In order to enhance the philosophy, purposes and assumptions within the M.A./M.Ed. Reading/ Storytelling Program curriculum the candidates, as accomplished practitioners, will know and be able to:
- commit to students and their learning by (1) recognizing differences among students and adjusting their practice accordingly; (2) taking into account how children develop when planning learning activities; and (3) fostering students' self-esteem, civic responsibility, and respect for one another.
- understand how knowledge in their subjects is created, organized, linked to other disciplines, and used in the real world by (1) using a repertoire of effective teaching methods to convey a subject to students; and (2) helping students learn by having them solve problems and make their own discoveries.
- manage and monitor student learning by (1) modifying their teaching methods and classroom environment to meet students' needs, and try new approaches when others fail; (2) knowing how and when to get students, colleagues, and classroom volunteers to assist them; (3) using varied assessment methods to evaluate individual students as well as the entire class; and (4) clearly explaining performance to parents.
- think systematically about their practice and learn from experience by (1) becoming lifelong learners who regularly seek advice from colleagues and others to strengthen their practice; (2) drawing upon education research - as well as their own classroom experience - to improve teaching; and (3) being enthusiastic for and committed to continued learning providing a compelling model for their students.
- reach beyond the classroom to work creatively and collaboratively with colleagues, parents, and the community by (1) striving with colleagues to improve school-wide curriculum and instruction, and bolstering the teaching of the entire faculty; (2) working with parents to promote student growth; and (3) taking advantage in the community of resources to enrich and supplement student learning.