office Hours: One hour before and after class or by appointment

Email: fvitali@unm.edu

Instructor webpage at http://fvitali.tripod.com/elds09/

Course Blog at http://unm-farmington.tripod.com/315

Class Collection Webpages at http://fvitali.tripod.com/315f09.html

 

Mission Statement:  College of Education

The vision of the College of Education:  Excellence and diversity through people, ideas, and innovation.

 

Our mission is the study and practice of education through teaching, research, and service.  We address critical education issues; Test new ideas and approaches to teaching and learning; and educate professionals who can facilitate human growth and development in schools, homes, communities and workplaces and prepare students for participation in a complex and challenging society.

In carrying out our mission, we value excellence in all that we do; diversity of people and perspective;  relationships of service, accountability, collaboration, and advocacy; and innovation in teaching, technology, and leadership.

The College of Education at UNM believes that professional individuals develop professional understandings, practices, and identities.  These concepts frame the lifelong learning of professional educators and reflect the values articulated in state and national standards and competencies.

·          Understandings frame the identity and practices of professionals.  We seek to help you better (1) understand human growth and development,  (2) culture and language,  (3) content of the disciplines,  (4) pedagogy,  (5) technology,  (6) professional issues, and (7) the nature of knowledge.

·          These understandings enable you, as a professional, to value and engage in Practices that embody the following qualities:  (1) learner-centered,  (2) contextual,  (3) coherent,  (4) culturally responsive, and  (5) technologically current.

·          Developing a professional Identity is central to lifelong growth as a professional educator.  The COE will help you develop the following attributes of a professional:  (1) caring,  (2) advocacy, (3) inquisitiveness,  (4) reflection-in-action, (5) communication, (6) collaboration, (7) ethical behavior.

 

               

 

“The stories we tell not only explain things to others, they explain them to ourselves.”

(Donald Norman)

“A man’s reach must exceed his grasp or what’s a metaphor?” (Robert Browning in McLuhan, M. Understanding Media: the extensions of man, 1994, p. 85)

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Course Description

This course familiarizes students with history, theory, practice, culture, politics of second language pedagogy and importance of student stories as content and context.  Students will gain an understanding of effective teaching methods and cultural sensitivity for working with linguistically diverse students.

                Rationale: Most classrooms are comprised of uniquely diverse learners on all levels, including linguistically and culturally. As educators, we must learn to be flexible in our thinking, teaching and learning to address, respect, celebrate, and support the richness and complexity of the children we teach.

                Instructional Strategies: Students and instructor will engage in the following ongoing collegial learning interactions: reflective writing; guided reading, reciprocal learning, reflection/communication blog, creating individual webapges, authentic learning, individual conferencing, and cooperative and collaborative activities/projects, Storytelling Festival volunteer, dialogue with invited quests.

 

Responsibilities (see entry-level Language Arts competencies expanded below)

  • Integrate the New Mexico State Competencies for Entry-Level Language Arts Teachers into course content.
  • Be professional at all times – in class and in the field. A. 1(a), 3; B. 2,4; C. 2(c), 4(g)
  • Be receptive to feedback, being reflective while participating in an academic learning community. E. 1(a)(c), 2(b)
  • Engage in collaborating and entering into professional learning opportunities with educators, students, parents, administrators, support staff working with linguistically diverse children. D. 3; F. 2(c)(iv)
  • Conduct and present assignments and projects with professional dispositions and ethical manner sufficiently prepared. G. 1(a), 2(b)(c), 3(a)
  • Take ownership of learning, remembering that learning is fun. If you approach your own learning motivated intrinsically by your natural curiosity and enthusiasm, your own students will reflect this quality of learning experience also.

