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Language Arts, Vol. 82, No. 3, January 2005

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Table of Contents

Issue Theme: Teaching in the Cracks

  • Thoughts from the Editors

    Jean Schroeder, Kathy Short, Gloria Kauffman, Sandy Kaser

    Abstract: Abstract for this article is currently not available.

    Keywords: Elementary

  • Missing the Children: When Politics and Programs Impede Our Teaching

    Katherine Bomer

    Abstract: A teacher reflects on the ways in which high stakes testing affected her ability to teach children. Her first few years of teaching were challenging as she worked to reach for rigorous curriculum, meet the needs of all learners, and construct ways to communicate with parents and the school community.

    Keywords: Assessment, Literacy, Pedagogy, Elementary

  • One Teacher's Resistance to the Pressures of Test Mentality

    Caitlin McMunn Dooley

    Abstract: The emphasis on testing in Texas public schools has shaped literacy instruction in many classrooms. This article details how one Special Education teacher resists this testing mentality. She refuses to use the multiple-choice practice tests and prescribed programs that dominate the classrooms of many other teachers in her school; instead, she endorses authentic assessments and informed individualized instruction as a way to engage her students in the world of reading and writing.

    Keywords: Assessment, Literacy, Elementary

  • The Second Class: Providing Space in the Margins

    Gerald Campano

    Abstract: A teacher researcher reflects on a student's migrant narrative in order to illustrate the challenges and possibilities of developing literacy curricula sensitive to the life experiences and cultural identities of children in an educational climate of standardization and high-stakes testing. He conceptualizes a "second class" that occurs during the margins and in-between periods of the school day, an alternative pedagogical space where teachers potentially reconcile bureaucratic demands with the individual needs and capacities of diverse students.

    Keywords: Diversity, Literacy, Pedagogy, Elementary

  • Telling Our Stories: Speaking Truth to Power

    Sue Novinger and Catherine Compton-Lilly

    Abstract: Discourses that serve and silence inhabit the stories that we tell about teaching and learning. In this article, a teacher educator and a classroom teacher reflect on the ways dominant and alternative discourses about reading instruction and high stakes testing intersect with their respective roles as grandparent and teacher. Their stories reveal points of tension and possible change when these stories challenge dominant ways of understanding learning to read and assessing students.

    Keywords: Assessment, Literacy, Pedagogy, Elementary

  • Basal Readers and Reading as Socialization: What Are Children Learning?

    Nancy L. Jordan

    Abstract: This manuscript analyzes the content of the texts that were used for reading instruction in second-grade classrooms at two urban sites—one that used Open Court and the other that used Direct Instruction. Even though the practices and the texts differ, the teaching of literacy and literacy itself became part of the social practices that seem to leave working class children disadvantaged in the institutional world of schooling and in lifetime opportunities for employment.

    Keywords: Literacy, Pedagogy, Elementary

  • Necessary and Irreconcilable Differences: Paradigms within the Field of Reading

    Sharon Ruth Gill

    Abstract: This commentary uses Thomas Kuhn’s work to provide a new perspective on the “Reading Wars,” one which suggest that disagreements within the field of reading are “both necessary and irreconcilable” and need not be ignored or glossed over in a search for “common ground.” Rival paradigms represent incommensurable ways of seeing the world, differing in beliefs about what reading is and what counts as evidence. Masking differences behind terms like "balanced,"or "comprehensive," or some other new label, invites an abandonment of theory.

    Keywords: Literacy, Elementary

  • Reading Corner for Educators: Teaching Literacy in the Cracks

    Linda Leonard Lamme, Danling Fu, Zhihui Fang, and Jennifer Graff

    Abstract: Abstract for this article is currently not available.

    Keywords: Elementary

  • Reading Corner for Children: Children's Books to Slip between the Cracks

    Lester L. Laminack and Barbara H. Bell

    Abstract: Abstract for this article is currently not available.

    Keywords: Elementary

  • PROFILE: "Speaking Up" with Janet Wong

    Terrell A. Young and Sylvia M. Vardell

    Abstract: Abstract for this article is currently not available.

    Keywords: Elementary

  • SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING ON TEACHING AS A SOCIOPOLITICAL ACT

    Louise B. Jennings, Tasha Laman, Susi Long, and Diane Stephens

    Abstract: Abstract for this article is currently not available.

    Keywords: Elementary

  • Call for Manuscripts - Language Arts - January 2005

    Abstract: Abstract for this article is currently not available.

    Keywords: Elementary

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