Resources to explore on delicious stacks:
Choose one or more of the resources in a stack, go to one or more of the stacks that interest you. Science is Amazing Writing Inspirations Everywhere We Look is Math Freedom Riders and Freedom Writers: Civil Rights

Book Choices:
  • Teach Like Your Hair’s On Fire: The Methods and Madness Inside Room 56. Rafe Esquith, Penguin Books, 2007.

  • Between Parent and Child: Updated and Revised. Dr. Haim G. Ginott. Random House, 2003.

  • Wally's Stories: Conversations in the Kindergarten. Vivien Gussin Paley. Harvard College 1981.

  • The Book of Learning and Forgetting. Frank Smith. Teachers College Press, 1998.

  • The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them. Zlata Filipovic. Broadway, 1999.

  • Stupidity and Tears: Teaching and Learning in Troubled Times. Herbert Kohl. The New Press, 2005.

  • Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America. Paul Tough. Mariner Books, 2009.

  • What Video Games Have To Teach Us about Learning and Literacy. James Paul Gee. Palgrave, 2003.

  • Radical Equations: Math Literacy and Civil Rights. Robert P, Moses & Charles E. Cobb, Jr. Beacon Press, 2001.

  • “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” and Other Conversations about Race. Beverly Daniel Tatum. Basic Books, 1997.

  • Why Don’t Students Like School: A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions about How the Mind Works and What It Means for the Classroom. Daniel T. Willingham, Jossey-Bass, 2010.

  • The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates. Wes Moore, Spiegel & Grau, 2010.

  • The Body Project: An Intimate History of American Girls. Joan Jacobs Brumberg. Vintage, 1998.

  • How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk. Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish, Harper, 1999 and either Between Parent and Child. Haim Ginott (revised edition), Three Rivers Press, 2003 or Teacher and Child: A Book for Parents and Teachers. Haim Ginott, Scribner, 1975.

  • Race in the Schoolyard: Negotiating the Color Line in Classrooms and Communities. Amanda E. Lewis, Rutgers University Press, 2003.

Twelfth and Final Reading Assignment due 12/07/10
Read (and/or hear) all of the resources on the page English Language Learning.

Twelfth and Final Writing Assignment due 12/07/10
Tutors who wrote this already are finished w/the assignment. Tutors who are teaching on Tuesday for the last class will email this assignment to Sharon by Monday, Dec.13.

Thank you for your planning and presentation to our course this semester as it is a major source of practicing teaching.
Please consider what you learned teaching your peers and reflect on the experience by writing about the following four topics:
Content: What did you learn about your topic that you did not know before doing this presentation?
Process: What did you learn about the act of teaching by presenting your topic more than once to different groups of students?
Methods: What did you learn about creating lessons for students by working with small groups to provide hands-on/minds-on experiences for your teaching and their learning?
Materials: What did you notice was the reaction of groups to including technology as part of your teaching?

Eleventh Reading Assignment due 11/30/10
Go to the page Special Education and read the following selections
  • Universal Design for Learning
  • Conceptual Models for Disability
  • Differentiated Instruction and the Nine Types of Adaptations chart
  • Models for Successful Inclusion

Eleventh Writing Assignment due 11/30/10
Think of the students you are tutoring and write a refelction paper that addresses the following questions:
  • What are some of the problems they are facing in school and how might Differentiated Instruction or Universal Design for Learning strategies help them to learn?
  • Have you seen any adaptations in use in your school from the chart Nine Types of Adaptations?
  • If you are aware of Special Education students in the school, are they fully included? Partially included? Not included?
  • How effectively do you think the prevailing teaching methods are working for both regular and special education students?

Tenth Reading Assignment due 11/30/10
Go the page Envisioning Multicultural Schools for an outline of the assignment.

Tenth Writing Assignment due 11/30/10

Answer the following questions after you finish your virtual visits to schools.

  • What school reform or educational change practices are advocated by the school?
  • What elements of the school do you believe will improve learning for students?
  • Would you choose to teach in the school you visited on the webquest? Why or why not?

Ninth Reading Assignment due 11/18/10
Go to this week's topic, Race and Racism and review the following selections:

Ninth Writing Assignment due 11/18/10
Write a two page reflection paper that addresses each of these questions from the Race and Racism page:
  • Do you see, hear, feel, or experience racism or discrimination on a daily basis? on an occasional basis? never?
  • Reflecting on your own ethnicity and heritage, what stereotypes are associated with your heritage or nationality?
  • What have teachers, mentors, or others done that have made an impression on you personally to demonstrate or promote understandings of diversity and multiculturalism and deconstruct racial stereotypes?
  • Which of the readings or links below taught you something or affected you in a way that you will remember for a long time?

Eighth Reading Assignment due 11/9/10
Read: Go to this week's topic, Gender Issues in Schools , to access these readings.
  • Impact of the Beauty Industry on the Self Image of Young Women
  • Where the Girls Are: Gender Equity Report
  • Girls' Gains Have Not Cost Boys
  • Putting the 'Boy Crisis' in Context

Eighth Writing Assignment due 11/9/10

Please answer the Site Discussion questions at the top the page Gender Issues in Schools.

Seventh Reading Assignment due 11/2/10
Wiki page How Students Experience School

  • The Importance of School Connectedness For Students

  • What to Look for in a Classroom

  • Did You Know?

