Teacher Inquiry

Responsive Teacher Inquiry and Innovation in Teaching ELA with Diverse Learners (NWP Radio)

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Guests: Jonathan Lovell, Mary Warner, Marie Milner, and Brandy Appling-Jenson

Summary: This NWP Radio Show looks at a preservice teacher program that focuses on teacher research as a way of inducting new teachers into the profession. The speakers discuss leading preservice teachers through an inquiry during their field experiences in culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms as a way to turn their attention to what they can learn from careful thinking and observation of students. The section specifically on teacher inquiry in writing begins at 21:11. Useful as a model for those designing teacher inquiry programs, as well as a thoughtful examination of how new teachers are socialized into the profession. Includes detailed discussion of inquiry processes and rubrics.

Original Date of Publication: September 12, 2013


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Duration: 56 minutes

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Steve Athanases of University of California at Davis, on the importance of implementing research and inquiry skills at the start of a teacher’s career:

“If preservice teachers can have inquiry become part of their repertoire early on, it can become internalized. They might not realize the toolkit they are developing that is going to be available for them to tap into. It’s an innovation in teacher preparation that can serve the teacher population effectively. It’s challenging and potentially really enriching.”

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Original Source: National Writing Project, http://www.nwp.org/cs/public/print/resource/4263

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