 

Textbook–Available at SJC Bookstore

                Power, B. M. & Hubbard, S. R. (2001). (Ed. 2). Language Development: A Reader for Teachers. New York: Prentice Hall.              (ISBN: 0130940631)

                Course Reading packet of Related Articles available at SJC Bookstore

 

Other Materials:

                Online COURSE BLOG at http://unm-farmington.tripod.com/315

Class Collection Webpages at http://fvitali.tripod.com/315f09.html

 

Optional Literature:

  • Mazer, A. (ed.). (1993). America street: A Mutlticultural anthology of stories. New York: Persea Books. Anthology of 14 short stories about diversity in growing uo in America by recognized authors.
  • Carlson, L. (ed.). (2005). Moccasin thunder: American Indian stories for today. New York: HarperCollins. An anthology collection of short stories about contemporary Native American teenagers.
  • Gallo, D. (ed).  (1993). Join in: Multiethnic short stories.New York:  Bantam Doubleday. Seventeen short stories about American teenagers growing up in America.
  • Braided lives: An anthology of multicultural American writing. (1991). Minnesota Humanities Commission & Minnesota Council of Teachers of English Council. St. Paul, Minnesota. Over 40 different voices for high school audience.
  • King, L. (2000). Hear my voice: A multicultural anthology of literature from the United States. Parsippany, NJ:  Addison-Wesley.
  • Napoli, D. (1992). The prince of the pond. New York: Puffin. A classic tale steeped in a cultural dilemma.

 

Additional Materials/Resources

·          Additional Articles may be provided by instructor and students.

                Supplemental Sources:

·          ENLACE (http://enlace@sanjuancollege.ed)

·          IRIS Modules (http://www.iris.org/)

·          IRIS WRITING CENTER at http://iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu/case_studies/ICS-013.pdf

·          Edutopia videos-What works in education (Darling-Hammond) at http://www.edutopia.org/video

·          21st Century skills at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XMa91uf-so&NR=1

·          Look into http://www.eslassistant.com

·          Free language at http://www.byki.com/download_fls.plex?cod=6nExS1

·          Four Corners Storytelling Festival (http://www.infoway.org/storytelling/index.asp)

·          FPL Book Sale September 12-15 during library hours

·          NATIONAL Storytelling Festival (http://www.storytellingfoundation.net/festival/about-fest.htm) (Oct. 8-10)

·          River of Words Poetry Contest (http://www.riverofwords.org/contest/)

·          FREE San Juan College Calendar of Events & Chautauqua Series in SJC Little Theater NCREL Educating Teachers for Diversity (http://www.ncrel.org/sdrs/areas/issues/educatrs/presrvce/pe300.htm)

·          PRIME TIME (http://www.infoway.org/kids/primeTime/primeTime.asp)

·          Office of English Language Acquisition (http://www.ncela.gwu.edu/)

·          IRA NCTE Read/Write/Think/Lessons (http://www.readwritethink.org/)

·          NM Endowment for the Humanities (NMEH) (http://www.nmhum.org/)

·          NMEH Chautauqua Characters http://nmhum.org/home/

·          Veteran History Project: The War by Ken Burns  (http://loc.gov/vets/vets-home.html)

·          Veteran History Project Interview Kit (http://www.loc.gov/vets/kit.html)

·          Creating Family Timelines (http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=870)

·          Prospective Guests: Laura McClenny, Vickie Bruno, Kristine Ashworrth, New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities (NMEH), FMS Bilingual Education Department, San Juan Media Services-Kathy Hurst, Valeria Lee-Apache, Genevieve Jack- Animas, Salina Bookshelf, Dr. Katherine Manuelito, Michele Picotte, Ivon Rhodes

 

Goals & Objectives

àRead course blog regularly as a communication tool and post reflections when assigned at

                http://unm-farmington.tripod.com/315     I(5,6) & P(5)

àRead your email regularly for course updates, reminders and communication in between sessions. I(5,6)

àPost reflections and assignments on our class blog page at http://unm-farmington.tripod.com/315  and your individual webpages at http://fvitali.tripod.com/315f09.html as needed. I(5,6) & P(5)

àEach session, we will take turns highlighting the events of the session and posting them to the course blog page under   

      WEEKLY SESSION HIGHLIGHTS. I(5,6) & P(5)

àCreate your own webpage including philosophy of education and diversity on www.tripod.com free webhosting. Your webpage. I(5,6) & P(5)

     will house most of your assignments and reflections. Our class collection is indexed at http://fvitali.tripod.com/315f09.html.

àWork with ENLACE program tutoring on MONDAY MORNINGS 4:45-6pm during course sessions and outside of class.

