my class for preservice elementary teachers my goal is to
give new teachers tools for making decisions for teaching
literacy based on knowledge of their students and knowledge
of pedagogical strategies for teaching literacy. At the same
time that they become teachers of literacy, my hope is that
students begin to think of themselves as readers and writers.
Drawing on the materials of secondary English teacher Yvonne
Divans Hutchinson's "A
Friend of Their Minds,"
introduced the idea of building community through reading
andf8 writing on the first day of class. From the first day
we began with a discussion about how to build our own literacy
community where we are known through our reading and writing,
at the same time that we discuss how to create a community
that includes safety and risk in elementary classrooms. This
website illustrates key aspects of this learning across various
dimensions including a story of one semester represented
by a timeline.