Closing the Gap: English Educators Address the Tensions Between Teacher Preparation and Teaching Writing in Secondary Schools

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Karen Keaton Jackson, Sandra Vavra
IAP, 2007 - Education - 177 pages
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This is a book about reality and hope. Its chapters reframe the concept of gap, acknowledging distances (for example, acknowledging old insights and theory while also honoring teacher discovery). However, it refuses to bow under the weight of these challenges. Its contributors focus, instead on how to overcome acknowledged inadequacies in learning how to teach writing as well as how to practice principled literacy instruction. These contributors see gaps not as unbridgeable chasms, but rather as opportunities to educate their students to use writing to understand the broader context of their education and pre-service candidates to adapt curriculum creatively. Contributors include new and seasoned secondary school teachers, graduate students, and university faculty who together remind us of "old insights needing to be passed along" (Villanueva) and show us new practices that challenge the conventions of the status quo and promote social justice. To close the gaps, in short, they demonstrate how rhetoric and truth are intertwined. In a time when too many children continue to be left behind, this book should be required reading for all literacy teachers because it is in our continued willingness to learn from each other that hope resides.
 

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Contents

Teaching Writing A Matter of Identity Disposition and Standard Practice
3
Reflective Writing Transforming Lives Ideas and the Future of English Education
13
Teacher Advocacy in English Education
29
Places of Possibility Reseeing the Gaps between High School and College Writing Instruction
43
Crossing English Education Teaching Writing and Connections to the Real World
59
The Role of the National Writing Project in Closing the Gap between Teacher Preparation and Teaching Writing in Secondary Schools
69
Closing the Gap with Culturally Relevant Predagogy in the Urban English Classroom
87
I Know I Can Be What Want to Be Using Rap Lyrics to Encourage SelfReflection and Meaningful Writing from Students of Color
113
The Power of Their Texts Using Hip Hop to Help Urban Students Meet NCTEIRA National Standards
129
Beyond Formulas Closing the Gap Between Rigid Rules and Flexible Strategies for Student Writing
147
Success and the Status Quo
165
About the Contributors
173
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