elementary ed and English depts.

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  1. Okieteacher

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    Jan 9, 2005

    Hi All,
    I'm in somewhat of a unique situation, and was hoping for some feedback. My BS is in elementary ed, and my MA in English. I'm currently working on a DA in English and proposing that I take the 12 required interdisciplinary hrs in literacy. My thought was that this would build on my 11 yrs elementary experience, and combine it with my college level teaching experience. I'm hoping this combination will make me marketable to elem. ed depts at colleges and universities as well as English depts. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
     
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  3. Maxine

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    Jan 22, 2005

    Okieteacher,
    Have you actually taught in a classroom of your own? It is difficult to become inspired by a professor who is mostly theory. While earning teacher certification and now a Master's in Teaching at the U. of Massachusetts - Dartmouth, I have found that the profs were not only well-read and up-to-date, but they had plenty of experience to back up what they were teaching us to do in our own classrooms. Most often, especially in core curriculum courses, they taught us with the same methods they were promoting in the content. Effective communication is based on understanding and emotion. As we have been taught, experience is the best teacher.
     
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    Jan 22, 2005

    Maxine,

    I see you're from Mass. I live about 5 mins from UMASS Dartmouth and I am doing my student teaching in Fall River this semester. It's not very often I find people from our area on this forum!
    Sorry this is off topic! :)
     

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