HomeExemplary PracticesExemplary Faculty PracticesFall 2012Texas Woman's University | ATPE Barnes and Noble Reading Program
  • ATPE Barnes and Noble Reading Program

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    Dr. Rebecca Fredrickson and Dr. Sara McMahan

  • About Our Practice

    Dr. Rebecca Fredrickson and Dr. Sarah McMahan, two faculty members at TWU, developed a summer reading program in which TWU preservice teachers were able to strengthen and develop their pedagogical knowledgeable and practice their teaching with area children during the summer months. Through the organization that we co-sponsor, the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE), we developed a community reading program in conjunction with Barnes and Noble of Denton. Although we learned a great deal through this process, we were pleased that our preservice teachers were able to bring reading instruction to students through the summer. This program was totally free of charge to any students who wanted to participate. We served over 100 students throughout the summer months.

  • Key Practice Features

    By participating in the community reading program, we were able to introduce our preservice teachers to teaching in an unstructured environment which helped them to develop both their instructional planning and their classroom management. Key features of our practice include:

    • Developing knowledge within the discipline
    • Modeling pedagogy
    • Addressing diversity and equity
    • Investigating, analyzing, and solving problems
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About Faculty Practices

Exemplary faculty practices are innovative methods of conveying both knowledge and experience to teacher candidates in such a way as to prepare them to excel as leaders in the classroom.

Such practices may be the work on one faculty member, a group of faculty members or a department-wide practice in a teacher preparation program.

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Exemplary Defined

Exemplary faculty practices are those that provide teacher candidates a deep understanding of both content and the ability to put that content into classroom practice.

The ability to effectively translate knowledge into student learning helps make the difference between ordinary teachers and exceptional teachers.

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Key Practice Elements

Exemplary faculty practices share a common thread of creativity and innovation in their design.

These practices are intended to provide the optimum environment for teacher candidates to put learning theory into practice.  Often, exemplary faculty practices sharpen one or more key teaching competencies.

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