àComplete and present an original autobiographical Who Are You: Your Family’s Story Project (Ethnic Roots)

àWork on Family story and I AM FROM poem as part of WHO ARE YOU project involving writing, editing, reading, and storytelling culminating in an AUTHOR’S CHAIR. P (1,2,4,5)

àRead, reflect, discuss and Present course text chapter content and issues with peers and guest visitors. P (1-7)

àParticipate in whole, group and individual classroom activities/projects:

                àà FACILITATE Book Talks (Literature Circles) in discussing issues and text chapter content. P (1-7)

àWriting Group conferences will be regularly held to share, edit, revise and refine family stories and writing pieces.I (4-7)

àParticipate in Midterm & Final conferences. Midterm and Final Assessments will be posted on your webpages. I (4-7)

àConduct Case study research of student at ENLACE, maintaining observations, anecdotal notes, reflections, background interviews

àExplore IRIS Moodules P( 2-6)

àMaintain your webpage regularly updating and posting consistently in timely manner throughout semester. I(4-7)

àParticipate by creating and maintaining website for National Day on Writing October 20 http://www.ncte.org/DAYONWRITING

àConduct research for Student Ethnography (Case Study)

·        Choose a student (other than family member or relative) and get to know student on many levels (ENLACE tutee)

·        Gather, Organize, and Synthesize data:

1.       Student, parent, family, teacher interviews

2.       Student documents-writing, articles, photos, assignments, etc.

3.       Anecdotal notes

4.       Reflections

5.       Emerging Themes

  • Each student will need a returned permission form (provided by instructor) signed by both student and parents before conducting research.

As a researcher your goal will be to try to see and perceive the world through the student’s eyes and experiences. Your anecdotal notes and journaling will guide you to identify themes, events, situations, people that motivate, challenge, inspire this child.

  • Your final narrative will include:

            àProfile of Student Background

            àAcademic History in Reading/Writing, etc.

            àTHEMES: students who have differences in communication styles across cultures causing misunderstandings; do not seem to participate; how communication takes place; how students communicate with each other; effective use of teaching techniques and teaching models, etc.

            à   Assertions/Interpretations (Your own interpretations)

  • Researcher’s Chair: Presentation of Case Study at end of semester

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Evaluation

                Midterm and final individual conferences will be held.  Means of interpreting and assessing student achievement will involve Course Strands and Dimensions of Learning.

                    (INCOMPLETE GRADES WILL BE CONSIDERED ONLY IN EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES.)

A

Exemplary completion of all Learning Invitations with adherence to all timelines. Evidence of significant development across the five dimensions of learning and course strands.

B

Satisfactory completion of all Learning Invitations. Evidence of acceptable development across the five dimensions of learning and course strands.

 

Attendance Policy

Attendance is required for each class session. Arrive on time to allow classes to begin (and end) at their scheduled times.  Attendance is a crucial and considered your professional responsibility.  Communication with instructor via email, phone or in person is considered proper professional and respectful etiquette. Lateness and leaving early are considered serious interferences with your progress in this class. Thus, you should come to all classes well prepared to assume an active and thoughtful role in the scheduled activities by having read all required readings and completed all class assignments. Attending all classes is for your benefit to fully experience and appreciate the world of children's literature. And further more, we will miss you and your contributions during our time together.

 

Please rearrange work and appointment schedules so that you can attend each session.

If you are absent more than two times this semester, you can be dropped from the course.

“The reporting of absences does not relieve the student of responsibility for missed assignment, 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 responsible and respectful to contact instructor or leave message with Dawn in the UNM office if you are going to be late or absent from class. It is also your responsibility to check in with the instructor and consult with a class peer after the missed class for all makes up work.

 

Silence cell phones out of respect for all learners.

We will observe European etiquette of cell phone use (including texting). Cell phones should be turned off during class to avoid disrupting the   flow of communication & learning for colleagues. Please take care of phone calls before or after class. If you are expecting a necessary call during seminar, please inform instructor before session.

Peter Post of the Emily Post Institute and author of The Etiquette Advantage in Business highlights the tenets of good cell phone etiquette in public settings:

  • If your cell may be bothersome to those around you, do not use it
  • Put your cell on vibrate or turn it off as a courtesy to others
  • If you are expecting a critical phone call, inform instructor prior to seminar
  • If your cell phone does go off, quickly open and close it.
  • Above all, in encouraging an optimum learning environment we all contribute to being considerate, respectful and honest of ourselves and others.

