Theory Into Practice Wiki

(Acknowledgement: this assignment has been adapted from a Theory Into Practice assignment developed by Dr. Marg Iveson at the University of Alberta.)

The purpose of this wiki is to provide a location for students in Education 3601 (Language Arts) at the University of Lethbridge to collect and share professional resources related to the the teaching of English language arts at the primary, junior, intermediate, and senior divisions.

If you are visiting this wiki in the hopes of finding resources or ideas for your language arts classroom. The three pages that might best help you navigate the wiki are the selected topics page (which serves as an index of pages on this wiki).




Student Assignment:

Purpose

The goal of this assignment is to introduce you to relevant academic and professional literature related to the teaching of English language arts at the primary, junior, intermediate, and senior divisions. Through your engagement with this literature it is expected that you will develop and represent your awareness of current issues, approaches, and discourses in English education.

Activity

Research one of the suggested topics listed on the selected topics page (selection sheets will be provided in class to minimize overlap between chosen topics). Find at least five articles, book chapters, web-based resources in current journals, or on reputed websites. Based on your research, develop a wiki page that both highlights relevant theory in English language arts education, and that demonstrates how that theory can be translated into practice.

Content and Format

Think about your wiki page as a quick professional resource. Your emphasis should be on developing a page that is practically oriented (while being theoretically grounded), easy to navigate, and visually appealing. Content should equal approximately three pages of formatted text.

You should think of your colleagues as your primary audience for your wiki.

Content should include a mix of the following: theoretical frameworks, teaching ideas, mini lessons, teacher resources (e.g. lists of appropriate films, texts, websites), assessment ideas.
When self-assessing your wiki, your primary questions should be, "Would this wiki page be useful to my colleagues? Is this a page I would turn to if I was looking at short notice to plan a lesson or two on my topic?"

Timelines

Draft wikis should be posted to the site by January 26th. Final drafts must be posted by February 9th. Peer review/feedback of drafts will take place during the January 26th class.

Exemplars

Examples of wiki pages completed by students at the University of Ottawa can be found at: Classroom Assessment Wiki or Literacy Wiki