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Language Arts, Vol. 83, No. 5, May 2006

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Table of Contents

Issue Theme: Visions of Possibility for Literacy

  • THOUGHTS FROM THE EDITORS

    Kathy G. Short, Jean Schroeder, Gloria Kauffman, and Sandy Kaser

    Abstract: Abstract for this article is currently not available.

    Keywords: Elementary

  • Our Visions of Posibility for Literacy: Sustaining the Vision

    Tim O'Keefe

    Abstract: Tim O’Keefe, Rise Reinier and Kevin Gallagher, Bruce Morgan, Julia López-Robertson, Donna Santman, JoAnn Wong-Kam, Sharon Hill, and Linda Christensen provide short essays describing their personal visions of possibility about literacy and how they maintain that passion and vision. Across a range of contexts, they reflect on the ways in which their work with children and teachers connect to larger issues of literacy, language, inquiry, voice, and social justice.

    Keywords: Elementary, Literacy, Pedagogy

  • Our Visions of Possibility for Literacy: Creating the World Where We Want to Live

    Risë Reinier and Kevin Gallagher

    Abstract: Tim O’Keefe, Rise Reinier and Kevin Gallagher, Bruce Morgan, Julia López-Robertson, Donna Santman, JoAnn Wong-Kam, Sharon Hill, and Linda Christensen provide short essays describing their personal visions of possibility about literacy and how they maintain that passion and vision. Across a range of contexts, they reflect on the ways in which their work with children and teachers connect to larger issues of literacy, language, inquiry, voice, and social justice.

    Keywords: Elementary, Literacy, Pedagogy

  • Our Visions of Possibility for Literacy: Visions of Possibility: Of Mice, Mealworms, and Men

    Bruce Morgan

    Abstract: Tim O’Keefe, Rise Reinier and Kevin Gallagher, Bruce Morgan, Julia López-Robertson, Donna Santman, JoAnn Wong-Kam, Sharon Hill, and Linda Christensen provide short essays describing their personal visions of possibility about literacy and how they maintain that passion and vision. Across a range of contexts, they reflect on the ways in which their work with children and teachers connect to larger issues of literacy, language, inquiry, voice, and social justice.

    Keywords: Elementary, Literacy, Pedagogy

  • Our Visions of Possibility for Literacy: The Making of a Bilingual Educator

    Julia López-Robertson

    Abstract: Tim O’Keefe, Rise Reinier and Kevin Gallagher, Bruce Morgan, Julia López-Robertson, Donna Santman, JoAnn Wong-Kam, Sharon Hill, and Linda Christensen provide short essays describing their personal visions of possibility about literacy and how they maintain that passion and vision. Across a range of contexts, they reflect on the ways in which their work with children and teachers connect to larger issues of literacy, language, inquiry, voice, and social justice.

    Keywords: Elementary, Diversity, Literacy, Pedagogy

  • Our Visions of Possibility for Literacy: The Values of Literacy

    Donna Santman

    Abstract: Tim O’Keefe, Rise Reinier and Kevin Gallagher, Bruce Morgan, Julia López-Robertson, Donna Santman, JoAnn Wong-Kam, Sharon Hill, and Linda Christensen provide short essays describing their personal visions of possibility about literacy and how they maintain that passion and vision. Across a range of contexts, they reflect on the ways in which their work with children and teachers connect to larger issues of literacy, language, inquiry, voice, and social justice.

    Keywords: Elementary, Literacy, Pedagogy

  • Our Visions of Possibility for Literacy: Sharing Responsibility for Assessment with Students

    JoAnn Wong-Kam

    Abstract: Tim O’Keefe, Rise Reinier and Kevin Gallagher, Bruce Morgan, Julia López-Robertson, Donna Santman, JoAnn Wong-Kam, Sharon Hill, and Linda Christensen provide short essays describing their personal visions of possibility about literacy and how they maintain that passion and vision. Across a range of contexts, they reflect on the ways in which their work with children and teachers connect to larger issues of literacy, language, inquiry, voice, and social justice.

    Keywords: Elementary, Assessment, Pedagogy

  • Our Visions of Possibility for Literacy: Keeping the Passion: What Really Matters

    Sharon Hill

    Abstract: Tim O’Keefe, Rise Reinier and Kevin Gallagher, Bruce Morgan, Julia López-Robertson, Donna Santman, JoAnn Wong-Kam, Sharon Hill, and Linda Christensen provide short essays describing their personal visions of possibility about literacy and how they maintain that passion and vision. Across a range of contexts, they reflect on the ways in which their work with children and teachers connect to larger issues of literacy, language, inquiry, voice, and social justice.