Source: Wollman, D. (2008). Expert: cell phone etiquette 101. Retrieved August 14, 2008. Available at

http://blog.laptopmag.com/expert-cell-phone-etiquette-101

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Accommodation Statement

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for a reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you have a disability requiring accommodation, please contact the instructor as soon as possible to make arrangements.

 

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.

 

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 Education’s Vision, Mission and Conceptual Framework.  I encourage you to learn about and spend some time thinking about the College of Education’s Vision and Mission Statements. 

 

LLSS 593       FALL 2009

Tentative Course Schedule

AUGUST/SEPTEMBER

“Know from whence you came. If you know whence you came, there is really no limit to where you can go.” James Baldwin

 

Introduction: Culture (Customs, Beliefs, Language), WHO ARE YOU? I Am From Poem & Nacirema

21st Century skills at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XMa91uf-so&NR=1

Instructor Philosophy

ENLACE visit- Reflections post to blog at http://unm-farmington.tripod.com/315

 

Articles & Course TEXT: PART I Historical Perspective and Landmark Studies – read three essays and write a reflection of each & post to your webpage (Vocabulary)         

 

DOWNLOAD Course Syllabus from http://unm-farmington.tripod.com/315

Class Collection Index at http://fvitali.tripod.com/315f09.html

 

(August 31) SJC SMART LAB Computer Lab-Set up webpage sections & Email your tripod webpage URL to me at fvitali@unm.edu

Create webpages to maintain throughout semester as your intellectual property

IRIS MODULES: Interact with the Challenge, Initial Thoughts, and selected Perspectives and Resources. In our sessions together we will dialogue Assessment & Wrap-up

Invited GuestENLACE, Flo Trujillo @FPL, Laura McClenny, FMS Bilingual Programs, Vicki Bruno, Kathy Hurst, Dr. Katherine Manuelito, San Juan Media Services-Kathy Hurst, Valeria Lee-Apache, Genevieve Jack- Animas or Salina Bookshelf Publishers, Michelle Picotte, Evon Rhodes

Webpage entries: WHO AM I Project presentation: I AM FROM poem draft

           

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER

“You can’t understand the world without telling a story. There isn’t any center to the world but a story.” Gerald Vizenor

 

Our place in the community at_____________________

ENLACE PRACTICUM: 5-6pm

 

IRIS MODULES: Interact with the Challenge, Initial Thoughts, and selected Perspectives and Resources. In our sessions together we will dialogue Assessment & Wrap-up

Articles & Course TEXT: PART I Historical Perspective and Landmark Studies – read three essays and write a reflection of each & post to your webpage (Vocabulary)

 

Literature Circles-Harvey Daniels

Webpage entries: Practicum observations/reflections, family story draft, storytelling festival reflections

WHO ARE YOU Family Story/I AM POEM  Writing & Writing Workshop

STORYTELLING FESTIVAL (October 8-10) – attend as volunteer or audience member

Invited Guest – ENLACE, Flo Trujillo @FPL, Laura McClenny, FMS Bilingual Programs, Vicki Bruno, Kathy Hurst, Dr. Katherine Manuelito, San Juan Media Services-Kathy Hurst, Valeria Lee-Apache, Genevieve Jack- Animas, Salina Bookshelf Publishers, Michelle Picotte

STORTYTELLING FESTIVAL, Oct. 8-10              

 

OCTOBER/NOVEMBER

One of the great challenges facing multicultural education today is the widening gap between its conceptualization as a redistribution of power and privilege in all aspects of schools and schooling and the practice of well-meaning, left-leaning educators who implement it in ways that recycle, rather than overturn, systemic power imbalances.” Christine Sleeter (Source: Culture, Difference & Power by Christine Sleeter at http://www.edchange.org/multicultural/reviews/cd-sleeter.html)

Our place in the community at_____________________

ENLACE PRACTICUM: 5-6pm

 

October 5 Midterm Conferences (complete your written five dimensions midterm summary and evaluation and post to your webpage)

Articles & TEXT: PART II: PART II: Talk in Schools – read three essays and write a reflection of each & post to your webpage (Vocabulary)

 

