Teaching High School English
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Are you interested in teaching English at the secondary school level? If so, this course is designed for you. We will cover three topics any aspiring teacher should be familiar with: (1) how to design new courses and construct effective syllabi; (2) how to lead engaging classroom discussions about challenging works of literature; and (3) how to grade and constructively comment on student writing. This course will emphasize practice over theory, and throughout the winter term, we will jump in and try our hands at all three of these fundamental teaching skills: each student will dream up and design the syllabi for two elective courses meant to appeal to high school students; lead one 30-minute mock classroom discussion on a poem or short story of his or her own choosing (with the other students “acting” as 10th or 11th graders); and practice commenting on and grading various samples of student writing. Near the end of the course, we will also touch upon some of the nuts and bolts of landing your first teaching position, including how to prepare a strong job application and how to ready yourself for an interview and on campus visit. There will be no singlefinal paper, but much writing and work will be required throughout:sample course descriptions and syllabi; written and mental preparation to lead a 30-minute classroom discussion; written comments on a number of sample student papers; and finally, various short written reflections on teaching which will be assigned throughout the course. Evaluation will be holistic, based on written work, discussion-leading performance, and overall effort and engagement.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 0
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be holistic, based on written work, discussion-leading performance, and overall effort and engagement
Extra Info: meeting time mornings
Prerequisites: none

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