This video is a remix of a Powerpoint presentation originally created by Karl Fisch, Scott McLeod, and Jeff Brenman on Powerpoint slides. The remix into a short video was intended to captivate an audience's attention which a Powerpoint presentation did not achieve.

Seventh Writing Assignment due either 11/2/10 or 11/9/10 as this assignment was posted so late in the week.
Please consider these questions in light of what you have chosen to major in, what you rejected or never considered as a major, and what you see yourself doing for a profession(s) in your lifetime of work.
  1. How has your view of yourself as a learner affected your school performance?
  2. How do your friends’ views of themselves as learners affect their school performance?
  3. How can you, the tutor, help students develop more positive beliefs about themselves as smart, capable learners who can succeed in school?
  4. Is there tracking of any sort that affects you as a student at the University, do you think?

Sixth Reading Assignment due 10/26/10
Wiki page Graduation Rates, School Dropouts and Achievement Gaps
  • Our summary of Ronald Ferguson's research on the Achievement Gap.
  • Math SAT Scores by race/ethnicity chart

Sixth Writing Assignment due 10/26/10
  1. Do Ronald Ferguson’s research findings and the SAT Math scores chart contradict your beliefs about the causes of achievement gaps? Explain why they do or why they do not.
  2. Ferguson’s findings indicate a key to changing the achievement gap is not homogeneous tracking, but modifying or changing teacher attitudes and practices with students. Do your educational experiences provide evidence of how teacher attitudes and behaviors can be key to producing successful learning for students?
  3. What teaching practices supporting academic achievement by all of your students do you, a future classroom teacher, plan to use ?

Fifth Reading Assignment due 10/19/10
Wiki Page LGBT Students
Read the following selections
  • 2007 National School Climate Study (review key findings)
  • 2001 Hostile Hallways report (read summary points on the wiki)
  • Take Action Against Bullying (review strategies)

Fifth Writing Assignment due 10/19/10
Write a one page reflection paper on how your elementary, middle or high school sought to address issues of school safety while providing support for LGBT students and families.
  • Did the school have anti-bullying policies?
  • Did teachers have a policy against the use of hateful language in class?
  • What other steps might have been taken to provide a safe learning environment for all students?

Fourth Reading Assignment due 10/5/10
Wiki page Tutoring Writing
Read the following selections
  • Writing and School Reform
  • Writing Process Fit for Young Readers
  • Student Attitudes Toward Writing
View these websites:
Press the drawer that says "Read". Then, without filling out search criteria, press the "Search Published Work" button. Read some of the work that students have published in this site.
If you have never accessed this source for learning about writing conventions, search for something that you are always wondering about and see what you learn.

Fourth Writing Assignment due 10/5/10
Writing has been characterized as the "Neglected R" in schools today. As you think about your own experiences with writing in school, write a two to three page reflection paper that addresses the following questions:
  • Why do many elementary, middle and high school students (particularly boys) struggle with writing in school?
  • How can teachers use the technology popular among children and adolescents (smartphones, social networking sites) to develop their students' talents as writers?
  • How do you intend to support students with their writing assignments in your current role as a tutor and your future role as a classroom teacher?

Third Reading Assignment due 9/28/10
Wiki page Tutoring Mathematics
  • Open the link below and scroll down the screen until you see Class Act and under that, The Algebra Project. In the box to the right, click Video. ADVANCE THE VIDEO PLAYER TO 12:30, and view a video about Dr. Moses's and the Algebra Project.

Third Writing Assignment due 9/28/10
Write a two to three page reflection paper that includes addresses each of the following questions:
  1. What do you think might happen to the math learning if all students who are not succeeding were able to participate in The Algebra Project? What do you think would occur if all students could participate in such a program?
  2. After reviewing "Reading Coaching for Math Word Problems" which of these strategies might have helped you with learning math and if any of these are strategies do you think you might use in your tutoring?
  3. What are you thinking about math and yourself as a math learner after reading, "Kids Master Mathematics When They Are Challenged But Supported"?
  4. What are you wondering about both in terms of tutoring math and of tutoring in general?

Second Reading Assignment due 09/21/10
Wiki page, Tutoring Reading.

Second Writing Assignment due 09/21/10
Write a paper in which you address the following questions:
  • Who reads?

  • What do you read throughout a day and a week?

  • What do you read on paper? on the computer? on a phone, iPod Touch, iPad?

  • What do you read that does not have words?

  • How did you learn to read print symbols?

  • What would you like to be able to read?

  • What strategies do you know to use to support the students you will be tutoring with reading?

First Assignment due 01/25/11

Read all of the information from TUTORING IN TEAMS and answer the discussion questions to prepare for discussion next class.

Please read Mulitple Intelligences and Mindsets:
In Class Discussion Questions at the top of the page inform your reading of the topics. Read these first.

First Writing Assignment due 09/14/10

Teachers and tutors are critical to student success. Write a 2 page paper in which you describe the characteristics of the person you consider to be one of the best teachers you have met in your life.

Answer these questions in your description:
How was this person different from others in motivating and supporting you to achieve successful learning?
Did this person affect your mindset in positive ways?
Did this person include in instructional methods strategies that apply to the theory of Multiple Intelligences?