    Keywords: Elementary, Administration, Literacy, Pedagogy

  • Our Visions of Possibility for Literacy: Keeping a Social Justice Vision in the Land of Scripted Literacy

    Linda Christensen

    Abstract: Linda Christensen, et al., provides short essays describing their personal visions of possibility about literacy and how they maintain that passion and vision. Across a range of contexts, they reflect on the ways in which their work with children and teachers connect to larger issues of literacy, language, inquiry, voice, and social justice.

    Keywords: Elementary, Secondary, Diversity, Literacy, Standards

  • The Children Left Behind: Memories of Promoting Literacy

    Adela R. Laczynski

    Abstract: This memoir examines the use of supplementary educational programs in a low-income school district. Through sharing experiences from an after-school high school tutoring program and a first-grade reading enrichment program, the author raises questions about these programs: Are the causes of students falling behind being addressed? Are the instructors qualified, and are they given adequate resources? How do these programs motivate students to learn? Do these programs truly prepare students? What do the students’ voices tell us about their education?

    Keywords: Elementary, Literacy, Pedagogy

  • Listening for Students' Voices through Positional Writing Practices

    Cynthia A. Lassonde

    Abstract: Mark was a fifth-grade student who resisted writing in certain contexts. This article explores how he used positional writing practices to construct academic and social positions within classroom writing practices and how these positions constrained and enabled his literacy learning. In addition, the methods used by the teacher in response to his positioning are presented.

    Keywords: Elementary, Pedagogy, Writing

  • Playing the Play: What the Children Want

    Jo Anne Kraus

    Abstract: Playing the Play describes the experiences of a storyteller and teacher of literature who created a literature-based literacy program at Concourse House, a homeless shelter in Bronx, New York, for women and their young children. This program is based on the belief that pleasure is the primary reason children want to learn to read, and that where children have seldom listened to the rhymes and stories that are the ground base for literate children, they need to hear the “call of literature for themselves. The author describes the way stories are chosen, the active engagements with literature and drama, and the negotiation between her desire for a shared literary experience and the children's desire for play. Playing the play is about giving children the choice to engage imaginatively in stories, and helping them extend that engagement through a performance practice that deepens their knowledge of stories and feeds their sense of themselves as competent, literate people.

    Keywords: Elementary, Diversity, Literacy, Pedagogy, School-Community Relation

  • Listening to Whispered Voices and Heart Melodies

    Andrea Smith

    Abstract: This article describes a first grade study of the poetry of Langston Hughes and creation of poems reflecting the children’s dreams. It details how the project went beyond writing poetry to becoming a community building experience in which the children learned the power of sharing their dreams.

    Keywords: Elementary, Pedagogy, Writing

  • Recognizing and Resisting Change: A Teacher's Professional Journey

    Kathryn Mitchell Pierce

    Abstract: Teachers rely on their vision of literacy and literacy education to guide their teaching and influence the ways they view their students’ literacy learning. This article describes what happens when a career teacher senses that her vision is limiting her teaching and her students’ opportunities for learning. Kid watching and careful study of critical incidents are among the strategies she uses to work through belief-level changes about teaching literacy in ways that help students construct more democratic ways of living.

    Keywords: Elementary, Diversity, Literacy, Literature, Pedagogy

  • T4 = Teaching to the Fourth Power: Transformative Inquiry and the Stirring of Cultural Waters

    Anna Y Sumida and Meleanna A. Meyer

    Abstract: Educational practice has focused primarily upon a transmission model of education dealing with dominant, mainstream, western ideology. This model often alienates student learners due to the absence of cultural relevance. This article focuses on a theoretical framework teachers in Hawaii are using to become transformative practitioners who promote social change.

    Keywords: Elementary, Diversity, Language, Literacy

  • A Letter from a First-Year Teacher to Her Students

    Melanie Hunter

    Abstract: Abstract for this article is currently not available.

    Keywords: Elementary, Pedagogy, Writing

  • Multiple Visions for Literacy

    Abstract: Notes from the sidebar editors.

    Keywords: Elementary

  • READING CORNER FOR EDUCATORS: Connecting Passion and Vision in Literacy Education

    Danling Fu, Linda Leonard Lamme, Zhihui Fang, and Evie Adams Welch

    Abstract: Abstract for this article is currently not available.

    Keywords: Elementary

  • READING CORNER FOR CHILDREN: Finding Books to Match Your Vision

    Lester L. Laminack and Barbara H. Bell

    Abstract: Abstract for this article is currently not available.

    Keywords: Elementary, Reading

  • PROFILE: Frank Smith: Visions of the Possibilities

    Nancie Atwell and John Mayher

    Abstract: Abstract for this article is currently not available.

    Keywords: Elementary

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