IRIS MODULES: Interact with the Challenge, Initial Thoughts, and selected Perspectives and Resources. In our sessions together we will dialogue Assessment & Wrap-up

Webpage entries: Family story draft & final draft | Essay reflections, Practicum observations/reflections | Case study

WHO ARE YOU Family Story/I AM POEM  Writing & Writing Workshop

Invited GuestENLACE, Flo Trujillo @FPL, Laura McClenny, FMS Bilingual Programs, Vicki Bruno, Kathy Hurst, Dr. Katherine Manuelito, San Juan Media Services-Kathy Hurst, Valeria Lee-Apache, Genevieve Jack- Animas or Salina Bookshelf Publishers

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER

As teachers, we have daily opportunities to affirm that our students’ lives and language are unique and important. We do that in the selections of literature we read, in the history we choose to teach, and we do it by giving legitimacy to our student’s lives as a content worthy of study.” May students continue to draw from their own stories in making sense of and connecting to their own learning” (Christensen, 2000. p. 103).

Christensen, L. (2000). Reading, writing, and rising up: Teaching about social justice and the power of the written word. Milwaukee, WI: Rethinking Schools,

 

Our place in the community at_____________________

ENLACE PRACTICUM: 5-6pm

 

IRIS MODULES: Interact with the Challenge, Initial Thoughts, and selected Perspectives and Resources. In our sessions together we will dialogue Assessment & Wrap-up

Articles & TEXT: PART III: Sociocultural and Personal Perspectives – read three essays and write a reflection of each & post to your webpage (Vocabulary)

RESEARCHER’S CHAIR : Case Study Presentation and posted to webpage - NOVEMBER 16 & 30

WHO ARE YOU Family Story/I AM POEM  Writing & Writing Workshop – November 16 & 30 posted to webpage

Web Page Presentations (Nov. 16 & 30)

Final Conferences (complete your written five dimensions final summary and evaluation and post to your webpage)

Invited GuestENLACE, Flo Trujillo @FPL, Laura McClenny, FMS Bilingual Programs, Vicki Bruno, Kathy Hurst, Dr. Katherine Manuelito, San Juan Media Services-Kathy Hurst, Valeria Lee-Apache, Genevieve Jack- Animas or Salina Bookshelf Publishers

Final Exam, optional, as needed (Dec. 7 or 14)

 

A.       LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT

(1)Teachers of English language arts shall: demonstrate knowledge that growth in language maturity is a developmental process.

1(a) Elementary language teachers shall understand developmental theories and processes by which children acquire, understand and use language from infancy through childhood.

(3) will demonstrate knowledge that speaking, reading, writing, listening and thinking are interrelated.

Understandings

B.       COMPOSING & ANALYZING LANGUAGE

(2) Teachers of English language arts shall: understand the importance of rich oral language experiences in early grades and how those experiences can lead to writing skills.

(4) All language arts teachers shall understand the importance of learning about practicing various aspects of composing processes. (prewriting,writing,revising,editing,evaluating) in order to achieve the knowledge rewuired to teach those processes well.

Understandings & Practices

C.       READING & LITERATURE

2(c) All language arts teachers shall be able to teach students to ask questions that elicit both oral and written responses at a variety of levels.

4(g) All language arts teachers shall draw upon literature in many genres from many historical periods, and of varying degrees of complexity in order to develop and elicit critical insights from their students.

Understandings & Practices

D.       NONPRINT MEDIA

(3) All language arts teachers shall be familiar with aspects of electronic media-internet, word processing, CD-RPM and other relevant media to be able to effectively teach through the use of both verbal and visual media.

Understandings & Practices

E.        EVALUATION

(1)Teachers of English language arts shall demonstrate knowledge of evaluative techniques to be used to describe a student’s progress in English.

(a) All language arts teachers shall demonstrate competence in applying a number of evaluative techniques, including individual conferences, for determining and reporting student progress.

(c) All language arts teachers shall be proficient at ”student watching” and other informal ways of describing student progress in all language processes.

2(b) All language arts teachers shall be able to select the most appropriate formal and informal ways to assess or evaluate growth in oral and written language and reading skills.

Understandings & Practices

F.        RESEARCH

(2)(iv) All language arts teachers shall that students of diverse cultures interpret written and oral language in different ways.

