Intended Audience = Iowa City Community School District, Kirkwood Elementary School teachers. Please contact instructor if you are not a Kirkwood Elementary Teacher but are still interested in joining.
This course merges research and theories of home literacies and family cultures with current methodologies of teaching reading and writing. Teachers will consider points of entry between home and school literacies, exploring what counts as literacy in the current classroom and expanding on those definitions. Using Moll’s (2005) Funds of Knowledge theory that builds on family practices, teachers in the course will conduct family visits to develop a practical classroom literacy unit based on that family’s funds of knowledge.
August 13 and August 16, 8:00 a.m -12:00p.m. in person:
Presentations on research about family literacy practices and how to observe and interview to identify them.
On fieldwork exercises (to learn how to look for literacy practices)
September 13, October 18, 3:45-5:45:
Videos, lectures, and readings on family-school connections each week.
4 home/family visits and posting online in discussions
November 9, 3:45-5:45 :
On application to the classroom
Work on literacy lesson plans to apply family practices to the classroom environment
* All materials will be provided by the instructor.
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