Disciplinary Literacy as a Reader and as a Pre-Service Teacher

Self- Reflection & Pedagogical Content Knowledge | As ED255/452 explores literacies across the curriculum, I invite you to engage in both self-reflection about your lived experiences engaged in literacy practices and to further develop your pedagogical content knowledge of disciplinary literacy as a pre-service educator. Self-reflection is an attribute of professional practice. In this context, self-reflection is the process of constructing meaning by thinking about and interpreting the significance of your lived experiences as a reader. As well, this semester-long project affords you an opportunity to question, analyze and write about these experiences and to transform your beliefs and assumptions about reading and teaching into understanding and professional knowledge. 

Reading a Significant Book of Non-fiction | Whether in mathematics, science social studies or language arts, within the next week, please identify a significant book of non-fiction to read in your discipline. This book is to be read weekly and concurrently with the assigned readings in ED255. Perhaps you know just the book you want to read. Is there a book on your shelf that you have been waiting for the right moment to read? Maybe there is a book you are curious about included this semester in a course you are taking in your discipline. Consider discussing what book to read with a mentor or trusted professor in your discipline. Here is a new opportunity for you to read thoughtfully, reflectively and pedagogically.

Two Weekly Blog Entries | Please choose this book with care because each week, you are required to make two blog entries synthesizing readings from this book with readings assigned in ED255. In your first weekly entry, discuss your experiences as a reader of this book. In your second weekly entry, from the perspective of a pre-service teacher, discuss how you could draw on elements of disciplinary literacy (and other elements of your emerging pedagogical content knowledge) to design, teach and/or assess lessons, units of study and assignments featuring this book. You are always welcome to introduce additional readings, as you deem necessary.

Text-based or Multimodal | Through analysis, synthesis and self-flection, I invite you to research and produce a series of blog entries across the semester of yourself as a subject of disciplinary literacy. Your entries can be created in any form and with any media. On a weekly basis, the length of both blog entries together should approximate 750 words or the multimodal equivalent. And, from week to week, you are invited to explore possibilities with different media and to combine them in multimodal fashion.

Due Dates | Following or class on Tuesday evenings, blog entries are due every Thursday at midnight.