Understandings & Practices

G.       PEDAGOGY

(1) Teachers of English language arts are able to effectively deliver instruction using a variety of approaches.

(2) Teachers of English language arts shall understand that the classroom is composed of students with varied needs such as physical disabilities, learning disabilities, limited English proficiency, and cultural diversity.

(b) All language arts teachers need to be aware of varied students needs and how to modify and implement instruction for diverse learners.

(c) All language arts teachers need to be aware of strategies for helping students be sensitive to and understanding of each other’s learning and social needs.

(3) Teachers of English language arts shall understand that the educational process includes families, and the social and economic communities.

Understandings, Practices & Professional Identity

 

Course Strands and Dimensions of Learning

as correlated with UNM Conceptual Framework (Understanding, Practice, Professional Identity)

 

Means of interpreting and assessing student achievement will involve Course Strands and Dimensions of Learning.

 

Course Strands

1. communication   2. research/content  3.  technology, and  4. collaboration

components describing your development as readers, writers, storytellers and users of technology.

 

Five Dimensions of Learning

 

1. Confidence and Independence (Understanding)
Confidence and independence in your own reading, writing, and thinking abilities. We see growth and development when learners' confidence and independence become coordinated with their actual abilities and skills, content knowledge, use of experience, and reflectiveness about their own learning. The overconfident student learns to ask for help when facing an obstacle; the shy student begins to trust her own abilities and begins to work alone at times, or to insist on presenting her own point of view in discussion. In both cases, students develop along the dimension of confidence and independence.

2. Skills and Strategies (Practice)
Specific skills and strategies involved in composing and communicating effectively, from concept to organization to polishing grammar and correctness, and including technological skills for computer communication and adherence to APA style. Skills and strategies represent the "know-how" aspect of learning. When we speak of "performance" or "mastery," we generally mean that learners have developed skills and strategies to function successfully in certain situations. In this course, it will be communicating as practicum educators in wrapping your own ideas and questions around what educating linguistically diverse children means and how as professionals we can meet their diverse needs of the students with whom you are working.

3. Knowledge Content (Understanding)
Knowledge content refer to the "content" knowledge you gained about this course, your experiences, and communication technologies for expression. Knowledge and understanding is the most familiar dimension, focusing on the "know-what" aspect of learning. What do I know about this content and how can I extend my learning on different levels? What have I learned about nurturing diverse learners?

4. Use of Prior and Emerging Experience (Understanding)
The use of prior and emerging experience involves the ability to draw on your own experience and connect it to your work. A crucial but often unrecognized dimension of learning is the ability to make use of prior experience as well as emerging experience in new situations. It is necessary to observe learners over a period of time while they engage in a variety of activities in order to account for the development of this important capability, which is at the heart of creative thinking and its application. In focusing, reflecting and designing our own research proposal and agenda, our prior experience might be tapped to help scaffold new understandings, or consider how ongoing experience shapes the content knowledge or skills and strategies we are developing.

5. Critical Reflection (Understanding, Practice, Professional Identity)
Reflection refers to your developing awareness of our own learning process, as well as more analytical approaches to reading, writing, and communication. When we speak of reflection as a crucial component of learning, we are not using the term in its commonsense meaning of reverie or abstract introspection. We are referring to the development of your ability to step back and consider a situation critically and analytically, with growing insight into your own learning processes as a kind of metacognition. Have I explored my own personal biases and prejudices, aware of cultural stereotypes and cultural and linguistic sensitivities?

It is important that you are made aware of the course strands and the five dimensions of learning because the ownership of your learning in relation to this course content is a focus of your assessment and evaluation. This evaluative process provides a framework with which you can evaluate your own growth. As learners, you are measuring your own learning given the strands and dimensions, considering them in relation to your prior learning. In assessing your progress, you will provide a midterm and final reflection which will be posted on your webpage. See Guideline below:

LLSS 315/593    EVALUATION & ASSESSMENT GUIDELINE

 

 

PROVIDE WRITTEN MIDTERM & FINAL SUMMARIES AND EVALUATIONS at Individual CONFERENCES as well as downloading to your webpage.

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Due October 5 – post to your webpage

Midterm Summary

Summary interpretation of observations and evidence in terms of the four major strands of work and the five dimensions of learning.

1.      Four major strands of work: communication, research, technology, and collaboration

2.      Five dimensions of learning:

  • confidence and independence
  • knowledge content
  • skills and strategies
  • use of prior and emerging experience
  • reflectiveness (critical awareness)

 

Midterm evaluation

  • Estimated evaluation in terms of grade
  • Suggestions for your own further development during remainder of semester
  • Suggestions for class activities or for the professor to better support learning

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Due November 30-December 7 – post to your webpage

Final Summary

Summary interpretation of observations and evidence covering the whole semester in terms of the four major strands of work and the five dimensions of learning. Be sure to connect your interpretations with specific examples included in the observations and samples of work.

 

1.      Four major strands of work: communication, research, technology, and collaboration

2.      Five dimensions of learning:

  • confidence and independence
  • knowledge content
  • skills and strategies
  • use of prior and emerging experience
  • reflectiveness (critical awareness)

 

Final evaluation

  • Reflections on semester's learning experience
  • Any suggestions for the professor for future classes
  • Estimated evaluation in terms of grade

 

 


CHECKLIST OF LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

LLSS 593 EDUCATING LINGUISTICALLY DIVERSE STUDENTS  FALL 2009

Activities/Topics

Format

Due

Completed  

Download Syllabus available on Course Blog

 

http://unm-farmington.tripod.com/315

August  31

 

Individual Webpage for LLSS 315

Index at http://fvitali.tripod.com/315f09.html

August 31-Dec. 7

 

Community Connections

 

Arrange for our class to meet at a designated place in the community

weekly

 

Session Scribe & Writing Prompt

COURSE BLOG

http://unm-farmington.tripod.com/315

As scheduled throughout semester

 

IRIS MODULES

(See course blog)

Challenge, Initial Thoughts, and selected, Perspectives and Resources Assessment

& Wrap-up

Weekly

 

WHO AM I: Family History

1. storytelling-Family story & I am from poem

2. writing and conferencing

Ongoing sessions throughout semester

 

 

November 16 & 30

  AUTHOR’S CHAIR

 

 

Course TEXT PART I: 3 readings

Case Study Introduction

 

synthesize, dialogue, reflect and add to webpage

 

August/September

 

 

Course TEXT PART I: 3  readings

Case Study: Phase I

synthesize, dialogue, reflect and add to webpage

September/October

 

Course TEXT PART II: 3  readings

Case Study: Phase II

synthesize, dialogue, reflect and add to webpage

October/November

 

Course TEXT PART III: 3  readings

Case Study: Phase III

synthesize, dialogue, reflect and add to webpage

 

October/November

 

 

CASE STUDY PRESENTATION

Present Case Study on webpage and orally

AUTHOR’S CHAIR

November 16 & 30

 

 

STORYTELLING FESTIVAL  October 8-10

 

Reflection on Your webpage

October 10

 

 

ENLACE practicum

Reflection on Your webpage

Weekly throughout semester

 

Webpage sections: WHO ARE YOU Project-IAM From Poem & Family story | CASE STUDY |  Guests | Text Readings | IRIS Modules | Case Study | Midterm Reflection | Final Reflection | Course Reflection | STORYTELLING FESTIVAL | Invited Guests | Community Visits | ENLACE tutoring | National Day on Writing

Your Webpage (free webhost on Tripod.com)

Link LLSS 315 to your other tripod pages

Index at http://fvitali.tripod.com/315f09.html

Email your webpage address to fvitali@unm.edu

Webpage presentations on Nov. 16 & 30

Create Sept. 4 & maintain throughout semester.

 

Email webpage address to

fvitali@unm.edu

 

Guest Reflections

Reflection on Your webpage

Due week following each presentation

 

Articles & Videos

Literature Circles & Video

Order books online-amazon.com

Sept.-November

 

WHO ARE YOU: Family History, I am From poem, Family story Presentation

 

Process Writing-drafts/writing/performance

Researcher’s Chair

November 16 & 30

 

Midterm semester Course reflections

Your Webpage

October 5

 

Final  semester Course reflections

(add to your digital professional portfolio)

 

Your webpage

Nov. 30

 

 

National Day on Writing October 20 http://www.ncte.org/DAYONWRITING

Create and maintain website for community

October 20